Claude Arpi

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Why China is angry with the Puja in Bodh Gaya

Why China is angry with the Puja in Bodh Gaya

Rediff.com13 Jan 2017

China's ruling Communist Party has cracked down on Tibetans who planned to attend the Kalachakra Puja in Bodh Gaya. But the Tibetan people have dared the Communists by listening to the Dalai Lama's sermons on the Internet and sharing videos on social media.

Why the world books a holiday in Bhutan

Why the world books a holiday in Bhutan

Rediff.com11 Nov 2016

Claude Arpi, who spent 10 days in the Land of the Dragon, tells us how Bhutan is different from the rest of the world.

Bhutan, where GNH is more important than GDP

Bhutan, where GNH is more important than GDP

Rediff.com11 Nov 2016

Claude Arpi, who spent 10 days in the Land of the Dragon, tells us how Bhutan is different from the rest of the world.

Why the Rafale deal will be a game-changer for India

Why the Rafale deal will be a game-changer for India

Rediff.com22 Sep 2016

India's enemies be warned: The Rafale deal will bring a sea change in India's defence preparedness.

How trifurcation may help calm Kashmir

How trifurcation may help calm Kashmir

Rediff.com7 Sep 2016

'As long as Pakistan exists, the situation will not stabilise and violence is bound to erupt from time to time.' 'Though not a final solution, a step that could help localise the abscess -- trifurcate Jammu and Kashmir state into three parts: Jammu, Ladakh and the Valley.'

China's plans: Time for India to wake up

China's plans: Time for India to wake up

Rediff.com25 Jul 2016

Nearly two decades ago, then defence minister George Fernandes said: 'China has built roads up to the border, while there has been negligence on India's part.' Since Fernandes uttered these brave words, what has been done on the Indian side? The Modi Sarkar is apparently trying, but little has been achieved so far, says Claude Arpi.

On strike, at play: The two faces of France

On strike, at play: The two faces of France

Rediff.com15 Jun 2016

As football fans arrive to watch Euro 2016, France's trade unions have undertaken a series of strikes to provoke a make-or-break situation. Claude Arpi encounters both Gallic beauty and ugliness in the country of his birth.

The Lonely Man of China

The Lonely Man of China

Rediff.com22 Apr 2016

What was the need for Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, President of the People's Republic of China and Chairman, Central Military Commission, to don the new role of Commander in-Chief? Does this mean that the most powerful Chinese leader since Mao faces numerous threats from within the Communist Party?

Will the IAF not get its Rafales?

Will the IAF not get its Rafales?

Rediff.com22 Mar 2016

With the Rafale fighter deal stuck over price negotiations, can the prime minister step in and find a way out for both countries?

China's defence spend: $146 bn. India's: $40 bn!

China's defence spend: $146 bn. India's: $40 bn!

Rediff.com7 Mar 2016

Confronting a slowdown in growth, China says it will only increase its defence budget by 7.6% this year, against the anticipated rise of between 20% and 30%. 'It is difficult to explain the reduction in the Chinese defence budget,' says Claude Arpi. 'Is there a hidden budget? Possibly!'

Watch out for China's new, improved, army

Watch out for China's new, improved, army

Rediff.com13 Feb 2016

Will China's new military reforms endanger Xi Jinping's rule?

What will India serve Hollande on R-Day?

What will India serve Hollande on R-Day?

Rediff.com21 Jan 2016

While the Rafale deal seems to be the main order of business during French President Francois Hollande's visit, other aspects could help sweeten the deal, says Claude Arpi.

China's living Buddhas: Nirvana for sale?

China's living Buddhas: Nirvana for sale?

Rediff.com22 Dec 2015

Communist China has recently developed a great expertise in 'soul reincarnation', feels Claude Arpi

Why can't Xi shake the Monk's hand?

Why can't Xi shake the Monk's hand?

Rediff.com19 Nov 2015

'Why assail the Tibetan leader at a time when many in China realise that the Buddhist monk is the best bet if Beijing is seriously trying to find a solution to the Tibetan issue?' asks Claude Arpi.

Why did the British suck up to the Chinese?

Why did the British suck up to the Chinese?

Rediff.com26 Oct 2015

'The "Hollandisation" of British policy may not bring the expected gains as the future may show,' says Claude Arpi.

China's turmoil is both economic and political

China's turmoil is both economic and political

Rediff.com10 Sep 2015

The chaos on its stock markets, a fierce battle between the old and new guard in the Communist Party and the restive border provinces of Tibet and Xinjiang forebode tough times ahead for China, says Claude Arpi.

