Kunal Purohit

Kunal Purohit

Kunal Purohit is an independent journalist, based out of Mumbai. He tracks the intersections between development, social justice, international relations and politics.

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China-India border row: two years on, what progress has been made in the conflict?

Regional military officials have held 15 rounds of talks since skirmishes in 2020 – but none since March. At least 20 Indian soldiers and an unknown number of Chinese troops have died in clashes in the Indian region of Ladakh.

Regional military officials have held 15 rounds of talks since skirmishes in 2020 – but none since March. At least 20 Indian soldiers and an unknown number of Chinese troops have died in clashes in the Indian region of Ladakh.

10 May 2022 - 9:16PM
Ukraine war, EU security dominate India’s Raisina Dialogue, but China is far from forgotten

The Raisina Dialogue put on display growing alignment between Brussels and India on China’s assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific region, but there were fireworks too as both sides disagreed on New Delhi’s above-the-fray stance on Ukraine.

The Raisina Dialogue put on display growing alignment between Brussels and India on China’s assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific region, but there were fireworks too as both sides disagreed on New Delhi’s above-the-fray stance on Ukraine.

29 Apr 2022 - 7:12PM
Britain’s defence chief warns China not to ‘transgress’ rules as South Korean general hints at joining Quad, Aukus

The uniformed head of Britain’s armed forces made the remarks at a geopolitics conference in India, where a senior South Korean general also revealed that Seoul was considering joining the US-led Aukus alliance and Quadrilateral Security Dialogue.

The uniformed head of Britain’s armed forces made the remarks at a geopolitics conference in India, where a senior South Korean general also revealed that Seoul was considering joining the US-led Aukus alliance and Quadrilateral Security Dialogue.

27 Apr 2022 - 1:52PM
India and Britain bulk up trade and defence ties amid ‘converging concerns’ on China

Britain’s PM Boris Johnson met counterpart Narendra Modi and signed investment deals with India worth US$1.3 billion; the leaders also discussed Russian imports and the Indo-Pacific region.

Britain’s PM Boris Johnson met counterpart Narendra Modi and signed investment deals with India worth US$1.3 billion; the leaders also discussed Russian imports and the Indo-Pacific region.

23 Apr 2022 - 12:13PM
China-India relations: Does Wang Yi’s visit offer hope for better ties, as New Delhi faces pressure on Russia-Ukraine war?

Many within Delhi’s community of strategic and geopolitical thinkers are split over the outcome of the first high-level bilateral visit between the two countries since December 2019.

Many within Delhi’s community of strategic and geopolitical thinkers are split over the outcome of the first high-level bilateral visit between the two countries since December 2019.

12 Apr 2022 - 10:39AM
In the Parvati Valley, India’s ‘Bermuda Triangle’ for backpackers, the disappearance of Dhruv Agarwal may shed new light on an enduring mystery

An enchanting area in Himachal Pradesh has earned the moniker of ‘India’s Bermuda Triangle’. Solo male travellers have reported being ‘lured’ and drugged by a ‘group of girls’. Others have vanished without a trace.

An enchanting area in Himachal Pradesh has earned the moniker of ‘India’s Bermuda Triangle’. Solo male travellers have reported being ‘lured’ and drugged by a ‘group of girls’. Others have vanished without a trace.

29 Mar 2022 - 5:39PM
25 Mar 2022 - 6:54PM
No return to normal for China-India ties until border row resolved, New Delhi says

Chinese foreign minister in India for talks with Indian national security adviser and external affairs chief.

Chinese foreign minister in India for talks with Indian national security adviser and external affairs chief.

25 Mar 2022 - 8:58PM
China-India border: Chinese foreign minister expected to visit New Delhi, a first since deadly clash in 2020

With the world at a ‘critical juncture’, Ukraine crisis and imminent BRICS summit expected to be on the agenda when Wang Yi visits India, say experts.

With the world at a ‘critical juncture’, Ukraine crisis and imminent BRICS summit expected to be on the agenda when Wang Yi visits India, say experts.

23 Mar 2022 - 7:31PM
Explainer | Have India’s actions fuelled closer China-Pakistan ties?

Imran Khan’s trip to Beijing was a hot topic in New Delhi, and Rahul Gandhi’s accusation that India had helped fuel closer Pakistan-China ties triggered a political storm.

