What’s India Thinking This Week?

The Research & Analysis section of The Dispatch features original ideas, research work, analysis, and commentary on a wide variety of subjects by some of brilliant minds in India’s growing community of strategic thinkers. In this newsletter on Saturdays, we bring to you a range of pieces selected by our Editor from those published across the week.

Jammu and Kashmir: A study of land management under Dogra regime

By Ritika Karan
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In the modern administrative systems when we hear of the land, we also hear of its various forms –the agricultural land, the forest land, the state land, the municipal land, and the private land and so on and so forth. The nature of land changes over the period with human progress and so is its management and legal regulation. In the case of Jammu and Kashmir, which was a Princely State till 1947, a study in the land management system under the Dogra rule offers great insights into the nature of politics and economy, and more importantly, the relationship between State and the people. [Read the full story here]

The India-Nepal Dispute: What, and Why Now?

By Yash Vardhan Singh 

The India-Nepal territorial dispute around the Kalpani-Limpaidhura-Lipulekh trijunction area stems only in part from the ambiguity around the original boundary settlement. The present flare up is a result of a combination of factors: India’s strategic concerns; deterioration in India-Nepal relations; Beijing’s steady inroads into Nepal; and deteriorating India-China relations. [Read the full story here]


India: Beyond the binary of whether to talk to the Taliban

By Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy

In the backdrop of a US-backed negotiated settlement attempt in Afghanistan gaining momentum, the debate on talking to the Taliban has resurfaced in India, particularly through May 2020. There may be some potential advantages India could gain by talking to the Taliban but these are still notional at this juncture. Therefore, India’s decision-making will need to consider more than just a basic binary of talking or not talking. [Read the full story here]

Indian nuclear decision-making and the border standoff with China

By Tanvi Kulkarni 

The 2020 border standoff between India and China marks a tipping point in the bilateral relationship. It brings to an end the Indian illusion that the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China is a ‘disputed but peaceful’ border. As Beijing capitalises on the COVID-19 pandemic to rake up disputes in its neighbourhood through military intimidation, New Delhi is driven to revise its diplomatic and military calculations vis-à-vis its Asian neighbour. China’s growing military assertiveness also poses challenges for India’s nuclear deterrent. [Read the full story here]



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