Month: February 2008

  • Common interests

    Australia and India are logical strategic partners. Yet circumstances have obstructed their closer engagement. The next few years could see the breakthrough both countries need, but it will take sustained political will in both capitals. Otherwise, we risk seeing great expectations end with the diplomatic equivalent of a dropped catch. New: Read Pragati online. Check out the new visual reader »

  • A disarming argument

    Between a new form of international deterrence and universal disarmament, the latter is of course preferable. Unfortunately, it is also less likely to come about. India should nevertheless play an active role in international efforts to reduce the danger from nuclear weapons.

  • Beyond marking time

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's position on Sri Lanka will continue to be cautious as the UPA coalition cannot afford any more shocks before the elections. This is driven by India's internal political compulsions rather than ambivalence in its Sri Lanka policy. [Web exclusive: Extended background]

  • What Kautilya would say

    a poor nation with a smaller tax base could not finance the building of the requisite military capability. It certainly could not match the power of a rich nation and consequently would become an irresistible target for attack by stronger nations. He argued that power breeds more power but the challenge was: how to initiate the process with limited resources. His genius lay in offering insights for meeting the challenge—that is of maintaining independence and becoming prosperous.

  • Down the Red Corridor

    The form of Chakravarti's book is quite distinctive, and almost mirrors its subject. Just as there is something shadowy and amorphous about the Maoists so too the sprawling narration that proceeds in a piecemeal, zigzag fashion, as if through a low-visibility zone.

  • Issue 11 | February 2008

    The cover story is on Kautilya ("the world's first great political realist", according to Roger Boesche) and the relevance of his policy framework in the contemporary world. In the perspective section, we have essays on Australia-India relations, nuclear disarmament and foreign policy towards Sri Lanka. In the round-up you will find how India could be more business friendly, why there is an opportunity to rethink urban transport and also on the dangers posed by America's command capitalism. There's also a review of a new book on the spread of Naxalism.