Shishir Gupta

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

Articles by Shishir Gupta

Pakistan speaker seeks Imran Khan, Shehbaz Sharif input on care-taker PM

Citing clause (1) of Article 224-A of the Pakistan Constitution, Qaiser requested Khan and Sharif to nominate four members from the treasury to appoint a caretaker prime minister.
Pakistan national assembly speaker Asad Qaiser.(Twitter/Asad Qaiser)
Pakistan national assembly speaker Asad Qaiser.(Twitter/Asad Qaiser)
Updated on Apr 06, 2022 07:15 PM IST
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By, New Delhi

US F-18 fighters to be tested for INS Vikrant at Goa on May 21

US F-18 and French Rafale-M carrier capable fighters in consideration for India’s second aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant, which will be commissioned on August 15, 2022 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
A US F 18 fighter taking off from American aircraft carrier.
A US F 18 fighter taking off from American aircraft carrier.
Published on Apr 06, 2022 08:42 AM IST
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Sri Lankan crisis: Rajapaksa government in minority

The political crisis emanating from the financial difficulties, has not been precipitated by the opposition or any political party but entirely driven by public outrage against the Rajapaksas.
(Left) Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa and prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.
(Left) Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa and prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Published on Apr 05, 2022 02:13 PM IST
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Chinese loans for white elephant projects pushed SL and Pak into present crisis

  • All the blame for the crisis in these two countries cannot be put on the shoulders of Beijing as the majority of it rests on the myopic leadership of these nations.
Mattala Rajapaksa international airport is a symbol of myopic policies of Sri Lankan leaders and classic example of predatory economic policies of Beijing.
Mattala Rajapaksa international airport is a symbol of myopic policies of Sri Lankan leaders and classic example of predatory economic policies of Beijing.
Published on Apr 05, 2022 08:47 AM IST
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Vinay Kwatra is new Foreign Secretary, Harsh Shringla coordinator for 2023 G-20

A 1988 batch IFS officer, Vinay Kwatra was former ambassador to France and has worked in Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) of Narendra Modi as Joint Secretary while serving on key desks like Americas and Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan.
India's new foreign secretary Vinay Kwatra.
India's new foreign secretary Vinay Kwatra.
Published on Apr 04, 2022 06:14 PM IST
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Pakistan and Sri Lanka face political turmoil fueled by Chinese debt

  • It is the unfolding crisis in Pakistan and Sri Lanka which is forcing countries like Maldives, Nepal and Bangladesh to think again on Chinese infrastructure loans and being part of the BRI initiative.
Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa (L), Chinese President Xi Jinping, and Pakistan PM Imran Khan.
Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa (L), Chinese President Xi Jinping, and Pakistan PM Imran Khan.
Published on Apr 04, 2022 10:46 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Pak Cabinet Secretary notifies that Imran Ahmed Khan Niazi is not PM

The decision comes hours after President Arif Alvi dissolved the National Assembly on Khan's advice. This followed the rejection of no-confidence motion against Imran Khan government by deputy Speaker Qasim Suri.
Former Pakistan prime minister Imran Ahmed khan Niazi.(ANI)
Former Pakistan prime minister Imran Ahmed khan Niazi.(ANI)
Published on Apr 03, 2022 10:10 PM IST
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Pakistan in turmoil, opposition names Shehbaz Sharif as prime minister

While former PM Imran Khan may think that he has bowled a political googly by dissolving house and calling for elections, this is exactly the thing that exiled (PML-N) founder Nawaz Sharif wanted in the first place.
Pakistan's opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif.(AFP)
Pakistan's opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif.(AFP)
Published on Apr 03, 2022 05:54 PM IST
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Imran’s day of reckoning, cards stacked up against his govt

  • With the electoral numbers clearly not on his side, the retired cricketer may leave the house after his speech and submit his resignation to the President.
Royal snub : Pakistan Army Chief Gen Qamar Jawed Bajwa snubbed Prime MInister Khan on Saturday by coming down heavily on Russia for invasion of Ukraine and reiterating Islamabad's close relationship with Washington.
Royal snub : Pakistan Army Chief Gen Qamar Jawed Bajwa snubbed Prime MInister Khan on Saturday by coming down heavily on Russia for invasion of Ukraine and reiterating Islamabad's close relationship with Washington.
Published on Apr 03, 2022 09:27 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Why India-Australian interim FTA is more about strategy than trade ?