Imran Khan’s trip to Beijing was a hot topic in New Delhi, and Rahul Gandhi’s accusation that India had helped fuel closer Pakistan-China ties triggered a political storm.

11 Feb 2022 - 8:19PM
Explainer | Why India is worried about China and Myanmar as conflict flares up in its northeast region

India fears Myanmar could offer a safe haven for insurgents to regroup, as it also harbours suspicions China could be backing separatist groups.

India fears Myanmar could offer a safe haven for insurgents to regroup, as it also harbours suspicions China could be backing separatist groups.

22 Jan 2022 - 8:00PM
Omicron won’t slow Modi’s election juggernaut as India’s strongman gears up for ‘must win’ polls

Elections in five states begin next month and as the opposition prepares for a fight, analysts say any losses for the BJP won’t bode well for the 2024 national election.

Elections in five states begin next month and as the opposition prepares for a fight, analysts say any losses for the BJP won’t bode well for the 2024 national election.

15 Jan 2022 - 2:55PM
For India, Philippines’ BrahMos missile order is a win as LAC border dispute with China continues

New Delhi is in talks with Indonesia and Vietnam to sell them the supersonic cruise missiles jointly developed with Russia, as part of a broader move to bolster its influence in the Indo-Pacific.

New Delhi is in talks with Indonesia and Vietnam to sell them the supersonic cruise missiles jointly developed with Russia, as part of a broader move to bolster its influence in the Indo-Pacific.

14 Jan 2022 - 9:57PM
India, Russia ties see a revival as China, Afghanistan and Central Asia dominate bilateral agenda

The release of a paper on stepping up defence cooperation in Central Asia and a recent Putin-Modi summit have given a fresh impetus to Moscow-New Delhi relations.

The release of a paper on stepping up defence cooperation in Central Asia and a recent Putin-Modi summit have given a fresh impetus to Moscow-New Delhi relations.

29 Dec 2021 - 1:46AM
China-India border dispute: as crisis drags on, are Beijing and New Delhi digging in for permanent militarisation of LAC?

Both sides say they want to resolve their military standoff but 19 months after the first showdown, will permanent militarisation of the Line of Actual (LAC) be the status quo?

Both sides say they want to resolve their military standoff but 19 months after the first showdown, will permanent militarisation of the Line of Actual (LAC) be the status quo?

20 Dec 2021 - 11:28AM
From Australia to UK, India seeks new FTAs with growth, jobs and China on its mind

India is looking to secure a string of bilateral trade pacts to boost its Covid-19 economic recovery and grow its manufacturing sector.

India is looking to secure a string of bilateral trade pacts to boost its Covid-19 economic recovery and grow its manufacturing sector.

24 Oct 2021 - 12:30PM
India courts chip-makers with Taiwan and Quad on its side, as it takes on China

But for the plan to work, India must first address its governance issues, chip-making inexperience and the costs involved to take on Chinese firms, analysts say.

But for the plan to work, India must first address its governance issues, chip-making inexperience and the costs involved to take on Chinese firms, analysts say.

11 Oct 2021 - 7:32PM
With eye on China, US thinks twice about sanctioning India for Russian missile system

Days after Biden talked of ‘stronger, closer, tighter’ ties, visiting Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman indicates Washington might reconsider its tough stance on New Delhi’s US$5.5 billion deal for the S-400 Triumf system.

Days after Biden talked of ‘stronger, closer, tighter’ ties, visiting Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman indicates Washington might reconsider its tough stance on New Delhi’s US$5.5 billion deal for the S-400 Triumf system.

8 Oct 2021 - 8:54PM
As India and Russia find common ground in Afghanistan, China watches shifting alliances closely

Moscow and New Delhi have a shared interest in ensuring the Taliban keeps its promise to prevent terrorism taking root in Afghanistan.

Moscow and New Delhi have a shared interest in ensuring the Taliban keeps its promise to prevent terrorism taking root in Afghanistan.

