Pranay Sharma

Pranay Sharma

Pranay Sharma is a New Delhi-based independent journalist. He has written reports and commentaries on current and foreign affairs for several decades, and has worked for leading Indian media organisations like Outlook and The Telegraph as Foreign Editor and Chief of Bureau.

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India’s stance on Russia-Ukraine war looms large in ‘2-plus-2’ talks with US

Discussions allow both sides to be frank while reaffirming shared views including concern over China’s rising assertiveness, say analysts.

Discussions allow both sides to be frank while reaffirming shared views including concern over China’s rising assertiveness, say analysts.

11 Apr 2022 - 11:12AM
Russia’s Lavrov visits India amid US criticism, flurry of Western diplomacy over New Delhi’s Ukraine stance

Sergey Lavrov’s two-day trip comes as India’s fellow Quad members increasingly uncomfortable with its refusal to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine; US, EU, UK diplomats also in New Delhi to meet their counterparts.

Sergey Lavrov’s two-day trip comes as India’s fellow Quad members increasingly uncomfortable with its refusal to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine; US, EU, UK diplomats also in New Delhi to meet their counterparts.

12 Apr 2022 - 10:31AM
Kishida heads to India for talks with Modi, as Ukraine war, China problems show Japan that US military backing is ‘no longer enough’

Both Tokyo and New Delhi are locked in territorial disputes with Beijing; India in the Himalayas and Japan in the East China Sea.

Both Tokyo and New Delhi are locked in territorial disputes with Beijing; India in the Himalayas and Japan in the East China Sea.

18 Mar 2022 - 7:00PM
Ukraine crisis: why India isn’t condemning Russia, unlike the rest of the Quad

India has stopped short of criticising Russia’s actions or threatening to join in with US-led sanctions, as fellow Quad members Japan and Australia have done.

India has stopped short of criticising Russia’s actions or threatening to join in with US-led sanctions, as fellow Quad members Japan and Australia have done.

9 Mar 2022 - 1:40PM
India takes on China and Russia in a Great Game for Central Asia

India sees a chance to burnish its great power credentials, but it has far to go to catch imperial past master Moscow and big-spending Beijing.

India sees a chance to burnish its great power credentials, but it has far to go to catch imperial past master Moscow and big-spending Beijing.

26 Jan 2022 - 11:02PM
Explainer | What does Pakistan’s first national security policy say about India, China, US?

Pakistan is the first South Asian country to release such a document; it says the rise of Hindu politics in India is concerning, worries about war with China and India.

Pakistan is the first South Asian country to release such a document; it says the rise of Hindu politics in India is concerning, worries about war with China and India.

21 Jan 2022 - 1:45PM
India, Russia set to sign defence pacts amid China-US rivalry

Analysts said the summit would also quell speculation about deteriorating Russia-India ties, amid Moscow’s concerns about New Delhi’s involvement in the Quad.

Analysts said the summit would also quell speculation about deteriorating Russia-India ties, amid Moscow’s concerns about New Delhi’s involvement in the Quad.

6 Dec 2021 - 10:31AM
China-India border: New Delhi redirects Pakistan-facing troops, tanks before 13th round of LAC talks

Experts say the deployment signals New Delhi’s ongoing shift in posture towards Beijing, from defensive to offensive, even as both sides say they want to ease tensions.

Experts say the deployment signals New Delhi’s ongoing shift in posture towards Beijing, from defensive to offensive, even as both sides say they want to ease tensions.

6 Oct 2021 - 10:55PM
Aukus fallout: for years, US told India it couldn’t share nuclear submarine technology. ‘And now this ...’

Deal between Australia, the US and Britain to share nuclear-submarine technology has some asking why India hasn’t been granted a similar deal.

Deal between Australia, the US and Britain to share nuclear-submarine technology has some asking why India hasn’t been granted a similar deal.

21 Sep 2021 - 9:11AM
India set to host BRICS talks with regional security on agenda, as it keeps eyes on Afghanistan and Pakistan

The meeting, which includes China and Russia, comes after the Taliban appointed its interim government. No country has formally recognised Afghanistan’s new rulers with Pakistan hosting a six-nation meet on Wednesday to discuss the matter.

