South Asian Dialectic by PR Chari
Resuming the Indo-Pak Dialogue: Evolving a New Focus
PR Chari · 18 Feb, 2015 · 4836
Foreign Secretary Jaishankar is scheduled to visit Pakistan for resuming the interrupted Indo-Pak dialogue, which has got the talking heads in New Delhi into a tizzy. Why on earth did the Prime Minister reverse course after taking the fir ...
Defence Management in India: An Agenda for Parrikar
PR Chari · 20 Nov, 2014 · 4749
Being a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) mukhya pracharak (chief preacher) endeared Manohar Parikkar to Modi and earned him the Defence portfolio. Parikkar is a modern man. He graduated in Metallurgical Engineering from the Indian Instit ...
Pakistani Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan: Implications for Asian Security
PR Chari · 20 Oct, 2014 · 4699
Months of deadlock followed a hard fought election in Afghanistan after which both principal contenders - Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah - claimed victory, and a uniquely Afghan solution was found. Ghani will be President with Abdulla ...
Obama’s New Strategy towards the Islamic State: Implications for India
PR Chari · 15 Sep, 2014 · 4659
In his widely anticipated 15th anniversary address on the 9/11 attacks, President Obama has clarified his objectives in the Middle East: “We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, [the Islamic State] through a comprehensi ...
Modi’s Tryst with Abe
PR Chari · 18 Aug, 2014 · 4606
Modi’s first foray outside South Asia was to Brazil to attend the sixth BRICS Summit on 15-16 July. This gave him the opportunity to meet President Xi Jinping and President Vladimir Putin. Incidentally, he was to visit Japan in earl ...
Thinking the Unthinkable: Promoting Nuclear Disarmament
PR Chari · 21 Jul, 2014 · 4570
In a barely noticed event, forty bishops, scholars and activists had gathered in the Catholic University of Notre Dame in end-April to explore how the world could eliminate nuclear weapons. University President Rev Jenkins cited Pop ...
The Enigmatic Case of Bowe Bergdahl
PR Chari · 16 Jun, 2014 · 4511
Sgt Bowe Bergdahl was serving with the US Army in Afghanistan’s Paktika province when he was captured on 30 June 2009 by the Taliban’s Haqqani faction. After protracted negotiations, Bergdahl was released on 31 May 2014 in a d ...
India-Pakistan Relations: Modi’s Options
PR Chari · 19 May, 2014 · 4444
How will Prime Minister designate Narendra Modi deal with Pakistan? He made a passing reference to China when he visited Arunachal Pradesh during the election campaign. An uncomplimentary mention of Bangladesh was also made as the major o ...
India and No First Use: The Doctrinal Conundrum
PR Chari · 21 Apr, 2014 · 4392
One can only be bemused by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s exhortation while inaugurating a recent conference on nuclear disarmament that the need was to establish a global no-first-use convention relating to nuclear weapons. His re ...
India and Nuclear Terrorism: Meeting the Threat
PR Chari · 17 Mar, 2014 · 4339
Nuclear Terrorism: Is the threat exaggerated?
To play the devil’s advocate, it is not easy for unauthorised persons to acquire nuclear weapons or nuclear materials. Being crown jewels, they would be closely guarded by trusted ...