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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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
India’s Tokyo 2020 Olympics quest overshadowed by controversy over Chinese sponsor Li-Ning

The Indian Olympic Committee is searching for a new sponsor and kit after dropping Chinese brand Li-Ning, with less than 40 days to go.

The Indian Olympic Committee is searching for a new sponsor and kit after dropping Chinese brand Li-Ning, with less than 40 days to go.

21 Jun 2021 - 8:32AM
As trade with China grows despite tensions, Modi’s ‘self-reliant India’ dream fades

Despite military tensions, a pandemic and calls for a boycott of Chinese goods, two-way trade has grown by over five per cent, with China leapfrogging the US as India’s largest trade partner.

Despite military tensions, a pandemic and calls for a boycott of Chinese goods, two-way trade has grown by over five per cent, with China leapfrogging the US as India’s largest trade partner.

11 Jun 2021 - 7:59AM
India’s Modi once relied on Facebook and Twitter. Now, is he ‘going the China way’?

The government is seeking tighter control of digital media amid a wave of discontent over India’s Covid-19 pandemic response and other policies.

The government is seeking tighter control of digital media amid a wave of discontent over India’s Covid-19 pandemic response and other policies.

4 Jun 2021 - 4:33PM
China-India border dispute: as Himalayan snow thaws, could conflict reignite?

As summer arrives, both sides have restarted patrols, strengthened logistics and added infrastructure along the de facto border.

As summer arrives, both sides have restarted patrols, strengthened logistics and added infrastructure along the de facto border.

28 May 2021 - 9:21PM
Tibetans have a new political leader. Here’s what to expect

All eyes are on 54-year-old Penpa Tsering, the approach he will take to deal with Beijing, and whether this can win over younger Tibetans.

All eyes are on 54-year-old Penpa Tsering, the approach he will take to deal with Beijing, and whether this can win over younger Tibetans.

20 May 2021 - 10:26PM
EU and India to boost trade, Indo-Pacific partnership as China’s influence grows

The bid to deepen ties comes amid the EU’s concern over human rights in China, and as border tensions remain between New Delhi and Beijing.

The bid to deepen ties comes amid the EU’s concern over human rights in China, and as border tensions remain between New Delhi and Beijing.

7 May 2021 - 8:42PM
India’s Covid-19 surge is taking its toll on mental health, even for those who don’t have the virus

Even for those who are physically well, India’s worst health crisis in recent history is causing many to feel fear, confusion, numbness, anxiety and helplessness.

Even for those who are physically well, India’s worst health crisis in recent history is causing many to feel fear, confusion, numbness, anxiety and helplessness.

3 May 2021 - 1:09PM
China-India border dispute: was New Delhi’s pull-out from Pangong Tso lake a mistake?

There is a growing belief that India withdrew too early and New Delhi has remained silent on Beijing’s offer for help with its Covid-19 surge.

There is a growing belief that India withdrew too early and New Delhi has remained silent on Beijing’s offer for help with its Covid-19 surge.

26 Apr 2021 - 10:39AM
China tried to wage ‘undeclared war’ against India through cyberattacks, military chief Bipin Rawat says

General Bipin Rawat says China’s creation of ‘disruptive technologies’ has emboldened Beijing, while he joined his counterparts from Australia and Japan in asserting the importance of the Quad and its focus on the Indo-Pacific.

General Bipin Rawat says China’s creation of ‘disruptive technologies’ has emboldened Beijing, while he joined his counterparts from Australia and Japan in asserting the importance of the Quad and its focus on the Indo-Pacific.

16 Apr 2021 - 3:20PM
France, India and Australia step up Quad-style cooperation, with China on the horizon

The three countries are planning to increase their joint presence in the Indo-Pacific, while in a veiled reference to Beijing’s criticism, India’s external affairs minister says ‘people need to get over’ the idea the groupings are a threat.

The three countries are planning to increase their joint presence in the Indo-Pacific, while in a veiled reference to Beijing’s criticism, India’s external affairs minister says ‘people need to get over’ the idea the groupings are a threat.

15 Apr 2021 - 8:42AM