Shishir Gupta

Shishir Gupta

Author of Indian Mujahideen: The Enemy Within (2011 Hatchette) and Himalayan Face-off : Chinese Assertion and Indian Riposte (2014). Awarded K Subrahmanyam Prize for Strategic Studies in 2015 by Indian Defence and Strategic Analyses (IDSA) and the 2011 Ben Gurion Prize by Israel.

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Prime Minister Imran Khan has been trying to impress the FATF to get Pakistan off the hook at the FATF review next month (Reuters)
Prime Minister Imran Khan has been trying to impress the FATF to get Pakistan off the hook at the FATF review next month (Reuters)

US retains Lashkar’s terror tag, casts a shadow over Pak’s chances at FATF

UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2021 03:21 PM IST
  • The US State Department decision to continue treating the Lashkar-e-Tayyiba as a terror organisation, an Indian official said, suggests that it is as potent as ever despite cosmetic steps taken by Islamabad.
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India has asked WHO chief Tedros to remove the maps that incorrectly depict Indian territories of the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh (Reuters)
India has asked WHO chief Tedros to remove the maps that incorrectly depict Indian territories of the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh (Reuters)

‘Deep displeasure’: India sends a stinker to WHO’s Tedros over incorrect map

UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2021 08:50 AM IST
  • The 8 January letter is the third communication to the World Health Organisation in a month, reminding Tedros and his office to fix the maps
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Kabul: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks during a joint news conference with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. AP/PTI(AP19-11-2020_000114A)(AP)
Kabul: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks during a joint news conference with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. AP/PTI(AP19-11-2020_000114A)(AP)

Secret tunnel on India-Pak border reveals PM Imran Khan’s real plans

UPDATED ON JAN 13, 2021 05:57 PM IST
  • There were 930 ceasefire violations by Pakistan in 2020, a 54% increase over the 605 instances the previous year
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There is evidence to indicate that the PLA's work and engineering force deployed to upgrade infrastructure in occupied Aksai Chin moved back after completion of work last month
There is evidence to indicate that the PLA's work and engineering force deployed to upgrade infrastructure in occupied Aksai Chin moved back after completion of work last month

India should be wary of Chinese mind games

UPDATED ON JAN 13, 2021 12:31 PM IST
  • Withdrawal from the vast Tibetan and Xinjiang military region means little in an era of stand-off weapons and long-range missiles. The Chinese PLA has capacity to deploy troop divisions within a week with metalled roads and optical fibre cables up to the last military post and advanced landing grounds (ALGs) all along the LAC.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided that the external affairs ministry would coordinate supplies of the Covid-19 vaccine to foreign countries(AFP)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided that the external affairs ministry would coordinate supplies of the Covid-19 vaccine to foreign countries(AFP)

India to help neighbours with emergency Covid vaccine; commercial supplies later

UPDATED ON JAN 12, 2021 02:39 PM IST
India will make Covid-19 vaccines available to neighbouring countries for emergency use authorisation under the grant-in-aid programme
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National Security Guard during Republic Day parade rehearsals.
National Security Guard during Republic Day parade rehearsals.

No chief guest this R-Day

PUBLISHED ON JAN 12, 2021 06:15 AM IST
This will be the first time in at least five decades that the Republic Day celebrations, seen as a high point in India’s diplomatic calendar, will not have a chief guest.
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India decided against inviting a foreign guest to the Republic Day parade after the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson cancelled his visit due to the Covid-19 pandemic(Bloomberg)
India decided against inviting a foreign guest to the Republic Day parade after the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson cancelled his visit due to the Covid-19 pandemic(Bloomberg)

Covid-19 shadow on 72nd Republic Day: No foreign guest after UK PM opted out

UPDATED ON JAN 12, 2021 10:50 AM IST
  • One of the factors that convinced India to decide not to invite a foreign guest was the fluid nature of the coronavirus pandemic after new strains were reported from the UK and South Africa.
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Col Santosh Babu, 37, commanding officer of 16 Bihar, led from the front when Chinese troops refused to withdraw from the Patrolling Point 14 location under a de-escalation plan agreed by the two sides.(HT PHOTO.)
Col Santosh Babu, 37, commanding officer of 16 Bihar, led from the front when Chinese troops refused to withdraw from the Patrolling Point 14 location under a de-escalation plan agreed by the two sides.(HT PHOTO.)

