Praveen Swami


Tension at trijunction: India-China standoff over Bhutan clash
Thu, Jun 29, 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.

No easy road away from death row for Kulbhushan Jadhav
Fri, May 12, 2017

The truth is more complex: there’s no easy refuge from death row, even in The Hague’s impressive chambers, even if India wins.

Lashkar-linked IS chief, key to training of Indian jihadists, is reported killed in Afghanistan raid
Tue, May 09, 2017

The Lashkar-e-Taiba ties, Afghan intelligence officials say, were key to his decision to take on a number of Indian jihadists in the group’s ranks.

Pakistan Army brass ordered attack to avenge losses on Line of Control
Wed, May 03, 2017

Local commanders, sources said, had underlined the need for reprisal strikes following the killing of seven to ten soldiers in an April 17 Indian artillery assault.

Indian soldiers mutilated: Pakistan Army attackers crossed LoC, Army Chief reaches Srinagar
Tue, May 02, 2017

Barbaric, says Arun jaitley, won’t go in vain; BSF and Sikh regiment personnel beheaded; Pakistan denies

Beyond the News: What’s behind Erdoğan’s Kashmir sales pitch
Mon, May 01, 2017

“Heroes”, Gore Vidal once said, tongue firmly in cheek, “must see to their own fame. No one else will”. Erdoğan evidently took that advice to heart.

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.