Sumit Ganguly


Sumit Ganguly is director of research at the Center on American and Global Security, Indiana University, Bloomington

After 14 years, Pakistan troops violate ceasefire across LoC in Kargil sector

New Delhi: For the first time in 14 years since the 1999 Kargil war, Pakistani troops violated ceasefire in the higher reaches of Ladakh with its troops opening fire with small and automatic weapons

Man abandoned in US jail for five days wins $4.1 mn

A man forgotten for five days in a US jail without food or water has won a $4.1 million (3.1 million euro) settlement from the US government, news reports said Wednesday.

3,000 moved to safer places in Thane; 3 washed away in floods

Three persons were reportedly washed away in floodwaters, while over 3,000 people were shifted to safer places as heavy rains disrupted normal life in Thane district on Friday.

The prism is ugly, dark and deep

Faced with stinging criticism from some lawmakers, significant members of the press and a large number of civil rights activists, Gen.

Sharif can’t send Singh a friend request

In some quarters of New Delhi and elsewhere there is talk that with Nawaz Sharif in office it might be possible to renew meaningful discussions with Pakistan on a range of outstanding bilateral issues. Obviously, the emergence of a largely legitimately elected civilian regime in Pakistan is a welcome development for New Delhi.

Zero-sum diplomacy

The recent Chinese incursion across the Line of Actual Control near Daulat Beg Oldi in Ladakh is nearing a diplomatic resolution.

States of power

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, during the peak of Congress dominance, there were persistent accusations, both from political commentators as well as regional political leaders, that the Indian polity had become overly centralised. There was some truth to these charges. An overweening, Congress-run Central government had little patience for regional leaders or parties.

A deadend street

Yet another attempt to thaw Indo-Pakistani relations has failed to generate any warmth. Though Rehman Malik’s visit to New Delhi produced much heat, it did little to promote any amity, the more relaxed visa regime notwithstanding.

The Indian tangent in US polls

India has rarely loomed large in the US presidential campaigns. Indeed it was only towards the end of the Cold War that it even merited any mention during the campaign speeches and debates.

The cost and benefits of big-box retail

In the 18th and 19th century the enclosure movement in Western Europe came to a close. It had begun in the British Isles as early as the 15th century and even possibly earlier. It was a movement that had sought to enclose arable land that had been held in common in rural areas for the purposes of various forms of commercial agriculture.

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