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Vikram Sood

Vikram Sood

Former head, RAWvikram.sood@gmail.com
Vikram Sood was a career intelligence officer for thirty-one years. He retired in March 2003 after heading the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW), India’s external intelligence agency. He is currently Adviser at the Observer Research Foundation. He is also the author of ‘The Unending Game - A Former R&AW Chief’s Insights into Espionage’ published by Penguin Random House in 2018.

By Vikram Sood

The Pathos of Pakistan: With Article 370 gone, Pakistan loses its 'jugular vein' and its face

Pakistan is cornered after India revoked Article 370. But it is still a time of great caution for India. We must watch the neighbour's moves, his begging bowl in one hand, dagger in the other.

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India should ignore the USA: For when Trump blows his own trumpet, he is usually out of tune

No matter who says so, there is no urgency for us to talk to a neighbour who does not believe in behaving like a neighbour.

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New India's Voice: Narendra Modi has been voted in despite elite derision. We need to understand what lies ahead

We have a ruling party that cares. We also need a responsible Opposition. And we need a passionate, yet unsentimental view of the challenges before us.

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Stop the Waffling: The Sri Lanka terror attack was definitively about religion. It was an Islamic attack on Christians. Why fudge the truth?

When Christchurch happened, the liberal reaction was loud and clear, but when Colombo happened, there was a deafening silence. Why are we so hesitant to call one stream of religious thought out?

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Rafale: The deal is kosher, politics over it is not. The price we are paying is national security

The political ambitions of a few could potentially derail the Indian defence purchase mechanism for a long time to come. This will delight our nation's adversaries.

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They were Mirages. And they were real

India has finally responded with appropriate strength to Pakistan’s misdemeanours. It now must take the following steps too

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Pulwama Attack: In anger and anguish

Terrorist attacks of this nature do not happen overnight. The signs were all there. And there's more to be deciphered.

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Warning bells: If US troops exit Kabul, and the Taliban holds sway, Pakistan could unleash 'Ghazwa-e-Hind' against India

We could soon see America leave Afghanistan's brutal war half-finished. The implications of this will be dreadful for ordinary Afghans. This is no good news for India either.

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The rose-tinted glasses we see Kartarpur through

The lead-up to the Pakistan visit by Navjot Sidhu et al has been bizarre. How do we understand this? What could now follow?

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Jamal Khashoggi was brutally murdered. But the US doesn't care because its interests lie elsewhere

The murder of one dissident journalist won't upset larger US-Saudi interests because of greater strategic aims, including targeting Iran.

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China's great wall: The mysterious case of the missing Interpol Chief

Meng Hongwei was reportedly detained over corruption. But Beijing is steadily 'vanishing' dissidents and diaspora Chinese from around the world.

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The US-India 2+2 Dialogue: When two plus two may not make four

Great changes are taking place around us. As China expands its influence, terrorism, instability and power games are growing. India and the USA will have much to discuss. The challenge will be reaching mutual satisfaction.

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The Triangle: The Terrorist, the Criminal and the Spy

[Book extract] How Pakistan funds and nourishes terror organisations like LeT which act against India.

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