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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Syed Ata Hasnain


The writer, a former corps commander of the Srinagar-based 15 Corps, is chancellor, Central University of Kashmir

The decision of China and India to disengage should be seen as a first step to ending hostilities
Fri, Feb 12, 2021

Syed Ata Hasnain writes: What the disengagement will involve and what its terminal status will be is of much importance to the future of Sino-Indian relations. As more information is revealed on the terms and conditions of the disengagement, the approach and strategy we need to adopt will become progressively clearer.

Advantage gained by India in either of the standoffs with China or Pakistan will go far in enhancing its international role
Fri, Nov 20, 2020

Amid changing geopolitics, each shot fired on LoC, each proposal on LAC, will mean several dots have to be joined.

It is no longer Pakistan seeking Chinese support for its adventurism as much as it is the other way around. India must prepare
Mon, Jul 20, 2020

China’s success or failure in such adventurism will set the course of its future strategy against its multiple adversaries. That is the psyche which India must exploit to prevent escalation and win this and impending standoffs without fighting.

Putting world together again: A cold war of sorts could be on the cards for some time
Tue, Apr 21, 2020

Strategic cooperation, focus on human security, will be the key to global recovery. But trust deficit between great powers will make that a hard task.

A year after Balakot: Pakistan’s options have reduced, India has more room for manoeuvre
Tue, Feb 25, 2020

All this may point towards Pakistan adopting a more rational course in J&K and preventing situations which it will clearly be in no position to handle.

Donald Trump is mistaken to think an all-out war will help his re-election chances
Tue, Jan 07, 2020

An all-out war between the US and Iran will destabilise the region and have major economic impact worldwide. The outcome could be apocalyptic for India’s interests

Pak-sponsored terrorists target migrants, minorities to show that normalcy in Kashmir is far away
Fri, Nov 01, 2019

With the numbers of terrorists down but some quantum of successful infiltration, as admitted by the JKP, the terrorists have had some time to reorganise, recalibrate and reselect their targets.

Modi’s speech handled political differences with finesse, showed sensitivity towards Kashmiris
Sat, Aug 10, 2019

The address was perfectly timed because the question that was arising was whether India would squander the difficult decision at the altar of unnecessary triumphalism without looking at the sensitivities of its implications.

ISIS claiming responsibility for terror in Sri Lanka points to the danger of its expansion in the Subcontinent
Sat, Apr 27, 2019

The Islamic State (IS) has lately taken responsibility. Yet, the international connection is a matter of piecing the complex jigsaw of international terror, Islamist networks, the situation post the 2009 war with LTTE and other events.

By discussing retribution for Pulwama, the element of surprise is lost
Sat, Feb 23, 2019

When a nation virtually announces that it is going to do something in reprisal it compromises one of the basic principles of war — surprise. It is patient and planned operations that will hobble Pakistan.

In 2019, a new outreach
Mon, Jan 07, 2019

J&K needs a coordinated effort from all stakeholder organisations

The wrong reform
Mon, Sep 24, 2018

Suggestion that rank of brigadier be eliminated, command and control be restructured are ill-informed.

Pieces of peace
Thu, May 31, 2018

Peace initiatives on LoC, and internally in J&K, must be enthusiastically welcomed, but not taken at face value

New shades of an old conflict
Thu, Feb 22, 2018

Emergence of credible threats in ‘rear of rear areas’ points to a transformation in threat pattern. As Pakistan’s provocation changes, India’s response must be different too.

Don’t suspend disbelief
Thu, Jan 04, 2018

US President’s censure notwithstanding, Pakistan continues to mainstream terror groups. India cannot let down its guard.

Pakistan, storyteller
Mon, Oct 09, 2017

Delhi has much to learn from Islamabad’s diplomatic outreach to the world

Outreach that escaped scrutiny
Sat, Jul 08, 2017

Until the death of Burhan Wani, Kashmir’s new militancy on social media was little understood by the establishment, intelligence agencies and media

Infiltration, best countered
Sat, Jun 17, 2017

Pakistani militants are fervently trying to gain access through Uri. This is a warning bell to step up counter-terror ops, intelligence — and outreach to Kashmiris

On the digital front
Sat, Apr 22, 2017

To restore stability in Kashmir, security forces must provide a counter-narrative to the psychological warfare on social media

In spite of the faultlines
Fri, Feb 24, 2017

In a post-Trump world, India can be an example of plural values.

An old new militancy
Thu, Jul 14, 2016

In the absence of political engagement, a wide space has opened up for radicalisation in the Valley.

NIT Srinagar controversy underlines need to handle sensitive issues with agility, an eye on the future
Tue, Apr 12, 2016

The events at NIT Srinagar are sickeningly familiar

State of transition
Tue, Nov 11, 2014

The J&K situation confounds because it is more ambiguous than any internal conflict the Union of India has faced.

No war, no peace
Wed, Sep 24, 2014

President Xi’s strategy of seeking enhanced friendship in the backdrop of a border standoff looks set to continue.

The chief’s challenge
Fri, Aug 01, 2014

General Suhag has 30 months to push the army modernisation project.