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In the immediate aftermath of Osama bin Laden’s death in Abbottabad, a familiar gaggle of Indian nationalists quickly took charge of the television news channels. For days on end, they relentlessly tickled the jingoist bone of India’s middle classes with calls to hunt down an assortment of alleged terrorists and underworld dons in their Pakistani lairs. Defence analyst Maroof Raza, for instance, advocated a stealth operation if a surgical strike was not feasible to take out Mumbai underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, whom India accuses Pakistan of sheltering in Karachi. B Raman, a former official with the Research & Analysis Wing (RAW) advised New Delhi to display its military ‘capabilities’, even if it chose not to test them for the moment.
Romila Thapar addresses invitees at the
Southasian relaunch of Himal Southasian,
IIC, New Delhi, January 2013.
China, Southasia and India
On May 19 2013, newly appointed Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in New Delhi for a series of meetings with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The visit is Keqiang's first outside of China since assuming power in March.
From our archive:
Purna Basnet discusses Chinese engagement in Nepal vis-a-vis security issues in Tibet and broader geo-strategic plans in Southasia (April 2011).
Fatima Chowdury relates the story of Calcutta's Indian Chinese community through the lens of political and economic upheavals in Southasia and China (May 2009).
Simon Long notes the importance of the Sino-Indian relationship for the rest of Southasia (September 2006).
J.N Dixit ruminates on the strategic concerns of the 'Middle Kingdom' in the wake of India's 1998 nuclear tests (June 1998).