The monk who thinks Indians are his gurus

The monk who thinks Indians are his gurus

Rediff.com3 Jul 2015

Can you find a world leader who has met generations of Indian politicians, most US Presidents, European head of States, several Popes, celebrated cricketers, Hollywood and Bollywood stars, some of the greatest scientists and many ordinary people, including what he calls, 'Chinese brothers and sisters?'

The Rafale deal is Modi's 'masterstroke'

The Rafale deal is Modi's 'masterstroke'

Rediff.com2 Jun 2015

'Under the present Defence Procurement Procedure, it would have been a nightmare, and a long, long one at that, to build 108 Rafales in India. Modi realised this and took the wise decision, though it is a definitive setback for his Make in India scheme.'

Mr Modi, be wary of the Chinese!

Mr Modi, be wary of the Chinese!

Rediff.com12 May 2015

'Chinese leaders rarely receive their foreign guests in cities other than Beijing. Such respect for India!' 'Does it mean that Modi could replicate "the warmth and unconventional way" by sending Indian troops into Tibet, as Xi did in Chumur (Ladakh) when he arrived in India? Of course, Indians are far too polite to do so,' says Claude Arpi.

The benefits of having a Gujarati prime minister

The benefits of having a Gujarati prime minister

Rediff.com13 Apr 2015

'Narendra Modi knows how to calculate and remain pragmatic. Take the unexpected Rafale deal - perhaps the first time a PM has considered the country's defence procurement as a priority, over the considerations of the babus... and over his own pet project 'Make in India',' says Claude Arpi.

Bon appetit Mr Modi!

Bon appetit Mr Modi!

Rediff.com9 Apr 2015

'Make in India' will be central to Mr Modi's visit to Europe and Canada. It is difficult to predict what will happen with the Rafale deal, but if it goes through, it will undoubtedly become the 'Mother' of all 'Make in India' projects,' says Claude Arpi.

Rebalancing the Chinese Romance

Rebalancing the Chinese Romance

Rediff.com3 Feb 2015

'The question remains: Was the Obama visit truly a success? Only the future will tell us if the "breakthrough" in the nuclear liability issue will concretise into electricity.' 'As importantly, it will be interesting to watch how India's relations with China will evolve in the months to come.'

40 years in Eternal India

40 years in Eternal India

Rediff.com19 Dec 2014

Often when I meet a new Indian friend, who is not aware of my background, he exclaims: "So many years in India! but why, why? I can't understand! My dream is to go to the States or Europe and you are living in 'this' country!" Claude Arpi, who was born a Frenchman, looks back on his 40 years in India.

Why India needs to get tough with China

Why India needs to get tough with China

Rediff.com10 Nov 2014

'It is certainly time for New Delhi to open up. Not only should it go ahead at full steam with the roads to the LAC, but the government must also allow tourists to visit these stunningly beautiful areas of Indian territory.'

India-China relations can't be normal till Tibet issue is resolved

India-China relations can't be normal till Tibet issue is resolved

Rediff.com12 Sep 2014

'Tibet remains a prickly issue between the giant Asian nations. China still claims more than 80,000 sq kilometres of Indian territory in the Northeast. Why? Just because Beijing refuses to acknowledge the McMahon line which separates India and Tibet, and this, simply because the 1914 Agreement delineating the border was signed by the then government of independent Tibet with India's then foreign secretary (Sir Henry McMahon),' says Claude Arpi.

Why do the Chinese want a train to Sikkim?

Why do the Chinese want a train to Sikkim?

Rediff.com21 Aug 2014

China is spending billions of dollars to improve infrastructure in Tibet and other parts of its border with India. Claude Arpi explains why New Delhi can't afford to ignore Beijing's plans.

The blunder of the Pandit

The blunder of the Pandit

Rediff.com18 May 2014

Nehru's sentimental attachment to the Mountbattens deeply vitiated the Kashmir issue. It was certainly the most important factor for the failure to find a solution in the first years of the conflict.

Memories of '62: Does India know China today?

Memories of '62: Does India know China today?

Rediff.com20 Mar 2014

On the title page of the Top Secret Report, Henderson-Brooks quotes the Chinese tactician Sun Tzu: 'Know yourself, know your enemy: A hundred battles, a hundred victories', says Claude Arpi, highlighting where the Indian Army and government failed to counter the Chinese attack in 1962.

1962 tragedy: How Nehru's proteges messed it up

1962 tragedy: How Nehru's proteges messed it up

Rediff.com18 Mar 2014

Let us hope that what happened in 1962 will never happened again, prays Claude Arpi

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