15 Sep 2021 - 11:38PM
India faces fresh Kashmir concerns after Taliban takeover in Afghanistan

India fears an influx of Afghan fighters, Pakistan-based terrorists being inspired by the Taliban victory, and a new threat: drones.

India fears an influx of Afghan fighters, Pakistan-based terrorists being inspired by the Taliban victory, and a new threat: drones.

3 Sep 2021 - 10:24PM
28 Sep 2021 - 1:45PM
As India watches Afghanistan nervously, upheaval could reshape US ties and shift its approach to China stand-off

India will be on high alert against renewed security threats from the Taliban but events in Afghanistan may also alter its approach to the two superpowers.

India will be on high alert against renewed security threats from the Taliban but events in Afghanistan may also alter its approach to the two superpowers.

25 Aug 2021 - 2:57PM
India revives Indian Ocean security bloc with an eye on China’s growing influence

The Colombo Security Conclave – including India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives – last week hosted its second meeting in eight months and is poised to expand membership to Bangladesh, Seychelles and Mauritius.

The Colombo Security Conclave – including India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives – last week hosted its second meeting in eight months and is poised to expand membership to Bangladesh, Seychelles and Mauritius.

17 Aug 2021 - 10:09PM
India steps up maritime presence in Asia-Pacific – just as US and China conduct separate exercises

Analysts say New Delhi wants to draw closer to Southeast Asia, with its ongoing border conflict with China pushing it to join US efforts to counter Beijing.

Analysts say New Delhi wants to draw closer to Southeast Asia, with its ongoing border conflict with China pushing it to join US efforts to counter Beijing.

6 Aug 2021 - 8:03AM
US, India urge Taliban to uphold peace in Afghanistan, as they pledge Quad cooperation on vaccines

On his first trip to India, US Secretary of State Blinken discussed security concerns regarding Afghanistan with officials in New Delhi. He also spoke with a representative of the Dalai Lama, in a move likely to irk Beijing.

On his first trip to India, US Secretary of State Blinken discussed security concerns regarding Afghanistan with officials in New Delhi. He also spoke with a representative of the Dalai Lama, in a move likely to irk Beijing.

16 Aug 2021 - 10:37PM
Will Nepal’s new ‘pro-India’ prime minister hit reset on its China ties?

Sher Bahadur Deuba’s appointment is widely expected to bring Kathmandu closer to New Delhi once more after his predecessor favoured ties with Beijing.

Sher Bahadur Deuba’s appointment is widely expected to bring Kathmandu closer to New Delhi once more after his predecessor favoured ties with Beijing.

22 Jul 2021 - 10:04PM
Modi sends birthday wishes to Tibet’s Dalai Lama amid strained India-China ties

The 86-year-old Tibetan spiritual leader, who has been living in exile in northern India for some six decades, is regarded as a separatist by China.

The 86-year-old Tibetan spiritual leader, who has been living in exile in northern India for some six decades, is regarded as a separatist by China.

6 Jul 2021 - 10:59PM
China-India border dispute: New Delhi talks up infrastructure build-up in strategy shift against Beijing

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has inaugurated 63 new bridges and 12 roads across seven states that border China in the last month. India’s focus on publicising new infrastructure shows it ‘has stopped caring what the Chinese object to’, says an ex-army officer.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has inaugurated 63 new bridges and 12 roads across seven states that border China in the last month. India’s focus on publicising new infrastructure shows it ‘has stopped caring what the Chinese object to’, says an ex-army officer.

6 Jul 2021 - 10:06PM
India’s second aircraft carrier INS Vikrant has China in its sights

‘Aircraft carriers allow India to achieve some sea control in the Indian Ocean and would prove instrumental in any economic blockade of China.’

‘Aircraft carriers allow India to achieve some sea control in the Indian Ocean and would prove instrumental in any economic blockade of China.’

30 Jun 2021 - 8:49PM
What’s behind Modi’s surprise talks with Kashmir leaders? Pakistan, China and the US, to name a few

Experts say bonhomie with Islamabad, the military stand-off with Beijing and pressure from Washington may all be considerations behind the meeting.

Experts say bonhomie with Islamabad, the military stand-off with Beijing and pressure from Washington may all be considerations behind the meeting.

24 Jun 2021 - 11:18PM