David Devadas
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India

Dineshwar Sharma, interlocutor for J&K, will find it tough to make headway given local and international factors at play

Parallels with the 2003 situation between India, Pakistan and the US regarding the Kashmir situation can be drawn. But prospects seem bleak for the new representative Dineshwar Sharma than it did for NN Vohra 14 years ago

Politics

Kashmir talks: Centre has underestimated militant threat and overestimated influence of politicians among youth

The Centre’s decision to appoint a representative for talks in Kashmir is based on an underestimation of the continuing militant threat, and an overestimation of the clout of the few 'separatist' figures who might engage.

India

Braid-chopping in Jammu and Kashmir: There's more paranoia in the Valley now than in the '90s

Those who have dealt with paranoia know that it can be more fearsome than a warzone. And so it seems to be becoming in Kashmir right now.

India

Kashmir unrest: Attack on Srinagar's most secured location shows militancy will only get worse in future

Several recent attacks have systematically targeted Kashmiris who work in one or other of the armed forces or the police.

India

Gandhi Jayanti: Mahatma's power stemmed from spirituality and inclusion that have revitalised India through its history

Seventy years on, it seems hardly credible that Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was so beloved, indeed venerated, across India that almost no political speech could neglect a reference to him even until the 1977 elections.

India

Govt must resist RSS' call to integrate Jammu and Kashmir: Move could bolster China-Pakistan axis

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's call for to integrate Jammu and Kashmir could fuel fresh trouble in the state while also bolstering China-Pakistan axis in the region

Politics

BJP in Kashmir makes 'unconditional' offer for dialogue with Hurriyat, but talks come with pitfalls aplenty

In principle, talks, and efforts to resolve all issues related to Kashmir, are welcome. But certain straws in the wind indicate this could be a rough ride.

India

Tral attack may augur escalation in violence in Kashmir, as militancy continues to rise after Burhan Wani's killing

The attack on the motorcade of Jammu and Kashmir’s Public Works Minister Naeem Akhtar on Thursday is one more indication that a horrifically lethal militancy lies ahead.

India

Rajnath Singh's Kashmir outreach: Kashmiris warn about vitriolic TV debates, say narrative alienates Valley

A strikingly large proportion of those who met Rajnath told him that certain television news channels were terribly alienating Kashmiris.

India

BRICS Summit 2017: Amazing turnaround on terror from Goa to Xiamen, but uncertainty remains post-Doka La

Focused diplomacy by India's security managers in Xiamen appears to have borne fruit as Pakistan rejected the BRICS declaration adopted by China.

India

Narendra Modi's bet on Nirmala Sitharaman sounds risky, but could be key to defence modernisation

Nirmala Sitharaman's excellent links across the world and experience as commerce minister will be very useful as India's defence preparedness moves into a high gear

Politics

Cabinet reshuffle: Narendra Modi's charisma remains central as BJP strengthens itself, subtly projects inclusion

Even before the portfolios were announced early on Sunday afternoon, there were four more or less subtle takeaways from the Cabinet reshuffle after the expulsions and inductions.

India

Doka La border disengagement: Renewed Chinese belligerence not ruled out; India must keep its guard up

It would be best for India to step up infrastructure and other preparations for any sort of renewed belligerence from China after Doka La.

India

Pulwama attack: After recent success for government on ground and in curbing funds, latest strike a setback

Saturday’s 20-hour attack at the Pulwama police lines, in which eight police and paramilitary men were killed, has unsettled the impression that the forces had gained control over south Kashmir

India

Haryana violence: Govts will continue backing Dera-like organisations unless citizens take a stand

Those sort of calculations would explain the failure of the Haryana government to prevent the arming, assembly, and violence by votaries of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.

World

Donald Trump has warned Pakistan strongly, but his backing for India will hinge on US interests

US president Donald Trump has just issued an unambiguous public rebuke to Pakistan.

India

US branding Hizbul Mujahideen a 'terror outfit' changes nothing; India has long been combating terror outfits

There was much back-slapping and celebration in sections of the media after word came in on Wednesday evening that the US had listed Hizbul Mujahideen as a global terrorist organisation, but the declaration is no big deal.

India

India must heed China's repeated invoking of Kashmir during Doka La stand-off; Beijing's intentions are inimical

India’s defence and security strategists should take a serious note of the revelation that China has built a bridge in a sensitive part of the Line of Actual Control in the Ladakh region.

Politics

Mehbooba Mufti, Centre must bridge rifts fast as differences over Article 35A, handling insurgency grow

It is important that Mehbooba Mufti and Narendra Modi reach a cohesive understanding on how best to move forward, for the challenge is huge.

India

Ethnic exclusivity runs deep in Jammu and Kashmir; state may explode violently if Article 35A is abrogated

If there is one issue that unites Kashmiris and generates a feeling that their identity is under threat, it's the idea that "outsiders" may be allowed to settle here permanently