articles by Shantanu Mukharji

India

Doka La standoff: Ajit Doval proves it doesn't take a diplomat to resolve an international crisis

In the case of easing tension on the Doka La issue, it was proved that diplomacy is the option for solving crises of any magnitude

India

Independence Day: India must remain alert as arrests of Bangladeshi terror operatives, ISI agent raise suspicions

While intelligence agencies may not perceive any specific threats, when pieced together, the recent arrests of Bangladeshi extremists, and an ISI agent call for extra vigil and alertness on Independence Day and along the Indian border

India

Concerted efforts by NIA, J&K Police, army has Kashmir's separatists on the back foot

Be it eliminating terrorists or curbing terror funding, there have been a series of substantial and meaningful developments emerging from the Kashmir Valley

World

Dhaka attack first anniversary: Denial of Islamic terror won't help Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh

The first anniversary of the Dhaka attack merits a fresh evaluation of Bangladesh and Hasina's security lest it loses focus and proves costly, also in terms of country's ties with India.

World

Judiciary in Pakistan: Flawed judgments and fallacies plague country's fractured justice system

The judiciary in Pakistan has always been afflicted with flawed and discriminatory judgments, more than often denying justice to the lot seeking redressal for justice

India

Caste violence in Saharanpur: Yogi Adityanath should tread carefully to prevent flare ups in volatile Uttar Pradesh

The whole issue now stands heavily politicised and there is an evidently vertical division between the Rajputs and Dalits.

World

Pakistan reels under terror of religious intolerence but it's too busy meddling in Indian affairs

Blasphemy laws, the human rights watchers say, are particularly dangerous in countries like Pakistan where the collapsing judicial system, weak rule of law and ineffective State control make the certainty of punishment for crime totally absent.

India

Sheikh Hasina's India visit: Firming up Bangladesh PM's security must be high on the agenda

Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina's visit to India that kicks off on Friday has generated much excitement, hope and goodwill between both countries

India

Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw's 104th birth anniversary: Why aren't his sacrifices, contributions honoured?

The third day of April marks the 104th birth anniversary of our all-time military hero, Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw

Politics

Yogi Adityanath govt in Uttar Pradesh should concentrate on image makeover of police from thana level

Over the past years, a vast state like Uttar Pradesh has been plagued with complete indifference on part of the police, thereby requiring a major surgery. And the treatment must start from the thana.

India

Lucknow encounter: ATS performed admirably, let's not overplay terrorist's Islamic State connection

On 8 March, the Anti-Terrorism Squad of the Uttar Pradesh police neutralised Saifullah alias Ikrama, a dreaded terrorist believed to be inspired by the ISIS. Saifullah belonged to the ISIS Khorasan module, which is thought to be behind terror acts in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, although its primary target remains India.

World

Saudi Arabia eyes Maldives atoll to build SEZ: Why India is concerned about this development

Saudi Arabia's reigning monarch Salman bin Abdulaziz bin Salman Al Saud is scheduled to visit tiny Maldives next month amid strong rumours that he will sign an important agreement

World

Pakistan: Terrorism is sparking panic; security forces are indiscriminately targeting Sindhis

Pakistan is the grip of terror in the wake of a series of suicide bombings and killings. The most devastating of all the attacks was the one at the Sufi shrine of Lal Shabaz Qalandar in Sehwan in southern Pakistan, which killed 88 and injured hundreds of people.

World

Donald Trump's immigration ban and a turbulent Islamic world are a bad combination

Donald Trump has barely completed a fortnight in office as the US president and there is already much turmoil and confusion in the Muslim world especially in the wake of the ban on the entry of citizens from seven Islamic nations

Politics

Kashmir: The Doval Doctrine is working, but now is the time to make it count

Many security analysts have been crediting National Security Advisor (NSA) AK Doval and his 'Doval Doctrine' for the prevailing phase of a quieter Kashmir today as compared to the ceaseless violence that marked the state for most of last year.

Politics

Trinamool Congres and BJP must find a 'mature' way to sort out differences for West Bengal's sake

The fight on oratory skills have assumed a regressive form in West Bengal and unless such outbursts are reined in, they are likely to escalate to a dangerous level

World

Donald Trump needs to pick his friends carefully; the future of geopolitics depends on it

What's inhibiting Trump from taking Putin head-on, keeping him from supporting intelligence agencies' claims of interference by Russia on sabotaging the elections? That's a trillion dollar question.

India

India's police force, civil defence mechanism ill-equipped to battle terror; in urgent need of overhaul

Given the backdrop of growing Islamic terror in India, with incidents of radicalisation surfacing time and again, it would appear imperative to put a security system in place to deal with a piquant situation like this

Life

'Faith, Unity and Discipline: The ISI of Pakistan' reveals the agency's clandestine dynamics

A book on the ISI is hitting the stands, which exposes every detail of the ISI setup and its functioning

World

Donald Trump and 'terrific guy' Nawaz Sharif: International community must keep track of developing bonhomie

In the larger interest of geopolitics and global peace, one wonders if these words were indeed said during the phone conversation between Trump and Sharif