‘16 Bihar’ heroes of Galwan skirmish to be honoured at Republic Day parade

UPDATED ON JAN 11, 2021 12:49 PM IST
  • PM Modi, who travelled to Ladakh soon after the clash, had paid glowing tributes to the bravery of soldiers, telling them that India's enemies had seen their "fire and fury".
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President Xi Jinping, unconcerned about China's isolation, is expected to take steps that raise tensions ahead of the 100th anniversary of the communist party
President Xi Jinping, unconcerned about China's isolation, is expected to take steps that raise tensions ahead of the 100th anniversary of the communist party

Xi Jinping is preparing for a special birthday party. It has repercussions

UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2021 02:26 PM IST
  • The 100th-anniversary celebrations of the Chinese communist party would be projected as a strong counter to the so-called ‘century of humiliation’ that the Chinese empire and the Republic of China faced between 1839 and 1949 at the hands of western powers, Russia and Japan.
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France has offered to shift manufacture of Panther helicopters and 70 per cent of assembly line to make Rafale fighter jets to India(Reuters)
France has offered to shift manufacture of Panther helicopters and 70 per cent of assembly line to make Rafale fighter jets to India(Reuters)

On Rafale and deadly Panther choppers, India gets a huge offer from France

UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2021 05:10 PM IST
  • France has accepted the Indian request that defence technologies shared with the Indian military should not be given to New Delhi’s adversaries. France’s relationship has already reached a new low with Pakistan after PM Imran Khan attacked President Macron.
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Prime Minister Imran Khan government and the army’s claims to have reined in terrorists has been contested by the joint opposition at their public meetings(AFP)
Prime Minister Imran Khan government and the army’s claims to have reined in terrorists has been contested by the joint opposition at their public meetings(AFP)

Global terrorist Masood Azhar is finally a wanted man in Pak. Dawood next?

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 02:27 PM IST
Intel reports indicate Dawood Ibrahim’s daughter Mahrukh and her husband Junaid Miandad, son of ex-Pak cricket team captain Javed Miandad, have acquired a Portuguese passport and could move to Europe.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been keen to stay deeply engaged with the world during the global pandemic and had made it a point that the pharmaceutical industry plays a role to cement India’s relations with friendly countries(AP)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been keen to stay deeply engaged with the world during the global pandemic and had made it a point that the pharmaceutical industry plays a role to cement India’s relations with friendly countries(AP)

Friends first: India adopts ‘HCQ model’ to send Covid vaccines to neighbours

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 07:20 PM IST
India is expected to supply the Covid vaccine on a commercial basis as well as assistance
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An Interpol Red Corner Notice was issued for Jaysukh Muljibhai Ranpariya, also known as Jayesh Patel on the request of Gujarat Police.(Sourced)
An Interpol Red Corner Notice was issued for Jaysukh Muljibhai Ranpariya, also known as Jayesh Patel on the request of Gujarat Police.(Sourced)

India asks UK to arrest Jaysukh Ranpariya wanted for lawyer Kirit Joshi murder

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 06:15 PM IST
Jaysukh Ranpariya, who is accused of plotting Jamnagar lawyer Kirit Joshi’s murder, according to the police, has been traced to locations in the United Kingdom
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Bonne, President Macron’s diplomatic adviser, is expected to call on PM Narendra Modi and external affairs minister S Jaishankar, and meet foreign secretary Harsh Shringla on Friday.(HT Photo)
Bonne, President Macron’s diplomatic adviser, is expected to call on PM Narendra Modi and external affairs minister S Jaishankar, and meet foreign secretary Harsh Shringla on Friday.(HT Photo)

