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Rama Rao Malladi is New Delhi based senior journalist and distinguished commentator on South Asian and Central Asian issues. He is a regular contributor to several publications in and outside India. His articles are featured in News Blaze.Rama is consulting editor to an English monthly. He is the coordinating editor at POREG. He has his own on-line journal, www.southasiantribune.com, which is an advt free portal. Rama also works with Syndicate Features, a Delhi based feature service, which his wife, Vaniram,is managing for the past ten years.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, June 4, 2021 Dragon's La'ffaire Image Nirvana
President Xi Jingping is seeking course correction for his image since neither wallet diplomacy nor wolf warrior diplomacy paid dividends. The allegations that Covid-19 emerged out of a Chinese lab have dented his image. Mere sales pitch for a positive image will end as a media disaster unless Beijing begins to cultivate its neighbors and learns to respect the global order, says the author
(8 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 20, 2021 Misplaced Optimism in Biden's 9/11 Plan for Afghanistan
President Joe Biden appears to be in a hurry to recall American troops from Afghanistan. The Taliban is still in no mood to share power in Kabul. Nor it is ready to give up its role as Pakistan proxy. All this makes Biden's withdrawal plan a risky venture.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 22, 2020 Imran Khan's Nuclear Rhetoric
Going behind the headline, the article examines why Pakistan is harping on the threat of nuclear war with India and why Pakistan's nuclear programme with its no first use doctrine and full spectrum deterrence is truly terrifying.
SHARE Wednesday, July 24, 2019 The 'Other' Kashmir
The book gives an account of two disputed Kashmir pockets under Pakistan rule, about which there is very little in public domain. Detailing steps taken to 'stifle nationalist sentiments', it highlights the struggles of pressure groups, and Pakistan's dilemma in coming to grips with the dynamics at work. The style is clinical as facts and analysis is presented on a wide variety of political and economic issues.
SHARE Tuesday, December 4, 2018 Thaw in India- Pakistan relations?
Indian Sikh pilgrims will find it easy to visit the shrine built at Kartarpur, Pakistan, where the founder of their religion, Guru Nanak died. This place is just three kilometres from the Indian border. The corridor will be offer visa free travel. It has sparked off security concerns for the Indian state
SHARE Thursday, February 9, 2017 The Hidden Trump Card -- India Tilt?
Why should any country oppose President Trump's tagline-- America First. The US may be the original champion of globalisation but the incumbent of the White House must worry about his domestic turf. And in the end what it is all about? Jobs stupid.
SHARE Wednesday, December 7, 2016 Why is UN pussyfooting over a terrorist?
Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) is not an unknown terrorist group. Nor is its supremo Maulana Masood Azhar who had his baptism in Taliban and worked with terror groups like al Qaeda, Harkat-ul Ansar (HuA), and Harkat-ul Mujahideen (HuM). Yet the UN is sanctioning Azhar. The question is why.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 18, 2016 How to counter China -- Pakistan -- North Korea nuclear triad
There is need to think of ways of breaking the China-Pak -- North Korea nuclear nexus by offering Beijing something in return for a visible move away from Islamabad. India should try this though it is not an easy task, and is indeed an uphill task. In the alternative India should seek out a triangular relationship with Japan and South Korea to counter the C-P-N nuclear triad.
SHARE Thursday, October 13, 2016 India-Pak Spy thriller: Quo Vadis Commander Yadav
These are interesting times in India - Pak relations. Terrorist strikes on Indian side from Pakistan soil have increased. India has carried out a surgical strike on terrorist launch pad across the Line of Control. Pakistan arrested early 2016 an Indian naval officer turned businessman accusing him of spying for India but nothing much is heard from Pakistan either the case or Yadav since then. Question is why.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, July 25, 2016 Dragon On Fire
Disappointment awaits India and any of China's neighbours, if they believe that a cautious approach suits their interests, and sound almost apologetic in criticising the Dragon. These nations will do well to realise that whenever it decides to berate them, China does so with vehemence, often lacing oblique warnings with lessons about the inequality between China and its Asian neighbours.
SHARE Wednesday, June 29, 2016 Signals from NSG slug-fest
By blocking India's entry into Nuclear Supplier Group (NSG) China has made yet another strategic mistake. Its aggressive diplomatic push in the South China Sea has already boomeranged, and initiated a process that may see China geographically contained.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 25, 2016 China reorganises PLA with an eye on Tibet,South China Sea
The re-organisation of Chinese Army, PLA, undertaken by President gives the Dragon teeth to become to maritime-aerospace - battle space savvy and better conduct "modern, information-intensive campaigns. These are domains that the Chinese find their most pressing operational contingencies.
SHARE Thursday, June 23, 2016 Pakistan daily lambasts Sharif govt's handling of NSG Issue
Pakistan's quest for membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) with China's backing has been haphazard, marked by 'me-too' approach. This NSG race makes a mockery of its own oft-repeated warning of an arms race with India. It also highlights the dysfunction of the Foreign Office with the military calling the shots on India, the US and nuclear policies of the country.
SHARE Saturday, April 30, 2016 L'affaire Isa visa and India'- Part II
In this second and concluding part, the author makes out a case that India's L'affaire Issa visa is a strong message to China: India does not have unlimited patience.
SHARE Friday, April 29, 2016 L'affaire Isa visa and India -Part 1
India's Modi government received applause when it granted e-visa to Dolkun Isa, a well-known Chinese dissident championing the cause of Uyghur Muslims from his perch in Germany. It received flak in equal measure when the visa was cancelled days before he arrived in India. This article unravels the Isa visa mystery.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 14, 2016 Pakistan -Smugglers paradise, taxman's nightmare
One of Pakistan's key economic problems is its low tax base. Suspicion of the government fuels low tax return filing rates. This makes it almost impossible for the government of Pakistan to fight poverty in a way that keeps people from flocking to the Taliban
SHARE Monday, October 19, 2015 No short-term stakes in Af-Pak region
After announcing a partial roll back of his plan to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, US President Obama is meeting Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif this week to enlist Islamabad's help for peace in Kabul. There can be no positives from the summit unless Washington gives its tendency to play for short-term stakes in Af-Pak region.