Kunal Purohit

Kunal Purohit

The little-known force fighting for India in its border dispute with China
As Tenzin Thardoe went about his routine earlier this week, news started trickling in that there had been yet another clash between Indian and Chinese soldiers in the Himalayan region of Ladakh, this time near the Pangong Tso lake. Thardoe was over 1,000 miles away, in the Norgyeling Tibetan refugee settlement in India’s central Maharashtra state. But when the encounter was confirmed, the news stirred many memories of the 33-year-old’s time with the Special Frontier Force, known as SFF. While the Indian establishment has not officially confirmed it, the SFF – a little-known paramilitary unit consisting mainly of Tibetan refugees – is believed to have played a big role in what the Indian Army
As border talks stall, will India’s Narendra Modi get tough on China?
As the border stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops in the Himalayas entered its 15th week, criticism of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration was brewing in New Delhi, the capital. Talks have continued with little sign of a breakthrough since Indian and Chinese troops clashed with bare hands, spiked clubs and rods on June 15, leading to the deaths of 20 Indian soldiers and an unspecified number on the Chinese side. Unhappy at what they saw as India’s overly cautious approach, a group of military veterans and analysts were calling for the government to get tough on Beijing. A prolonged stand-off could end up narrowing India’s military options to prevent India losing cont
China and India blame each other for first deadly clash in decades
China’s foreign minister on Wednesday accused Indian troops of provoking the border clashes on Monday that left at least 20 people dead, saying Beijing was determined to maintain its territorial integrity. In the highest level communication since the deadliest conflict in the region for more than four decades, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar over the phone that the two sides should resolve their tensions through dialogue and keep the border safe, the Chinese foreign ministry quoted him as saying. The call was the latest move to de-escalate tensions after at least 20 Indian soldiers were killed in the clash in the Galwan River alley. China
How Hong Kong protest tactics are being used in India
It all started with a simple poster doing the rounds on WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook, asking people to show solidarity with students in India who had been assaulted while protesting against the country’s new religion-based citizenship law. A group of friends felt stirred by visuals, streamed onto their phones on Sunday night, of police forces entering the Indian capital’s Jamia Millia Islamia University firing tear gas into the college campus. “We felt we had to urgently send out a message of solidarity with the students and resist [the police actions], because if not, we could be next,” said a member of the group, Ruben Mascarenhas, a Mumbai-based activist. So they made a poster asking