C Uday Bhaskar

Articles By C Uday Bhaskar

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The Perennial Standoff | Book Review — The Long Game: How the Chinese Negotiate with India by Vijay Gokhale

The ‘long game’ between the Asian giants is still in progress and the contours of Delhi’s comprehensive strategy towards China remain blurred.

The long game

The dragon & the virus | Book Review — Smokeless War: China’s Quest for Geopolitical Dominance by Manoj Kewalramani

A well-researched book tries to answer the question on every mind: how did China gain because of the pandemic

A file photo of Chinese President Xi Jinping in Lhasa in western China's Tibet Autonomous Region (AP/PTI)

The Earth is not the limit | Book Review: The Power of Geography by Tim Marshall

Politics is defined by geography and now space promises to be the new political battlefield

Richard Branson and crew members onboard VSS Unity after reaching the edge of space on July 11. Commercial space flights have begun to open up space for not only governments but private enterprises as well (Virgin Galactic/Handout via REUTERS)

The Pivot State | Book Review — India and Asian Geopolitics: The Past, Present by Shivshankar Menon

An enriching exploration of the complex geopolitics of the subcontinent and India’s past and present play in it

A file photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Ahmedabad (Express photo)

Book Review: The ISIS Peril – The World’s Most Feared Terror Group and Its Shadow on South Asia

Ghastly images of beheadings and reports of brutal killings, rape and plunder added to the image of the ISIS as the ‘most feared’ non-state terror group.

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The Absent Dialogue: Focus on lack of adequate communication regarding defence matters

An important focus on lack of political will and adequate communication regarding defence matters.

Pakistan: The Balochistan Conundrum | A political desert

Over the decades, the Baloch have not been able to cohere in an effective manner but have resisted the excesses of the Pakistani deep-state through an insurgency and a separatist movement — the latter stoking deep fears in

Line on Fire: Detailed account on skirmishes between India and Pakistan

A rigorously researched work detailing the constant skirmishes on the 740-km-long line of control between India and Pakistan.

Book review: ‘Cold War in the Islamic World: Saudi Arabia, Iran and the Struggle for Supremacy’ by Dilip Hiro

A detailed overview of the struggle for supremacy between Iran & Saudi Arabia

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Presence of United States and role in south Asia since the 17th century

A rich temporal tapestry of US presence and role in south Asia since the 17th century

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Book review – Husain Haqqani’s Reimagining Pakistan: Transforming a Dysfunctional Nuclear State

Husain Haqqani has been described as “Pakistan’s leading dissident public intellectual” on the jacket of the book under review, and for good reason.

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Book Review: Pakistan’s Nuclear Bomb – A Story of Defiance, Deterrence, and Deviance

The answers are cautiously comprehensive and Abbas is to be commended for the diligence (notes and bibliography alone are 90 pages) and lucidity with which he has provided his perspective on what remains both an enigma and a

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On the precipice

India remians the inflexible bête-noir for Pakistan, yet there are few books by Indian authors that have sought to interpret the prodigal neighbour in a holistic, informed and empathetic manner.

Pakistan sleepwalking into Jihadi terrorism

The Pakistani establishment is perhaps in the last stages of its final surrender to jihadi terror, as the author warns, and while this is alarmingly toxic for the hapless citizens of that state—for the region and the world

India vs Pakistan: Why Can’t We Just be Friends? By Husain Haqqani ; Book review

The future is grim where Indo-Pak relations are concerned, and Haqqani’s book only reiterates this depressing truth

Book Review – The Brave New World: India, China and the US; dictating the future

A book that outlines the new contours of the world, with China and India dictating terms of global governance along with the US

Book Review – The Brave New World: India, China and the US; dictating the future
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