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The Spy Who Fell From The Sky

The famous Soviet spy arrested by the United States in 1957, Rudolf Abel, was known as ‘the spy who never broke’, but his trial was still public. Here is Jadhav, confessing eagerly and still being tried and convicted secretly. Even Ajmal Kasab, the Pakistani who was involved in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, was tried by civil courts. India has used that as a reference to Jadhav’s secret sentencing.

Read Here – Herald/Dawn


India Begins Campaign At United Nations To Isolate Pakistan

India began a campaign to isolate Pakistan at the United Nations, telling the 193-member General Assembly it was time to identify nations who nurture, peddle and export terrorism and isolate them if they don’t join the global fight.

Breakthrough At ‘Heart of Asia’: Pakistan, India To Resume ‘Comprehensive’ Talks

In a major breakthrough, Pakistan and India announced on Wednesday that they were resuming the dialogue on outstanding issues, ending a two-year long stalemate.

Read Here – Dawn

Derailed three years, India-Pakistan talks back on track – The Indian Express

Leaders Of India, Pakistan Seem To Get On Better When Abroad Than At Home

It does seem noteworthy that the two leaders get along far better when abroad than when back home. Perhaps this is because they are removed from the context and don’t have to prove anything to the more reactionary parts of their bases. Then again, perhaps they’re like all of us. I’ve often noticed (and I think you’ll agree) that Indians and Pakistanis are completely fine when they meet abroad. I mean, completely.

Read Here – The Indian Express

No Room for Diplomacy As Delhi Becomes Red Line District

It would seem from the bizarre fiasco over the talks between the National Security Advisers of Pakistan and India that Lutyens Delhi has become a red line district. All the fleshpots of peace, which Pakistan could transact for, are on display, but tucked away behind two red lines which it must not cross. Sartaj Aziz could not meet the Hurriyat, because that would violate the Simla Accord, and could not take up Kashmir with Ajit Doval, because Ufa had laid down that they would only “discuss all issues connected to terrorism”. These lines did not need to be drawn, particularly where and when they were. Far from protecting India’s interests, they have simply painted the government into a corner, where it can only sulk, as a prisoner of its own foolishness.

Read Here – The Wire

India’s Objections To China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

Once it is decided that the time has come for Pakistan and India to undergo another round of heightened hostilities there is never a dearth of issues to build up in order to sustain the tension.

Read Here – Dawn

India’s Missed Opportunity In Asia

…At Bandung 60 years ago, the rhetoric about creating a new Asia-centric world order was a catchphrase of Bandung 2015. However, the difference is that 60 years ago India was at the forefront of efforts to build that world order and now that role is very much being played by China. Nehru’s vision of India as a torchbearer of Asia has long been discarded.

Read Here – The Diplomat

Noodling In China

Those in New Delhi who worried that Prime Minister Narendra Modi might be provoking China by drawing too close to US President Barack Obama last month have reasons to be reassured this week as External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj concludes a very successful visit to Beijing. On her first trip to Beijing as India’s top diplomat, Swaraj signalled India’s determination to intensify the engagement with China on a pragmatic basis, writes C. Raja Mohan

Read Here – Indian Express

Err…Where Is That Border By The Way?

Through history, China and India have not been neighbours. The current de facto border has its genesis in a line drawn on a map by Henry McMahon during a secret treaty between Britain and Tibet in March 1914. Both entities, British India and Tibet, are no more: one has been transformed into postcolonial India and the other was occupied and colonised by communist China. Yet India and China, both of whom have overthrown the mantle of Western imperialism, are jostling over the same imperialists’ line – and have completely militarised and destroyed the traditional zone of contact that the border regions were.

Read Here – Scroll

India And Its “Fast Power”

While hard power and soft power are necessary attributes of sustainable power projection by nation states, smart and fast power can help nations, big and small, find their way through or adapt to complex and rapidly changing strategic environments. By acting “fast”, the Modi government can claim it has more than neutralised, in a short period of time, the negative impact of its predecessor’s months of inaction.

Read Here – Indian Express


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