Authors Posts by M.K. Bhadrakumar

M.K. Bhadrakumar

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India should stay the course on Iran oil

The new kids on the block are unaware that not a year had passed since the Islamic Revolution in Iran 40 years ago when...

What message is Trump sending Imran?

The surprise element in the Pentagon disclosure that a final decision has been taken on their July move to suspend $300 million military aid...

Afghan great game moves centre stage

Through the past week, the US-led Afghan war against the Taliban transformed as a struggle over engaging with the Taliban in peace talks. The US...

Taliban crosses the Rubicon with Tashkent meeting

The Taliban, against the backdrop of tightening Uzbek-Afghan relations, last week paid a landmark visit to Tashkent, heralding new regional stature for the militant...

Hopes and forebodings in India over the rise of Imran Khan

Circumstantial evidence can be marshaled to establish that a level playing field was not available to Pakistan’s two mainstream political parties – the Pakistan...

Hopes and forebodings in India over the rise of Imran Khan

Circumstantial evidence can be marshaled to establish that a level playing field was not available to Pakistan’s two mainstream political parties – the Pakistan...

Regional states muscle in to seek a bigger ‘say’ in Afghan...

A new strategic fault line appeared in the Afghan conflict last week when Islamabad hosted an unusual meeting of the heads of the intelligence...

The Maldives is Modi’s Achilles heel

The “Wuhan consensus,” borne out of the informal meeting between India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping hardly ten weeks ago...

Shanghai summit: Is it really a suitcase without a handle?

A confluence of regional and international factors makes the 18th summit meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) this weekend in Qingdao an event...

Shanghai summit: Is it really a suitcase without a handle?

A confluence of regional and international factors makes the 18th summit meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) this weekend in Qingdao an event...

Modi-Putin tete-a-tete in Sochi to mend ties

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Putin is flexible and pragmatic but harshly unwavering on Russian interests. Photo:...

The significance of Modi’s visit to China

The informal summit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping at Wuhan (April 27-28) triggered a range of opinions abroad. The Moscow...

The significance of Modi’s visit to China

The informal summit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping at Wuhan (April 27-28) triggered a range of opinions abroad. The Moscow...

Guns vs. butter at Wuhan meeting

The anxiety syndrome in the American write-ups on the Wuhan summit is truly tragi-comic. An analyst at the Brookings Institution confidently predicted even before the summit...

A whiff of Sino-Indian détente is in the air

The doomsday predictions of an impending India-China confrontation in the Himalayas are petering out. The two countries are earnestly exploring a pathway to lead...

An Indian counter narrative on Maldives

The Maldives is back in the headlines. This time around, it is not about democracy deficit or rule of law. Two new topics are...

Mending fences with China gets started

Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale has hit the road running, as it were. There isn’t going to be a time lag following his predecessor’s permanent...

Time to think ahead on India’s Nepal ties

The shift in the Indian policy toward Nepal during the most recent months has been an extraordinary turnaround. Prime Minister Narendra Modi made three...

China gives dressing-down to Maldives’ Nasheed

The mystery of the Supreme Court judges in Male promoting democracy in their beloved country is deepening. One of the three judges who gave...

US hits Uighur terror group to impress China

The Trump administration has made a significant overture to Beijing this week over the war in Afghanistan. On Tuesday, during the testimony before the...

Doklam blues, again

 A fortnight ago, the government did the smart thing by distancing itself ostentatiously from the “mischievous” media reports that appeared totally out of the...