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Iran blasts complicate the West Asia scenario

Israel is bent on pursuing a military solution. While Israel can militarily defeat Hamas, will it prevent the rise of a more extreme variant?

Iran Blasts: People gather at the scene of explosions during a ceremony held to mark the death of late Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, in Kerman.(Reuters)
Published on Jan 08, 2024 06:33 PM IST

Why Islamabad’s reaction to SC order is duplicitous

Despite Pakistan's argument that the final disposition of J&K was to be made per UNSC resolutions, the country had violated UNSC resolutions on Kashmir itself

The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the abrogation of Article 370 as constitutional. (HT FIle)
Published on Dec 19, 2023 10:13 PM IST

Build on Gaza truce for peace in West Asia

Ending forever wars is never going to be easy. India could play a role if both sides want.

Smoke billows after an Israeli strike on Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip on November 23, 2023, amid continuing battles between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas. (AFP)
Published on Nov 25, 2023 10:53 PM IST

Release of hostages and ceasefire are the first steps to ease tension in Gaza

Israel must stop the bombardment of Gaza, announce a ceasefire, and allow humanitarian relief. An enduring peace would involve return to the two-State solution

Israeli troops patrol at an undisclosed location along the border with the Gaza Strip on October 19, 2023. (AFP)
Published on Oct 21, 2023 12:07 AM IST

UN’s burden: A crowded agenda, a divided world

The UN has a crowded agenda. The problems of the climate crisis, development, and the Ukraine war require the international community to come together.

The 78th United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York. (AFP)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Sep 26, 2023 12:43 AM IST

Despite IMF's $3bn bailout, a deepening crisis emerges in Pakistan

IMF approves a $3 billion bailout for Pakistan, but the country's economic problems persist. Political divisions and military control complicate the situation.

Amidst the political turmoil, the Shahbaz Sharif government has initiated steps for the return of Nawaz Sharif. (via REUTERS)
Published on Jul 19, 2023 08:33 PM IST

How Pakistan can reignite its crumbling economy

Neither Pakistan’s army nor the political class has shown any inclination to address the underlying socioeconomic causes of the deepening crisis. This needs urgent change

Pakistan needs assistance to combat floods. But its long-term structural problems have to be addressed internally. (Reuters)
Published on Aug 30, 2022 08:01 PM IST

The charade of autonomy in PoK’s political setup

PoK is effectively integrated in Pakistan, not only in terms of the constitutional compact of powers, but through political control. It is Pakistan’s mainstream parties that have formed governments in PoK in successive “elections”

PoK is effectively integrated in Pakistan, not only in terms of the constitutional compact of powers, but through political control. (PTI)
Published on Jun 25, 2022 09:00 PM IST

Nuclear power should be an integral part of India’s clean energy transition

The share of nuclear power in electricity generation in India (3%) is far behind major economies. its growth will require strong State support. India must include it in its clean energy matrix

We have to combine growth with emission-reduction. The choice is easier for countries that have already reached a high level of industrialisation (AP)
Updated on Nov 04, 2021 02:35 PM IST
ByDP Srivastava

The climate crisis and why an energy transition is tough

While India must move toward clean energy, this does not mean accepting IEA prescriptions. These underplay the massive cost of relying upon renewable energy

In a sun-drenched country, solar power will remain an important component of the energy basket. (AFP)
Updated on Oct 29, 2021 04:57 PM IST
ByDP Srivastava

To increase the share of gas in its energy mix, India has diplomatic options

The government has a target to increase the share of gas in India’s energy mix from the current 6% to 15% by 2030. The success of this plan depends on the availability of cheap gas

LNG prices are subject to market dynamics. LNG is currently trading above $37 per metric million British thermal units (MMBtu) in Asian markets. The availability of piped gas will help introduce both competition and price stability. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 07, 2021 02:54 PM IST
ByDP Srivastava

Pakistan, not India, rejected plebiscite in Kashmir

Pakistan consistently raises the demand for a plebiscite in J&K, but has always rejected it whenever a specific proposal has been presented

Pakistan’s preference in successive wars has been the use of force, not a plebiscite. (PTI)
Updated on Aug 04, 2021 07:05 PM IST
ByDP Srivastava

What Pakistan has done in its occupied territories of PoK, G-B

Unlike PoK, G-B does not have a “constitution”. It is currently administered under the Gilgit-Baltistan Order of 2018. This is an executive fiat issued by Islamabad. In the case of PoK, it was also directly ruled by Islamabad on the basis of Rules of Business for more than three decades before it received its “constitution” in 1974. This is still described as an “interim” constitution, though there is nothing interim about Pakistan’s control on the territory.

Under the Gilgit-Baltistan Order of 2018, the legislative powers on key subjects are vested in the PM of Pakistan, rather than the elected assembly. PM Imran Khan announced on November 1, 2020, that the territory will be given “provisional provincial status”. Pakistan’s Supreme Court had established its jurisdiction over the territory in 1999, though the territory does not form part of Pakistan under its constitution. (REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 08, 2021 09:41 AM IST
ByDP Srivastava

Rouhani’s visit reflects the many dimensions to India-Iran ties

Hassan Rouhani’s India visit has given the political impulse to the ties. Now the challenge will be to deliver on the promises made

[From left]: President Ram Nath Kovind, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi, February 17, 2018(AFP)
Published on Feb 21, 2018 02:31 PM IST
ByDP Srivastava
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