articles by Sreemoy Talukdar

India

An assessment of EU-India ties as Modi visits Europe: Sheer political will driving strategic convergence beyond differences

As Prime Minister Naredra Modi travels through Europe, there has never been a more opportune time for EU-India partnership

India

Hindus must uphold unequal secularism via continued concessions while Muslims get the licence to use violence as leverage

Regardless of their actions, Muslims have a monopoly on victimhood while Hindus are the perpetual perpetrators because their very existence is provocative

World

US-India 2+2 talks showed despite all the bad press, Ukraine war may end up further galvanizing bilateral ties

Surfacing of incompatible interests on the European theatre has forced both administrations to walk the extra mile and double down on Indo-Pacific partnership

World

Explaining India’s position on Ukraine war, West’s coercive pressure, China-Russia tangle and pitfalls in New Delhi’s pursuit of neutrality

What we have seen from India so far is the fullest expression of strategic autonomy — a posture that relies on diplomatic activism and prioritizing of own interests over bloc politics

World

US deputy NSA Daleep Singh’s threats of ‘consequences’ point to a fissure within Joe Biden administration on India

Singh may be a whiz kid, but he is clearly a bad diplomat. His brief may have been to apprise India of the risks involved in carrying on energy trade with Russia and the moral opprobrium involved in such a move but his derogatory punchlines will define this trip

Politics

The Kashmir Files lands a sucker punch on the gut of a people prone to historical and moral blackouts

Atrocities committed against a minority community are now etched in the collective memory of a nation, codifying events that had existed only in oral history

World

US-China-India subplot in Ukraine conflict makes for a gripping thriller, and a whole lot of worry for New Delhi

The US approach towards China has been unusually direct and threatening, whereas with India, the Joe Biden administration has been more muted and careful

World

It will be a greater tragedy if US and NATO stretch out Ukraine’s agony in their bid to teach Putin a lesson

President Volodymyr Zelensky is being set up by the West for failure, but even he understands the costs involved

World

India’s Russia policy has been spot on so far, but going ahead it needs to break free of the dependence for truer strategic autonomy

If New Delhi is forced to adopt such a painful tightrope walk to maintain strategic autonomy, then it is no strategic autonomy at all

World

Blame Putin, but don’t ignore West’s moral certitude and reckless arrogance for precipitating Ukraine crisis

Putin’s actions are a reminder that realist statecraft isn’t obsolete, and fashionable theories of international relations come a cropper during great power conflict

India

Take away the China glue, and cracks show in India-US relationship

It has been argued that the US-India relationship stands in its own right, beyond the shared concern over China. It is my contention, however, that if we take away the China component, the relationship suffers from unavoidable distress

India

Rahul Gandhi should have read BR Ambedkar more closely before making soft-secessionist statements in Parliament

Rahul Gandhi’s hyperbolic speech, however, stands on the three ‘pillars’ of cynicism, gaslighting and blatant falsehood

India

Western narrative on Subhas Chandra Bose suffers from poor scholarship, revisionist history and rank hypocrisy

The vilification of Bose by the Western elite, reeks of confirmation bias and politicisation of history. Any objective assessment of the move to install the icon's statue would recognise it as a long overdue political recognition

India

Reality of Hinduphobia must be established to challenge otherisation and persecution of Hindus in academic, media discourse

The classic meta trap being laid out here is that not only are Hindus being denied the agency to protest the vilification of their faith, but any effort to call out Hinduphobia becomes conspiratorial and can’t be taken seriously

World

Pakistan’s National Security Policy: Politically orphaned, non-serious attempt that seeks to pull wool over Western eyes

The NSP is a political orphan. Though it has reportedly taken seven years to formulate, the document lacks the kind of political proprietorship that lends validity to such a treatise.

India

Ukraine crisis not some distant trouble in faraway land; it will present India with toxic choices and deep-seated consequences

Washington’s preoccupation with Russia in Europe is also detrimental to India because it takes away America’s attention from the Indo-Pacific and the challenge posed by China

World

Implications of new border law: Expect more flashpoints as China is changing its entire posture to border dispute

Through unilateral definition, delineation and demarcation, China is trying to change the status of the land along the LAC under its control from ‘disputed’ to ‘sovereign’.

India

China challenge hangs like a dark cloud but India will increasingly strive to be a rule shaper, not rule taker

India will continue to leverage its external partnerships to buy time for internal development and seek to meet the China challenge on its own terms

Politics

Dear Rahul Gandhi, if Hindutva is a ‘violent ideology’, what stops you from calling out radical Islamism and militant Sikhism?

Rahul’s failure to call out radical Islamism or militant Sikhism while creating a false equivalence between Islamist terror perpetrated by jihadist organisations such as ISIS and Hindutva is not only specious and morally repugnant, but also downright dangerous