C. Uday Bhaskar

C. Uday Bhaskar

Commodore C. Uday Bhaskar is director of the Society for Policy Studies (SPS), an independent think tank based in New Delhi. He was formerly head of two other major Indian institutions: the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) and the National Maritime Foundation (NMF).

Latest from C. Uday Bhaskar

Opinion | India’s Ayodhya verdict: can Modi harness religion for healing and reconciliation, not bitterness and bloodshed?

The Supreme Court ruling on a disputed religious site brings judicial closure but leaves some Muslims feeling abandoned. The Kartarpur corridor, allowing Indian Sikhs to visit a shrine in Pakistan, is a model of tolerance that should be replicated.

14 Nov 2019 - 8:50AM

The Supreme Court ruling on a disputed religious site brings judicial closure but leaves some Muslims feeling abandoned. The Kartarpur corridor, allowing Indian Sikhs to visit a shrine in Pakistan, is a model of tolerance that should be replicated.

India’s Ayodhya verdict: can Modi harness religion for healing and reconciliation, not bitterness and bloodshed?
Opinion | India shouldn’t make Bangladesh pick sides between it and China

Bangladesh has the potential to be an arena for cautious India-China engagement and coexistence, says C Uday Bhaskar, in contrast to how New Delhi views Beijing’s ties with Islamabad.

2 Oct 2019 - 7:12PM

Bangladesh has the potential to be an arena for cautious India-China engagement and coexistence, says C Uday Bhaskar, in contrast to how New Delhi views Beijing’s ties with Islamabad.

India shouldn’t make Bangladesh pick sides between it and China
Opinion | Why India’s relationship with Russia is so special

With the Vladivostok agreements, India and Russia have deepened a relationship that dates back to the cold-war era. What makes it special is its kaleidoscopic polarity, with room to disagree on specific issues while staying the common strategic course.

12 Sep 2019 - 12:19PM

With the Vladivostok agreements, India and Russia have deepened a relationship that dates back to the cold-war era. What makes it special is its kaleidoscopic polarity, with room to disagree on specific issues while staying the common strategic course.

Why India’s relationship with Russia is so special
Opinion | In Kashmir, Modi’s India may have won the battle but lost trust

In the Indian political narrative, the Kashmir issue is arguably a mistake to be rectified. But the high-handed manner in which the government revoked the autonomy of Kashmir will not help the image of Indian democracy

7 Aug 2019 - 11:31AM

In the Indian political narrative, the Kashmir issue is arguably a mistake to be rectified. But the high-handed manner in which the government revoked the autonomy of Kashmir will not help the image of Indian democracy

In Kashmir, Modi’s India may have won the battle but lost trust
Opinion | Doha resolution offers hope, however slender, for peace in Afghanistan

After two decades of strife, the Afghan Taliban and the Kabul government have struck a resolution to pave the way for peace, even as Donald Trump meets Imran Khan to encourage Pakistan, a Taliban supporter, to nudge the peace process along.

26 Jul 2019 - 6:23AM

After two decades of strife, the Afghan Taliban and the Kabul government have struck a resolution to pave the way for peace, even as Donald Trump meets Imran Khan to encourage Pakistan, a Taliban supporter, to nudge the peace process along.

Doha resolution offers hope, however slender, for peace in Afghanistan
Opinion | Wary of China, India draws closer to the US – just not too close, as the loss of its special trade status shows

The punitive trade move comes even as the US publicly embraces India as a key partner in its Indo-Pacific strategy against China. The contradictory moves are part of a long and uneasy alliance between the two countries.

6 Jun 2019 - 8:43PM

The punitive trade move comes even as the US publicly embraces India as a key partner in its Indo-Pacific strategy against China. The contradictory moves are part of a long and uneasy alliance between the two countries.

Wary of China, India draws closer to the US – just not too close, as the loss of its special trade status shows
Opinion | India election: Can the country's tradition of diversity withstand a second 'Modi wave'?

A strong majority in parliament for the right-leaning National Democratic Alliance on results day would embolden the country’s Hindu right. Liberals fear sectarian divisions are being institutionalised by prioritising Hindutva, India’s aggressive form of Hindu nationalism.

21 May 2019 - 11:40AM

A strong majority in parliament for the right-leaning National Democratic Alliance on results day would embolden the country’s Hindu right. Liberals fear sectarian divisions are being institutionalised by prioritising Hindutva, India’s aggressive form of Hindu nationalism.

India election: Can the country's tradition of diversity withstand a second 'Modi wave'?
Opinion | In Indonesia, the genie of hardline Islamism has been let out of the bottle. Can Joko Widodo put it back in?

The case of Ahok, the ethnic Chinese governor who enraged hardline Muslims, still haunts Indonesia’s latest election. The question is whether President Widodo, the likely winner of the election, will use his term to restore ‘smiling Islam’.

24 Apr 2019 - 9:00AM

The case of Ahok, the ethnic Chinese governor who enraged hardline Muslims, still haunts Indonesia’s latest election. The question is whether President Widodo, the likely winner of the election, will use his term to restore ‘smiling Islam’.

In Indonesia, the genie of hardline Islamism has been let out of the bottle. Can Joko Widodo put it back in?
Opinion | A battle for plural, secular India as 900 million people gear up to vote

The principles of liberty and citizen equality that are enshrined in the constitution are being threatened by a strengthening movement of Hindu nationalism under Modi’s rule. Yet, where is the credible alternative?