The first major factor is hidden behind the deal is India’s prowess to reject world’s largest multilateral trading block- the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) - at the eleventh hour and after couple of years forge a separate tie up with one of the key RCEP partners, which is Australia.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison(Scott Morrison/Twitter)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison(Scott Morrison/Twitter)
Published on Apr 02, 2022 08:08 PM IST
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Imran’s anti-US tirade skews the pitch for his successors

While Pakistan PM has blamed US, India, and Israel for conspiring with the Opposition to overthrow this government, the real answer lies in rampaging food inflation, weak Pakistani rupee, and low forex reserves.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan addresses nation, in Islamabad on March 31, 2022. (ANI Photo/PTV)
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan addresses nation, in Islamabad on March 31, 2022. (ANI Photo/PTV)
Updated on Apr 02, 2022 09:36 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

How India regained its standing in the Indian Ocean Region

  • India is now closer to its once pre-eminent position in the IOR than it has ever been in the past two decades, at a time when many Asian and Southeast Asian nations are worried about China's growing footprint in the region
The Modi government has tried to regain India’s space in the subcontinent and the IOR by enhancing the security of the region, holding the hands of countries and regimes in trouble, and adopting a non-intrusive diplomatic mindset.(ANI)
The Modi government has tried to regain India’s space in the subcontinent and the IOR by enhancing the security of the region, holding the hands of countries and regimes in trouble, and adopting a non-intrusive diplomatic mindset.(ANI)
Published on Apr 01, 2022 06:45 PM IST
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US rubbishes Imran's claim of ‘foreign conspiracy' to unseat him

Pakistan Political Crisis: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has been hyping a so-called threat letter from a “foreign country”, which he, in an address to the nation, said was the US.
Pak PM Imran Khan.
Pak PM Imran Khan.
Published on Apr 01, 2022 09:51 AM IST
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NSA Doval discusses Ukraine war and its fallout with his Dutch counterpart

During the meeting, NSA Ajit Doval and his Dutch counterpart discussed the recent geopolitical events in their respective regions. Both the officials underlined the importance of India and The Netherlands to remain engaged on these issues and intensify their contacts.
National Security Advisor Ajit Doval with his Dutch counterpart Geoffrey Van Leeuwen in New Delhi on Thursday.
National Security Advisor Ajit Doval with his Dutch counterpart Geoffrey Van Leeuwen in New Delhi on Thursday.
Published on Mar 31, 2022 03:11 PM IST
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US denies threat to Imran, his own advisors let Pak PM down

  • While victimhood may fetch Imran Khan electoral votes in future, that the US is going to use a junior level State Department official to threaten Islamabad is rather unfathomable.
Faiz Hameed, former Director-General of the ISI (L), Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan (C), Pak NSA Moeed Yusuf (R).
Faiz Hameed, former Director-General of the ISI (L), Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan (C), Pak NSA Moeed Yusuf (R).
Published on Mar 31, 2022 10:43 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Imran Khan was advised by Pak Army not to address the nation

According to inputs received from diplomats in Islamabad, Army chief General Bajwa with his ISI deputy advised PM Khan against addressing the nation as it would vitiate the atmosphere in the country and could cause law and order problems. 
Pakistan Army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa's message to Imran Khan: Don't go public
Pakistan Army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa's message to Imran Khan: Don't go public
Published on Mar 30, 2022 09:28 PM IST
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Covid-19 puts break on ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’, key visits postponed

  • The first visitor to call off the visit to India was French President’s Diplomatic Advisor Emmanuel Bonne, who was scheduled to hold Strategic Dialogue with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on March 22 in Delhi.
PM Narendra Modi with Israeli PM Naftali Bennet.
PM Narendra Modi with Israeli PM Naftali Bennet.
Published on Mar 30, 2022 09:44 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

India, US to hold next 2+2 dialogue in April

Against the backdrop of the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, defence minister Rajnath Singh and external affairs minister S Jaishankar will meet their US counterparts on or around April 11 to further cement defence and political ties between the two countries as well as exchange notes on the Ukraine and Indo-Pacific theatres of concern, officials familiar with the matter said
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Published on Mar 29, 2022 11:00 PM IST
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India-US to hold two plus two dialogue around April 11

While India has noted public statements from the Biden administration over the Ukraine war with concern, New Delhi’s position on the ongoing war is vastly different from China's as it is all for cessation of violence and protecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Kyiv.
EAM Jaishankar and US Secretary of State share a close working relationship with all issues on the table.
EAM Jaishankar and US Secretary of State share a close working relationship with all issues on the table.
Updated on Mar 30, 2022 07:18 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Imran Khan on hot wire after minister quits and BAP joins opposition

