The Indian air strike in Balakot, Pakistan in the early hours of February 26 was significant on multiple levels. It signalled the end of an era when India would be deterred from striking Pakistan in retaliation for incessant terrorist outrages. A major escalation, to be sure, but one that underlines the rise of a confident and assertive India. The use of terrorism as an asymmetric weapon of war against the Indian people will no longer be tolerated by New Delhi. The operationa
The defection of seven Labour and three Tory MP’s (as of writing) to a new ‘centrist’ grouping in Parliament has shook the political world in Britain. Even if is not immediately electorally significant, it does show that a path back to the centre ground of British politics has been opened in a country increasingly dominated by fringe opinions on both Left and Right. Labour and Tory alike at all levels should take note. The immediate electoral impact would be to keep the Conse
The latest terrorist outrage in Kashmir, claimed by Pakistan based terrorist group Jaish-e –Mohammed has left the Indian subcontinent teetering on the brink of another crisis. 40 Indian CRPF police officers were killed by a vehicle borne IED (VBIED) - a sharp escalation. The political circumstances of this latest attack however indicates a high likelihood that PM Narendra Modi will strike at Pakistan militarily. Can he contain the inevitable escalation that this will entail?
Reports that Britain has reached out to India for a partnership to design and manufacture a potential ‘sixth generation’ stealth fighter, the Tempest, may set the world of international politics and aerospace abuzz. Could such a partnership be workable in the long run? There are multiple challenges inherent in making a joint project on this scale work. There may be bureaucratic inertia and resistance on both sides, especially as there are still outstanding unrelated disagreem