Sreeram Chaulia
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India-US defence ties can be a game-changer

Deepening India-US ties lay a favourable balance of power in Asia and keep a check on authoritarian China’s push for hegemony in the Indo-Pacific

If the new India-US defence industrial roadmap fulfils its potential, it will have far-reaching strategic effects(HT File)
Published on Jun 07, 2023 09:22 PM IST

G7 and Quad are finally taking China head on

The G7’s launch of a new “Coordination Platform on Economic Coercion” is aimed at China’s predatory practices

The G7 and Quad are finally putting the brakes on China so that the Asian country will not be allowed to remain the only game in town(PTI)
Published on May 23, 2023 08:16 PM IST

Pak’s terror factory is exposing SCO’s limits

The global history of terrorism shows how it has metastasised in a context of geopolitical rivalries and divisions which override shared multilateral interests

The gap between Pakistan’s words and deeds was so stark that India’s external affairs minister S Jaishankar had to call out Bhutto as the “promoter, justifier and spokesperson of a terrorism industry”, and remind SCO peers that “taking our eyes off this menace would be detrimental to our security interests”. (ANI)
Updated on May 06, 2023 07:38 PM IST

India’s re-emergence as a leader of global Buddhism

India’s keenness to propagate Buddhism is in keeping with its legacy as the fountainhead from which the teachings of the Buddha spread worldwide.

PM Modi at Global Buddhist Summit in Delhi on Thursday.(ANI)
Published on Apr 20, 2023 06:50 PM IST

India-Russia ties are facing a long-term conundrum

A new foreign policy concept released by Russia on March 31 reveals the direction of Putin's thinking.

The problem here is that Putin wishes to club China and India together as part of a united front to counterbalance the West, but Beijing and New Delhi have their own distinct policies that do not coincide with Moscow’s worldview. (Reuters)
Published on Apr 06, 2023 07:28 PM IST

The glaring paradox of Xi Jinping as peace mediator

It is ironic that the same China embarking on ambitious behind-the-scenes diplomacy to douse flames in distant geopolitical flashpoints — Iran and Saudia Arabia — is unwilling to resolve its conflicts with its neighbours.

Xi believes in establishing a Sino-centric regional system where there will be order under Chinese tutelage rather than a community of equal sovereign States. (AFP file)
Published on Mar 16, 2023 07:24 PM IST

How India can expand Hindi’s global footprint

For Hindi to be internationalised, a precondition is to domestically affirm it within India.

Given that Hindi is the first, second or third language of at least 57% of Indians, the government has taken steps to counterbalance elitist English primacy over Hindi. (Pixabay)
Updated on Feb 26, 2023 08:06 PM IST

Controlling gun crimes needs social reset in US

Compared to democracies such as Australia, Britain, New Zealand and South Africa­, which had gun massacre incidents of their own but managed to legislate and reduce the supply of weapons, the US is more extreme in terms of corporate power, social fragmentation and ideological schisms

This chronic failure to regulate availability of assault weapons, despite the mounting toll of victims and the psychological grief, is a function of excess free market capitalism, ideological polarisation and the lingering effects of centuries of slavery and racial discrimination (AFP)
Updated on Feb 06, 2023 09:52 AM IST

Getting to peace in Ukraine needs wisdom

The Orthodox Christmas ceasefire experiment collapsed, but it was a revealing moment that hinted at exhaustion and showed how bravado does run out of steam in long-winded conflicts. Seizing such moments with wisdom in the future will eventually open the pathway to peace.

