Srinath Raghavan is Senior Fellow at Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. He is the author of many acclaimed books on history and international affairs. He lives in Mumbai and tweets as @srinathraghava3.
Articles by Srinath Raghavan
India’s path to power: Strategy in a world adrift
At a time when global, regional and national politics is undergoing a churn, some of India’s finest public intellectuals — including those who have been policymakers and those who have observed and studied India in depth — have come together to outline the contours of the new world order and, more importantly, what India should do to achieve its objectives.
Updated on Oct 02, 2021 06:05 PM IST
ByYamini Aiyar, Sunil Khilnani, Prakash Menon, Shivshankar Menon, Nitin Pai, Srinath Raghavan, Ajit Ranade, and Shyam Saran
Naya Kashmir: It’s not a new idea | Opinion
Like Modi, Indira Gandhi, too, wanted to alter the status quo in the state almost 50 years ago
Updated on Aug 14, 2019 07:53 AM IST
Why an escalation in US-Iran tensions should worry Delhi
Faced with serious attempt to squeeze its economic or strategic assets, Iran will respond in ways that can jeopardise maritime traffic in the Gulf.
Published on Jul 09, 2019 07:58 PM IST
The defence policy must be prioritised
The government has enormous political capital to bring in defence reforms. Band-aid fixes won’t work
Updated on Jun 19, 2019 07:30 PM IST
Jaishankar has his work cut out
The foreign minister has to figure out ways to arrest the slide in the India-US bilateral ties.
Published on Jun 05, 2019 08:46 AM IST
Diplomatic patience will pay more dividends on the China front
Diplomacy should help expand our options in such a context rather foreclose them in petulance. Think of how the Chinese are dealing with the Trump administration over the trade war. New Delhi’s efforts should be geared towards getting China to yet again calibrate its approach to India and Pakistan
Updated on Mar 19, 2019 07:40 PM IST
Indo-Saudi ties, a fine balancing act
Saudi crown prince, Mohammad bin Salman’s India visit comes at an important juncture in the geopolitics of southwest Asia as well as in the bilateral relationship between the two countries.
Updated on Feb 18, 2019 11:01 AM IST
Question the government on Rafale
The handling of the Rafale issue by the Modi government have dealt a deep blow to India’s military modernisation.
Published on Jan 23, 2019 07:48 AM IST
Army chief Rawat’s statements ahistorical, poorly judged
Army chief General Bipin Rawat sparked a political row with his remarks that the All India United Democratic Front has been growing faster than the BJP in Assam because of support of Muslims, with Pakistan and China pushing Bangladeshi migrants into the North-east.
Updated on Feb 23, 2018 07:25 AM IST
Hindustan Times | BySrinath Raghavan
Kashmir’s Article 35A conundrum: New Delhi must tread carefully
Kashmiris are apprehensive that any move to undo Article 35A of the Indian Constitution would open the sluice gates for a demographic transformation of the Valley—an objective propounded by Sangh groups as the ideal solution to the Kashmir problem.
Published on Aug 03, 2017 10:31 AM IST
Sikkim standoff: India cannot afford to allow China to change the status quo | Opinion
India must abandon the notion that our grand strategic choices boil down to either balancing against China in concert with the United States or bandwagoning with China. It is time we demonstrated strategic creativity and diplomatic agility.
Updated on Jul 06, 2017 12:25 AM IST
Sheikh Hasina’s hate statues can only weaken democracy in Bangladesh
Sheikh Hasina’s efforts to reach out to the religious sentiments of Bangladesh’s Muslim majority has emboldened conservative Islamists to escalate their demands
Updated on Jun 21, 2017 06:24 PM IST
Why private defence manufacturing in India needs to take off
The government has all along insisted that defence industry would be a centrepiece of Make in India. Although the NDA government has taken its time to approve the policy, it has done well in thinking through its underlying rationale as well as the practical steps needed to unleash the Indian private sector in this critical domain.
Updated on Jun 12, 2017 06:55 PM IST
Defence policy has to be a joint effort between civilians and the military
The recently unveiled Joint Doctrine for the Indian Armed Forces lays out the military’s perspective on what is wrong with our existing institutional arrangements of civil-military relations and how to set it right
Updated on May 11, 2017 07:56 AM IST
Our historians have scant interest in wars or soldiers
Between the old imperialist memorial and the proposed nationalist one — the proposed National War Memorial — India’s contribution to the Second World War has been airbrushed out of existence
Updated on May 10, 2017 03:33 PM IST
How Emergency provided the template for the mobilisation of Hindutva forces
The Emergency had far-reaching consequences for Indian politics. Its historical consequences may still be unfolding.
Updated on Mar 29, 2017 12:45 PM IST
Assembly elections: Former generals should steer clear of politics
The one rank, one pension episode underscored the danger of the military being treated as a special interest group by politicians. The coddling of the military by any political party will invariably lead others to follow suit or to look at it with suspicion.
Updated on Mar 15, 2017 08:33 PM IST
India must involve itself in the China-Pakistan One Belt, One Road initiative to stay in the game
The reality is that the Asian economic order is set to undergo far-reaching changes. By refusing to take a realistic tack, India is effectively depriving itself of an opportunity to shape the transforming landscape of Asia
Updated on Mar 23, 2017 03:35 PM IST
If you think Trump is good for India you are in for a shock
The striking success of Indians who immigrated in recent decades is also testimony to the extraordinary changes in America since the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Without the delegitimisation of the older, brisk racism and overt xenophobia Indians could not have scaled such heights in the US
Updated on Feb 15, 2017 03:50 PM IST
Not fully empowered chief of defence staff is a bad idea
If the Chief of Defence Staff does not outrank the service chiefs, then his ability to function as the single-point military adviser to the government will be undoubtedly circumscribed.
Updated on Jan 18, 2017 11:12 PM IST
SP’s battle differs sharply from the ideological rifts in past socialist parties
A closer look at the history of socialist parties shows that the ongoing convulsion in the Samajwadi party is qualitatively different from those of the past. And these differences underscore the fundamental challenge confronting the party
Updated on Jan 05, 2017 09:37 AM IST
The choice of service chiefs is a matter of political judgment
The choice of service chiefs involves multiple trade-offs and considerations that cannot be wished away by sticking to seniority or hankering after criteria of “merit”. But as with all political judgments it will be open to public scrutiny
Updated on Dec 21, 2016 10:50 PM IST
On demonesitation, will Modi do a Morarji or a Pandit-ji?
A brief history of the Gold Control Order issued by intransigent finance minister Morarji Desai reveals some interesting insights.
Updated on Dec 07, 2016 11:14 PM IST
OROP controversy: Stop playing politics with the Indian Army
When it comes to the military, politics cannot be as usual. Once we begin to sway the strongest coercive institution in the State for partisan political ends, we can never be sure that it will not end up coercing the political system as a whole
Updated on Nov 10, 2016 07:50 AM IST
India should be prepared for the perils and prospects of diplomatic leadership
The Suez crisis was not a triumph for Indian diplomacy. Yet, by showcasing its ability to play a genuinely independent role, India buttressed its standing as an Asian power
Published on Oct 26, 2016 07:19 PM IST
Reduce friction, it’s worth a try
Published on Oct 13, 2016 09:59 AM IST
India and China must show mutual restraint to avoid a major crisis
Much ink has been spilt in the past days on analysing the likely impact of the “surgical strikes” on our relations with Pakistan. But its trickier implications may be vis-à-vis China
Updated on Oct 12, 2016 09:21 PM IST