Abhinav Pandya

Policy Analyst
Abhinav Pandya is a policy analyst who specializes in counterterrorism, Indian foreign policy and Af-Pak geopolitics. He is the author of "Radicalization in India: An Exploration." A graduate in public affairs from Cornell University, he has more more than seven years of experience in public policy, counterterrorism, electoral politics and the development sector in India and the US. Pandya has worked as a member of the United Nations’ (UN) national level specialist team to review the flagship employment guarantee scheme of India. He regularly writes for the Vivekananda Foundation, India’s premier think tank, on security affairs and diplomacy. He has also written an evaluation paper on the counterterrorism committee of the UN. Pandya is currently a consultant with Vidya Bhawan, Udaipur.

India Fears Revival of Sikh Militancy

January 29, 2019

Fears resurface of Pakistan stoking Sikh separatism in the Indian state of Punjab. In November 2018, an attack against the premises of the Sant Nirankari Mission in the Indian state of Punjab has once again brought back fears of the revival of Pakistan-backed Sikh separatism, known as the Khalistan movement. Nirankari...

Understanding India’s Hindu-Muslim Divide

October 11, 2018

The question that still haunts rational minds is whether Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s two-nation theory — one that Islam and Hinduism constitute two incompatible cultural, social, political and religious systems — was right or wrong. A journey back in time exploring the motives both of Pakistan’s founder, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, and the...

When It Comes to Confronting Pakistan, India Has Limited Options

July 16, 2018

India might want to explore the option of a sub-conventional military response to deter Pakistan from ceasefire violations and its proxy war against India in the Kashmir Valley. While the global strategic community remains engaged with Iran, North Korea and Palestine, an extremely volatile nuclear flashpoint in South Asia —...

It's Time to Rethink India's Policy on Palestine

April 19, 2018

There is hardly any reason for India to not prioritize its partnership with Israel over Palestine in pursuit of its strategic interests. On various occasions, India’s diffidence, indecisiveness and a highly constrained foreign policy have perplexed international relations experts. In one such instance, India’s vote in favor of Palestine against...

Watchdog Holds Pakistan Accountable on Terrorism

April 05, 2018

It was only a matter of time before the US was going to challenge Pakistan for its support for terrorist groups across the border in Afghanistan and India. The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global money laundering watchdog, decided during its plenary session in February to put Pakistan on its...

India: Between Religious Murder and Secularism

January 05, 2018

As a society, India must admit that religious extremism and hatred are deeply entrenched in its sociocultural body politic. On December 6, 2017, a Muslim migrant laborer, Mohammed Afrazul, was hacked to death and set on fire by an unemployed Hindu fanatic Shambhu Lal Regar in a small, sleepy Indian...

One Belt, One Road: What Lies Ahead for India?

August 16, 2017

India should keep the doors of engagement with China open to carve out a niche for itself in the One Belt, One Road initiative. The old saying, “When the dragon sneezes, the world catches cold” has acquired a completely new meaning after the low-key announcement of the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative...

Is the Dragon Leading Us Into a New World Order?

July 05, 2017

China’s Belt and Road initiative has a strong potential to serve as a great source of regional integration, political stability and economic empowerment. Back in the year 2008, an illiterate seer in the remote Indian village of Rajasthan informed this author that “Saina” (a corrupted pronunciation of China in a local dialect) will...

Understanding Pakistan a Little Better

June 20, 2017

It is typically characteristic of Indian posturing and narrative to take a moral high-ground vis-à-vis Pakistan’s non-secular existence. With the spate of violent protests in Kashmir and Pakistan’s allegations of human rights violations and suppression against India, once again the age-old and perennially relevant question in the strategic world has come...

Kashmir Has Been Through Worse

May 19, 2017

What lies behind the violence in Kashmir? It wasn’t far back when we all jubilated over the peace process in Kashmir within the framework of Kashmiriyat (Kashmir’s cultural and political values), jamhooriyat (democracy) and insaniyat (humanity). Atal Bihari Vajpayee had declared a unilateral ceasefire for the holy month of Ramadan, and it seemed that some sort of breakthrough would...

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