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The gathering storm

The primary threat to India emanates not from ISIS, but from Pakistan in the form of jihadi groups aided and abetted by that country’s military-security establishment. The dramatic rise of the group referred to as the Islamic State in Iraq...

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Foreign policy in transition

A review of Arijit Mazumdar’s Indian Foreign Policy in Transition: Relations with South Asia Indian foreign policy was given renewed vigour by newly appointed Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s invitation to South Asia’s heads of government...

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From a domestic to an international narrative

India has the wherewithal to be less finicky about complying with international rules when they come in the way of national interests. It now looks like the impasse at the World Trade Organization (WTO) over agricultural subsidies has been...

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No end to history: The Indian context

On the question of liberal democracy and its future in India.  The 2014 elections in India were remarkable. Noteworthy not only for the majority that it produced for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its prime ministerial candidate Narendra...

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Nehru, the realist

Nehru’s adoption of tactics, especially with respect to his approach in international relations was decided by their usefulness. “Whatever policy you may lay down, the art of conducting foreign affairs of a country lies in finding out what...

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No end to history: The Indian context

On the question of liberal democracy and its future in India.  The 2014 elections in India were remarkable. Noteworthy not only for the majority...

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Financing smart cities: key requirements

The “smart cities” project represents an opportunity to experiment with organisational and governance structures of the cities, with a view...

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Foreign policy in transition

A review of Arijit Mazumdar’s Indian Foreign Policy in Transition: Relations with South Asia Indian foreign policy was given renewed vigour...

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The gathering storm

The primary threat to India emanates not from ISIS, but from Pakistan in the form of jihadi groups aided and abetted by that country’s military-security establishment. The dramatic rise of the group referred to as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) presents a new dimension to the challenges that India faces from unrest and extremism […]

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Foreign policy in transition

A review of Arijit Mazumdar’s Indian Foreign Policy in Transition: Relations with South Asia Indian foreign policy was given renewed vigour by newly appointed Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s invitation to South Asia’s heads of government to his inauguration in May 2014. Modi attempted to breathe fresh life into not just South Asian bilateral relations but […]

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From a domestic to an international narrative

India has the wherewithal to be less finicky about complying with international rules when they come in the way of national interests. It now looks like the impasse at the World Trade Organization (WTO) over agricultural subsidies has been resolved, although there are a few more procedural hoops to cross. As Michael Froman, the United […]

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No end to history: The Indian context

On the question of liberal democracy and its future in India.  The 2014 elections in India were remarkable. Noteworthy not only for the majority that it produced for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi but also for the fact that the BJP dominated nearly every social category divide. The […]

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Nehru, the realist

Nehru’s adoption of tactics, especially with respect to his approach in international relations was decided by their usefulness. “Whatever policy you may lay down, the art of conducting foreign affairs of a country lies in finding out what is most advantageous to the country. We may talk about international goodwill and mean what we say. […]

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An Indian agenda for trade and investment reform

India must put in all its reform effort into policies that will increase the international competitiveness of Indian firms and encourage both foreign and domestic investment. The new Indian government led by prime minister Narendra Modi swept into power on a promise of improving economic conditions in India. A critical focus of the reform effort […]

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A solemn reminder, courtesy Pakistan

Lessons from Pakistan on why we must guard our state from religiosity and our society from majoritarianism. Organised murders and terror strikes stemming from religious fanaticism are unfortunately far too commonplace in the Pakistani society today. Even then, two recent incidents have shaken up the conscience of the ordinary Pakistani. The first incident was the […]

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Value capture from infrastructure investments

Given India’s massive urban infrastructure needs, it will have to rely on different options to raise a share of the resources required. The urban planner Donald Shoup has evocatively captured one of the great ironies of development, “Why is it so difficult to finance public infrastructure that increases the value of the serviced land by […]

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Make for India, not just in India

The government’s policies have unwittingly tilted the balance in favour of innovating for the world rather than creating conditions that encourage innovations for India’s own needs. With a large engineering workforce and links with the English language, India already has some natural advantages in providing knowledge workers to global corporations. In addition, government policies that […]

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Soft power, hard choices

Substantive policy changes and not speeches alone would determine the success of Narendra Modi’s desire to bolster investment and encourage tourism and manufacturing. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has to move on several fronts simultaneously to fulfil expectations he has generated in various constituencies. Through his foreign trips, especially the high-profile U.S. visit, and his interaction […]

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