17 Mar 2019 - 1:36PM

The principles of liberty and citizen equality that are enshrined in the constitution are being threatened by a strengthening movement of Hindu nationalism under Modi’s rule. Yet, where is the credible alternative?

A battle for plural, secular India as 900 million people gear up to vote
Opinion | Will terrorist tensions in Kashmir drive India and Pakistan to the brink of nuclear war?

How Islamabad responds to New Delhi’s ‘pre-emptive’ cross-border air strike will determine what the future holds for the nuclear-armed neighbours.

27 Feb 2019 - 10:36AM

How Islamabad responds to New Delhi’s ‘pre-emptive’ cross-border air strike will determine what the future holds for the nuclear-armed neighbours.

Will terrorist tensions in Kashmir drive India and Pakistan to the brink of nuclear war?
Opinion | Saudi Crown Prince MBS achieves deft balancing act between India and Pakistan in aftermath of Kashmir attack

Relations between India and Pakistan have been even more strained than usual following February 14 suicide bombing.

21 Feb 2019 - 11:55AM

Relations between India and Pakistan have been even more strained than usual following February 14 suicide bombing.

Saudi Crown Prince MBS achieves deft balancing act between India and Pakistan in aftermath of Kashmir attack
Opinion | China’s stance on Kashmir attack will test ties with India

China has provided unstinting and uncritical support to Pakistan despite its role in nurturing terror groups.

16 Feb 2019 - 5:29PM

China has provided unstinting and uncritical support to Pakistan despite its role in nurturing terror groups.

China’s stance on Kashmir attack will test ties with India
Quick Take | Taliban ceasefire talks: Trump’s need to ‘bring boys home’ risks wasting lives already lost

As representatives meet to discuss an end to the 17-year war in Afghanistan, care must be taken to ensure the lives and almost US$1 trillion that have been expended in the war on terror have not been wasted

27 Jan 2019 - 9:01AM

As representatives meet to discuss an end to the 17-year war in Afghanistan, care must be taken to ensure the lives and almost US$1 trillion that have been expended in the war on terror have not been wasted

Taliban ceasefire talks: Trump’s need to ‘bring boys home’ risks wasting lives already lost
What Bangladesh PM Hasina’s victory means for the India-China power play in South Asia

The Awami League party led by Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina predictably won the national election by a huge majority, but now she must get on with the job of balancing the strategic interests of neighbouring giants

31 Dec 2018 - 10:47PM

The Awami League party led by Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina predictably won the national election by a huge majority, but now she must get on with the job of balancing the strategic interests of neighbouring giants

What Bangladesh PM Hasina’s victory means for the India-China power play in South Asia
Opinion | Japan-India summit highlights how badly both countries need – and need to contain – China

C. Uday Bhaskar writes that the growing India-Japan partnership must balance its rivalry with and dependence on China to realise the dream of an Asian century, because while both are wary of China’s growing power, India and Japan have a trade dependency on Beijing that the other cannot fill.

2 Nov 2018 - 4:11AM

C. Uday Bhaskar writes that the growing India-Japan partnership must balance its rivalry with and dependence on China to realise the dream of an Asian century, because while both are wary of China’s growing power, India and Japan have a trade dependency on Beijing that the other cannot fill.

Japan-India summit highlights how badly both countries need – and need to contain – China
Opinion | Pakistan’s economic woes, terrorism and complex foreign relations remain. Is a former cricket player up to the task?

Pakistan’s latest election has apparently chosen a former cricket player known for a poor attention span to lead a deeply divided country where a military, beholden to Islamic extremists, has pulled the strings for decades. Islamabad’s backers in Beijing and Washington must be wondering: what could go wrong?

27 Jul 2018 - 7:39PM

Pakistan’s latest election has apparently chosen a former cricket player known for a poor attention span to lead a deeply divided country where a military, beholden to Islamic extremists, has pulled the strings for decades. Islamabad’s backers in Beijing and Washington must be wondering: what could go wrong?

Pakistan’s economic woes, terrorism and complex foreign relations remain. Is a former cricket player up to the task?
How India and Asean are working together without pushing China away

The Delhi Declaration, following the India-Asean summit, managed to strike a balance between growing closer to accomplish mutual objectives while avoiding baiting Beijing.

31 Jan 2018 - 7:41PM

The Delhi Declaration, following the India-Asean summit, managed to strike a balance between growing closer to accomplish mutual objectives while avoiding baiting Beijing.

How India and Asean are working together without pushing China away
Russia-India-China meeting shows a multipolar world order is taking shape

This week’s meeting of Russian, Indian and Chinese foreign ministers was not marked by complete agreement, but still reveals the fulfilment of the grouping’s promise – an end to unipolar US dominance.

10 Dec 2019 - 11:48PM

This week’s meeting of Russian, Indian and Chinese foreign ministers was not marked by complete agreement, but still reveals the fulfilment of the grouping’s promise – an end to unipolar US dominance.

Russia-India-China meeting shows a multipolar world order is taking shape
Democratic alliance of the US, India, Japan and Australia wants to work with China – not contain it

Donald Trump’s visit to Asia coincides with a renewed effort by India, Japan, the US and Australia to draw closer together to champion a “free and open” Pacific region. This need not mean excluding China.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Donald Trump’s visit to Asia coincides with a renewed effort by India, Japan, the US and Australia to draw closer together to champion a “free and open” Pacific region. This need not mean excluding China.

Democratic alliance of the US, India, Japan and Australia wants to work with China – not contain it