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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Does Asia need another development bank?

India’s best response to China’s AIIB voting structure and decision hierarchy is to reform, reduce inflation and grow strongly. 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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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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A Passage to infinity

A review of A Passage to Infinity: Medieval Indian Mathematics from Kerala and Its Impact by George Gheverghese Joseph. An important problem in historiography is the politics of recognition. Which theory gets recognised and which doesn’t sometimes depends on who is saying it rather than what is right. Take for example, the Aryan Invasion Theory. […]

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Asia’s tryst with constitutionalism

Constitutional breakdowns are indicators of political instability. Political stability, however, by no means is any guarantee for individual liberties. The recent coup d’état in Thailand has reinvigorated the discussion on what causes political instability in nation-states. A few questions emerge: Why is it that some nation-states see frequent coups or extended application of martial laws […]

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Clear and present danger

Underestimating the long-term impact of political risk on the oil trade, in Iraq and beyond, has serious economic consequences for India. Amid reports that Iraqi militants have attacked oilfields in Iraq, the Minister of Petroleum appeared unruffled, reassuring the country that these developments would not lead to a shortfall of petroleum products in India. While the honourable […]

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China’s post-2014 Afghanistan strategy

China’s approach to violent non-state actors is unlikely to make India or the United States happy. As the United States draws down its combat troops from Afghanistan, other countries have stepped to the fore to assert their interests. Other than Pakistan, whose meddling in its neighbor’s internal affairs predates even the Afghan-Soviet war, China will […]

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India’s quest for maritime dominance

An in-depth assessment of India’s maritime interests and prospects in it’s own oceanic backyard – the Indian Ocean. A book review of India’s Ocean: The story of India’s bid for regional leadership. The US government’s ‘pivot’ or ‘rebalance’ towards the Indo-Pacific has been the buzzword for Indian geopolitical analysts over many months now, who predict […]

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