Author: Isha Tripathi

Political Science research scholar
Analysis | Balochistan – A Saga of Devolutions, State Repression and quest for Freedom
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Analysis | Balochistan – A Saga of Devolutions, State Repression and quest for Freedom

“Today from the ramparts of Red Fort, I want to greet and express my thanks to some people. In the last few days, people of Balochistan, Gilgit, Pakistan-occupied Kashmir have thanked me, have expressed gratitude, and expressed good wishes for me.” When the Indian Prime Minister acknowledged the people of Balochistan from the ramparts of […]

Review of Russia-Ukraine War | The West’s Superiority Complex and Russia’s Irredentism- Part 1
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Review of Russia-Ukraine War | The West’s Superiority Complex and Russia’s Irredentism- Part 1

Russia had objected to NATO’s expansion time and again, and issued clear indications of its increased assertiveness, such as the Medvedev Doctrine Under Putin’s leadership, Russia has been accused of harbouring irredentist goals such as furthering the idea of Triune Russian nation which stipulates three sub-nations – Belarus, Russia and Ukraine Kiev has been accused […]

Politics of Oil between the US and Russia: India’s options in view of western sanctions
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Politics of Oil between the US and Russia: India’s options in view of western sanctions

The heavy dependence of multiple countries, especially from the affluent part of the world, on Russian Energy resources is why many scholars have designated it as the ‘Energy Superpower’. The fact that major European countries like Germany are unwilling to stop their purchases from Russia even in the face of its actions in Ukraine, attests […]

Geopolitics of Central Asia – The New Great Game
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Geopolitics of Central Asia – The New Great Game

Pakistan is trying to cash in on the US-China rivalry to its advantage like it did in the Cold War. If Pakistan and China can successfully manage the diabolical Taliban, India will be the biggest loser in the New Great Game. In Afghanistan, humanity has been sacrificed at the altar of economic-political gains, a dangerous […]

India in Central Asia – A Window of Opportunity
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India in Central Asia – A Window of Opportunity

India needs stronger foothold in the region, assuming that Taliban takes over Afghanistan.
All the other key players such as Russia, US, China etc have had their interests in enhancing their relations with the CARs
Central Asia is rich in terms of resources while Kazakhstan is one of India’s primary source for Uranium.
CARs view India favourably as against wariness for China due to growing realization that promises of prosperity attached with the BRI are not forthcoming.
Smaller or weaker nations which cannot push back on their own then turn to other countries like India to balance it out, as is happening in Central Asia.

Quad versus BRICS: Is it Either-Or for India?
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Quad versus BRICS: Is it Either-Or for India?

China’s assertiveness bordering on bullying and expansionism gradually increased to convince the Quad countries to revive the dialogue in 2017
India in conjunction with USA and Japan becomes an eyesore for the CCP because for China to be the ‘middle-kingdom’, India has to remain the second-fiddle in Asia
Quad is geared towards the strategy of ‘Free and Open Indo-Pacific’ (FIPO), and there is only one country in the region that stands out for flouting UNCLOS rules, building artificial islands, territorial water disputes with many countries
A Chinese mouthpiece’s article creates a scenario wherein India seems to be stuck in a zero-sum game- if it chooses Quad, it loses BRICS
Quad is conceptualized exclusively with Chinese expansionism in mind, and its impact on the participating nations. It has clear strategic interests and implications.
BRICS help voice concerns of those neglected by the USA led world order dominated by the developed world to the disadvantage of the developing world.
BRICS is guided by long-term, legitimate goal of making the world order fairer for the global south.
However, if push comes to shove, and India does come to a point where she has to choose between being part of only one of the two groups, India should choose the Quad.

CPEC is the Key to China’s geo-strategy in the Indian Ocean
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CPEC is the Key to China’s geo-strategy in the Indian Ocean

Guided by its ambition of becoming ‘the’ dominant state in the world, China has systematically worked towards becoming a contender for superpower status.
Xi Jinping has sought to cure the Malacca dilemma through the Belt and Road Initiative or BRI. At the same time, through its overland Silk Road Economic Belt’s flagship programme China Pakistan Economic Corridor or CPEC, China is seeking access to the Indian Ocean.
China has smartly followed Chanakya’s Mandal theory and nurtured its relations with Pakistan because the neighbour’s neighbour and neighbour’s enemy are natural allies- India is sandwiched between vijigishu China and its natural ally Pakistan.
If PoK is reintegrated with India, China would have to seek access to Pakistan through Afghanistan via the Wakhan corridor, or even through Tajikistan and Afghanistan.
Considerable amount of political will is required on part of India to go through it because it would actually be in the middle of a two-front war, and China is an adversary to be reckoned with. Support must be extended to the pro-democracy voices in China because ultimately, democracy is the best protection against unjust wars and autocracy.