Plumes of smoke rise from a Russian strike during a 36-hour ceasefire over Orthodox Christmas declared by Russian President Vladimir Putin, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, from the frontline Donbas city of Bakhmut, Ukraine, January 7, 2023. (REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 08, 2023 07:52 PM IST

Navigating a world of all-round weaponisation

In the era of all-round weaponisation and breakdown of universal globalisation, statecraft has its task cut out to attend to constructing politically friendlier networks or clubs. In times of intense crisis, the risk of even friends turning selfish remains. But friends will at least not intentionally weaponise resources against each other

The phenomenon of weaponisation of a range of goods and services such as food, fuel, electricity, finance and shipping has stood out during the Russia-Ukraine war. (AP)
Published on Dec 25, 2022 08:37 PM IST

After Tawang, prepare for more Chinese aggression

China is taking the gloves off and indicating it is ready to use force to impose its ever-expanding claims and preferences on neighbours.

Given Xi’s megalomaniacal and hardline mindset, worse may be to come and we should mobilise as a nation for a sustained struggle. (Reuters)
Published on Dec 14, 2022 07:13 PM IST

Three top priorities for India as G20 president

India’s G20 presidency, with its emphasis on the needs and claims of the global South, has to deliver a G20 development deal that addresses the concerns of weak and poor nations with no seat at the table

The global economy’s slump has to be arrested through concerted moves by the G20, which has demonstrated crisis-fighting skills in the past. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Nov 24, 2022 08:56 AM IST

As Brazil turns Left, will the new era of socialism last?

Socialism, which lost steam after the first pink tide subsided and gave way to conservative regimes a decade ago, now has a second lease of life.

Lula has proclaimed that “there are not two Brazils. We are a single country, a single people.” (AFP)
Published on Nov 01, 2022 08:28 PM IST

Xi’s quest to solidify his power poses grave risks to the world

The biggest danger is Xi’s excessive personalisation of power. With internal checks and balances extinguished, the fate of the Chinese people rests on Xi’s judgment.

Since his advent in 2012, Xi has stamped out dissent with systematic ruthlessness, reminiscent of his role model Mao Zedong. (AFP)
Published on Oct 20, 2022 07:41 PM IST

Ukraine: Putin is in an unwinnable quagmire

There seem to be few corrective mechanisms within Russia to compel Putin, who has dominated his country for 22 years, to change course and beat a retreat

From his labyrinth in the Kremlin, Putin does not see Ukraine’s spirited armed resistance to Russian occupation as the real problem. Rather, as his defence minister Sergei Shoigu puts it, Russia is at war “not so much with the Ukrainian army as it is with the collective West.” In Putin’s narrative, Ukrainians have become “cannon fodder” or proxies being exploited by the West to break up and tie down Russia. (AP)
Updated on Sep 23, 2022 06:24 PM IST

Why US-China tensions may lead to strategic instability

The expectation that Washington and Beijing will compete hard but manage tensions below a certain threshold is still valid, but it is hanging by a thread.

People walk past a billboard welcoming US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in Taipei, Taiwan. (AP)
Published on Aug 03, 2022 09:08 PM IST

The China-Pakistan alliance may lead to more violence, terror

The investments that China has already sunk into CPEC and its strategy of ensuring India is kept under check in South Asia mean that Beijing will keep ploughing ahead to take over Pakistan inch-by-inch

Police adjusts crime scene barricade tape at the blast site a day after a suicide attack on a van near the Confucius Institute, Karachi, April 27, 2022 (AFP)
Updated on May 04, 2022 08:40 PM IST
BySreeram Chaulia

Countering China’s ‘infowar’: India must think and act sharper

Playing defensive is not a losing strategy. But India must display intent that it can also bat on the front foot in emerging domains such as ‘informatised warfare’

If India’s armed forces have undertaken physical counter-offensive manoeuvers against the PLA along the border, why not unleash Indian cyber warriors to deflate China’s inflated hyper-nationalistic self-image and fuel already simmering domestic dissent among Chinese netizens about their government’s non-transparency? (AP)
Updated on Jan 09, 2022 08:51 PM IST
BySreeram Chaulia

A century later, the Chinese Communist Party is at the crossroads

When Mao’s PRC was established in 1949, it was through such a bloody process against all odds that the new State’s outlook was militaristic and hostile

