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Nation Of Hairpin Bends

Nation Of Hairpin Bends

Nov 19, 2020

A minute portrait, through aggregation of numerous facts and events, of Pakistan during nine fiery years—its inner contradictions, faultlines, personages—by an intrepid journalist

The Insider Who Needs A Pedestal

The Insider Who Needs A Pedestal

May 08, 2020

As the top Indian diplomat in the British Indian government and then as a confidant to top leaders like Nehru and Patel, V.P. Menon did more to determine the contours of the Indian republic than most prominent Indians. Consigned to relative obscurity, this scholarly biography aims to correct the oversight.

Before The Fall, A Giant

Before The Fall, A Giant

May 08, 2020

Brilliant pundit and polemicist of genius, the man Nehru relied on most was also a master manipulator with a talent for antagonising others. The arrogant, riddlesome Krishna Menon’s life gets the full treatment by Jairam Ramesh.

Neither India Nor Pakistan Is Really Prepared To Fight A Conventional War

Neither India Nor Pakistan Is Really Prepared To Fight A Conventional War

Mar 01, 2019

What are the thresholds at which the N-option kicks in?

All The President’s Faults

All The President’s Faults

Oct 10, 2018

Avoiding the ways of gossipy Trump-watchers, Fear uncovers the style of an impulsive president, his eager toadies and the few ‘adults’ who did say nay

Ring The Ammo Import Panel

Ring The Ammo Import Panel

Aug 29, 2018

India’s security challenges, new and traditional, are the focus of this book. It also deals with concerns like internal, economic and cyber security.

Ice From Walden Pond To Cool Their Sherbet

Ice From Walden Pond To Cool Their Sherbet

Jun 27, 2018

In this deeply-researched book, Srinath Raghavan charts America’s contact with South Asia—from the early, uneven gushes to the late Great Power surge

Tribute And Return Gifts?

Tribute And Return Gifts?

May 03, 2018

The PM’s new approach to China may herald a return to India’s traditional realist stance, which would strengthen our position if followed through

Leapfrog? Just A Chimera Chase

Leapfrog? Just A Chimera Chase

Apr 11, 2018

A reworked bid gifts India the prospect of owning 110 medium-role combat aircraft. Nevertheless, the IAF may be down to 15 squadrons by 2032.

Masterful Two-Front Managers

Masterful Two-Front Managers

Mar 22, 2018

This detailed book on the US’s Afghan strategy elaborates on the ISI’s shadowy dance of deception, but downplays larger failures of American policy

Super Toil Across Years Begets Power

Super Toil Across Years Begets Power

Jan 18, 2018

India, still a ‘balancing power’, is central to Trump’s NSS. To reap its benefits, we need long work on core interests.

Kingdom Of Crooked Mirrors

Kingdom Of Crooked Mirrors

Sep 14, 2017

Like the fabrication behind ‘Pakistan Defence Day’, Bajwa’s solemn jeremiad about their good intentions is a bare-faced lie. Only a strategic shift can correct it.

Stomach For A Bigger Slice

Stomach For A Bigger Slice

Aug 25, 2017

India’s foreign policy—from Nehru’s multi-faceted non-alignment to today’s global ambition—is analysed through the prism of heritage and key individuals

How The Boots Face The Sun

How The Boots Face The Sun

Aug 17, 2017

The PLA marches to the party’s tune. Under Xi, they have their toughest conductor till date.

Dateline Xinadu

Dateline Xinadu

Aug 17, 2017

The Sino-Indian border crisis is framed amidst colonial treaties, old nationalisms, new entitlements. The economic-military edge is with China, yet a conflict would hurt its ‘dream’ as much as ours. India is holding on, but the brink is a dangerous place to hold on to.

Chink In The Checker’s Board

Chink In The Checker’s Board

Jul 07, 2017

The Doklam plateau is an area of vulnerability for China and India. The Chinese action is the usual creeping barrage of aggression and presenting faits accomplis.

Thinly Spread Across Seasons

Thinly Spread Across Seasons

Jul 06, 2017

India is grossly under-policed and the force is badly used. Balachandran has suggestions, including that of a central police with all-India jurisdiction.

New Blitzkrieg Or No War

New Blitzkrieg Or No War

Jun 02, 2017

The Indian Army is more than a match for its Pakistani counterpart, but tardy modernisation means it has little punching power. Plus, there dangles the threat of a nuclear response.

Comprehensive National Power

Comprehensive National Power

May 05, 2017

India needs a strategic effort to understand that it is no longer competing with China, but seeking to cope with an increasing asymmetry of power

India’s Man For All Seasons

India’s Man For All Seasons

Mar 16, 2017

A.C.N. Nambiar was Azad Hind envoy in Nazi Germany, an associate of Bose and Nehru and later a diplomat. His glittering life has been told at last.

Plumbing The Deep State

Plumbing The Deep State

Feb 23, 2017

From being the West’s trusted ally, Pakistan is now condemned for its duplicitous state policy. This book looks at its recent, tangled history.

Hammer Of Authority

Hammer Of Authority

Feb 09, 2017

The Indian military is its own police and judge. That’s the problem.

Dealing With Hafiz Saeed Not Easy For Pakistan Because JuD Commands Great Street Power

Dealing With Hafiz Saeed Not Easy For Pakistan Because JuD Commands Great Street Power

Jan 31, 2017

Hafiz Muhammad Saeed was detained by Pakistan most likely because of American pressure because Indian efforts have not yielded results

Viet-Cam Diary

Viet-Cam Diary

Jan 20, 2017

Vietnam has come a long way after The War. Its present day proximity to the US against China shows how national interest trumps historical memory...

Lion Of Punjab Honoured In French Town

Lion Of Punjab Honoured In French Town

Sep 30, 2016

Tropez unveils the bust of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, Princess of Chamba and her husband General Francois Allard

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