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Economics is driving the Lankan friendship

Ranil Wickremasinghe’s visit was dominated by economic deals. But the success of obtaining security by development will depend on how efficiently India delivers

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sri Lanka President Ranil Wickremesinghe in New Delhi (Twitter/@narendramodi)
Published on Jul 24, 2023 08:35 AM IST

With Sri Lanka in crisis, India must be cautious

With the President and PM on their way out, the political situation is fluid. While continuing its humanitarian efforts in Lanka, Delhi must also engage with the political class for a smooth transition of power

The delay in creating an interim arrangement will affect the attitudes of IMF and other donors. The failure of the political class in the coming days may also encourage the possibility of the army stepping into a political role. (Bloomberg)
Published on Jul 12, 2022 09:25 PM IST

The roots of Sri Lanka’s economic and political turmoil

Economic mismanagement began during the Rajapaksa regime. However, its continued ruin is due to economic laxity, a casual approach to populism and the erosion of foreign exchange reserves. There are lessons here for developing countries

Sri Lankans see the mess around them as the result of the inefficient, corrupt and oligarchic rule of the Rajapaksa family. If the situation is not brought under control, protests may lead to social violence and political chaos. (AFP)
Published on Apr 08, 2022 08:13 PM IST

What India should, and shouldn’t, do in Nepal

Irrespective of whether Nepal has elections or witnesses the restoration of Parliament, a prudent course for India would be to let Nepal cope with its internal political mess

Oli has been emboldened to stick to power even by breaking the party. In the process, the shallowness of Oli’s opportunistic and politically driven anti-Indian nationalism has been exposed(AFP)
Updated on Jan 08, 2021 07:59 PM IST
BySD Muni

The internal drivers of China’s Ladakh offensive

Xi is using the Ladakh standoff in his internal political campaign of silencing critics who are cautioning him against hostility towards India and other neighbours, while the principal challenge is to confront the US.

The fate of mutually-agreed non-escalation between India and China will depend on the Chinese side. China will try to sustain the standoff by all means possible.(Bloomberg)
Updated on Oct 03, 2020 05:56 AM IST
BySD Muni

Lipu Lekh: The past, present and future of the Nepal-India stand-off| Analysis

Nepal endorsed the Indian position for 150 years. It is raising the stakes due to politics and China

India and Nepal should, through resilient and mutually accommodative diplomacy, resolve the issue. A prolonged dispute will be exploited by third parties(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 22, 2020 07:29 PM IST
BySD Muni

India has done well to revive Saarc | Opinion

It underlines Delhi’s support to neighbours at a difficult time, and exposes Pakistan’s pettiness

India’s strategy of putting Saarc in deep freeze was based on isolating Pakistan and propping up Bimstec. Both have limits(PTI)
Published on Mar 16, 2020 06:56 PM IST
BySD Muni

Lanka attacks: S Asian nations must join hands against terror

This cooperation must extend beyond counterterrorism efforts and fight all kinds of religious radicalisation

Teachers hold candles as they pray for the victims of Sri Lanka's serial bomb blasts, Ahmedabad, April 22, 2019(REUTERS)
Updated on Apr 23, 2019 06:13 PM IST
BySD Muni

The poet diplomat: Story of former Indian foreign secretary MK Rasgotra

The story of former Indian foreign secretary MK Rasgotra’s life is also a narrative of India’s evolution from a newly independent nation to a credible global player. His book provides fascinating insights into the individuals and events that shaped India’s foreign policy

President Zail Singh, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, PV Narasimha Rao and Foreign Secretary Maharaja Krishna Rasgotra at Palam Airport to receive President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt on 30 November, 1982.(Virendra Prabhakar/HT)
Updated on Jun 18, 2016 11:02 AM IST
Hindustan Times | BySD Muni

Modi’s foreign policy misses in the neighbourhood

The road for carrying forward the ‘neighbourhood initiative’ lies through serious policy homework that must include redefining diplomatic tools and practices, as well as restraining party constituencies from constraining policy priorities

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Right) warmly received by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, at Lahore, Pakistan, December 25, 2015(PIB)
Published on Jun 06, 2016 08:24 PM IST
BySD Muni

Sounding the red alert

With the Maoists quitting the government, there is a real risk of the peace process in Nepal going astray, writes SD Muni.

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Updated on Sep 19, 2007 11:54 PM IST
Hindustan Times | BySD Muni
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