Praveen Swami


India’s medieval counter-insurgency
Thu, Apr 27, 2017

The Maoist attack in Sukma underlines that our internal security paradigm is well past its sell-by date

Jaish-e-Muhammad launches jihad fundraising drive in Pakistan
Tue, Apr 25, 2017

Pakistan’s Zakat and Ushr law, promulgated in 1980, set up layered bodies from the national to village-level to administer compulsory religious tithes.

Liberal blogger, activist murdered in Maldives capital
Mon, Apr 24, 2017

Yameen Rasheed, an Indian Express columnist, a key figure in a new generation of campaigners against religious fundamentalism

Kerala Islamic State commander may have been killed in Afghanistan strike
Fri, Apr 21, 2017

Early this summer, key IS leaders were shifted, western sources say, to al-Mayadin, in Syria’s Deir es-Zor region, deep in the Euphrates valley.

Why push for neo-Ottomanist state is fraught with danger for Erdogan
Tue, Apr 18, 2017

Understanding the Turkish president’s moment of triumph

Caught in Kulbhushan Jadhav tangle, 2 Pak kids stranded in Punjab
Mon, Apr 17, 2017

‘Heard India’s Foreign Minister is a mother, she will understand’

He brought back order in J&K in time of insurgency
Sat, Apr 15, 2017

Former J&K Governor Girish Chandra Saxena, one of the country’s most distinguished intelligence officers, died on Friday after a brief illness.

Donald Trump ends years of declining aid to Pakistan
Fri, Apr 14, 2017

Aid to the civilian sector makes up the larger part of the increase, rising from $352 million last year to $423.

Pakistan’s dossier on Karachi network has little evidence to link Kulbhushan Jadhav to terror
Fri, Apr 14, 2017

Investigators became aware of Jadhav during Uzair Baloch’s interrogation after the ganglord’s arrest on January 30, 2016.

Behind Kulbhushan Jadhav veil, some glimpses
Wed, Apr 12, 2017

Approached R&AW with offer to help as freelance intelligence operative but was turned down

Kulbhushan Jadhav: In fog of facts – Nepal arrest, Army vs Nawaz
Wed, Apr 12, 2017

New Delhi-based diplomatic sources said the Government of India had served Pakistan with 13 separate diplomatic missives seeking access to Jadhav since March 25, 2016.

Donald Trump’s unguided missiles
Fri, Apr 07, 2017

President Trump can indeed step up the heat on Syria—but only at the cost of coming into frontal conflict with Russia, and handing a military victory to the Islamic State and al-Qaeda.

Behind Tawang row, two nations enslaved by history
Thu, Apr 06, 2017

Tenzin Gyatso has visited Arunachal Pradesh in 1983, 1996, 1997 and twice in 2003—which, put together, gives excellent reason to wonder why Beijing should claim this particular tour has hurt its “core interests”.

Why the brutal war in Syria exposes the global cant on chemical weapons
Thu, Apr 06, 2017

Despite the ‘red line’, a large number of countries have used chemical agents against enemies in conflict. Also, why is killing with chemical weapons taboo, but killing with fearsome conventional weapons okay?

Crowd-sourcing of terror latest security challenge, says FBI deputy director
Tue, Apr 04, 2017

Andrew McCabe, the senior-most civil servant in FBI, called for greater international cooperation to address the growing threat.

‘Londonstani’ jihad: Bloodsoaked crisis of British multiculturalism
Fri, Mar 24, 2017

The long-running story of the English jihad, however, also suggests another narrative that needs careful examination

Pakistani teens wrongly accused of being Uri terror guides finally home
Fri, Mar 10, 2017

The attack, significantly, has since been attributed to the Lashkar-e-Taiba, not, as initially claimed, the Jaish-e-Muhammad.

Train suspect shot dead was named last year by member of IS-inspired cell, police lost trail
Thu, Mar 09, 2017

Police and intelligence services were aware, the document shows, that the college dropout had been tasked with securing arms and training facilities for a new Islamic State-linked cell in Uttar Pradesh, sparking off months of online surveillance.

