Arms Race Threatened on India-China border

Arms Race Threatened on India-China borderNew Delhi's decision to deploy the BrahMos supersonic missile – the world’s fastest anti-ship cruise missile, which can fly at 2.8 times the speed of sound – in the disputed northeast state of Arunachal, has left its rival and neighbor fuming as big-power tensions flare between China and India.  Within days of the announcement by…

India’s Supreme Court blocks Two BJP Political Coups

India’s Supreme Court blocks Two BJP Political CoupsA few hours after the bloody July 15 military coup failed in Turkey, the failure of a peaceful and far less dramatic unconstitutional coup staged by India’s Bharatiya Janata Party was also confirmed in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. Located high in the Himalayas, Arunachal is especially sensitive because it is on the border with…

India’s Modi Reshuffles Cabinet: Gains, Surprises

India’s Modi Reshuffles Cabinet: Gains, SurprisesNarendra Modi’s long-awaited cabinet reshuffle took place late on July 5 with some gains in terms of government efficiency and some surprises. Overall, Modi’s supremacy has been underscored, working in tandem with Amit Shah, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s hardline Hindu nationalist president. Overall, 19 MPs joined the government in what is Modi’s second ministerial expansion and reshuffle since…

India’s Modi Plans Reshuffle

India’s Modi Plans ReshuffleAn urgently needed cabinet reshuffle is being planned by Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party henchman, Amit Shah, as the Indian prime minister enters the third year of his time in office. He has not achieved nearly as much as he should have done in the two years since he was sworn in on…

BJP, 2 women regional politicians top India’s state polls

BJP, 2 women regional politicians top India’s state pollsNarendra Modi and two of India’s leading idiosyncratic women politicians have emerged as the victors in assembly election results announced on May 19 after six weeks of polling in five states. Once again, the Congress Party led by Sonia and Rahul Gandhi are the main losers, followed in one state by Communist-led leftist parties. The…

Political Rivalry in India Endangers Defense

Political Rivalry in India Endangers DefenseDefence corruption scandals never blow up and dominate media coverage and political intrigue for their own sake. They do not develop because the customer, neither the defense ministry nor the armed forces, wants to get a better deal or catch the real law-breakers. Nor is it because the bribes may affect the quality of the…

Does Delhi care as Kashmir erupts again?

Does Delhi care as Kashmir erupts again?“SRINAGAR: There is virtually no prospect in the foreseeable future of long-term peace coming to India’s disputed state of Kashmir, where the army has been called in today to quell a month of clashes between security forces and stone-throwing, mostly young, demonstrators.” That was the introductory paragraph to an article that I wrote on this blog…

India’s BJP’s Swings to Jingoism

India’s BJP’s Swings to Jingoism“Misinterpreting nationalism – BJP’s swing to jingoism does not augur well”, said a headline earlier this week in the Business Standard, one of India’s leading newspapers. It reflected concern in India and abroad over what the paper called the governing BJP’s “disturbing drift towards hyper-nationalism.” The only word slightly wrong there is “drift” because there is a…

Freed Indian Student Assails BJP

Freed Indian Student Assails BJPNarendra Modi’s government got its come-uppance last night when Kanhaiya Kumar, a 29-year old Delhi student controversially accused of sedition three weeks ago, was released from jail on bail and immediately starred at a rapturous late-night rally. He followed up the rally, which took place in the grounds of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), with media interviews including…

India and Pakistan’s Ice-Bound Standoff

India and Pakistan’s Ice-Bound StandoffIt seems the most pointless military exercise in the world. Yet in the days since Feb. 3 when 10 Indian soldiers were hit by an avalanche and killed on the Siachen glacier some 20,000 feet up in the Himalayas, it is clear there is no prospect of the 32-year old stand-off in the area between…