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‘Eastward Ho’ for India-led South Asia?

Trade blocs across the globe have often been just as much, if not more, instruments of geopolitics as they have been about commerce. A gradual but definite swell in cooperation between the South Asian nations east of Pakistan currently is playing witness to the age-old truism. With South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) currently lying comatose due to the India-Pakistan conflict, India is now...

The Tattered Mirage of a South Asian Union is Dying Fast – Pt. 3

This commentary was first published here. The Stealth Disruptor With most South Asian nations sharing a history that is marred by ethnic, religious and geographic disputes, forming a seamless Union of cooperating members was not going to be easy even in the best of circumstances. Increasingly dwarfing, however, all intra-SAARC issues is the escalating India-China rivalry in the region. For the purpose of brevity,...

The Tattered Mirage of a South Asian Union is Dying Fast – Pt. 2

This commentary was first published here. “Cooperation within the framework of the Association shall be based on respect for the principles of sovereign equality, territorial integrity, political independence, non-interference in the internal affairs of other States and mutual benefit.” -Point (1) of the ‘Principles’ subset of Article II of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)...

The Tattered Mirage of a South Asian Union is Dying Fast – Pt. 1

This commentary was first published here. The latest round of heightened tensions between India and Pakistan threatens to add the 19th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit, scheduled to be held in Islamabad, Pakistan, in November 2016, to the long list of failed attempts at cooperation in South Asia. But there are enough signals suggesting that reasons apart from the historical animosity...

Chelsea And Conte Need To Transfer Faith, NOW

For the second consecutive game, Chelsea lost points due to a disjoint performance by an ill-equipped defence. That that would be the opening line about a Chelsea performance even in the new season reveals how little has changed in that department for the team; and how much the stagnation threatens to repeat the 2015/16 season. Unlike their visit to Swansea, where Chelsea clearly were the better side and...

Post Brexit, India Can Be UK’s America To The East

As in personal life, the need for an all-weather friend in the global polity can never be overstated in the scenario of one having to restart a journey away from the comfort zone – irrespective of the reasons behind the loss of the cosy corner. The United Kingdom has always had the United States for every such possibility. But in the ever-changing global order, and amid diminishing global power, the...

The Two Things England Need to Do at Old Trafford

This sports journalism piece was first published on Huffington Post (UK) here. The second Test between England and Pakistan beginning tomorrow (July 22) at Old Trafford has acquired a strange tension, which is vastly more intense and different from the buzz surrounding the crowd reaction to Mohammed Amir’s return to the stage where he had let the cricketing world down. The ill feeling, amazingly, has nothing...