articles by Sreemoy Talukdar

World

Raisina Dialogue: Modi, Jaishankar back vaccine diplomacy, hail India’s rise as an 'altruistic, responsible' power

Though there has been visible slowing down of exports, the decision to stick to sharing life-saving vaccines with the poorest nations of the world, despite political pressure at home, speaks of a conviction in India’s self-image as a responsible power

India

US FONOP in India’s EEZ: Storm in a teacup, but issue highlights residual baggage of Cold War era

It appears that the entire point of the exercise was to indicate to China that FONOPs are based on principles such as upholding the laws of the sea and not random muscle-flexing against strategic rivals

India

Addressing the China challenge: Perceptive shifts in India’s strategic behaviour hints at greater appetite for risk-taking

Notwithstanding the fire and brimstone response from Beijing, New Delhi should gradually aspire for a more normalised, cooperative and rational relationship with Taiwan

World

PM Modi's visit shows India, Bangladesh are ready for transformative leap in bilateral ties despite some sticky challenges

The trajectory of bilateral ties points towards a happy cohabitation of mutual trust and amalgamation of strategic and economic priorities. It is time to cash in.

World

Lloyd Austin's human rights, S-400 remarks struck jarring note to US SecDef's largely successful India visit

As the Pentagon chief on a mission to strengthen bilateral security and defence partnership, Austin could have done better than raising an issue that feeds into political partisanship in India

India

India's vaccine diplomacy on robust footing despite Chinese campaign to smear it

China’s move is likely aimed at removing vaccine hesitancy among nations unwilling to use China-made vaccines by using as bargaining chip access to its fast-recovering market and economy

Lifestyle

Resignation of Rashmi Samant reveals toxic 'cancel culture' pervading academic institutions in the West

The student has said she is not a "terrible person" and it was unfair to judge her on old social media posts after she was accused of being “racist”, “anti-Semitic” and “transphobic”.

India

India-Pakistan 'ceasefire agreement' will achieve nothing beyond excitable commentary in media

The tactical step of a limited agreement that seeks only to calm the borders and lessen shelling and artillery exchanges has been imbued with such lofty goals that the move is likely to get crushed under the weight of expectations

World

Twitter, Google, Facebook, Amazon the new sovereigns? Nation-states must collaborate and fight to retain the right to govern

The fact that these tech titans possess the kind of power that allows them to ‘cancel’ leaders of democracies or defy the decree of nation-states indicate that they are the neo-feudal tech oligarchs riding untrammeled power and wealth, mined mostly through exploitation of personal data.

World

Pangong Tso disengagement: Three key takeaways as India, China finally break the deadlock

The Pangong Tso disengagement is by no means the end of the Ladakh standoff, as both troops are still deployed offensively at Gogra-Hot Springs, Galwan Valley and Depsang Plains, that should be part of the next stage of extrication

World

Contours of Joe Biden’s emerging Indo-Pacific and India policy mirror Donald Trump era

The emerging contour of Joe Biden’s China policy is predicated on a multilateral, issue-based approach with allies and key partners

World

Rather than 'setback', Myanmar coup leaves India on firmer geopolitical footing with Tatmadaw

Due to the Tatmadaw’s wariness of Beijing as well as New Delhi’s close strategic partnership with the United States, India should be in a good position to deal with the eventualities

Business

FM's interview to Network18: Nirmala Sitharaman reveals NDA govt's macroeconomic philosophy and road ahead

To a question on whether 11% GDP growth and a V-shaped recovery is achievable and if so, sustainable of the next few years, Nirmala Sitharaman said the economy doesn’t grow on the finance minister’s commands, it is the fruit of toil and vision of Indian citizens and her job as the minister is limited to removing the obstacles in that path

Business

This is no 1991, but Sitharaman's budget should boost growth, create jobs and stimulate a COVID-hit economy

The best part of Union Budget 2021, however, is that Nirmala Sitharaman resisted the temptation to slap more cess, surcharges on the taxpaying citizens and refrained from imposing a ‘wealth tax’ to raise revenue.

India

Time for mollycoddling over; protesters have crossed a line, state must take hard legal action

Tuesday’s violence also puncture the narrative that the farmers’ movement was ‘peaceful’, and in one stroke it laid bare the sinister plot. The anarchists were trying their best to provoke the state so that the state responds with force and the resultant casualties provide precious political oxygen to the ‘movement’.

India

Bruised by India's vaccine diplomacy, China adopts smear tactics against New Delhi fearing loss of influence in South Asia

Notwithstanding China’s reaction, India’s health intervention through its vaccines has come as a boon to developing nations.

World

Donald Trump destroyed his legacy, ended his political future and left conservative politics discredited

Democracy in the US will limp back to functionality, but the events set a terrible precedent that will encourage demagogues and dictators worldwide to undermine democracy and suppress will of the people

India

In rejecting SC proposal to negotiate with panel, protesting farmers are displaying obduracy

The protesting farmer unions have accused the Union government of stubbornness and advised the Centre to shed its ego but they would do well to heed their own advice.

India

Supreme Court's decision to stay Centre's farm laws sets a worrying precedent

It appears a clear case of judicial overreach and may potentially shake the foundation of India’s representative democracy by undermining the legislative organ of the state

India

Nothing incorrect about COVID-19 vaccine approvals by DCGI, but everything wrong with political bickering over it

When it comes to dealing with the biggest pandemic in a century that is devasting lives, economies and forcing a new paradigm on us, politicising the response is a bad idea.