Ajai Shukla

Ajai Shukla

A former Indian Army colonel, Ajai Shukla is an analyst and commentator on defence and security affairs

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As India mourns the death of top general Bipin Rawat, what does his loss mean for its military?

The fatal helicopter crash that killed Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat ‘couldn’t have come at a worse time’, one analyst says, amid heightened border tensions with China.

The fatal helicopter crash that killed Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat ‘couldn’t have come at a worse time’, one analyst says, amid heightened border tensions with China.

9 Dec 2021 - 7:49AM
Asian Angle | India’s dispute with Pakistan over Jammu & Kashmir has a loser – New Delhi’s cherished secularism

While India holds that religion cannot be an organising principle, its actions in its northernmost province belie that, writes Ajai Shukla.

While India holds that religion cannot be an organising principle, its actions in its northernmost province belie that, writes Ajai Shukla.

7 Aug 2019 - 10:35PM
Opinion | India-Pakistan crisis: Modi is gambling with nuclear stakes

The tensions between nuclear armed neighbours India and Pakistan may have eased slightly, but misjudged political rhetoric could still force them into a dangerous spiral

The tensions between nuclear armed neighbours India and Pakistan may have eased slightly, but misjudged political rhetoric could still force them into a dangerous spiral

2 Mar 2019 - 11:15PM
What a dogfight in court would mean for Modi’s Rafale jet deal

The Indian leader’s controversial fighter jet deal has flown into the crosshairs of the Supreme Court and the Auditor General. Will Modi take the flak?

The Indian leader’s controversial fighter jet deal has flown into the crosshairs of the Supreme Court and the Auditor General. Will Modi take the flak?

26 Nov 2018 - 9:06AM
In Maldives, India’s Modi sees the glint of a Chinese pearl

The fall of Abdulla Yameen, the Maldivian strongman president seen as Beijing’s man in Male, gives India a chance to regain influence

The fall of Abdulla Yameen, the Maldivian strongman president seen as Beijing’s man in Male, gives India a chance to regain influence

24 Nov 2018 - 10:00AM
India and Russia may be partners, but can they find common ground on China?

Putin’s visit to India saw the low-key conclusion of a US$5.4 billion arms deal to appease the US – but as Beijing increases its regional influence, questions loom over the future direction of relations between New Delhi and Moscow

Putin’s visit to India saw the low-key conclusion of a US$5.4 billion arms deal to appease the US – but as Beijing increases its regional influence, questions loom over the future direction of relations between New Delhi and Moscow

10 Dec 2019 - 11:28PM
Asian Angle | ‘Surgical strikes’: As Modi plays politics with Indian army, soldiers pay with their lives

More soldiers are dying as the prime minister fetishises the army and draws political capital from military operations while resisting peace efforts and doing little to actually strengthen defence.

More soldiers are dying as the prime minister fetishises the army and draws political capital from military operations while resisting peace efforts and doing little to actually strengthen defence.

29 Sep 2018 - 10:01AM
How Modi’s Rafale defence deal has left India lagging China, Pakistan

India puts defence preparedness on the back burner as a result of the controversy over the purchase of Rafale fighter aircraft, even as regional rivals continue to arm rapidly.

India puts defence preparedness on the back burner as a result of the controversy over the purchase of Rafale fighter aircraft, even as regional rivals continue to arm rapidly.

22 Sep 2018 - 2:29PM
Asian Angle | Doklam a year on: Bhutan more worried about India than China

New Delhi must realise there are few takers in Bhutan for the logic that India’s military commitment gives it ownership over Thimphu’s security and economic decision-making.

New Delhi must realise there are few takers in Bhutan for the logic that India’s military commitment gives it ownership over Thimphu’s security and economic decision-making.

18 Aug 2018 - 1:48PM
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM