Mayank Singh

Mayank Singh is the author of the military thriller Wolf's Lair (2016), which has earned rave reviews. He writes columns on Indian political strategy and national security.

Congress Manifesto Raises Terrifying Questions about Jammu and Kashmir

Apr 15, 2019

As India goes to the polls, its opposition party is proposing a policy that threatens the unity of the country. All political parties bring out manifestoes before elections. Think of them as love letters to the electorate that tell citizens about the person wooing them. In India’s ongoing national election,...

Go, Lebensraum and Doklam: The New Great Game

Sep 07, 2017

Despite China and India disengaging in Doklam, the Chinese quest for territorial dominance will continue to create tension. The Chinese invented the game of Go over 2,500 years ago. It begins with an empty game board as participants take turns to place stones on it, signifying control of territory. As...

Is Kashmir Reaching an Inflection Point?

Aug 19, 2017

After 70 years of independence, India is finally making headway against Pakistan in its proxy war on Kashmir. Kashmir is approaching an inflection point. The tide is turning with the relentless targeting of insurgents by Indian security forces. It is not merely the numbers that are impressive with 126 terrorists...

Pakistan and Lutyens’ Delhi Play Games in Kashmir

May 30, 2017

English-speaking elites in Lutyens’ Delhi tragically aid and abet Pakistan’s longstanding designs to pry Kashmir away from India. On May 21, Fair Observer published an article by this author titled “Arundhati Roy, Please Do Not Support Pakistan’s Jihad in Kashmir.” It was republished by NewsLaundry. On May 24, The Wire* ran an article titled...

Lieutenant Murdered Because of India's Headless Chicken Syndrome

May 12, 2017

India’s political leadership has failed to counter the Pakistan army militarily or diplomatically, leading to tragic consequences for its security forces and the people of Kashmir. The recent death and mutilation of two Indian soldiers by the Pakistani army-backed border action team, followed by the abduction and brutal murder of Lieutenant Umar Fayaz...

Erdogan Adds Fuel to Fire: Expect a Hot Summer in Kashmir

May 07, 2017

During a visit to India, Erdogan offered to play peacemaker on Kashmir to boost his credentials as the leader of the Muslim world. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ensured that the summer in Kashmir will be hotter than anticipated. While all indicators from the valley — with stone throwers...

This is Why a Man Was Tied to a Jeep in Kashmir

Apr 21, 2017

Reporting in The New York Times over a man tied to a military jeep in Kashmir fails to establish the context. In 1953, The New York Times supported the CIA-led coup that ousted Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh in Iran. More recently, it acted as a cheerleader when George W. Bush decided to invade...

Modi Dumps Nehru's "Strategic Restraint" Against Pakistan

Oct 08, 2016

After decades of pusillanimity, India decides to counter Pakistani terrorism by conducting surgical strikes across the border. In 1958, Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru wrote to US President Dwight Eisenhower: “[To] make it clear to you how anxious we have been ever since Independence to have normal and friendly relations...

An Open Plea to Narendra Modi: Lose the Trust Deficit

Aug 27, 2015

Are Indians losing trust in their prime minister? Here is one citizen’s account. Dear Mr. Modi, I write to you as an average citizen of India. I refrain from using the clichéd term “common man,” which has been flogged to death by politicians. I do not hold membership of any...

Mr President, Perception is Everything

Jan 25, 2015

Obama must realize that the Mumbai attacks were the tipping point in India’s battle against terrorism. US President Barack Obama’s visit to India to attend the Republic Day celebrations is a sign of stronger ties between the two nations. Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have broken new grounds...

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