Monthly Archives: August 2018

Why Not Show Pakistan The Same Consideration Shown To China?

The strikingly silly hoo-ha on Indian television over the non-event of the quip-a-second cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu – a rank made-for-television entertainer and Punjab government minister, embracing the Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa at the swearing-in ceremony of … Continue reading

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Livestreaming the launch event today (Aug 30) of ‘Staggering Forward’

The launch of my book ‘Staggering Forward’, published by Penguin, will be  livestreamed from seminar rooms # 1, 2, & 3, 1st floor, the new multipurpose Hall, India International Centre, New Delhi, 6:30 PM – 8 PM, Thursday, today (August … Continue reading

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What’s with Modi on Maldives?

[Yameen in Beijing with Xi] Has the Prime Minister lost it? Lost all sense about what works to keep the neighbourhood out of China’s grasp? Lost his marbles over the need to administer Abdulla Yameen, the calculating autocrat in Male, … Continue reading

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Indo-US tech trade and US-North Korea talks — Bluetick News

[Pompeo, James Mattis and Bolton, left to right, in line] With the main govt TV channels (including Lok Sabha TV and Rajya Sabha TV) closed off to my views and mainline private channels not interested in exploring topics of strategic … Continue reading

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‘Staggering Forward’– an invite!

This is an invitation to all the esteemed readers of the ‘Security Wise’ blog to join in the event to launch my latest book – ‘Staggering Forward: Narendra Modi and India’s Global Ambition’ published by Penguin, scheduled for Thursday, August … Continue reading

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Vajpayee — Nehruvian in domestic politics, yes, but also strategically foolish

[The Dalai Lama and Vajpayee, PM) Amidst the paens of praise and hossanas being sung to honour the memory of the recently departed former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, it may be churlish to bring up the wrong things done … Continue reading

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IAF control of combat aircraft development at HAL: Is that a good thing?

  [HAL Marut HF-24 production line] The Rafale deal has gone into a death spiral. With BJP stalwart leaders Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie making a cogent case about things going awry with the purchase of 36 Rafale combat aircraft … Continue reading

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