All stories by M K Bhadrakumar
China is on a strong wicket in AsiaRediff.com10 Aug 2017
'It is an unpleasant fact of history that stronger nations dominate the power play and the only way it can be mitigated is through recourse to diplomacy,' says Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar.
Why Gadkari's visit to Iran is importantRediff.com7 Aug 2017
The Chabahar port, says Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar, 'can be the first significant footfall in an Indian variant of the 'Belt and Road' initiative.'
Will Russia mediate between India, China?Rediff.com26 Jul 2017
'Russian diplomacy is presumably at work.' 'The ground is slippery, because "territorial sovereignty" is a hugely sensitive issue,' says Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar.
China plays its Kashmir card: Why India must be on guardRediff.com14 Jul 2017
'It will be foolhardy to overlook that this stunning shift in China's stance comes as the culmination of the severely damaged India-China relationship under the present government,' says Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar.
Terrorism is a grey area in India-Israel tiesRediff.com6 Jul 2017
'Unsurprisingly, the joint statement issued after Modi's visit contains a paragraph on terrorism.' 'It is on the usual lines that India would have with, say, Croatia.' 'The surprising part is that it shies away from getting into specifics,' points out Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar.
India must not be carried away by Israel's blusterRediff.com4 Jul 2017
'The real challenge cannot be underestimated considering that this is still very much a "boutique relationship" -- a transactional relationship at its core based on its utility value to both countries -- but enveloped in an aura of romance,' says Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar.
5 takeways from Modi's US visitRediff.com27 Jun 2017
'China was the elephant in the Oval Office and Trump would have sensed that Modi's foreign policy architecture has become disoriented sans the US' pivot to Asia,' points out Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar.
Surge of Saudi nationalism hurts USRediff.com24 Jun 2017
'The surge of Saudi nationalism is the last thing Washington wants,' says Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar.
Modi-Trump meet: Why the lack of euphoria is good newsRediff.com24 Jun 2017
We see none of the euphoric build-up customary to India's encounter with US presidents in recent times. This gives Modi wriggle room to work on the much-needed reset of India-US ties.
A warrior prince rises in ArabiaRediff.com22 Jun 2017
The Middle East's power house is about to get a new ruler who is only 31 and he may lead Saudi Arabia for decades, says Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar.
All of India's parties must rally behind R N KovindRediff.com20 Jun 2017
'The Opposition parties should seriously give thought to endorsing Kovind's candidacy and close this chapter of divisive politics,' advises M K Bhadrakumar.
A power struggle is brewing in KabulRediff.com16 Jun 2017
'Afghanistan cannot be at peace until the Pashtuns regain their pre-eminent role in the country's governance,' says Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar.
Qatar-Saudi standoff: Iran plays its cardsRediff.com12 Jun 2017
Iran signed a $3 billion deal with Boeing, backed Qatar against the Saudis, scored a big victory in Syria and reached out to Hamas. Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar examines how the Qatar versus Saudi Arabia standoff is quickly changing alignments in the Middle East.
Who will blink first? Trump or Qatar's emir?Rediff.com10 Jun 2017
'Did Trump hint at US military intervention in Qatar?' asks Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar.
Dump NSG membership in the dustbinRediff.com8 Jun 2017
'The bottom line is that at least now we should take an honest look at this business of NSG membership (or Masood Azhar for that matter.),' says Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar.
Afghanistan is sliding into anarchyRediff.com5 Jun 2017
'A couple of more such happenings in the coming weeks can push Kabul into total anarchy, and a Syria-like conflict may ensue,' warns Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar.
The Jadhav case is best handled at the political levelRediff.com19 May 2017
'The ICJ may take its own time to give the final verdict -- say, even 2 or 3 years -- and that would give us the respite to negotiate bilaterally to resolve the issue,' says Ambassador M K Bhdrakumar.
US attack in Syria settles nothing, will strengthen ISISRediff.com7 Apr 2017
'Every single American act to weaken Syrian forces would only tilt the military balance in favour of ISIS whom Trump pledges to vanquish from the face of the earth,' says Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar.
What to expect from Pakistan's new army chiefRediff.com28 Nov 2016
General Bajwa, who commanded the 10 Corps that looks after Pakistan's border with India, is unlikely to change his army's and nation's policy on Kashmir,' says Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar.
When Communists part ways, it is painful to watchRediff.com28 Nov 2016
'Castro's huge appeal lies in the fact that he stood up to the Americans.' 'However, it becomes difficult to be judgmental about his legacy, because there are huge uncertainties about the future of the Cuba that he built,' says Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar.
An India-Israel reset is overdueRediff.com23 Nov 2016
India-Israel relations are at a crossroads. Simply chanting old hackneyed mantras on terrorism, secularism, democracy, et al, won't suffice. There is danger of stagnation setting in, says Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar.
