Pakistan's inability to distribute power among the executive, judiciary and the army is bad news for the nation and its neighbours, writes Amit Baruah.
If Pakistan wants to defang the Taliban, its leaders and generals need to have a unity of purpose and vision, says Amit Baruah.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is being pilloried by hardliners at home for attempting to build bridges, but, in Pakistan, there’s support for his bold initiative to engage Islamabad. “I think he comes across as a level-headed leader, who is cognisant of the risks he’s taking by engaging with Pakistan,” said Imtiaz Gul, chairperson of the Islamabad-based Centre for Regional and Security Studies, reports Amit Baruah.
India should take a leaf out of the US book and make its foreign policy matter to citizens, writes Amit Baruah.
I can now confirm that the Indian election process is over. The tough line adopted by Delhi after the ghastly 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai has been abandoned at the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Read more...
Nirupama Rao (58) will be India’s second woman foreign secretary, the country’s principal foreign policy official, who will preside over a work force estimated to be in the range of 5,000-8,000 spread across 170 missions and posts across the world and, of course, South Block, writes Amit Baruah.
“They should have invited me for their summit,” said Jim O’Neill, head of global research for investment firm Global Sachs, and the author of a much-celebrated report on Brazil, Russia, India and China — BRIC nations — and their economic clout, joked on Thursday.
Delhi had not given up on Kashmir and was ready to engage in a dialogue with all those who shun the use of the gun, Manmohan Singh said at his first press conference after being appointed PM for the second time.
Pak must “show the same determination” in rooting out anti-India terrorists as it had demonstrated by its “effective action” in tackling Taliban and Al Qaeda elements, PM Manmohan Singh said today. Amit Baruah reports.
Announcing the birth of a new kid on the international bloc, the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India and China at their first summit meeting called for a drastic overhaul of the global financial and political architecture.
Moments after shaking hands, PM Manmohan Singh told Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday that his mandate was simple: to tell Pakistan that it must end all terrorism against India. And then, within earshot of reporters, the PM spelt out the post-26/11 agenda for Zardari — that Pakistan must implement the assurances given to India on terrorism, reports Amit Baruah
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Putting aside months of rhetoric from Delhi and Islamabad after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (76) will have a 'structured meeting' with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari (53) on Tuesday afternoon in Yekaterinburg. Amit Baruah reports.
A warning has been issued to top military officers not to speak out-of-turn on critical foreign policy questions like China, senior Indian officials travelling with PM Manmohan Singh to Yekaterinburg, Russia, said. Amit Baruah reports.
You can’t prevent other countries, big or small, from cooperating with each other. So, rather than worry about what China is doing, India must go ahead and do what it has to do, writes Amit Baruah.
The Connaught Place of Lahore was attacked on Wednesday. A suicide bomber drove a pick-up van into a building housing police offices in the heart of Pakistan’s political capital, killing some 30 persons and wounding another 250, Amit Baruah
It’s been a long time coming. Wracked by weakness and desertion, the Sri Lankan state has taken decades to get its military act together.
The human suicide bomber was Prabhakaran's unique contribution to the annals of terror. The only terrorist group in the world that boasted of an "air force", Prabhakaran was feared not just in Sri Lanka but in India too, report Sutirtho Patranobis and Amit Baruah.
It’s been a long time coming. Wracked by weakness and desertion, the Sri Lankan state has taken decades to get its military act together. Backed to the hilt by President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his party, the Lankan Army, which finally shed its ceremonial image, has delivered.
As Pakistan fights to exorcise the extremist genie within, what should India do? Sit back and watch, or do something to help?