Sreeram Chaulia
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Ukraine: Putin is in an unwinnable quagmire

There seem to be few corrective mechanisms within Russia to compel Putin, who has dominated his country for 22 years, to change course and beat a retreat

From his labyrinth in the Kremlin, Putin does not see Ukraine’s spirited armed resistance to Russian occupation as the real problem. Rather, as his defence minister Sergei Shoigu puts it, Russia is at war “not so much with the Ukrainian army as it is with the collective West.” In Putin’s narrative, Ukrainians have become “cannon fodder” or proxies being exploited by the West to break up and tie down Russia. (AP)
From his labyrinth in the Kremlin, Putin does not see Ukraine’s spirited armed resistance to Russian occupation as the real problem. Rather, as his defence minister Sergei Shoigu puts it, Russia is at war “not so much with the Ukrainian army as it is with the collective West.” In Putin’s narrative, Ukrainians have become “cannon fodder” or proxies being exploited by the West to break up and tie down Russia. (AP)
Updated on Sep 23, 2022 06:24 PM IST

Why US-China tensions may lead to strategic instability

The expectation that Washington and Beijing will compete hard but manage tensions below a certain threshold is still valid, but it is hanging by a thread.

People walk past a billboard welcoming US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in Taipei, Taiwan. (AP)
People walk past a billboard welcoming US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in Taipei, Taiwan. (AP)
Published on Aug 03, 2022 09:08 PM IST

The China-Pakistan alliance may lead to more violence, terror

The investments that China has already sunk into CPEC and its strategy of ensuring India is kept under check in South Asia mean that Beijing will keep ploughing ahead to take over Pakistan inch-by-inch

Police adjusts crime scene barricade tape at the blast site a day after a suicide attack on a van near the Confucius Institute, Karachi, April 27, 2022 (AFP)
Police adjusts crime scene barricade tape at the blast site a day after a suicide attack on a van near the Confucius Institute, Karachi, April 27, 2022 (AFP)
Updated on May 04, 2022 08:40 PM IST
BySreeram Chaulia

Countering China’s ‘infowar’: India must think and act sharper

Playing defensive is not a losing strategy. But India must display intent that it can also bat on the front foot in emerging domains such as ‘informatised warfare’

If India’s armed forces have undertaken physical counter-offensive manoeuvers against the PLA along the border, why not unleash Indian cyber warriors to deflate China’s inflated hyper-nationalistic self-image and fuel already simmering domestic dissent among Chinese netizens about their government’s non-transparency? (AP)
If India’s armed forces have undertaken physical counter-offensive manoeuvers against the PLA along the border, why not unleash Indian cyber warriors to deflate China’s inflated hyper-nationalistic self-image and fuel already simmering domestic dissent among Chinese netizens about their government’s non-transparency? (AP)
Updated on Jan 09, 2022 08:51 PM IST
BySreeram Chaulia

A century later, the Chinese Communist Party is at the crossroads

When Mao’s PRC was established in 1949, it was through such a bloody process against all odds that the new State’s outlook was militaristic and hostile

Chinese President Xi Jinping. (File photo)
Chinese President Xi Jinping. (File photo)
Published on Jun 30, 2021 04:34 PM IST
BySreeram Chaulia

Decoding the Washington-Moscow-Beijing triangle

With the presidency of Donald Trump not delivering relief to Russia despite ardent hopes in Moscow, Putin accelerated military and economic cooperation with China to demonstrate that he had other options

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Representational image. (AFP)
Updated on Jun 22, 2021 06:13 AM IST
BySreeram Chaulia

Suu Kyi’s win is comparable to Mandela’s ‘Long Walk to Freedom’

Suu Kyi’s win is comparable to Nelson Mandela’s ‘Long Walk to Freedom’. Yet, even though the NLD is on course to sweep more than two-thirds of the parliamentary seats, Suu Kyi will not become president of Myanmar the way Mandela did after apartheid was overthrown in South Africa writes Sreeram Chaulia

Myanmar's National League for Democracy party leader Aung San Suu Kyi leaves her party headquarters after talking to supporters about the general elections in Yangon, Myanmar November 9, 2015.(Reuters Photo)
Myanmar's National League for Democracy party leader Aung San Suu Kyi leaves her party headquarters after talking to supporters about the general elections in Yangon, Myanmar November 9, 2015.(Reuters Photo)
Updated on Nov 10, 2015 11:03 AM IST
BySreeram Chaulia

UN must revamp itself if it wishes to remain relevant

The world body cannot tackle the challenges of this century unless there are reforms in its structure and modalities.

Members of the United Nations Security Council during a meeting at the UN headquarters in New York. (Reuters File Photo)
Members of the United Nations Security Council during a meeting at the UN headquarters in New York. (Reuters File Photo)
Updated on May 04, 2017 09:26 AM IST
Hindustan Times | BySreeram Chaulia

Saarc and Asean should work to fix growing migrant crisis

The surge of migrants and refugees from Bangladesh and Myanmar, on unstable boats and headed towards an unknown horizon in Indonesia and Malaysia, has shaken human conscience. Unwanted in their home countries these people are virtually prisoners of unscrupulous human smuggling networks spread across South and Southeast Asia. The discovery of mass graves in northern Malaysia illustrates this saga of cruelty and exploitation of the powerless.