While the political play is on in Islamabad, it is ultimately the Pakistan Army which will decide whether Imran Khan stays or gets the boot.
Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan and Leader of Opposition Shehbaz Sharif, 
Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan and Leader of Opposition Shehbaz Sharif, 
Published on Mar 28, 2022 09:09 PM IST
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No-confidence motion against Imran on business list, all eyes on Speaker

  • Islamabad will be the hub of frenetic political activity this afternoon with Prime Minister Imran Khan caught in a pincer move by the Opposition parties.
Raving and ranting against Opposition, Imran Khan try to stir nationalistic sentiments at Sunday rally projecting himself to be the only saviour of Pakistan.
Raving and ranting against Opposition, Imran Khan try to stir nationalistic sentiments at Sunday rally projecting himself to be the only saviour of Pakistan.
Published on Mar 28, 2022 10:16 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Baloch ally of Pakistan PM Imran Khan quits cabinet

Shahzain Bugti, who was serving as a special assistant to prime minister (SAPM) on harmony and reconciliation in Balochistan, has resigned and joined the Pakistan Democratic Movement, a political front opposing the Imran Khan regime
A file photo of Baloch leader Shahzain Bugti with Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan(Dawn.com)
A file photo of Baloch leader Shahzain Bugti with Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan(Dawn.com)
Published on Mar 27, 2022 03:43 PM IST
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Dwindling electoral numbers and allies may force Imran Khan’s hand today

  • Pakistan watchers believe that Pakistan PM Imran Khan may call it quits today after addressing the Islamabad rally and ride on perceived sympathy wave against a resolute Opposition.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and Army Chief Gen Qamar Jawed Bajwa.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and Army Chief Gen Qamar Jawed Bajwa.
Published on Mar 27, 2022 09:02 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

India-China boundary resolution a tough grind with PLA dragging feet

  • Even though the possibility of PLA withdrawal from advance positions at patrolling point 15 or KongKa La area cannot be ruled out in near future, the adherence to bilateral 1993-96 border agreements by the PLA would be a challenge as the powerful Chinese Army reports only to President Xi Jinping.
Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi with his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar at Hyderabad House in New Delhi.
Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi with his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar at Hyderabad House in New Delhi.
Published on Mar 26, 2022 08:54 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Complete Ladakh disengagement for normal ties: Doval to Wang

  • During an hour-long meeting, India's national security adviser Ajit Doval called for working in the same direction and resolving outstanding issues as quickly as possible.
NSA Ajit Doval with State Councilor Wang Yi at PMO this morning.
NSA Ajit Doval with State Councilor Wang Yi at PMO this morning.
Published on Mar 25, 2022 12:52 PM IST
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Is Beijing sending a message through Wang on restoring ties?

  • Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi may carry a message from Beijing to push the frozen bilateral relationship towards normalization.
NSA Ajit Doval and State Councilor Wang Yi are Special Representatives for resolution of India-China boundary dispute.
NSA Ajit Doval and State Councilor Wang Yi are Special Representatives for resolution of India-China boundary dispute.
Published on Mar 25, 2022 09:25 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Pakistan PM Imran Khan clutching at last straws to save his government

Imran Khan is trying to pull a rabbit out of his hat to smother his political rivals at the last minute.
Despite promising a “Naya Pakistan”, PM Khan has failed to stop Pakistan’s economy from spiraling down(AP)
Despite promising a “Naya Pakistan”, PM Khan has failed to stop Pakistan’s economy from spiraling down(AP)
Updated on Mar 24, 2022 11:35 AM IST
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India slams Wang Yi on his J&K comments at Islamabad OIC meet

India is now waiting for OIC Foreign Ministers joint statement tomorrow and will retaliate to any uncalled for reference to UT of Jammu and Kashmir
Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan with Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi
Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan with Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi
Published on Mar 23, 2022 10:17 PM IST
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Selected prisoners to be released on the 75th anniversary of Indian Independence

Persons involved in some serious crimes will not be eligible for special remission.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Red Fort on August 15, 2021.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Red Fort on August 15, 2021.
Updated on Mar 22, 2022 08:29 PM IST
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Foreign minister Wang to push for normalisation of ties with India

Chinese foreign minister Wang’s visit comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered his condolences to Chinese people after flight MU 5735 crashed in Guangxi province with all 132 passengers losing their lives.
External affairs minister S Jaishankar and Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi have met in Moscow in September 2020 and Dushanbe in September 2021 after the PLA belligerence in East Ladakh.(AP file photo)
External affairs minister S Jaishankar and Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi have met in Moscow in September 2020 and Dushanbe in September 2021 after the PLA belligerence in East Ladakh.(AP file photo)
Updated on Mar 22, 2022 03:13 PM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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