How will India respond to civil war in Pakistan?

Pakistani Taliban patrol in their stronghold of Shawal in the Pakistani tribal region of South Waziristan. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Sunil Dasgupta, UMBC and Brookings Institution

In 1971, India intervened militarily on behalf of Bengalis in the civil war in East Pakistan, dividing the country in two and helping to create Bangladesh.

In 2013, prospects of another civil war in Pakistan — this time one that pits radical Islamists against the secular but authoritarian military — have led once again to questions about what India would do. Read more…

India in a liberal Asia

Workers put up the Indian flag alongside the Chinese flag on Tiananmen Square. Will their post Cold War balance of power arrangements continue or will their be a newer liberalised Asia. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Sunil Dasgupta, UMBC and Brookings Institution

What do you do when your biggest trading partner is also the country whose unprecedented rise, overseen by an opaque political system, makes you nervous?

India is not the only Asian state faced with this dilemma about China, but it is one of the countries expected to be a part of the solution. As Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s inimitable minister-mentor, has said: ‘India alone can look China in the eye.’ Read more…