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Updated on May 27, 2015 10:35 PM IST
BySreeram Chaulia

The onus of risk analysis is on editors

The Paris terror attack reminds us that there is a higher purpose than defending legal rights as absolute

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Updated on Jan 08, 2015 09:22 PM IST
BySreeram Chaulia

Maldives presidential poll: a muddle of objections

A spate of scheduling, cancelling and annulling of elections over the last three months in the Maldives has eroded whatever little legitimacy was left in its public institutions. Sreeram Chaulia writes.

Updated on Nov 13, 2013 03:32 AM IST
Hindustan Times | BySreeram Chaulia

It's a force multiplier

The launch of the INS Vikrant, India's first indigenously manufactured aircraft carrier, is a milestone in the nation's military history and a key addition to our force projection capabilities. Sreeram Chaulia writes.

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Updated on Aug 13, 2013 03:21 AM IST
Hindustan Times | BySreeram Chaulia

Bottom-up welfare is the only way

Social schemes, customised to the needs of the people in a region, help empower the weaker sections. Sreeram Chaulia writes.

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Updated on May 15, 2013 11:17 PM IST
BySreeram Chaulia

A messy war with no victors

The United States invaded Iraq ruled by the despotic Saddam Hussein on flimsy pretexts. By invading Iraq 10 years ago, it set an example the world should never follow

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Updated on Mar 18, 2013 10:10 PM IST
None | BySreeram Chaulia

Clear the smokescreen

Like Pakistan, India must also identify friends within the Taliban to avoid confusion, writes Sreeram Chaulia.

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Updated on Jan 04, 2013 10:36 PM IST
None | BySreeram Chaulia

It’s time to make up for lost ground

Suu Kyi's visit could be the perfect time for New Delhi to increase its assistance to democratic parties in Myanmar. Sreeram Chaulia writes.

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Updated on Nov 12, 2012 11:56 AM IST
Hindustan Times | BySreeram Chaulia

Time to make a sea change in policies

The rising tension between China and Japan can be contained when economic sense prevails over narrow nationalism. Sreeram Chaulia writes.

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Updated on Oct 07, 2012 10:14 PM IST
None | BySreeram Chaulia

The answer is local

A speedy end to the Afghan war is the answer to the Taliban's fundamentalism. Sreeram Chaulia writes.

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Updated on Sep 04, 2012 11:03 PM IST
None | BySreeram Chaulia

Iran will not cave in

Tehran is unlikely to accede to the West's demands to halt uranium enrichment. Sreeram Chaulia writes.

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Updated on Aug 02, 2012 12:07 AM IST
None | BySreeram Chaulia

India can no longer be at sea

Needs to develop itself as a pole of power instead of swinging between China and the US. Sreeram Chaulia writes.

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Updated on Apr 19, 2012 08:22 AM IST
Hindustan Times | BySreeram Chaulia

Time for tough love

The dog-eat-dog world rarely offers convergence between opposing goals of promoting human values and national interests. Sreeram Chaulia writes.

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Updated on Mar 15, 2012 11:27 PM IST
Hindustan Times | BySreeram Chaulia

Some house rules

India must tell Israel and Iran that they should not misuse its hospitality, writes Sreeram Chaulia.

Updated on Feb 16, 2012 10:21 PM IST
None | BySreeram Chaulia

Webbed to the cause

Net users and tech firms united to defeat the US pro-patent bills. Sreeram Chaulia writes.

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Updated on Feb 02, 2012 01:22 AM IST
None | BySreeram Chaulia

Less shock, more awe

The new US defence policy shrinks the activity of the military machine.

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Updated on Jan 12, 2012 11:37 PM IST
Hindustan Times | BySreeram Chaulia

No more Mr Fall Guy

A deal-making, not deal-breaking India emerged in Durban. Sreeram Chaulia writes.

Updated on Dec 13, 2011 10:50 PM IST
Hindustan Times | BySreeram Chaulia

In on the ground floor

The entry of Americans into Myanmar is likely to benefit India. Sreeram Chaulia writes.

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Updated on Nov 24, 2011 10:25 PM IST
Hindustan Times | BySreeram Chaulia

Back 'to each his own'

Some G20 nations are putting domestic interests above global concerns. Sreeram Chaulia writes.

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Updated on Nov 01, 2011 10:55 PM IST
None | BySreeram Chaulia

The Soul Man

Ever since his first album The Unforgettables was released in 1976, Jagjit Singh became a soother of frayed nerves, a rebuilder of broken homes, a fallback for the jilted, and a solace for those agitated by the multiple ironies of the human condition.

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Updated on Oct 12, 2011 11:12 PM IST
Hindustan Times | BySreeram Chaulia

Beyond India's borders

The death shrieks of non-Assamese are grim reminders that India's policy of cooperating with the Myanmar junta has flopped.

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Updated on Jan 12, 2007 12:08 PM IST
None | BySreeram Chaulia (IANS)

The Eagle's embrace

The odyssey that India has made from the Soviet bear hug of 70s to the US eagle's embrace is a major transformation in world politics, says S Chaulia, a commentator on international affairs.

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Published on Feb 24, 2006 06:48 PM IST
None | BySreeram Chaulia (IANS)
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