articles by Tara Kartha

India

Iran ending Indian role in Chabahar rail project isn't death knell, but wake-up call for New Delhi

In sum, it seems Iran is staging a China-inspired bite-back at India, at a time when New Delhi is pushing out a Chinese app one day and a company on the next

World

Galwan Valley clash: From Taiwan and WHO to border infrastructure in Ladakh, theories abound on what triggered China to escalate border row

No one should assume that official India knows very much more than is evident, particularly not whether Beijing is willing to risk war over the issue.

India

The India-China-US dance: Three questions New Delhi must answer in order to balance its geopolitical equations

Donald Trump's offer to 'mediate' between India and China took everyone by surprise, as did his claim to having spoken to Narendra Modi on the issue

World

India should go back to negotiating table with Taliban, but without abandoning Kabul in forthcoming intra-Afghan talks

Though India has more faith in Abdullah Abdullah, rather than the mercurial Ghani, its fundamental operating principle has been that a legitimate government should be central to talks, and not a sideshow.

World

Imran Khan tests negative for COVID-19, but virus of radicalism permeating through Pakistan complicates challenge posed by pandemic

Imran Khan’s now solid reputation of being a ‘U-turn man’ doesn’t completely explain his support to the religious groupings to carry on with Ramzan. That can only be explained by some systemic factors that are peculiar to Pakistan.

India

Despite rising coronavirus cases in Pakistan, Islamabad continues terror missions in Kashmir, seeks to fuel Khalistan movement

As much of the world is occupied with the pandemic, a new war with not just political, but social overtones is being launched to denude and destroy India’s border areas.

World

Coronavirus Outbreak: Pakistan Army steps in to battle COVID-19 but imposes information blockade to hide lack of preparedness, high casualties

As numbers climbed, Prime Minister Khan continued to oppose a complete lockdown, on the grounds that the poor would suffer.

India

Narendra Modi brings together SAARC leaders over coronavirus: Move positions India as regional leader, garners brownie points in tough times

By calling a meeting of SAARC nations on the coronavirus pandemic, India managed to position itself once again as the leading power in the region.

World

Pakistan vulnerable to another coup after SC hold on General Qamar Javed Bajwa's extension puts army in direct confrontation with Imran Khan

There is the someone who moved the Peshawar High Court against the extension of the General on the grounds that he is a Qadiani.

World

Pakistan in flux, Imran in trouble as Nawaz prepares to exit stage left; time for new blood to enter politics

One may wish Nawaz Sharif a very speedy recovery. This is not a man who has ever gone down without a fight. But it may be, that it is time for a new generation to enter the political mess that is Pakistan.

World

Explosive Trump impeachment may ricochet to harm Democrats, unless party gives real proof of corruption by US president

For those just coming in through the door, the impeachment process of Donald Trump rests on the allegation that as President of United States, he used military aid and political pressure to get the Ukrainian Government to provide details of the activities of Hunter Biden, son of his main political rival Joseph Biden

India

Asif Ghafoor's audacious public dismissal of Imran Khan's waivers to Kartarpur pilgrims demolishes idea that army, govt are on 'same page'

Instead of informing the government and requesting a change in procedure, for whatever complicated reason it had in mind, the Pakistan Army simply announced that pilgrims would indeed need a passport.

World

Maulana Fazlur Rehman ratchets up rhetoric with Azadi March in Pakistan, but cleric needs deep state support to rattle Imran Khan

Street protests have long been part of Pakistan’s political theatre, but the present foray of the Maulana has some puzzling aspects.

India

Inviting European MPs to Kashmir while refusing entry to Opposition MPs is outlandish; precedent set is more so

There is a general scratching of heads and frowning in puzzlement, as 27 Members of European Parliament (MEP) make their way to Kashmir, travelling together, but not as a team

India

US House Subcommittee hearing aimed to target India, but that doesn't mean it didn't contain lessons for New Delhi

Anyone who watched the hearing by the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, would have discerned not only that India got a drubbing and that Pakistan got away scot-free, but also that the State Department gave a far more professionally-measured statement than the panellists themselves

World

British royals' visit to Pakistan just latest gambit by London to boost curious, cozy relationship with Islamabad, end its isolation

What is interesting that recently, the UK has been working hard to end the isolation of Pakistan.

India

Wrong to dismiss 'informal' Narendra Modi-Xi Jinping summit, but economics must now catch up with optics

It is necessary to understand that the 'informal' summit style set in place by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has its own set of connotations

World

Debt-ridden Pakistan government hands free rein of Gwadar Port to China, country to army chief

The State Bank of Pakistan's most recent quarterly report points out that the economy is in a classic debt trap, with more debt required to pay off the earlier loans taken

World

Donald Trump unlikely to be impeached, but credibility of US presidency will take beating at home and abroad

The basis for formal impeachment is that Donald Trump had used not only the White House, but also the State Department, the attorney-general's office and US taxpayer money to ensure a crippling of his opponents

World

'Bloodbath in Kashmir': Imran Khan's UNGA speech may have verged on the hysterical, but his call to action for radicals is 'most dangerous'

The UNGA 2019 went off as expected. The Prime Minister of India made a speech that tickboxed development and progress. The Prime Minister of Pakistan ranted and raved on Kashmir. The former was rather staid and kept to the UN format; Khan's delivery may have verged on the hysterical, but boring he was not.