The world in the era of Donald TrumpRediff.com14 Nov 2016
The US foreign and security policy establishment, says Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar, apprehends that Trump may compel them to exorcise the 'unipolar predicament', and bring foreign and security policies to reflect the desires and priorities of the American public.
War on cash, India-Japan n-deal: Modi bends like BeckhamRediff.com13 Nov 2016
'Modi's abject capitulation will play out badly in his core constituency.' 'The bulk of our strategic community is under the impression that India under Modi has already become a superpower.' 'They don't even want to look at the country's emaciated limbs or its asthmatic problems,' says Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar.
Obama contributed to Trump's winRediff.com10 Nov 2016
'It is beyond belief that Obama failed to sense the disconnect that had developed between the ruling elites and the 'masses' in America, something that Trump, albeit a novice in electoral politics, spotted almost instinctively,' says Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar.
Has India lost out in the spy vs spy game?Rediff.com3 Nov 2016
'It will take years for the mission in Islamabad to recover as a top-notch diplomatic establishment,' says Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar.
Why should India crave America's approval?Rediff.com20 Oct 2016
'Platinum grade support from Washington has not been forthcoming, the christening of the US-Indian ties as a 'defining partnership' notwithstanding,' says A,bassador M K Bhadrakumar.
Modi distances from Gandhiji -- and ParrikarRediff.com19 Oct 2016
'Parrikar should never have bracketed himself with Modi.' 'That was an act of blasphemy that could invite divine retribution,' says Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar.
India's terrorism narrative needs a rethinkRediff.com18 Oct 2016
'The crux of the matter is that our narrative lacks credibility with world capitals,' argues Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar.
Why India's reset of its Russian relationship is importantRediff.com17 Oct 2016
'One lesson to emerge out of the Modi-Putin summit is that India can be more self-confident that it possesses inherent strengths to leverage its interlocutors to influence Pakistani policies,' says Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar.
With pushing and plodding, India-Pakistan may still engageRediff.com10 Oct 2016
'The China Pakistan Economic Corridor is Pakistan's number one preoccupation today -- and tensions with India and the $46 billion projects simply do not go together,' points out Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar.
Modi's masterstrokeRediff.com8 Oct 2016
'Modi's brilliance seems to be in combining Indira Gandhi's 'feel' for the Indian pulse and Narasimha Rao's cynicism.' 'By the time the Opposition leaders caught up with Modi over the 'surgical strikes', he had already moved on,' says M K Bhadrakumar.
If India can't build Chabahar, China willRediff.com8 Oct 2016
The Modi government's appalling inefficiency and lack of purpose stand exposed, says Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar.
Why Modi's overture to Nawaz is timelyRediff.com4 Oct 2016
'Modi's decision to hold out an olive branch to Sharif within 48 hours of the 'surgical strikes' has been a timely move as it helps tensions to 'de-escalate',' says Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar.
US strengthens military ties with PakistanRediff.com28 Sep 2016
'Here in Delhi, the Modi government is supposedly looking at 'options' to hit back at Pakistan in any whichever way it can, while in Washington, the Obama administration is looking for ways to strengthen US military cooperation with Pakistan,' says Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar.
Why abrogation of the Indus Waters Treaty sucksRediff.com24 Sep 2016
'Make no mistake, depriving water deliberately to a nation of 190 million people is a repugnant idea.' 'The world community won't forgive us.'
Hardball diplomacy on Pakistan won't go farRediff.com21 Sep 2016
The American, Russian and Chinese reactions to the Uri attack indicates how tough it will be for India to 'isolate' Pakistan internationally,' says Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar.
Pakistan will force India to the negotiating tableRediff.com19 Sep 2016
'Pakistan's main objective will be to shepherd India toward resumption of talks, preferably with American monitoring.'
Exclusive! How India reached out to the Afghan MujahideenRediff.com14 Sep 2016
'It was a mission undertaken in darkness in every sense -- literally, because Afghanistan had no electricity at that time; and, metaphorically because Delhi historically dealt only with the Pashtuns of Afghanistan and the foreign ministry's vast archives had nothing to offer on the culture and politics of the northern tribes in the Hindu Kush.'
France's brush with ISIS has lessons for IndiaRediff.com15 Jul 2016
Intolerance toward the minority communities or attempts to humiliate them or the refusal to go the extra league to build an inclusive society -- these are all evident today in our society, says Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar.
Modi explores the frontiers of non-alignmentRediff.com20 Jun 2016
'We are witnessing a spectacle of breathtakingly creative diplomacy at work, riveted on the firm foundations of the country's strategic autonomy,' says Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar.