The writer is a former foreign secretary and senior fellow CPR. He was India’s ambassador to Nepal 2002-4.
India-Nepal relations are far too important to be derailed by this unfortunate display of cynical brinkmanship by Nepal's short-sighted leaders. India will need to tread carefully.
There is no escaping the fact that COVID-19 may not have become a pandemic if China were a democracy with a free flow of information through an independent media and accountable political leadership.
Covid-19 has proved to be an opportunity for reviving SAARC, but it remains to be seen if this prospect becomes a reality. The government has been cautious in describing such expectations as “premature”.
A valuable contribution to our understanding of the complex historiography of the Himalayas and the role of Tibet, India and China in this strategic zone.
The India-Nepal border is unique in that neither country has allowed a political boundary to interrupt the age-old traffic of people who share ties of kinship, religion and culture.
As US-China competion intensifies, India should refrain from taking sides
Citizens have the right to hold their political leaders and governing institutions accountable. It is unacceptable to assert that questioning the armed forces or government is unpatriotic.
Deteriorating situation in Valley can’t be delinked from abdication of political responsibility by governments in Delhi.
Modi-Xi summit gives India the chance to expand its diplomatic options in the neighbourhood and beyond.
A compelling account of the environmental concerns that India faces and practical solutions that could resolve the deadlocks
India-US relations in the age of Trump are becoming more transactional, less strategic
India needs an alternative narrative which contests the inevitability of Chinese hegemony
There is an attempt to blame India for the current instability by those who sided with the monarchy 11 years ago
Moving away from a literary imagination that is centred on the human experience, Amitav Ghosh explores the global culture of denial surrounding the climate change debate
The Fourth Nuclear Security Summit brought a timely focus on the link between nuclear and cyber security.
Paris Agreement is a pale shadow of the 1992 convention, but India salvaged some key principles.
Ahead of the summit, India has been again targeted as a spoiler. It must stand its ground till the end.
As long as half of Nepal feels it has been shortchanged by the new constitution, political stability will elude it.
The conference in Paris is unlikely to result in an agreement that can address the challenge of climate change.
A sharp analysis of India’s challenges in navigating a rapidly transforming regional and international landscape under Narendra Modi.