No evidence so two Pakistani schoolkids arrested for Uri strike are set free
Thu, Mar 09, 2017

The Indian Express had, in December, first published evidence suggesting the two were Class X students at the Shaheen Model School in Muzaffarabad who had accidentally strayed across the Line of Control, and were not terrorists.

Under watch until train attack, phone chatter gave them away
Wed, Mar 08, 2017

The four men had made contact with pro-Islamic State Facebook accounts, and downloaded jihadist material, ahead of the attack on the Bhopal-Ujjain train.

The compelling virtue of treason
Wed, Mar 08, 2017

For democracy to survive, the national conversation must include dissenting voices.

Pakistan’s terror-finance time-bomb
Thu, Mar 02, 2017

Islamabad is now feeling the heat from the global Financial Action Task Force — but this isn’t the end of the Lashkar-e-Toiba story

Kerala family gets word: One from group building Islamic State in Afghanistan is killed
Mon, Feb 27, 2017

“There’s simply no way of verifying the identities of individual dead.”

Kerala jihadist believed to have been killed in drone strike in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar district
Sun, Feb 26, 2017

Family members learned of the death through a Telegram instant message sent to them by another Kerala jihadist living in Nangarhar on Sunday morning.

Manipur violence: Secret Naga autonomy talks near resolution
Sun, Feb 26, 2017

Large Naga populations live in Manipur’s hill areas, and Naga insurgents have long demanded that these communities be made part of Nagalim, a territory encompassing all areas where the ethnic group lives.

Life lost in jail: Secret AP police report cleared 2005 Delhi blast accused but no one acted on it
Sat, Feb 25, 2017

Even though the Union Ministry of Home Affairs was made aware of this evidence, no re-investigation was ordered in this and in two other similar cases, government sources have confirmed to this newspaper.

Importance of Saifullah Akhtar, the ISI’s pet jihadist for 30 years
Tue, Feb 21, 2017

Graduate of Karachi’s jihad seminary, an aide of Osama bin Laden and confidant of Mullah Omar, Akhtar was accused in a coup bid and attempt on Benazir’s life, but escaped repeatedly — until this weekend.

Terror funding: Islamabad to face heat at Paris meet this weekend
Fri, Feb 17, 2017

Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, the head of the Lashkar and its parent political arm, the Jamaat-ud-Dawa, was placed under house arrest last month, though no criminal charges have been brought against him.

In Afghanistan, families from Kerala try to build Islamic State
Thu, Feb 16, 2017

The members of the group have set up stores, teach religion, have married, and had children. None appears to be engaged in military activity.

Raising new army in Kashmir, Lashkar turns to rural homes
Tue, Feb 14, 2017

For that outcome, Pakistan’s intelligence services have already begun to prime organisations like the Jaish-e-Muhammad.

Using fictitious names, Lashkar operates bank accounts in Pakistan
Wed, Feb 08, 2017

The accounts continue to be active even though the FIF is blacklisted by the United Nations Security Council, obliging all member-states to freeze their assets.

Terror targeting India: A lid on Lashkar, Jaish takes jihadi centrestage in Pakistan
Tue, Feb 07, 2017

General of the Jaish-e-Muhammad has been holding rallies across Pakistan, openly recruiting new cadre and raising funds.

In Fact: Hafiz Saeed’s recent arrest is no turning point for Pakistan
Fri, Feb 03, 2017

But it does tell us something significant about the pressures the country is facing.

America’s own
Fri, Jan 27, 2017

Even in these first days of the Trump presidency, the first light of an age of reaction is impossible to miss. It has been incubated in American liberalism.

Release our kids: family of Pakistani teen held for Uri attack
Wed, Apr 12, 2017

Though a senior Pakistani diplomat familiar with the negotiations said there was “no linkage” between the teenagers’ case and Chavan’s release, he said the “matter was being dealt with separately”.

That ’70s show
Fri, Jan 13, 2017

As we struggle to make sense of Donald Trump and the rising tide of right-wing nationalism in Europe, it is important to revisit the rise of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan.