Nirupama Subramanian

Articles By Nirupama Subramanian

Top Afghan leader: ‘Without Pakistan support, Taliban would fade away in six months…’

Amrullah Saleh, a former chief of the Afghan intelligence service National Directorate of Security, tells The Indian Express "the key is for the Taliban to realise they can't subdue a nation by guns and bombs provided by the Pakistani ISI and the army".

Explained: Afghan deal is off. Now what?

US President Donald Trump has said he has ‘called off peace negotiations’ with Taliban. But a resumption of talks cannot be ruled out; nor can a full US withdrawal without a deal. And could India have unexpectedly got a foot in the door?

Explained: Afghan deal all but done. Now?

Drafted last week, the agreement sets out a timeline for withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan. It is not a peace deal, the onus for which lies with the Afghan government. What are the challenges it faces?

Devendra Fadnavis: Alliance with Shiv Sena will continue, I am coming back as Maharashtra CM

About the alliance with the Sena, Fadnavis said, “At least what I know, at the top in Delhi and Maharashtra, there is no confusion. We will fight in alliance, it will be a mandate for the alliance, and very soon the details will be made public.”

Devendra Fadnavis: ‘Poaching is when you go after somebody… everybody in Cong, NCP wants to join BJP’

BJP's alliance with Shiv Sena is not a need-based alliance. It is a broad-based alliance, based on common ideology, said Devendra Fadnavis.

Amid J&K lockdown, administration cranks up machinery for UTs

The government’s pre-occupation with maintaining law and order and conveying an impression of normalcy has not stopped its machinery from preparing for the reorganisation of the state set to come into effect October 31.

In Valley town, VHP man pleads his detained Kashmiri friend’s case

Standing at the gates of the guest house, Khanna, a former president of the Amritsar market association and a member of an organisation that had been most vocal in demanding the abrogation of Article 370, said Sofi was “a friend of 29 years” and almost “a family member”.

J-K: Resentment and fear make people down Valley shutters

With the near total shutdown of communications, officials said they have been finding it hard to get public feedback to the measures, and only when phones and Internet are restored will a picture emerge.

Explained: Understanding post of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS)

What is the office of Chief of Defence Staff that Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced in his Independence Day address? Where did the idea come from, and what is the CDS supposed to do?

India, Pakistan, Afghanistan: The new great game

The US, eager to pull out of Afghanistan, is rushing a deal with the Taliban; Pak is basking in its place on the talks table; and India is wary of what is to follow. As the ripples of India’s decision to strip J&K of its special status are felt, Nirupama Subramanian on the geopolitics shaping the region and its policies.

Two plus one

Imran-Trump talks in Washington have some significant messages for Delhi on Afghanistan and Kashmir. The dynamic has changed again

As Trump praises Imran for peace process, Afghans wonder what price they will pay for US-Taliban deal

In Washington last week, Trump thanked Imran Khan for “helping out” with the talks. Pakistan, which brought the Taliban to the negotiating table, has described itself as a “facilitator”.

Explained: What Imran Khan said, what he meant

This is the first time an elected Pak leader has admitted to the presence of jihadists in such huge numbers. As the international community tightens the screws, Imran may have been sending the world a message

Explained: Reading Trump’s Kashmir offer

There is a history of the US seeking to mediate between India and Pakistan. But India has always thwarted these efforts — or ensured the US acts on New Delhi’s terms. What could be on Donald Trump’s mind?

Explained: Why President Trump possibly offered to mediate on Kashmir issue

Denying the Indian Prime Minister Modi had said any such thing to Trump, the tweet laid out the position that has been sacrosanct for New Delhi in all matters with Pakistan for nearly 50 years now.

The geopolitics of Indo-Pacific: How India and others interpret the term

As a term to denote an economic and strategic community, it has been in use among scholars of international relations and geopolitics since the first decade of this century, around the same time as China's rise.

Jammu & Kashmir: ‘Significant drop’ in infiltrations this year

“By this time last year, around 15 militants had been killed while trying to infiltrate into Kashmir. But as of now, there has been no report of an encounter between militants and security forces on the border,” a senior police officer said.

Explained: How US coined ‘Indo-Pacific’ to redefine geo-politics

The “Indo-Pacific” has evoked mixed reactions in the Indian strategic community, some cautioning that such positioning should not aggravate Delhi’s tensions with Beijing.

Ranjit Singh statue to be unveiled in Lahore today

The statue has been located in an open space outside the Mai Jindian Haveli in Lahore Fort, close to the building that houses the Ranjit Singh samadhi and the Gurudwara Dera Sahib of Guru Arjun Dev.

New ISI chief Lt General Faiz Hamid: his rise to post, what his appointment signals to world, India

The ISI, with its outsize say in national politics and foreign policy, not least in shaping Pakistan’s “mullah-military alliance”, is today among the world’s most significant intelligence agencies.

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