Claude Arpi

Claude Arpi


Born in France, Claude Arpi is now settled in India. He is the author of several books on Tibet, China and India and a regularly contributor on Indo-French relations.

Wrong person at wrong time

Wrong person at wrong time

Thursday, 30 January 2020 | Claude Arpi

Nehru made a wrong choice of making Menon Defence Minister. Though the trauma of the 1962 war remains, many things have changed. The CDS should help in neutralising threats India’s controversial Defence Minister VK Krishna Menon was recently in the news, courtesy a well-researched book, which did not elaborate enough on...

Reliable partners

Thursday, 26 September 2019 | Claude Arpi

France has had a long relation with India, particularly in the defence sector. One area where India can be of great help to it pertains to the transport sector Remember the months before the legislative elections, L’affaire Rafale was in the news everyday, thanks to the then leader of Opposition, who...

Shroud on camaraderie

Thursday, 12 September 2019 | Claude Arpi

It is doubtful if a Xi-Mo encounter (if it takes place at all) can solve the vexed border dispute between India and China. First and foremost condition is to develop basic trust Will Chinese President Xi Jinping make it to the southern beach resort of Mahabalipuram? And if the informal summit...

The real consequence

Thursday, 29 August 2019 | Claude Arpi

The Government miserably failed to contain misinformation or disinformation on Article 370 in the foreign media. It should have given a historical briefing on all facets of the issue The abrogation of Article 370 has led to a lot of typing on the keyboards of Indian as well as foreign...

Strategic and spiritual

Thursday, 08 August 2019 | Claude Arpi

With Ladakh being granted a Union Territory status, one hopes that locals can finally  adopt an economically and environmentally responsible model for its development Though divided into Leh and Kargil district in July 1979, Ladakh, the “Land of the Passes”, has the particularity of being one of the largest administrative units...

The succession challenge

Thursday, 25 July 2019 | Claude Arpi

The Lama had made it clear in 2011 that he shall leave clear instructions about who should succeed him. This should clear doubts and cut out the Chinese propaganda China has mastered the art of information warfare. We saw it during the Doklam episode. Though caught on the wrong foot on the...

Lambs before the dragon

Thursday, 04 July 2019 | Claude Arpi

In other continents, too, nations have to kowtow to China in return for investment and debt funding, though they are slowly waking up to the fact that all is not rosy  China has managed to tame the wild Tibetan yaks, according to Xinhua. “Under the touch of the petite scientist...

Laws higher than sutras

Thursday, 20 June 2019 | Claude Arpi

While Hong Kongers may escape China’s educational scheme to test the monks’ and nuns’ legal knowledge, it will be difficult for Tibetans, Uyghurs or mainlanders to avoid them Chinese President Xi Jinping is travelling a lot these days; he went to Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meet, then...

Sunday Edition


23 January 2022 | Sunday PIONEER | Sunday Pioneer

Sound of music

23 January 2022 | PNS | Sunday Pioneer


23 January 2022 | Sunday PIONEER | Sunday Pioneer

‘We need to redefine success’

23 January 2022 | SUPRIYA RAMESH | Sunday Pioneer

Grand musical journey

23 January 2022 | Shalini Saksena | Sunday Pioneer

Talktime : ‘I want to reach out to more people with better stories’

23 January 2022 | Shalini Saksena | Sunday Pioneer