Doval, French prez adviser to hold strategic talks today

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 07, 2021 05:28 AM IST
India is expected to sign a $2.5-billion contract this year for 56 medium-transport aircraft under the Make in India initiative.
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National Security Advisor Ajit Doval will lead the Indian team at the annual strategic dialogue with French President’s diplomatic advisor Emmanuel Bonne(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
National Security Advisor Ajit Doval will lead the Indian team at the annual strategic dialogue with French President’s diplomatic advisor Emmanuel Bonne(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Macron’s top advisor Emmanuel Bonne to meet NSA Ajit Doval as France turns the screws on Pak

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 08:55 PM IST
Emmanuel Bonne is expected to call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and external affairs minister S Jaishankar and hold a meeting with foreign secretary Harsh Shringla on Friday.
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Afghan security personnel had smashed a Chinese spy ring in a security operation that led to the detention of 10 Chinese nationals and seizure of arms and explosive(AP)
Afghan security personnel had smashed a Chinese spy ring in a security operation that led to the detention of 10 Chinese nationals and seizure of arms and explosive(AP)

Afghanistan busted Chinese spy ring, kept it a secret. NDS chief explains why

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 06:26 PM IST
NDS chief Ahmad Zia Saraj told the Afghan parliament on Tuesday that a group of Chinese nationals had been arrested for espionage.
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India is looking to revive the religious and cultural heritage of Nepal given the civilizational ties between the two countries. PM Modi had visited the Janaki Mandir in Janakpur, during his 2018 visit.(REUTERS)
India is looking to revive the religious and cultural heritage of Nepal given the civilizational ties between the two countries. PM Modi had visited the Janaki Mandir in Janakpur, during his 2018 visit.(REUTERS)

Not Chinese, prefer Indian vaccine first, Nepal to India ahead of minister’s visit

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 04:08 PM IST
India is expected to agree to foreign minister Pradeep Gyawali’s request to supply 12 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine to Nepal
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The military drills in Tibet’s capital city of Lhasa - also home to the Potala Palace, the historic seat of the Dalai Lama - were designed to message to Tibetans not to cross the red line(Sourced)
The military drills in Tibet’s capital city of Lhasa - also home to the Potala Palace, the historic seat of the Dalai Lama - were designed to message to Tibetans not to cross the red line(Sourced)

China flies choppers over Lhasa in military drill to tame Tibet

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 06:38 PM IST
The military drill is seen as part of the continuing effort by President Xi Jinping to sinicise Tibet that would pick up pace in view of the new US law.
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Ladakh was the starting point. India-China ties are getting complicated

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 02:31 PM IST
India-China border: The Ladakh LAC stand-off may get sorted out over time but the Chinese posture towards India will not change
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Minister for External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar is travelling to Sri Lanka on Tuesday(PTI)
Minister for External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar is travelling to Sri Lanka on Tuesday(PTI)

Jaishankar to fly to Sri Lanka tomorrow, sked includes meeting with Prez, PM

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 03:26 PM IST
External Affairs minister S Jaishankar will be in Sri Lanka between 5 and 7 January.
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China evacuated its 10 spies caught in Afghanistan last month(Reuters)
China evacuated its 10 spies caught in Afghanistan last month(Reuters)

10 Chinese spies caught in Kabul get a quiet pardon, fly home in chartered aircraft

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 11:12 AM IST
The terms of the arrangement between Kabul and Beijing to secure the release of the 10 Chinese spies is not known.
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FILE PHOTO: Chinese President Xi Jinping bids farewell to well wishers as he prepares to depart from the Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, March 25, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Chinese President Xi Jinping bids farewell to well wishers as he prepares to depart from the Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, March 25, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya/File Photo(REUTERS)

Chinese economy is recovering. But there are gaps | Analysis

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 01:19 PM IST
The survey appeared to take the sheen off official Chinese statistics pointing to a more subdued picture of economic recovery.
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The first priority of President Xi Jinping’s team in Kathmandu is to ensure that the Nepal Communist Party does not split(Xinhua via AP)
The first priority of President Xi Jinping’s team in Kathmandu is to ensure that the Nepal Communist Party does not split(Xinhua via AP)

