Menchuka in Arunachal Pradesh remains one of the most unexplored regions in India. Claude Arpi tells about its people, its Sikh connection and, of course, its grievances Explorers always loved the blank on maps. It is perhaps the hallmark of the ... New Delhi Pioneer, 1 month ago
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Claude Arpi The untimely death of Arun Kumar Bal, the Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Defence, negotiating the Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft purchase, will delay further India’s military preparedness. It is now unlikely that Delhi will sign the ...State Times, 1 month ago
Searching for the word in darkness. Any little success invades me and puts me in full view of everyone. I long to wallow in the mud. I can scarcely control my need for self-abasement, my craving for licentiousness and debauchery. Sin tempts me, ...New Delhi Pioneer, 5 days ago
'There is still no road on the last 37 km between the McMahon Line and Menchuka in Arunachal Pradesh. Ironically, during my visit, Beijing announced the opening of a 117- km highway linking Metok, located just north of the McMahon Line.' 'My local friends kept saying with some envy in their voices, "The Chinese are very much in advance on us".' Claude Arpi on a recent visit to the last large village before the McMahon Line that divides India and China. India should take a lesson from what China ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago
The PLA will be the first beneficiary. It is good that Delhi has finally decided to raise a mountain 'strike' corps with some 80,000 troops to be posted along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China. The new formation, the 17 ...The Statesman, 2 weeks ago
What an astonishing thing a book is. It's a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you're inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of ...New Delhi Pioneer, 1 month ago
If the 1993, 1996, 2005 and 2012 border agreements have been unable to check Chinese aggressiveness, how can a fifth one succeed? asks Claude Arpi. The Fifth India-China Strategic Dialogue was held in Delhi earlier this year. While some progress is said to have been made in narrowing the ever-growing trade (im)balance in favour of China, Beijing remained stuck on its position on the border issue as well as on a possible collaboration on the Brahmaputra and other trans-border rivers. After the ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
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