This is a path-breaking work on India's foreign policy since Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister in May 2014 and surprised everyone by taking virtual charge of the external affairs portfolio. A man who had been denied visa by some countries began globetrotting with a vengeance. In the process, Modi put his personal stamp on a subject in a manner no Prime Minister had done since Jawaharlal Nehru.
The pattern of Chinese actions on the global stage demonstrates that it lives by the credo of might is right, a potent tool in its armoury for the pursuit of aggressive designs, writes Sudip Talukdar for South Asia Monitor.
The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and others of their ilk not only destabilise Pakistan and make it one of the world's most dangerous places but also threaten neighbouring Afghanistan and India -- and even far beyond. But what motivates these Islamist terror outfits, what are their strategies and objectives? Are they same across the board, and what role does religion play in them?
The book, written in the manner of a series of case studies, also points to the lack of a clearly enunciated national security strategy, a defence situational review, a defence strategy and a joint strategy for the armed forces -- all of this hampering military reforms.
The book ‘Pakistan at crossroads: Domestic Dynamics and External Pressures’ is one of the few books in recent years which fixes spotlight on various aspects of Pakistan; the internal flummoxing situation and external forces which are at work, keeping the pot of conflict boiling. This book entails essays drawn from two conferences that were organized at Columbia University, writes Ahmad Zaboor for South Asia Monitor.
In a region which is unexplored as an asset class, performance will be the kingmaker. This book includes the author’s CDCF Portfolio basket for the SAARC asset class, which selects the best fundamental-performers on a rolling basis. While this may not give equal representation to all countries, it selects the best performers, writes Sourajit Aiyer for South Asia Monitor.
Sri Lanka has to be the most beautiful country I have ever seen, says John Gimlette, an accomplished travel writer who journeys to the island nation at the end of a long and brutal civil war. Anyone who has seen the country will more than agree. Marco Polo too felt it was the world's prettiest island. And an Englishman wrote in 1803 that Sri Lanka deserves the name Paradise. But as John discovered, there was as much blood as there was beauty.
"Perilous Interventions: The Security Council and the politics of chaos" is an insider's account and interpretation of the West's "desire for geopolitical domination" which has often resulted in recent years - in theatres from Afghanistan to Syria - in policy decisions that have set in motion a "vicious cycle of terrorism and chaos" that shows no signs of ebbing or being tamed, writes Tarun Basu for South Asia Monitor."Perilous Interventions: The Security Council and the politics of chaos" is an insider's account and interpretation of the West's "desire for geopolitical domination" which has often resulted in recent years - in theatres from Afghanistan to Syria - in policy decisions that have set in motion a "vicious cycle of terrorism and chaos" that shows no signs of ebbing or being tamed.
Title: Bollywood Boom; Author: Roopa Swaminathan; Publisher: Penguin; Price: Rs 399; Pages: 221
Title: Defeat is an Orphan: How Pakistan Lost the Great South Asian War; Author: Myra Macdonald; Publisher: Penguin Random House India; Pages: 328; Price: Rs 599
The story of Afghanistan -- of the war against the Soviets and of terrorism that has gripped the landlocked country ever since -- is in many ways also the story of diplomat Masood Khalili, who motivated his people and led them...
Title: The Golden Legend; Author: Nadeem Aslam; Publisher: Penguin Random House; Pages: 376; Price: Rs 599
Over the Years, a collection of 106 short articles, offers us interesting sidelights on the currents and cross- currents in the public life of India during two distinctive periods: (I) 1987 to 1991 and (II ) 2010 to the present.