articles by Bhopinder Singh

World

Israel-Palestine clash: India's experience in resolving long conflicts can help Benjamin Netanyahu in unequal power dynamics

‘Muscularity’ never ends insurgencies, it needs sincere engagement, compromise within the expansive contours of the constitution and the ability to look beyond domestic political considerations

World

China 'goes to school' in understanding Suez Canal choke-point, with eye on Malacca Strait

The virtual maritime jam, re-routing of ships and the colossal financial damages caused by this Suez Canal 'choke' is a real-time experience, of inevitable helplessness, in such situations

India

Mature democracy like India must accept divergent, critical views with equanimity and dignity, writes Lt-Gen Bhopinder Singh

We did not slam those international bodies and their reportage when they spoke positively about the country, which leads one to believe that the question of their credibility is selectively posited

India

The Quad is the only way forward for India, US, Australia and Japan in a China-wary world

The Quad’s stated objective of ‘free, open and prosperous’ Indo-Pacific Region lacks the compelling bite, deterrence and collectiveness of a NATO

India

India-Nepal dissonance could not come at worse time; New Delhi must seize opportunity to mend fences

To assume that the current communist government of Nepal is intrinsically wed to the Chinese CCP, is puerile fallacy

World

Joe Biden inherits an Afghanistan situation with the baggage of Pakistan and resurgent Taliban

Given the dynamics at play, India is reduced to a mute spectator as are the other neighbouring countries like Iran, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan who have their own sovereign, sectarian, ethnic and strategic interests at stake, with the evolving narrative

India

Joe Biden may not go belligerent on China like Donald Trump but won't abandon America’s hard stance on Beijing

China is and will remain a US fixation, and within that, India is and will remain a central piece -- this needs to be understood beyond compulsions and issues arising out of personalities, domestic politics or ideological dissonances.

India

Turkish non-delight for India: New Delhi bears brunt of Ankara's closeness to Islamabad, Beijing

Besides the ‘all weather friendship’ of China with Pakistan, Turkey has emerged as the only country that brazenly supports Pakistan at all multilateral forums.

World

Permanent seat in UNSC neither necessary nor only way for India to assert its ‘arrival’ on global centrestage

The changed world offers examples like Germany, Japan and Israel who have stitched alternative arrangements that could be multilateral (EU), bilateral (US-Israel), regional or creatively/strategically relevant, eg, the Quad

India

As India faces beligerant China, joining military alliance will be realpolitik realism, not sovereign surrender

History suggests that the ‘military alliances’ can make deterrence more effective by increasing the stakes substantially, that are otherwise not possible for a ‘non-aligned’ and effectively, stand-alone nations

India

Jingoism, rationalisation can't mask intelligence failure that led to Galwan incident, writes Lt-Gen Bhopinder Singh

The much-bandied 'breach of trust' by the Chinese is a matter of fact, but a wholly insufficient explanation for the situation that unfolded in the Galwan Valley

India

Militarising the 'Quad' to counter China is a providential opportunity whose time is long overdue

Each of the ‘Quad’ countries have specific security concerns that emanate from a belligerent, expansionist and increasingly provocative China. However, the ‘Quad’ has so far remained in the realm of strategic dialogues, white papers and occasional drills

India

Govt clarification on LAC vital, shows accountability critical to democracy, reinforces need for transparency

As the din lowers on the Galwan incident per se, the government must willingly welcome and brace itself for more 'questioning' on the overall India-China relationship, and the restiveness in the neighbourhood, including that with traditional allies like Nepal

India

Galwan incident was no mere 'security' issue; India's diplomacy needs to kick in with rigour to counter China

Historically, India's diplomacy had maintained the high ground of morality, persuasiveness and professional engagement that allowed it to 'manage' the restive neighbourhood and internal contradictions. Current relationships are not reflective of that ability

World

Constructive opposition and inquiry are never more vital in a democracy like India than during times of crisis such as COVID-19

Often, dispensations perpetuate the convenient myth that the opposition plays the spoiler (or is even ‘anti-national’), but there cannot be a more important time, role or patriotic thing to do, other than question and oppose constructively, in a crisis | Lt Gen Bhopinder Singh writes