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Happymon Jacob

Author, Professor, Strategic Analyst & Commentator.


"Line on Fire" by Happymon Jacob

"Line on Fire" postulates that the incorrect diagnosis of the reasons behind CFVs has led to wrong policies being adopted by both India and Pakistan to deal with the recurrent violations. Using fresh empirical data and first-hand accounts, the volume attempts to understand the reason why CFVs continue to take place between India and Pakistan despite consistent efforts to reduce the tension between the two nations. In doing so, it recontextualizes and enriches the prevailing arguments in contemporary literature on escalating dynamics and unenduring ceasefire agreements between the two South Asian nuclear rivals.

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"The Line of Control" by Happymon Jacob

Happymon Jacob was given the unique opportunity to see the border between India and Pakistan from both sides. This vividly told, fast-paced narrative brings the border area to life. Jacob was given unprecedented access by the Indian and Pakistani armies and he explores how the border is seen - both in the popular imagination and by those who exist in its shadow. He chronicles the lives of civilians and soldiers, their courage and resilience in the face of constant danger and the extraordinary similarities between the two sides.

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Recent Columns:


 - 8 December 2023

"Most South Asian states are sceptical of India’s primacy in their own ways"

 - 8 September 2023

"The outcome of the South Korea-Japan-U.S. trilateral meeting gives New Delhi and Seoul a unique opportunity to enhance their strategic partnership"


 - 22 August 2023

"The challenge before New Delhi is to choose between a China-centric or a West-centric world order, or balance the two"

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