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Towards a shared understanding

And why it is important? IN HIS introduction to The Shield of Achilles, Philip Bobbitt argues that history “is the distinctive element in the ceaseless, restless dynamic by means of which strategy and law live out their necessary relationship...

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Getting objective about it

In January 2009, PBS, a US television network, ran a documentary titled The Story of India. Hosted by Michael Wood, this six-part series narrated a compressed history of India from pre-historic times till Independence. The first episode—Beginnings—discussed...

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India’s urban housing challenge

The new Urban Development Minister has vowed to ensure housing for all urban residents by 2020. He has some challenge at hand.  The Government estimated a deficit of 18.78 million housing units in 2011, with 95 percent among the lower income...

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Insularity was unreal

Since the bubble of insularity has already been burst, accepting the wide impact of radicalisation on our youths, can be an important starting point. Not long ago the contention that Indian Muslims have rebuffed repeated calls by Islamist outfits...

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Modinomics and not Reaganomics

India needs contextual and not ideological policy-making. This piece is not a review of Professor Ha-Joon Chang’s book, 23 things they don’t tell you about capitalism. It merely draws heavily from it. In this book published in 2010, Ha-Joon...

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Towards a shared understanding

And why it is important? IN HIS introduction to The Shield of Achilles, Philip Bobbitt argues that history “is the distinctive element in the...

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Hard-wired to extinction

The Federal Reserve is once again ignoring pervasive signs of financial instability that are widely visible.  Daniel Kahneman, Nobel Laureate...

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Idris Latif

A ladder to the skies: Reminiscences of a soldier-diplomat

A review of The Ladder of His Life: Biography of Air Chief Marshal Idris Latif, PVSM by Bilkees I Latif. The Indian armed forces have a long...

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Towards a shared understanding

And why it is important? IN HIS introduction to The Shield of Achilles, Philip Bobbitt argues that history “is the distinctive element in the ceaseless, restless dynamic by means of which strategy and law live out their necessary relationship with each other. For law and strategy are not merely made in history—a sequence of events […]

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Getting objective about it

In January 2009, PBS, a US television network, ran a documentary titled The Story of India. Hosted by Michael Wood, this six-part series narrated a compressed history of India from pre-historic times till Independence. The first episode—Beginnings—discussed one of the most controversial topics in Indian history: the origin of the Aryans. In this episode Mr […]

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India’s urban housing challenge

The new Urban Development Minister has vowed to ensure housing for all urban residents by 2020. He has some challenge at hand.  The Government estimated a deficit of 18.78 million housing units in 2011, with 95 percent among the lower income group (LIG). To put this in perspective, the total number of housing units sanctioned in […]

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Insularity was unreal

Since the bubble of insularity has already been burst, accepting the wide impact of radicalisation on our youths, can be an important starting point. Not long ago the contention that Indian Muslims have rebuffed repeated calls by Islamist outfits to join global jihad would have been accepted without much fuss. Barring handful men who got […]

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Modinomics and not Reaganomics

India needs contextual and not ideological policy-making. This piece is not a review of Professor Ha-Joon Chang’s book, 23 things they don’t tell you about capitalism. It merely draws heavily from it. In this book published in 2010, Ha-Joon argues that capitalism was a bad way to organise an economic system but for all others. […]

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India’s budget 2014-15

India’s budget 2014-15: Initial steps towards professionalising tax administration. There has been widespread concern that the current organisations and systems of tax administration and compliance require fundamental reform. The economic cost to the society, including costs of compliance by the taxpayers, and distortions in economic decision making due to inconsistency in tax administration procedures, and poor […]

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SACEUR, Admiral James Stavridis, visits ISAF

Unnatural selection

The US tried and failed to choose and protect ‘suitable’ leaders in Iraq and Afghanistan. India must not repeat this mistake. In Afghanistan, with election results being contested as “a coup against [the] people”, it took an emergency intervention by US Secretary of State John Kerry to broker a tenuous settlement between rival candidates Dr […]

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Impact Balochistan

The movement of IDPs and potential militants into Balochistan will prove to be disastrous for the province with serious implications for regional security. On June 15th, 2014, the Pakistani Armed forces launched a “comprehensive operation against foreign and local terrorists hiding in sanctuaries in North Waziristan.” Countries and provinces bordering the region were asked to […]

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Idris Latif

A ladder to the skies: Reminiscences of a soldier-diplomat

A review of The Ladder of His Life: Biography of Air Chief Marshal Idris Latif, PVSM by Bilkees I Latif. The Indian armed forces have a long tradition of good leaders, but few of them have been able to make their presence felt in the civilian domain.  This is a two-way problem. India’s democratically-elected leaders have often […]

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Managing disasters in India

In order to mitigate the outcomes of a disaster, precautions have to be taken well in advance. The Surat floods of 2006 exemplify a strange kind of natural disaster. It is certainly strange when nature is so predictable that the entire city knows exactly when the water levels rise, and yet disaster still occurs. In […]

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