Henry Kissinger once quipped “it may be dangerous to be America’s enemy, but to be America’s friend is fatal.” India is learning how true that statement rings.
New Delhi’s counterterrorism focus on J&K has allowed jihadists to gain influence in states like Kerala, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. ISIS has even named a 'Bengal emir'. The situation is fraught and must be controlled.
Pakistan even uses the Indus Waters Treaty, the world's most generous water-sharing pact, as a stick to beat us with. Why does India put up with this stinging rogue behaviour?
China clearly doesn't believe in equitable water sharing arrangements. But these are a must for Asia, which needs to avoid both Chinese domination and water wars.
The Great Asian Game-Changer: Why PM Modi's Tokyo visit could cement a Japan-India strategic alliance
Both India and Japan now view China without any blinkers. And both are natural democratic allies in a crucial region.
The Modi government has finally realised what was well known — that 'Pakistan will not mend its ways'.