Praveen Swami


Two months into Doklam standoff, assessing China’s strength
Tue, Aug 15, 2017

China’s great strength is part steel and part illusion. The dragon may indeed breathe fire — but it has enough teeth and claws missing to not want to fight.

Life of militant who died twice tells tale of Kashmir jihad’s changing colour
Mon, Aug 14, 2017

The patriarch of Kashmir’ jihadists was shot dead in Shopian on Sunday in an operation built around intelligence generated by the Jammu and Kashmir Police. His story helps in understanding the journey the Kashmir jihad has taken over the last 10 years

Lashkar commander killed: In rise and fall of Abu Dujana, a tale of falsehood and ambition
Wed, Aug 02, 2017

The real significance of Abu Dujana's story, though, is in what it tells us about the rapidly changing character of the jihad in Kashmir, and its possible globalisation.

Doklam is not about a road
Sat, Jul 29, 2017

Doklam, like other recent stand-offs in Depsang or Demchok, is not about a road: It is is a message about China’s ire at India building alliances with its adversaries in Asia, and with the US. Beijing seeks, through the threat of force, to instruct India on how countries ought to conduct themselves.

Al-Qaeda sets up Valley wing with Chandigarh college dropout as chief
Fri, Jul 28, 2017

Zakir Rashid Bhat, a breakaway Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander based in south Kashmir, has been appointed head of al-Qaeda in the Indian subcontinent’s new affiliate for the state, Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, the terrorist group’s media wing announced on Thursday.

Samjhauta blast: UNSC still blames Lashkar-e-Taiba operative Arif Qasmani
Wed, Jul 26, 2017

In 2009, when Qasmani was sanctioned, the IB knew that the theory that Lashkar was responsible for the attack was legless. Yet, two successive governments chose not to make public the error, allowing lawyers for the accused to point to the UNSC sanctions as evidence for the alleged perpetrators.

Lashkar-led jihadist conclave calls for war against India
Mon, Jul 24, 2017

The meeting, arguably the largest single gathering of jihadist commanders in recent years, was held in the build-up to Supreme Court hearings on corruption charges that will decide the fate of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government, to demand that he reverse his policies on Kashmir.

Police informant’s killing 2 months ago may hold key to attack on Amarnath yatris
Fri, Jul 14, 2017

War within Lashkar may have led its ‘commanders’ to hit Amarnath Yatra

Despite ban, Lashkar-e-Taiba leader thumbs nose in Pakistan, hails terrorist
Tue, Jul 11, 2017

Funeral assembly on July 6 provides fresh evidence that the Lashkar-e-Taiba, banned under the United Nations Security Council’s resolutions and Pakistani law, continues to operate in plain sight of the country’s law enforcement despite a hyped crackdown on its top leadership.

Seeds of a million tyrannies
Mon, Jul 10, 2017

The anti-minority violence in India is significant not principally because of its scale but because of the processes engendering it.

Behind the ongoing stand-off in Doklam, century-old manoeuvres of geostrategy
Mon, Jul 24, 2017

Until 1959, China made no claims on Bhutan, but now, its Ministry of Foreign Affairs cites the 1890 China-Britain treaty, which states that the border runs west from Doka-La along the ridgeline — that is, south of the Doklam plateau.

J&K govt data shows: Firing across LoC has limited impact, fails to deter Pakistan
Mon, Jul 03, 2017

Incidents of firing across the LoC have risen steadily since 2012, when 79 were registered, to 236 in 2013, 226 in 2014, and 279 in 2015, according to data gathered by the J&K government.

China road works raise security issues: India
Sat, Jul 01, 2017

Both sides have reinforced their positions amidst a continuing war of words between Beijing and New Delhi. Indian military officials rejected claims that there were signs of imminent conflict in the region — the site of intense skirmishes in 1967, provoked by similar disputes over border works.

Tension at trijunction: India-China standoff over Bhutan clash
Mon, Jul 24, 2017

“Even though India has long had a presence along the Bhutan-China border, it has never acted in defence of its ally’s interests. The Chinese are very upset by the Indian assertion, and are seeking to push back against what they see as a line having been crossed,” a senior Indian official said.

Financial Action Task Force to take up Pakistan record of choking terror funds
Sat, Jun 24, 2017

FATF documents state that member states voiced concerns that Pakistan had failed to honour commitments to act against the financing of groups like the Lashkar, made to the organisation’s International Cooperation Review Group (IRCG) in February 2015.

Pakistan troops cross LoC, ambush Indian patrol, 2 soldiers killed
Fri, Jun 23, 2017

Army sources familiar with the circumstances of the ambush — the third of its kind attempted in Poonch this year — said the patrol was one of several sent out to ensure jihadists did not use the intense firing, which had been raging since the previous night, to cross the Line of Control.