The meeting, which includes China and Russia, comes after the Taliban appointed its interim government. No country has formally recognised Afghanistan’s new rulers with Pakistan hosting a six-nation meet on Wednesday to discuss the matter.

9 Sep 2021 - 1:51AM
Russia seeks to assure India of partnership as Moscow, Beijing align positions on Afghanistan

With Russia and China set to wield more regional influence after the Taliban’s rise, Moscow and New Delhi have set up a team to assess the situation as a placatory measure – though India is also concerned about a recent Russia-China military drill.

With Russia and China set to wield more regional influence after the Taliban’s rise, Moscow and New Delhi have set up a team to assess the situation as a placatory measure – though India is also concerned about a recent Russia-China military drill.

26 Aug 2021 - 11:43PM
India gears up for Taliban-run Afghanistan as Russia, China extend influence

New Delhi has lost the strategic ground it gained in Afghanistan, and is debating how to engage with the Taliban to safeguard its interests.

New Delhi has lost the strategic ground it gained in Afghanistan, and is debating how to engage with the Taliban to safeguard its interests.

19 Aug 2021 - 11:28PM
US, China, Russia, Pakistan to meet amid alarm at Taliban’s sweep through Afghanistan

Representatives of the ‘extended troika’ are to meet in Doha in a bid to get the Taliban and Kabul government to commit to peace talks and avoid civil war.

Representatives of the ‘extended troika’ are to meet in Doha in a bid to get the Taliban and Kabul government to commit to peace talks and avoid civil war.

16 Aug 2021 - 10:37PM
China-Pakistan alliance in Afghanistan worries India, as Taliban offensive continues

While observers agree that China can provide stability in Afghanistan, a former Indian diplomat says New Delhi is worried that Beijing’s focus on investments and economic development will leave Islamabad with greater influence over security affairs.

While observers agree that China can provide stability in Afghanistan, a former Indian diplomat says New Delhi is worried that Beijing’s focus on investments and economic development will leave Islamabad with greater influence over security affairs.

16 Aug 2021 - 10:37PM
India’s worries over Taliban in Afghanistan fuels talk of revived ‘Northern Alliance’ with Iran, Russia

The anti-Taliban force comprising several ethnic minority groups operated from 1996 to 2001 and was supported by Russia, Iran and India

The anti-Taliban force comprising several ethnic minority groups operated from 1996 to 2001 and was supported by Russia, Iran and India

16 Aug 2021 - 10:40PM
India-Pakistan ceasefire threatened by drone attack, just as Afghanistan and China border heat up

Each country faces possibility of conflicts on two fronts; Pakistan must manage the fallout from the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, while India remains locked in a Himalayan stand-off with China.

Each country faces possibility of conflicts on two fronts; Pakistan must manage the fallout from the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, while India remains locked in a Himalayan stand-off with China.

16 Aug 2021 - 10:40PM
A closer US and Russia makes India hopeful. China, not so much

China may fear the US is trying to do a ‘Kissinger in reverse’, but analysts say Russia ‘won’t get played by the US so easily’.

China may fear the US is trying to do a ‘Kissinger in reverse’, but analysts say Russia ‘won’t get played by the US so easily’.

28 Jun 2021 - 8:40PM
India’s concerns over China’s rising influence in Sri Lanka grow with progress of US$1.4 billion port city project

New legislation governing the Colombo Port City project was passed last month amid local opposition to the special economic zone funded by a Chinese state-owned firm.

New legislation governing the Colombo Port City project was passed last month amid local opposition to the special economic zone funded by a Chinese state-owned firm.

8 Jun 2021 - 10:19PM
Why was Bangladesh ‘warned’ by China against joining the Quad?

Observers say the warning relates to the strategic contest between Beijing and New Delhi for influence in South Asia.

Observers say the warning relates to the strategic contest between Beijing and New Delhi for influence in South Asia.

13 May 2021 - 10:22PM
A message for US and China as India and Russia put two and two together

New Delhi is reminding Washington of its strategic autonomy and soothing Russian qualms about the Quad. Moscow is telling Beijing it will keep selling arms to China’s Himalayan rival.

New Delhi is reminding Washington of its strategic autonomy and soothing Russian qualms about the Quad. Moscow is telling Beijing it will keep selling arms to China’s Himalayan rival.