Chinese President Xi Jinping. (File photo)
Published on Jun 30, 2021 04:34 PM IST
BySreeram Chaulia

Decoding the Washington-Moscow-Beijing triangle

With the presidency of Donald Trump not delivering relief to Russia despite ardent hopes in Moscow, Putin accelerated military and economic cooperation with China to demonstrate that he had other options

Representational image. (AFP)
Updated on Jun 22, 2021 06:13 AM IST
BySreeram Chaulia

Suu Kyi’s win is comparable to Mandela’s ‘Long Walk to Freedom’

Suu Kyi’s win is comparable to Nelson Mandela’s ‘Long Walk to Freedom’. Yet, even though the NLD is on course to sweep more than two-thirds of the parliamentary seats, Suu Kyi will not become president of Myanmar the way Mandela did after apartheid was overthrown in South Africa writes Sreeram Chaulia

Myanmar's National League for Democracy party leader Aung San Suu Kyi leaves her party headquarters after talking to supporters about the general elections in Yangon, Myanmar November 9, 2015.(Reuters Photo)
Updated on Nov 10, 2015 11:03 AM IST
BySreeram Chaulia

UN must revamp itself if it wishes to remain relevant

The world body cannot tackle the challenges of this century unless there are reforms in its structure and modalities.

Members of the United Nations Security Council during a meeting at the UN headquarters in New York. (Reuters File Photo)
Updated on May 04, 2017 09:26 AM IST
Hindustan Times | BySreeram Chaulia

Saarc and Asean should work to fix growing migrant crisis

The surge of migrants and refugees from Bangladesh and Myanmar, on unstable boats and headed towards an unknown horizon in Indonesia and Malaysia, has shaken human conscience. Unwanted in their home countries these people are virtually prisoners of unscrupulous human smuggling networks spread across South and Southeast Asia. The discovery of mass graves in northern Malaysia illustrates this saga of cruelty and exploitation of the powerless.

Updated on May 27, 2015 10:35 PM IST
BySreeram Chaulia

The onus of risk analysis is on editors

The Paris terror attack reminds us that there is a higher purpose than defending legal rights as absolute

Updated on Jan 08, 2015 09:22 PM IST
BySreeram Chaulia

Maldives presidential poll: a muddle of objections

A spate of scheduling, cancelling and annulling of elections over the last three months in the Maldives has eroded whatever little legitimacy was left in its public institutions. Sreeram Chaulia writes.

Updated on Nov 13, 2013 03:32 AM IST
Hindustan Times | BySreeram Chaulia

It's a force multiplier

The launch of the INS Vikrant, India's first indigenously manufactured aircraft carrier, is a milestone in the nation's military history and a key addition to our force projection capabilities. Sreeram Chaulia writes.

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Updated on Aug 13, 2013 03:21 AM IST
Hindustan Times | BySreeram Chaulia

Bottom-up welfare is the only way

Social schemes, customised to the needs of the people in a region, help empower the weaker sections. Sreeram Chaulia writes.

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Updated on May 15, 2013 11:17 PM IST
BySreeram Chaulia

A messy war with no victors

The United States invaded Iraq ruled by the despotic Saddam Hussein on flimsy pretexts. By invading Iraq 10 years ago, it set an example the world should never follow

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Updated on Mar 18, 2013 10:10 PM IST
None | BySreeram Chaulia

Clear the smokescreen

Like Pakistan, India must also identify friends within the Taliban to avoid confusion, writes Sreeram Chaulia.

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Updated on Jan 04, 2013 10:36 PM IST
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It’s time to make up for lost ground

Suu Kyi's visit could be the perfect time for New Delhi to increase its assistance to democratic parties in Myanmar. Sreeram Chaulia writes.

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Updated on Nov 12, 2012 11:56 AM IST
Hindustan Times | BySreeram Chaulia
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