Atul Mishra
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Reclaiming our past and our present from the West

One cannot ignore that the legacy of colonialism shapes us in debilitating ways. An example is what colonialism has done to knowledge, that is, to questions like what we know and how we know it

The monopolisation of the past by history has produced ugly consequences in many parts of the world, including in India. (AP)
The monopolisation of the past by history has produced ugly consequences in many parts of the world, including in India. (AP)
Updated on Sep 20, 2022 08:46 PM IST

Lessons for India from Pelosi’s Taiwan visit

Assertion towards China would amount not to aligning with the West, but acting according to a principle of wider relevance, namely the bully must be stood up to

US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi gestures next to Legislative Yuan Vice President Tsai Chi-chang as she leaves the parliament in Taipei, Taiwan, August 3, 2022 (REUTERS)
US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi gestures next to Legislative Yuan Vice President Tsai Chi-chang as she leaves the parliament in Taipei, Taiwan, August 3, 2022 (REUTERS)
Updated on Aug 08, 2022 11:09 PM IST
ByAtul Mishra

Domestic issues: India must handle on its own

External intervention in our issues will prevent us from confronting our deep-set but surmountable challenges. To not do the hard work and look to the international community for help is an abdication of our responsibility to society and nationhood

People shout slogans as they hold placards during a protest demanding the arrest of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member Nupur Sharma for her comments on Prophet Mohammed, Kolkata, 7, 2022 (REUTERS)
People shout slogans as they hold placards during a protest demanding the arrest of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member Nupur Sharma for her comments on Prophet Mohammed, Kolkata, 7, 2022 (REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 08, 2022 07:31 PM IST
ByAtul Mishra

Ukraine: The state of play after invasion

Putin may be relishing the gains of this perverse psychotherapy, but what stares him in the face is this: A concerted western attempt at his international isolation, degradation of Russia’s economy, and a steep decline in Russian power

A rally participant holds up a sign reading
A rally participant holds up a sign reading "Give up Putin, you are alone" during a demonstration at the Rathausmarkt against the Russian attack on Ukraine in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, February 27, 2022 (AP)
Updated on Feb 28, 2022 09:00 AM IST
ByAtul Mishra

Ukraine: The West’s power has its limits

The liberal vision of international order is still the best game in town. But it is no longer the only one. As multiple visions compete for acceptance and sway, hard power is increasingly becoming the factor that determines the balance

Ukrainian Military Forces servicemen manoeuvre in front of tanks of the 92nd separate mechanised brigade of Ukrainian Armed Forces, parked in their base near Klugino-Bashkirivka village, in the Kharkiv region on January 31, 2022 (AFP)
Ukrainian Military Forces servicemen manoeuvre in front of tanks of the 92nd separate mechanised brigade of Ukrainian Armed Forces, parked in their base near Klugino-Bashkirivka village, in the Kharkiv region on January 31, 2022 (AFP)
Updated on Jan 31, 2022 07:58 PM IST
ByAtul Mishra

75 years later, the quest to understand Partition

To think out of the box on the India–Pakistan dynamic, we must first understand how we boxed ourselves in

Partition was deeply unsatisfactory for all the parties concerned. Worse, it bequeathed to India and Pakistan three new problems: Territorial contestation, minorities vulnerable to enraged or predatory majorities, and discord over national identity (Getty Images)
Partition was deeply unsatisfactory for all the parties concerned. Worse, it bequeathed to India and Pakistan three new problems: Territorial contestation, minorities vulnerable to enraged or predatory majorities, and discord over national identity (Getty Images)
Updated on Dec 04, 2021 10:20 PM IST
ByAtul Mishra

In South Asia, the politics of religious extremism

If the weaponisation of religion continues apace, the subcontinent may plunge into prolonged social strife

At the heart of the crisis is the fraying relations between the subcontinent’s two largest religious communities (PTI)
At the heart of the crisis is the fraying relations between the subcontinent’s two largest religious communities (PTI)
Updated on Nov 03, 2021 02:11 PM IST
ByAtul Mishra

AUKUS won’t derail either Quad or Western unity

The trajectory of the Indo-Pacific will be determined by the response of the democracies to Chinese behaviour. We are witnessing a rapid and profound restructuring of the global order

It is almost certain that any important Indo-Pacific initiative will substantively overlap with Quad (ANI)
It is almost certain that any important Indo-Pacific initiative will substantively overlap with Quad (ANI)
Updated on Sep 28, 2021 07:36 PM IST
ByAtul Mishra

Don’t write off the West. Kabul may signal its revival

With its evacuation operations centred on Kabul, the US has positioned itself as the leader of the West. There are signs of a reviving West under a Biden-led US. A bloc of states that can mount such a response is a formidable force. Beijing must be watching. And the Kabul setback notwithstanding, New Delhi has a reason to feel pleased

US Air Force loadmasters and pilots assigned to the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron load people being evacuated from Afghanistan onto a US Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP)
US Air Force loadmasters and pilots assigned to the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron load people being evacuated from Afghanistan onto a US Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP)
Updated on Aug 26, 2021 03:48 PM IST
ByAtul Mishra

Liberal democracies must stand up

Develop norms on surveillance, nudge partners, take on dictatorships, and hold Israel and NSO accountable

A man walks past the logo of Israeli cyber firm NSO Group at one of its branches in the Arava Desert, southern Israel. (REUTERS)
A man walks past the logo of Israeli cyber firm NSO Group at one of its branches in the Arava Desert, southern Israel. (REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 27, 2021 06:24 PM IST
ByAtul Mishra

India’s PACK challenge requires a political response

Pakistan is speaking a new language of geoeconomics and a trade-fronted regional policy. This merits cautious interest from New Delhi, indications of which are evident

Representational image.
Representational image.
Updated on Jun 10, 2021 04:22 PM IST
ByAtul Mishra

India’s real foreign policy crisis is domestic

The deepening reputational damage is also depleting national resources needed for effective external relations, but the real issue here is a question for India’s polarised citizenry — will it buy into the siege mentality or will it reflect and ask tough questions of the executive

PM Modi’s domestic standing may remain unscathed, but as controversies going back the past couple of years pile up, his position among foreign leaders of consequence diminishes. (File photo)
PM Modi’s domestic standing may remain unscathed, but as controversies going back the past couple of years pile up, his position among foreign leaders of consequence diminishes. (File photo)
Updated on May 11, 2021 05:35 PM IST
ByAtul Mishra
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