China switches into covert mode in Nepal, has team of 3 to continue mission

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 01:14 PM IST
The assignment has been handed to three officials of the Chinese communist party, who were part of the team that quietly travelled by road into Nepal before Guo Yezhou landed at Kathmandu’s international airport on Sunday last.
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Dassault Aviation has handed over 18 of the 36 contracted Rafale fighter jets to India. 11 have been inducted into the Indian Air Force while 7 are being used for training IAF pilots in France.(Dassault Aviation /A Pecchi)
Dassault Aviation has handed over 18 of the 36 contracted Rafale fighter jets to India. 11 have been inducted into the Indian Air Force while 7 are being used for training IAF pilots in France.(Dassault Aviation /A Pecchi)

4 French air force jets to come for wargames with IAF’s Rafale jets from 19 Jan

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2021 08:26 PM IST
India is also considering a French proposal to acquire six Airbus 330 multi-role transport tanker aircraft on a government-to-government basis for expanding the strike capability of the Indian Air Force
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China’s People’s Liberation Army has violated all the agreements to maintain peace and tranquillity along the Line of Actual Control(AP File Photo)
China’s People’s Liberation Army has violated all the agreements to maintain peace and tranquillity along the Line of Actual Control(AP File Photo)

China violates border agreements with India, swears by 2003 pact on Tibet | Analysis

By Shishir Gupta | New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2020 01:55 PM IST
The Chinese embassy official not just cherry-picked bilateral agreements with India, but also portions from the 2003 pact that the embassy decided to quote.
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A screen displays live Chinese President Xi Jinping, top left, European Council President Charles Michel, top right, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, bottom right, French President Emmanuel Macron, bottom centre, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel during an EU-China Leaders' meeting video conference(AP)
A screen displays live Chinese President Xi Jinping, top left, European Council President Charles Michel, top right, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, bottom right, French President Emmanuel Macron, bottom centre, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel during an EU-China Leaders' meeting video conference(AP)

EU sets aside China’s rights record, seals pact with Prez Xi that may upset US

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 10:10 PM IST
EU’s big win, as its leaders have projected the agreement with President Xi Jinping, deals a huge blow to the US President-elect Joe Biden’s hopes of rebuilding the transatlantic alliance in an effort to take on an assertive China.
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China’s President Xi Jinping speaks to Foreign Minister Wang Yi during the APEC-ASEAN dialogue on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ summit in Vietnam.(AFP File Photo)
China’s President Xi Jinping speaks to Foreign Minister Wang Yi during the APEC-ASEAN dialogue on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ summit in Vietnam.(AFP File Photo)

China’s Mission Nepal suffers a huge setback. PM Oli didn’t play ball

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 01:09 PM IST
China’s delegation which was deputed to unite Nepal Communist Party leaders, met other Nepal leaders also after criticism for interfering in the country’s politics, and invited them to Chinese Communist Party’s centenary celebrations next year.
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Guo Yezhou , vice minister of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee is leading a delegation to Nepal to work out the internal problems of the communist party in Kathmandu(REUTERS)
Guo Yezhou , vice minister of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee is leading a delegation to Nepal to work out the internal problems of the communist party in Kathmandu(REUTERS)

China readies Plan B for Nepal Communist Party if PM Oli doesn’t play ball

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 05:10 PM IST
Chinese communist party’s Guo Yezhou met Nepali Congress president Sher Bahadur Deuba on Tuesday
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India-China military talks on standoff paused due to change of guard in PLA

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 29, 2020 10:38 AM IST
PLA Western Theatre Commander Gen Zhang Xudong is expected to resume the military talks after his induction process is completed
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Chinese President Xi Jinping has sent a team of communist party officials to Nepal to work out a peace formula to stop Nepal Communist Party from splitting(AFP File Photo)
Chinese President Xi Jinping has sent a team of communist party officials to Nepal to work out a peace formula to stop Nepal Communist Party from splitting(AFP File Photo)

China’s move to play political broker in Nepal not working

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 01:01 PM IST
China’s Guo Yezhou is a familiar face in Nepal’s political circles and is believed to have played a role in the formation of the Nepal Communist Party in 2018 by the merger of PM Oli’s Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist–Leninist) and Prachanda’s Communist Party of Nepal- Maoist Centre.
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