Decades after earliest Quran was discovered, scholars to share full text of the Sana’a manuscript
Sun, Jun 18, 2017

Five decades after the earliest manuscript of the Quran was discovered in Yemen, scholars are getting ready to share with the world the full text of the Sana’a manuscript. Inside the incredible hunt for Islam’s urtext.

Karnataka-born ‘IS operative’ Mohammad Shafi Armar declared global terrorist by US treasury dept
Fri, Jun 16, 2017

Karnataka-born 'IS operative' Mohammad Shafi Armar: Intelligence sources said it was not known if the four men were in any way linked, but said al-Binali was a former Bahrain Ministry of Interior officer, who appeared in a 2014 IS video calling on subjects of the kingdom to rebel.

SS Khaplang, patriarch of Naga war on India, passes away
Sat, Jun 10, 2017

Indian government sources said the ailing insurgent leader had died of diabetes-related complications.

UK election results: The Age of Blah has ended
Fri, Jun 09, 2017

Britain, Friday morning’s election results show, has marched decisively towards an impasse. The results also point towards deeper strains in the country’s polity.

The Little Gang Who Couldn’t: Lessons from the Saudi-Qatar crisis
Mon, Jun 05, 2017

Harsh words for the world’s largest natural gas producer, with the highest per-capital income, and host of the 2022 Football World Cup—but to many, this West Asian crisis might seem like it can be condensed into three words: pot, kettle, black.

Terrorism could break ethnic-religious peace, Germans fear
Mon, Jun 05, 2017

Germany saw over almost ten attacks a day against individual refugees and shelters in 2016, according to interior ministry figures, which left 560 people injured, 43 of them children.

Germany will allow protests at G20: Answer is in conversation
Sun, Jun 04, 2017

Perhaps oddly, Germany seems to be welcoming the protest: the country’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, will meet members of non-governmental organisations from all over the world in two weeks time, as part of an unprecedented outreach to hear the concerns of social movements.

After talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, PM Narendra Modi to push stalled trade with EU
Wed, May 31, 2017

The announcement could ease concerns of German businesses, who have been warning that potential investments in India could be at risk, unless an investment protection treaty is negotiated.

Angela Merkel looks East in one-on-one with PM Narendra Modi
Tue, May 30, 2017

Though Angela Merkel underlined the need for continued friendly relations with the United States, Britain and Russia, she said that “we Europeans must really take our destiny into our own hands”. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a visit to Germany.

PM Narendra Modi travels to Europe’s heart as world order groans under new strains
Mon, May 29, 2017

PM Narendra Modi has scheduled a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel scheduled at her official country retreat in Meeseberg

Background: Behind Manchester tragedy, story of how UK nurtured jihad in Libya
Mon, May 29, 2017

Ramadan Abedi, father of the 22-year-old bomber Salman Abedi, was among those who got asylum in Britain in the mid-1990s after fleeing Libya following a failed jihadist plot against Muammar Gaddafi

KPS Gill dies at 82: Supercop scripted own doctrine
Sat, May 27, 2017

Kunwar Pal Singh Gill, passed away at 82 after battling kidney and heart disease for several years.

A blemished medal
Thu, May 25, 2017

The applause for Major Gogoi’s act needs to be examined, and the notion that savage force will solve the problem unpicked

Army officer major Gogoi, who tied youth to jeep gets award; Paresh Rawal says do this to Arundhati Roy
Tue, May 23, 2017

The award, a senior officer said, was given “for sustained efforts on counter-insurgency”.

Father of slain Maldives journalist says his govt stalling probe
Tue, May 23, 2017

Yameen Rasheed, 29, author of The Daily Panic blog popular with young Maldivians, was stabbed to death outside his apartment in the Maldives capital, Malé, last month.

Tussle between Army, govt will shape how The Hague verdict plays out in Pakistan
Fri, May 19, 2017

Kulbhushan Jadhav was sized up by the hardened intelligence professionals sitting across the table — and dismissed as a high-risk fantasist, officials present at the meeting recall.

Kulbhushan Jadhav’s execution stayed: Moral victory for India, but his fate remains in the hands of Pakistan’s generals
Thu, May 18, 2017

To get a sense of what choices Islamabad faces, it’s important to get a sense of what the The Hague has actually said.

From Afghan hideout, Kerala jihad leader calls faithful to Caliphate
Thu, May 18, 2017

Abdulla lashed out at mainstream Indian Muslim leaders who, he argued, were misleading their flock by condemning the Islamic State as illegitimate

Ummer Fayaz’s killers led by local Hizbul man wanted for two earlier murders, say police
Fri, May 12, 2017

Witnesses have said Ummer Fayaz's killers were led by local Hizbul Mujahideen operative Abbas Ahmad Bhat who was wanted for two earlier homicides

Hope at The Hague, and many obstacles as well
Thu, May 11, 2017

For India to turn to The Hague marks an almost seismic reversal of policy.