All stories by Vivek Gumaste
Speed Up Peace Process In NagalandRediff.com13 Dec 2021
Exploiting the killings to ratchet up the tension in the region and harden negotiating positions with the central government serves nobody, least of all the people of Nagaland. The peace process must not be stalled because of this incident or distracted by calls to repeal the AFSPA, argues Vivek Gumaste.
India Must Be Prepared for the TalibanRediff.com10 Aug 2021
Robust military preparedness along the entire perimeter of our nation is the only iron-clad permanent guarantee for our security, asserts Vivek Gumaste.
Talking to Taliban is Pointless for IndiaRediff.com4 Aug 2021
Pakistan has too much at stake to allow even an iota of rapprochement between India and the Taliban, says Vivek Gumaste.
Pakistan must never again feature in J-K talksRediff.com1 Jul 2021
Pakistan must be deleted once and for all from the vocabulary of Kashmir-related negotiations with a finality that is irrevocable, asserts Vivek Gumaste.
Blame game at this juncture is suicidalRediff.com12 May 2021
To build one's political and ideological arguments on the dead bodies piling up outside our crematoriums is despicable and breaches the basic tenet of human civility, argues Vivek Gumaste.
There are Wazes in every police forceRediff.com13 Apr 2021
'What this incident must do is provide a renewed impetus to urgently bring in police reforms; changes that will ensure that political patronage and extraneous pressure are reduced to a minimum and allow the police to function independently and honestly,' argues Vivek Gumaste.
Farmers must call off chakka jam in the national interestRediff.com5 Feb 2021
The government and the farmers must come back to the negotiating table with only the interest of the country in mind, suggests Vivek Gumaste.
Narendra Modi is not Donald TrumpRediff.com21 Jan 2021
The danger to India's democracy is coming from recourse to mobocracy encouraged by the anti-Modi gang, argues Vivek Gumaste.
Farmers must climb downRediff.com11 Dec 2020
The government's predicament is a result of its own doing: That of not ensuring adequate buy-in by the stakeholders before passage of the laws, notes Vivek Gumaste.
India needn't match China bullet for bulletRediff.com16 Oct 2020
All that India must aim for is to match China's military prowess adjusted to equal Beijing's India-specific military capability, argues Vivek Gumaste.
India can never trust the Chinese again!Rediff.com14 Oct 2020
'Magnanimity and appeasement have no place in the world of realpolitik as India has learned the hard way,' notes Vivek Gumaste in the first of a two-part column.
View: CBI must not appeal Babri verdictRediff.com7 Oct 2020
Challenging the verdict is a deterrent to future peace and harmony and a socially irresponsible act, argues Vivek Gumaste.
Was Babri Masjid demolition justified?Rediff.com4 Aug 2020
'The outrage that followed the destruction of the Babri Masjid was an inability to see the event for what it was: The rectification of a grave historical wrong, the restitution of a hurt of a people and the countering of moral injustice,' argues Vivek Gumaste.
Speak in one voice in times of external threatRediff.com26 Jun 2020
'It is nobody's contention that uncomfortable questions regarding national security should not be raised. But that is a topic for another day and another time when the immediate threat has faded,' argues Vivek Gumaste.
India must be militarily prepared for the worstRediff.com5 Jun 2020
'One must remember that a dragon has a forked tongue,' warns Vivek Gumaste.
India is a moral giant; no one can damage its imageRediff.com16 May 2020
'India's reputation is not and cannot be dependent on the whimsical opinions of some obscure foreign advisory committee packed with Hindu-phobic acolytes,' declares Vivek Gumaste.
India must enforce social distancing strictlyRediff.com25 Mar 2020
'India does not have the wherewithal to successfully manage a full blown covid-19 crisis,' warns Vivek Gumaste.
Sinister agenda behind anti-CAA-NRC protests?Rediff.com21 Feb 2020
Opponents of the CAA and NRC have gone to town accusing the BJP of an ulterior motive (read, disenfranchisement of Muslims) in implementing the NRC. By the same token it can be alleged that anti-CAA opponents have a nefarious agenda in mind that would be scuttled by the implementation of the NRC: Namely the accrual of dedicated vote banks and the restoration of Muslim hegemony over at least parts of India, especially Bengal and Assam, argues Vivek Gumaste.
The greatest threat to our democracy post 1975Rediff.com19 Feb 2020
'Refusing to implement the CAA-NRC, as some states have done via resolutions in state assemblies, is a violation of the Constitution; an attempt to alter the fundamental structure of our democracy and a recipe for anarchy,' argues Vivek Gumaste.
The anatomy of an ugly protestRediff.com8 Jan 2020
The anti-CAA protest was an ugly rant more consistent with the violent chaos of anarchy, argues Vivek Gumaste.