Opinion: On Chabahar, India Must Recover Lost Ground With Iran Quickly

Opinion: On Chabahar, India Must Recover Lost Ground With Iran Quickly

Maya Mirchandani | Saturday July 18, 2020

Ripples in the India-Iran bilateral relationship have risen to the surface once again, forcing the question of whether India's policy and commitment towards the development of the Chabahar Port project is unraveling.

Opinion: What Nepal’s New Aggression Reveals For India And Its Neighbours

Opinion: What Nepal’s New Aggression Reveals For India And Its Neighbours

Maya Mirchandani | Friday May 22, 2020

The lesson from this latest controversy with Nepal is simple - episodic interest when things get out of hand can only ever be just a temporary solution. As a new map becomes a new irritant, it seems all the more urgent for Delhi to pursue a coherent neighborhood policy and remain engaged at high levels. It must forge new relationships and revive old ones before this d...

Opinion: How Trump Visit Could Leverage CAA And Kashmir Against PM Modi

Opinion: How Trump Visit Could Leverage CAA And Kashmir Against PM Modi

Maya Mirchandani | Wednesday February 19, 2020

As India rolls out the red carpet to receive US President Donald Trump next week, rough spots that have arisen in the wake of the Modi government's decisions on Kashmir and the subsequent passing of the Citizenship Amendment Act will need diplomatic resolution.

Opinion: The Danger Of Cheering The Telangana Police

Opinion: The Danger Of Cheering The Telangana Police

Maya Mirchandani | Saturday December 07, 2019

December 16th marks seven years since the brutal Delhi gang-rape. Nirbhaya - or "fearless" - was the name the young intern was given by an anguished nation for the two weeks she survived after the horrific attack. As she battled for life, an entire country prayed with her family. We prayed for her recovery, we prayed for justice and we prayed that no other woman in In...

Opinion: Much Rides On Bibi, Modi And The 'Bromance'

Opinion: Much Rides On Bibi, Modi And The 'Bromance'

Maya Mirchandani | Monday January 15, 2018

While India and Israel's positions on 'Islamic' terrorism and shared economic interests highlight similarities between the two countries, it is up to India to make sure it continues to stay on the path it has chosen, of keeping the balance it has assiduously achieved and not succumbing to ideological, hyper-nationalist rhetoric driven by right wing supporters of the r...

Blog: How India Beat UK For Major Win At World Court (ICJ)

Blog: How India Beat UK For Major Win At World Court (ICJ)

Maya Mirchandani | Wednesday November 22, 2017

What is clearly being considered a major triumph for Indian diplomacy has been viewed as major a defeat for Britain, leaving it without a representative at the international court for the first time in 71 years. In some ways, perhaps, the final defeat of the Empire by an erstwhile colony.

Opinion: What Followed After Modi-Trump Hug Was Net Win For India

Opinion: What Followed After Modi-Trump Hug Was Net Win For India

Maya Mirchandani | Tuesday June 27, 2017

It's time now to roll up some sleeves and get down to brass tacks to ensure India-US ties stay the course reaffirmed at today's meeting, without the whim of individual leaders coming in the way. The proof of the pudding, as they say, is in the eating.

Opinion: This New Move Will Test India's Equation With Both Pak And China

Opinion: This New Move Will Test India's Equation With Both Pak And China

Maya Mirchandani | Saturday June 10, 2017

The inclusion of two sparring neighbours into a grouping led by India's regional nemesis is enough to make any head turn and ask whether individual nations will be able to leave aside bilateral differences for the greater good, or whether, like SAARC, cooperation here too will become hostage to the India-Pakistan dispute.

Opinion: As Sri Lanka Leans Towards China, Modi's Trip Has High Stakes

Opinion: As Sri Lanka Leans Towards China, Modi's Trip Has High Stakes

Maya Mirchandani | Wednesday May 10, 2017

With Beijing's advances, time is clearly of the essence, and the need to regain ground lost to China is of paramount strategic importance for India.

Blog: Iran Refuses To Sideline China And Pak, Irking India

Blog: Iran Refuses To Sideline China And Pak, Irking India

Maya Mirchandani | Friday May 05, 2017

While Iran drags its feet on awarding a crucial contract for gas exploration in its Farzad B offshore field to ONGC Videsh, India has decided to cut back on oil imports from Iran by 3 million tons (roughly 25 percent) in the current financial year.

Blog: Mehbooba Mufti's Most Unsuitable Partner, The BJP

Blog: Mehbooba Mufti's Most Unsuitable Partner, The BJP

Maya Mirchandani | Monday April 24, 2017

There have been many turning points in the political history of Kashmir. But the coalition of partners so ideologically antithetical to each other was perhaps a curve ball many in the Valley have not been able to recover from.

Blog: Revisiting The Clash Of Civilizations

Blog: Revisiting The Clash Of Civilizations

Maya Mirchandani | Monday February 06, 2017

Fundamental Western concept is at the heart of American Nationalism. Or is it? Over a decade after he wrote the Clash of Civilizations, Samuel Huntington asked Americans a fundamental question - "Who are We?"

Blog: India May Have Over-Played Pakistan At BRICS Summit

Blog: India May Have Over-Played Pakistan At BRICS Summit

Maya Mirchandani | Tuesday October 18, 2016

In keeping with the message the Government of India has been pushing even before the Uri attack, the Prime Minister's stream of tough words aimed at isolating Pakistan for its support to terror groups that act against India, made headlines through the two day BRICS and BIMSTEC meetings that took place in Goa on October 15 and 16.

Blog: 9/11: The Impact 15 Years On

Blog: 9/11: The Impact 15 Years On

Maya Mirchandani | Sunday September 11, 2016

9/11 has reshaped the world in countless ways, both overt and insidious, and 15 years on, as the wars drag on without an end in sight keeping these ideological conflicts at bay is as important as winning the global war on terror.

Blog: Blog From Iran: PM Modi Cinches Game-Changer Deal On Chabahar Port

Blog: Blog From Iran: PM Modi Cinches Game-Changer Deal On Chabahar Port

Maya Mirchandani | Monday May 23, 2016

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's trip to Iran is historic -for the first time in over a decade, an Indian premier has travelled to the oil-rich country. A huge deal has been scored - with nearly 500 million dollars as the first big investment, India will develop the Chabahar port, located just 60 miles from Pakistan's Gwadar port, which is being modernized by China.

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