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It’s always long term for China

The Chinese President’s decision to skip Islamabad from his tour does not mean that China is ready to dump Pakistan. There is nothing to be excited about Chinese President Xi Jinping’s decision to skip Pakistan during his forthcoming South...

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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 to enhancing performance-orientation and accountability. Over the past few weeks, the phrase “smart...

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Sharif Don’t Like It

Rocking the Civil-Military Casbah in Pakistan. As the world watches on, Islamabad continues to be besieged by protests that have brought the government to a standstill. The Azadi and Inqilab marches, led by Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf...

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The Attrition strategy: a new normal in the politics of Pakistan?

Two legislations have successfully raised the costs of an old style coup, making the strategy of attrition a preferred mode for army led political interference. As the dust settles in the protracted power struggle between the Pakistani army...

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Collaborating across the Indian Ocean

If sustained, this level of bilateral engagement has the potential to inaugurate a new maturity in Australia-India ties.  Australian prime minister Tony Abbott has returned home following his first official visit to India, marking the first...

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The Attrition strategy: a new normal in the politics of Pakistan?

Two legislations have successfully raised the costs of an old style coup, making the strategy of attrition a preferred mode for army led political...

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The Jan Dhan Yojna: the key considerations in obtaining desired outcomes.

Accountable and transparent organisational structure for implementing PMJDY should be essential for realising the desired societal outcomes. On...

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The Warrior State

The state of war

A  review of TV Paul’s The Warrior State-Pakistan in the Contemporary World. Pakistan teeters at the brink of a crisis that could prove...

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It’s always long term for China

The Chinese President’s decision to skip Islamabad from his tour does not mean that China is ready to dump Pakistan. There is nothing to be excited about Chinese President Xi Jinping’s decision to skip Pakistan during his forthcoming South Asia tour. Some might argue that it would have been a good time for Xi to […]

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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 to enhancing performance-orientation and accountability. Over the past few weeks, the phrase “smart cities” has been in considerable vogue. The Union Government’s budget 2014-15 allocated INR 70.6 billion for “developing 100 smart cities”. It is […]

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Sharif Don’t Like It

Rocking the Civil-Military Casbah in Pakistan. As the world watches on, Islamabad continues to be besieged by protests that have brought the government to a standstill. The Azadi and Inqilab marches, led by Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Tahir ul-Qadri’s Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) are demanding, among other things, the resignation of Prime Minister […]

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The Attrition strategy: a new normal in the politics of Pakistan?

Two legislations have successfully raised the costs of an old style coup, making the strategy of attrition a preferred mode for army led political interference. As the dust settles in the protracted power struggle between the Pakistani army and the elected leadership, a comparison of the methods employed by the army in similar situations in […]

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Collaborating across the Indian Ocean

If sustained, this level of bilateral engagement has the potential to inaugurate a new maturity in Australia-India ties.  Australian prime minister Tony Abbott has returned home following his first official visit to India, marking the first time the recently-elected Prime Ministers of the two nations have met. With discussions ranging from uranium sales and trade […]

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Road without a signpost

There is a need to distinguish between the outfits worth negotiating with and groups whose requests can be ignored. In August 2014, the Khasi insurgent outfit, the Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) in Meghalaya declared its intention for starting peace negotiations with the government. Through a bizarre ultimatum, bordering on desperation, it even served an […]

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Global economy: a zero-sum game

In the name of free trade in services and financial liberalisation, the US should not try to rob sovereigns of their policy space.  This article is being written in the backdrop of the disclosure that the previous Indian government might have left itself with no escape clause when it signed the trade agreement in Bali. […]

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Transforming Indian cities

How India can learn from Surakarta, Indonesia. Despite being proud descendants of civilisations that have created great cities, and citizens of the country that has one of the oldest living cities on the planet, Varanasi, it is quite remarkable that we Indians have let our cities go to seed the way they have. Politics and […]

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Driving empowerment in ‘Ruban’ India

The rural sector in India needs bold initiatives from all sides.  McKinsey Global Institute, in its February 2014 Report titled, From Poverty to Empowerment: India’s Imperative for Jobs, Growth, and Effective Basic Services, introduced a new and more holistic measure of income deprivation – the Empowerment Line. While the poverty line measures only extreme poverty, the […]

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RBIs recent decisions

The recent decisions by the RBI with respect to cash withdrawals  are completely bereft of economic and financial reasoning. Two recent decisions of the Reserve Bank of India are retrogade in the sense that they encourage people to withdraw and use more cash rather than transacting with money within the banking system. The first case is […]

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