Conflict · Diplomacy · Kashmir · South Asia

After Balakot, time for a diplomatic offensive

War is politics by other means, said Karl Von Clausewitz, the Prussian military strategist in the eighteenth century. As societies change, and politics changes, so does the nature of war, and the battlefields wars are fought on. The two weeks since the Pulwama attack has shown us that the battlefield is now also on television… Continue reading After Balakot, time for a diplomatic offensive

Diplomacy · South Asia

Indus Treaty: Why India Cannot Afford to Fight Fire With Water

Water is meant to douse fires, yet it is the one natural resource that has, time and again, either been a cause for global conflict or been weaponised by enemy states to score victory. In the case of decades of volatile India-Pakistan relations, the Indus Waters Treaty – brokered by the World Bank and signed… Continue reading Indus Treaty: Why India Cannot Afford to Fight Fire With Water

Conflict · Diplomacy · Foreign Policy · Rights

UNHCR, OCHCR URGE INDIA NOT TO DEPORT ROHINGYA 

New Delhi. October 3, 2018 Officials from UN High Commissioner for Refugees based in India have said that seven Rohingya men being deported from the Silchar central jail in Assam to their home village in  Central Rakhine in Myanmar should be given a chance to make an “informed decision”  about their return in the current… Continue reading UNHCR, OCHCR URGE INDIA NOT TO DEPORT ROHINGYA 

India · Rights · Social Media

More Counter Speech needed to combat Hate on Facebook in India

Efforts at Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) online have become an important focus for social networks. CVE targets extremist ideologies, tackling them through alternate narratives that focus on peace-building. It is an invaluable tool to supplement counterterrorism strategies worldwide. To identify effective counter-speech on Facebook, ORF conducted a study analysing posts and comments on prominent public… Continue reading More Counter Speech needed to combat Hate on Facebook in India

Diplomacy · Foreign Policy

For New Delhi, the relationship with Tel Aviv is an exercise in balance

The still-damaged corner wall of the blue-and-white building and a police van permanently parked outside the Chabad House that was attacked during the worst terror strike in Indian history in Mumbai on 26.11.2008 (where the now 11-year old 'baby' Moshe lost his parents), is both a testament to a strengthening relationship between India and Israel,… Continue reading For New Delhi, the relationship with Tel Aviv is an exercise in balance

Gender · Rights · Sexual violence

Breaking the Silence: 5 Years after Nirbhaya

Watch here: Five years ago a country wept when a young Delhi girl battled for and lost her life after being brutally gang raped in the heart of the city. The Nirbhaya Act strengthening punishment for sexual predators and expanding the definition of abuse was the outcome of that anger and grief. Today, women -… Continue reading Breaking the Silence: 5 Years after Nirbhaya

Diplomacy · Foreign Policy

Celebrating Buddhist principles in a confrontational world: A high stakes visit to Lanka for PM Modi

This week, Sri Lanka is "Dhammadvipa", the island of Buddhist philosophy, as it celebrates United Nations Vesak Day to mark the birth, enlightenment and death of Lord Buddha on Friday. There have been fourteen international celebrations, but this is Sri Lanka's first time as host, even though it was instrumental in the UN's declaration of… Continue reading Celebrating Buddhist principles in a confrontational world: A high stakes visit to Lanka for PM Modi