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The next Indian government and foreign policy priorities

A look at the key areas of priority for the incoming government. Once the dust settles in yet another iteration of the world’s largest democratic exercise, a new government in India will be confronted with monumental challenges in every...

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Fixing the Indian economy

India must address its primary, internal challenges before paying too much heed to foreign concerns. Despite April’s national elections, there is no point expecting India to soon adopt an ideal program for economic reform. Democracies rarely...

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Moscow: India’s ticket to the energy riches of the Arctic.

New Delhi should make an attempt to be a vibrant ‘observing voice’ in the Arctic Council and look to push Moscow in giving support the country’s private sector. It is fair to presume that most Indians till some time back were unaware of...

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Beyond borders

Indo-Bangladesh border management and illegal immigration needs a policy overhaul to protect Indian national interest without violating individual freedoms of people living close to the border. The killings of Bangladeshis attempting to cross...

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This Parliament’s legacy to the next

The next government will have to address issues across a number of areas and will have the prerogative to decide the priority list, and the approach to address these issues.  The Fifteenth Lok Sabha has been criticised for being one of the...

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This Parliament’s legacy to the next

The next government will have to address issues across a number of areas and will have the prerogative to decide the priority list, and the approach...

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Outfoxing the hedgehogs

A review of Nate Silver’s The Signal and the Noise. In the second chapter of his book The Signal and the Noise Nate Silver uses the old...

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The next Indian government and foreign policy priorities

A look at the key areas of priority for the incoming government. Once the dust settles in yet another iteration of the world’s largest democratic exercise, a new government in India will be confronted with monumental challenges in every phase of governance. It will need to move quickly to address areas that were neglected hitherto, even […]

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Fixing the Indian economy

India must address its primary, internal challenges before paying too much heed to foreign concerns. Despite April’s national elections, there is no point expecting India to soon adopt an ideal program for economic reform. Democracies rarely adopt ideal policies and India, still full of only partly reconstructed socialists, has not entirely made up its mind […]

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Moscow: India’s ticket to the energy riches of the Arctic.

New Delhi should make an attempt to be a vibrant ‘observing voice’ in the Arctic Council and look to push Moscow in giving support the country’s private sector. It is fair to presume that most Indians till some time back were unaware of the very existence of the region of Crimea, which Russia has now […]

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Beyond borders

Indo-Bangladesh border management and illegal immigration needs a policy overhaul to protect Indian national interest without violating individual freedoms of people living close to the border. The killings of Bangladeshis attempting to cross the  India-Bangladesh border have been a sore point in bilateral engagements for decades now. The issue reached its worst point with the […]

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This Parliament’s legacy to the next

The next government will have to address issues across a number of areas and will have the prerogative to decide the priority list, and the approach to address these issues.  The Fifteenth Lok Sabha has been criticised for being one of the least productive ones.  However, it did pass a few important Bills. Also, during […]

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Perfumes of Arabia

India should be wary of the Saudi influence in Pakistan and its deeper impact in the region. The idea of Pakistan being a secular republic with citizenship rights accorded to all minorities was a brief one that never stood a chance against the more orthodox followers of Jinnah, who at the declaration of the Lahore […]

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Pakistan: the deer in the jihadist headlights

As unhinged as Mr Nawaz Sharif’s antiterrorism policy is, his bigger problem seems to be a military still working through its good/bad Taliban paradigm.  The more things change in Pakistan the more they remain the same when it comes to handling the jihadist terrorism. A country grappling with terrorism ideologically anchored in the virulent exclusivist […]

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Mitigating fiscal risk of pension liabilities of government financial institutions

The fiscal risk posed by the current pension liability management of public sector financial institutions (including the RBI) need to be recognised and addressed. The December 2013 Financial Stability Report (henceforth FSR) by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has expressed serious concerns about soundness and resilience of India’s financial institutions. Thus, the 2013 FSR estimates that the sum of […]

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Spending for a modern armed force

While transparency in defence procurement has been repeatedly stated as a focus, no focus on procurement is visible. On February 6, 2014, India’s defence minister AK Antony announced that an important deal for 126 multi-role combat aircraft could not be signed in fiscal 2013, claiming that there was no money left to support the signing […]

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Outfoxing the hedgehogs

A review of Nate Silver’s The Signal and the Noise. In the second chapter of his book The Signal and the Noise Nate Silver uses the old Russian parable of the hedgehog and the fox to explain how he is different from most other political forecasters. According to the parable, the fox knows several tricks […]

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