Category Archives: National Interest

Maldives’ Yameen goes rogue, time for India to play gunboat diplomacy

On November 3, 1988, Abdullah Luthufi, a once-prominent Maldivian businessman, allegedly in connivance with Ibrahim Nasir, the country’s former president, hired about 100 gunmen from the People’s Liberation Organization of Tamil Eelam – one of several secessionist Tamil groups fighting for a separate homeland in Sri Lanka during that time – and led them to… Read More »

Doklam stand-off: China yields, but India can’t afford to relax

On August 28, India’s ministry of external affairs (MEA) and China’s ministry of foreign affairs announced the end of the stand-off between the troops of the two countries at Doka La in Doklam (Donglam for Chinese) area’s Dolam plateau, which is at the India-Tibet-Bhutan trijunction near the Indian state of Sikkim. The whole area falls… Read More »

INS Betwa accident: Is the Indian Navy a serious military force?

The toppling of INS Betwa, a Brahmaputra-class guided-missile frigate, puts a huge note of interrogation on the Indian Navy — a force on whose competency rests not only India’s maritime security, but aspirations to become a global power. The December 4 accident, which took place at the naval dockyard in Mumbai while undocking after undergoing… Read More »