Smruti S. Pattanaik

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  • Smruti S. Pattanaik is Research Fellow at the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile

    India Bangladesh Rail Connectivity Back On Track

    August 08, 2020

    Research Fellow Manohar Parrikar IDSA Dr. Smruti Pattanaik’s article ‘India Bangladesh Rail Connectivity Back on Track’ has been published by the All India Radio (AIR) World Service, an External Services Division of AIR, on August 08, 2020.

    The restoration of old connectivity structure that existed during the British period would boost the economy of this region to a great extent. It can give further fillip to the centuries old historical and cultural ties that bind the people of the region, writes Dr. Pattanaik

    Why Speculate? Evaluating Delhi-Dhaka Ties

    August 05, 2020

    Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Dr. Smruti Pattanaik’s commentary on India-Bangladesh relations, titled ‘Why Speculate? Evaluating Delhi-Dhaka Ties’ has been published by ‘The Society for the Study of Peace and Conflict’ (SSPC) on August 05, 2020.

    Several challenges to the bilateral relations indeed remain which includes the inability to reach an agreement on Teesta and rampant smuggling and trafficking that takes place in the Indo-Bangladesh border. There is an urgent need to address the border violation, writes Dr. Pattanaik.

    The Pandemic Effect: Can Bangladesh Overcome Covid-19 Impact on its External Sector?

    April 27, 2020

    Research Fellow, MP-IDSA, Dr. Smruti Pattanaik’s Issue Brief on effect of Covid-19 on Bangladesh, titled ‘The Pandemic Effect: Can Bangladesh Overcome Covid-19 Impact on its External Sector?’ has been published by Society for the Study of Peace and Conflict (SSPC) on April 27, 2020.

    Covid-19 and Bangladesh: Looming Crisis in the Horizon

    The Hasina Government is in overdrive to meet the Covid-19 challenge head on, and ensure that this unforeseen threat does not snowball into a major national crisis.

    April 09, 2020

    A Regional Response To COVID-19 Challenge

    March 17, 2020

    Research Fellow, Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, Dr. Smruti Pattanaik’s article on COVID-19, titled ‘A Regional Response To COVID-19 Challenge’ has been published by the All India Radio (AIR) World Service, an external services division of AIR, on March 17, 2020.

    The article describes Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s proposal to hold a video conference of SAARC leaders to jointly devise methods to combat COVID 19, declared as a pandemic by WHO, as unique, which engaged the immediate attention of the South Asian region.

    Guardians of God: Inside the Religious Mind of Pakistani Taliban, by Mona Kanwal Sheikh

    In the recent past, several Islamist movements promising to re-establish the pristine political system dating back to the days of the Prophet have captured the mind of believers. Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is one such movement that grew out of the resentment against the established religious parties’ failure to implement sharia, coupled with Pakistan’s decision to join the war on terror which fuelled religious anxiety that this war was aimed against Islam.

    October-December 2019

    Sri Lanka at the Crossroads: Geopolitical Challenges and National Interests

    Sri Lanka has always featured in any discussion on Indian Ocean geopolitics. However, its geopolitical significance has increased manifold after the end of the long-drawn war that saw the defeat of the LTTE. The manner in which the war concluded brought international focus on the country, as some of the Tamil leaders sought international indulgence to ensure justice is delivered, and peace brought through war results in a meaningful political solution for the Tamils.

    September 2019

    India’s Policy Response to China’s Investment and Aid to Nepal, Sri Lanka and Maldives: Challenges and Prospects

    Regional strategic dynamics in South Asia is in a state of flux since the announcement of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). China emphasises on the economic aspect of investment in infrastructures and energy projects, but strategic underpinning are very much apparent. China loan has created indebtedness in these countries and has helped Beijing to gain strategic foothold in the region which India considers as core to its security. India’s aid programme though focuses on the neighbourhood, it remains small compared to China and suffers from delivery deficit.

    May 2019

    Sri Lanka: Securitising Minority Alienation

    The Easter bomb blasts is a grim reminder of how the undercurrent of ethno-religious violence remains a dominant factor in Sri Lanka’s chequered history.

    April 29, 2019

    Raising the Costs for Pakistan

    February 26, 2019

    Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr Smruti Pattanaik’s article on India’s airstrikes in Pakistan, titled ‘Raising the Costs for Pakistan’ was published by The Economic Times on February 26, 2019.

    It was time that India raised the diplomatic and military costs for Pakistan, while taking necessary action to secure itself. Tuesday’s air strike in Balakot reflects this new direction in India’s policy, says Dr Pattanaik.

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