Srinath Raghavan


Srinath Raghavan

Vicious cycle of civil war

In diplomacy, timing is everything. Who would have guessed even a few weeks ago that the Syrian government would agree to get rid of its chemical weapons with such alacrity?

Borderline personality disorder

When it comes to the borders, our public debates tend to verge on the irrational. For a country that has several major and minor territorial disputes, we seem to proceed on curious premises. All our neighbours must accept our claims and we need to make no concessions whatsoever.

The burden of truth

The escalating violence in Bangladesh triggered by the opponents of the war crimes trials raises important questions about the country’s past as well as its future. The trial aims to bring to justice individuals who actively collaborated with the Pakistan Army in its brutal efforts to quash the movement for an independent Bangladesh in 1971.

Delhi needs Afghan red lines

The year 2013 will be a decisive year for Afghanistan. It marks the beginning of the end of a chapter in Afghan history — one that opened with the overthrow of the Taliban regime in 2001. Future historians may well see this period as a mere interregnum.

Build our economy to make an impact in Asia

It is a season of transitions. The election of the American President and the selection of the next generation of Chinese leaders are being followed by early polls in Japan.

Stuck in a time warp

Fifty years is a long time. Long enough to treat anything of that vintage as nothing but history. But the Sino-Indian war of 1962 seems to be trapped in a time warp. Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of the onset of the war.

Being proactive in West Asia

No revolution is a tea party. Not even the American Revolution, famously catalysed by the “Boston tea party”. This grim truth was hammered home by the brutal killing of United States ambassador Christopher Stevens and his colleagues in Libya.

Balancing act in Iran

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s impending visit to Iran comes at a critical juncture in West Asian politics. The agenda of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit is likely to be wide-ranging, but the backdrop will be provided by three interlocked crises currently playing out in the region. India’s response to each of these will have to be crafted keeping in mind the interconnections between them.

Siachen no ice-breaker

The latest round of India-Pakistan talks on Siachen held earlier this month ended without a breakthrough. Thirteen rounds of talks have been held over 27 years, yet an agreement on demilitarisation of the glacier remains elusive.

How special is J&K, really?

The final report of the group of interlocutors for Jammu and Kashmir is now in the public domain.

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