Tag: terrorism

  • After Sharm-el-Sheikh

    Whether Prime Minister Manmohan Singh intended it or not, Sharm-el-Sheikh is a gamble: if there is another Pakistan-originated terrorist attack during his tenure, he will be thrown to the dogs by his own party; if there isn’t one, as the phrase goes, Singh is King. Nitin Pai discusses the strategic consequences of a disastrous summit.

  • They’ll have to pay for this

    Unless India responds purposefully, forcefully and successfully to the war that has been imposed on it—and that war began long before the last week of November 2008—the grand project of improving the lives, well-being and happiness of over a billion Indians, and many more besides, will be seriously jeopardised. For that reason India must not only seek to deliver exemplary punishment on the terrorist organisations and their Pakistani sponsors, but also make it prohibitively expensive for anyone to use terrorism as a political strategy.

  • The New Jihadis

    It is abundantly clear that pattern of contemporary global 'jihad' has manifested itself in India. Paradoxically, while many of the New Jihadis are home-grown, the reason for their energetic mobilisation is global. India, therefore, in the minds of the New Jihadis, is but one front in the global jihad. There are two broad arenas where the war must be fought: on the ground and in the mind.

  • Getting human rights right

    Are human rights activists playing into the hands of terrorists? A three way discussion on the need for the human rights agenda to be alive to the threat of terrorism in order to stay true to its cause. Includes web-only content

  • Strategic depth vs strategic breadth

    Amidst the endless talk of “stabilising” Afghanistan and Pakistan—which the Bush administration conceives solely in terms of military force and aid, respectively—sight is lost of the fact that what both countries need is transformation. And there is no greater transformation needed in South-Central Asia than turning Pakistan into a state that will no longer be a threat to the stability and security of its neighbours and the world.

  • Beyond marking time

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's position on Sri Lanka will continue to be cautious as the UPA coalition cannot afford any more shocks before the elections. This is driven by India's internal political compulsions rather than ambivalence in its Sri Lanka policy. [Web exclusive: Extended background]