What you think of talks with Pakistan depends on what you think ails Pakistan.

Ten years ago, I would argue, not too many Indians would say there is no point in talking with Pakistan. They would be more concerned that India mustn’t give away the house just to get peace on the streets. Read more

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Pakistan’s military thinks it’s winning the Great Game. It thinks.

The Pakistani military is triumphant. It believes it is winning the Great Game – which in the contemporary situation means control of Afghanistan. There has been a recent resurrection by Rawalpindi of its old claim that Afghanistan is necessary for Pakistan’s “strategic depth.” Read more

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I visit Australia, on average, once a year and can claim that I’ve never had a single racist experience and I’ve been to nearly every major city and even the Outback. However, most of my time is spent in hotels, academic institutions, downtown urban areas and airports – the least likely places to face criminal behaviour if you discount the waiter spitting in your soup. Read more

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If India were to colour its best international friends on a map, who would they be? Based on conversations with dozens of Indian officials over a dozen years, I am penning a preliminary list. Read more

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