Articles by Praveen Swami
Sep 24, 2018
Facing challenges of jihadism and deep-rooted corruption, Maldives needs more than a poll to get back from the brinkThe soldiers of jihad in the Maldives are improbable recruits to the ranks of the pious: drawn from powerful street gangs, many discovered Islam in prison, are mentored by fundamentalist clerics protected by the regime and put to work by its enemies.
Sep 10, 2018
Section 377 verdict retains bestiality as crime; act may be repulsive but remains individual choiceHuman societies have no great concern for the agency of animals while artificially inseminating them, castrating them -- or, most obviously, killing and eating them.
Sep 04, 2018
Jalaluddin Haqqani, 1939-2018: The grandfather of global jihad who unleashed a reign of terror to 'rescue defenceless Muslims'For years, the West chose to overlook Jalaluddin Haqqani’s patronage of jihadist causes — and the plain language of his speeches — in the pursuit of tactical ends.
Sep 01, 2018
J&K abductions: Govt apathy towards secure housing, training for state police force is helping terroristsThe Jammu and Kashmir Police operate in the most high-risk environment in India, yet the government expenditure on the police force has not only reduced, its among the lowest in the country in terms of providing secure housing and training; the government spent just Rs 22 lakhs (0.1 percent) of Rs 2,748 crores training in 2016-17
Aug 31, 2018
Kerala, After The Flood: Pragmatism, not false pride, should govern India’s stand on foreign aidKerala’s disaster response has won admiration in and outside the country. Within hours of the floods hitting the state, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan began holding twice-a-day meetings, where officials were assigned tasks and their progress reviewed
Aug 30, 2018
CAG report shows Kerala disaster could've been prevented: Poorly-managed dams, ineffective forecast system part of mismanagementEach Kerala death is just part of a far larger story — one that, the United Nations estimates, costs India more than $7.5 billion and kills at least 1,500 people every year.
Aug 22, 2018
Satya Pal Malik may be right man for the job: New governor can begin parleys to walk Jammu and Kashmir away from edgeNew Delhi, the argument goes, wants a pliant instrument to enforce a Hindu nationalist agenda aimed at undermining Kashmir’s federal autonomy—thus setting the stage for another epic crisis.
Aug 18, 2018
Imran Khan is Prime Minister of Pakistan, but he won't be running the country: Here's whyIn key senses, Imran Khan's rise portends nothing: He may become prime minister, but he won't be running Pakistan. True power — elections and democratic transitions notwithstanding — continues to lie with the Generals
Aug 07, 2018
PM-in-waiting Imran Khan set to appoint Pakistan's own Dr Strangelove as his defence ministerShirin Mazari, under consideration for appointment as Pakistan's next defence minister, publicly advocated nuclear strikes on Indian population centres in the event of war between the two countries
Jul 27, 2018
Exclusive: Jaish-e-Mohammed's giant new training centre begins to blossom in Imran Khan's PakistanPrime Minister-designate Imran Khan’s rise is key to the Jaish-e-Mohammed’s prospects. For months, the Jaish-e-Mohammed campaigned against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, describing him as a traitor to Pakistan and Islam.