articles by Praveen Swami

India

Teenage terrorist's life casts light on Kashmiri Generation Alpha jihad

Although these numbers are small compared to the 1990s, they show the long jihad which has shaped Kashmir’s history isn’t about to go away

India

Terrorist’s killing exposes how the Indian criminal justice system let down Pandits massacred in Nadimarg

Eighteen years after Nadimarg, then, there’s still no closure: the trial meant to establish the Lashkar’s involvement has died along with Zia Mustafa

World

Can Imran Khan’s secret weapon defeat the Pakistan Army, and build an Islamic state?

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s efforts to cast himself at the vanguard of Islam are evident everywhere. Meanwhile, Pakistan Army chief General Bajwa is yet to show his hand.

India

From dairy farm near Lahore, son-in-law of remote Kashmiri village plots revival of Lashkar terror campaign

The end of Jammu and Kashmir's special constitutional status was claimed to have ushered in a new Kashmir but the challenges it faces, though, are familiar, old ones

India

Execution-style killings of minorities far from new to Kashmir

The killings this week aren't an outlier; according to the the Jammu Kashmir Police, 28 civilians have been killed by terrorists so far this year, seven of them Hindu or Sikh

India

High-profile drug busts make for great headlines, but they won’t fix India’s growing drug problem

India will be best-off focussing its resources on mitigating the social harms caused by addiction, rather than the self-defeating enterprise of attempting to stamp out drugs

World

Teenage terrorist held on Line of Control reveals Lashkar-e-Taiba still operates in plain sight across Pakistan

Fired up by its triumph in Afghanistan, and the pressure the Indian Army faces on its eastern border with China, the ISI might be lifting the shackles it placed on jihadists in 2019, the argument goes

World

To the west of India, a great empire of opium is rising. New Delhi needs to act, fast

The climax of the Afghan heroin story could now be approaching: cut off from the international financial system, the economy in ruins, and millions on the edge of starvation, the thick-white milk lanced from the poppy-plant is the closest thing the Taliban have to gold

India

Kabul Airport suicide attacker was freed by Taliban after four years in CIA custody for New Delhi terror plot

Abdul Rehman, a former engineering student with roots in Afghanistan’s Logar province and the son of a merchant who frequently visited New Delhi on business, was freed from Bagram prison on 15 August

India

Why Islamabad claims India is training Islamic State terrorists in the middle of a muddy little lake in Jodhpur

It is of course conceivable, that Islamic State recruits are being provided swimming-lessons. Even the most credulous consumers of propaganda, though, would concede the dossier falls short of homework.

World

All the Taliban’s men: A who’s who of the Islamic Emirate’s new leadership

Like the government of the first Islamist Emirate, which collapsed after 9/11, the cabinet is heavily dominated by leaders from southern Afghanistan

World

Endless warfare lies ahead in Afghanistan despite ISI-brokered deal to appoint new prime minister

Like their predecessors, the Taliban’s commanders may soon discover warfare isn’t just a means to gain power, but an end in itself

World

Tensions in Taliban: Anticlimactic birth of Second Emirate could point to troubles ahead

The absence of Haibatullah Akhundzada, many experts believe, points to a fierce power struggle that has broken out since the Taliban seized Kabul on 15 August

World

Kashmir jihadist, trainer of Indian Fidayeen from Kerala, on the run again after escape from Kabul jail

In the shade of the Taliban’s swords, Aijaz Ahmad Ahanger’s decades-old war on India seems set to blossom

World

Behind fall of Kabul, an Afghan military that was designed and hard-wired to fail

Even though funding was lavished on the Afghan military, there just wasn’t time for it to develop a stable institutional culture, and allow it to operate independently

India

Assessing fallout of the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan: Possible scenarios and their odds

As the Taliban regime consolidates itself and becomes a regional player, the big question is what implications this will have for India, the region and the wider world

World

After fall of Kabul, what Taliban’s victory means for India and the world

America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan comes at a time when it is preparing for a deeper contestation against the power of emerging superpower China

World

New China book provides valuable handbook for Indian negotiators, but with some missing context and nuance

The rise of China is a challenge India cannot win, unless it restructures its own administrative capabilities, and revolutionises its society

India

Disengagement in Ladakh trades territorial claims for time to meet bigger strategic challenges ahead

As ever-more-powerful China aggressively projects powers across its peripheries, from the South China Seas to the Himalayas, India will have to grow the resources to meet the challenge

India

Behind the bloodstains on the LAC, a century of imperial ambition

For much of modern history, there were no precise maps of the China-India frontier in Ladakh