India is a state-nation rather than a nation-state. Discuss.

Which is what Professor Ashutosh Varshney did during a discussion organized by the Asia Society Mumbai on Thursday, with me as a moderator. Read more

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There is, rightfully, a lot of anger in India over the recent incursion by Pakistani troops across the Line of Control. Much of the anger is less about the incursion, as LoC skirmishes are an almost weekly incident, as much as the beheading of at least one of the Indian soldiers after he was killed. Read more

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Called to Mhow as one of the speakers at the Army War College’s high command training programme for the third year running, I did my “military service” earlier than normal. Read more

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Why the Horn of Africa could be the New Big Headache next year.

This is not another end of the year commentary. I would prefer to take a look at the coming year and make a prediction. If I am wrong, everyone will forget. If I am right, I will win a prize or something. Read more

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Why Holbrooke is a model for diplomats of an aspiring power.
What, I am occasionally asked, is so great about Richard Holbrooke? Read more

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(An informal remembrance of the Indo-Pak foreign ministers’ meeting in Islamabad on July 15)

1. Press conference scheduled for noon is suddenly put off. Oooh. Something big in offing. I’m asked if I would like to ask the sixth and last question of the Q and A. I say aye. Read more

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India and China are back to sniping at each other. China complained publicly at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visiting Arunachal Pradesh. India responded by wagging a finger at China building infrastructure in the Pakistani third of Kashmir. Why is this happening? Read more

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