30 Apr 2021 - 8:17AM
As China’s defence minister heads for Sri Lanka, should India be worried?

Wei Fenghe’s visit follows trip by foreign policy chief Yang Jiechi and comes amid rising military tensions between Beijing and New Delhi.

Wei Fenghe’s visit follows trip by foreign policy chief Yang Jiechi and comes amid rising military tensions between Beijing and New Delhi.

27 Apr 2021 - 2:10AM
Is India planning to spy on Chinese submarines from the Andamans, with a little help from Japan?

Long considered an underutilised security asset, the island chain near the mouth of the Malacca Strait has come into sharper focus amid rising India-China tensions and Beijing’s increased maritime assertiveness.

Long considered an underutilised security asset, the island chain near the mouth of the Malacca Strait has come into sharper focus amid rising India-China tensions and Beijing’s increased maritime assertiveness.

14 Apr 2021 - 9:03PM
India-Russia defence ties deepen even as Moscow hails ‘highest’ level of Beijing relations

Foreign ministers discussed closer military cooperation and the peace process in Afghanistan, where Russia is trying to bring together regional stakeholders.

Foreign ministers discussed closer military cooperation and the peace process in Afghanistan, where Russia is trying to bring together regional stakeholders.

7 Apr 2021 - 1:24AM
Russia could upset India’s US-China balancing act

New Delhi’s increased defence engagement with Washington risks upsetting Moscow, as its already fraught ties with Beijing continue to slide.

New Delhi’s increased defence engagement with Washington risks upsetting Moscow, as its already fraught ties with Beijing continue to slide.

28 Mar 2021 - 5:00PM
India-China border row, Covid-19 vaccine diplomacy fuelling New Delhi’s new embrace of the Quad, say analysts

In the first summit since the grouping was conceived in 2007, China’s rising assertiveness, Covid-19 and the Myanmar coup are expected to be on the agenda.

In the first summit since the grouping was conceived in 2007, China’s rising assertiveness, Covid-19 and the Myanmar coup are expected to be on the agenda.

12 Mar 2021 - 10:45PM
‘Uncomfortable signal to China’: Japan’s Suga raises Hong Kong, South China Sea, Xinjiang in phone call with India’s Modi

The two leaders have pledged to realise a free and open Indo-Pacific as Japan expresses concern over China’s ‘attempts to change status quo’ in disputed seas.

The two leaders have pledged to realise a free and open Indo-Pacific as Japan expresses concern over China’s ‘attempts to change status quo’ in disputed seas.

10 Mar 2021 - 12:09AM
India ramps up Myanmar border patrols as it weighs junta demand to return police

About 48 Myanmar citizens, including eight police officers, have taken refuge in Mizoram state, with India ‘unlikely to act in haste’ in returning them.

About 48 Myanmar citizens, including eight police officers, have taken refuge in Mizoram state, with India ‘unlikely to act in haste’ in returning them.

8 Mar 2021 - 8:23PM
Pakistan’s belt and road offer to Sri Lanka stokes India’s China concerns

Pakistani leader Imran Khan’s trip to Colombo – and his offer of a role in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor – has caused some alarm in New Delhi.

Pakistani leader Imran Khan’s trip to Colombo – and his offer of a role in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor – has caused some alarm in New Delhi.

3 Mar 2021 - 12:38PM
Amid warming India-US ties, defining ‘democratic norms’ becomes a sticking point

Under Trump, there was little official criticism of eroding religious freedoms in India under the Modi government. Will the Biden administration put rights or the ‘China threat’ at the forefront of bilateral relations?

Under Trump, there was little official criticism of eroding religious freedoms in India under the Modi government. Will the Biden administration put rights or the ‘China threat’ at the forefront of bilateral relations?

15 Feb 2021 - 10:52PM
Myanmar coup: do India and Japan have the will or the leverage to exert pressure on the military regime?

Analysts say Tokyo and New Delhi have maintained relations with both the military and the civilian government, and will seek to work with whoever is in power.

Analysts say Tokyo and New Delhi have maintained relations with both the military and the civilian government, and will seek to work with whoever is in power.

4 Feb 2021 - 7:54PM