As India grows as a global power, competitors seek to tear it down. China occupies a portion of Ladakh roughly the size of Kerala and covets Arunachal Pradesh. Pakistan continues to sponsor terrorism aimed at Kashmir but, as Kashmir experiences an economic and political renaissance because of the revocation of Article 370, Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency increasingly sets its sights on destabilizing Punjab.
Not all adversaries use military means. Because India is not only the world’s largest democracy, but also among the world’s most diverse states linguistically, religiously, and ethnically, the country’s detractors find no shortage of domestic fault lines to exploit with cherry-picked facts and false narratives. Television cameras do not lie, but they also do not give a broad perspective.