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  • Issue 18 | September 2008

    Kashmir concerns us. In the September 2008 issue of Pragati we argue that the idea of India presents the best hope for the well-being and development of all its people. More than old dogmatic mantras, we argue that the crisis in Kashmir calls for implementing genuine liberal policies. Since acquisition of land is as much the issue in places like West Bengal as much as it is in Singur, reforming India's land acquisition laws, and the framework for the rehabilitation of affected people is important. We look at some proposals that are in the pipeline.  A special feature in this issue is the third of our series of interviews with experts in strategic affairs: C Raja Mohan shares his perspectives on India's relations with Iran, China, Nepal and Pakistan. 

  • Issue 17 | Aug 2008

    This month we take an in-depth look India's Afghanistan policy: while on the one hand Indian initiatives are focussed on long-term development, the sustainability of these initiatives is circumscribed by Afghanistan's security environment. We say goodbye to Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw by recalling excerpts from his lecture on leadership and discipline. Now that the UPA government is free of the Communist constraint, will it move forward on the economic reform agenda? The brief from PRS Legislative Research attempts to guess what might be in store when Parliament convenes later this month. We round-up the issue with a look at the why and what next about rising inflation, the roots of India's service economy, and the need to liberalise education to further strengthen those roots. In the books section, the editor picks four good books to read about Pakistan

  • Issue 16 | Jul 2008

    The July 2008 issue of Pragati features an in-depth piece on India-Israel relations. The issue also has articles on Indian and US foreign policy being at crossroads of their own, on new ways of thinking about food security and irrigation, and a review of a book on the Indian consumer.

  • Issue 14 | May 2008

    This month's issue of Pragati - The Indian National Interest Review makes out the case for liberal nationalism---and that there is a new opportunity for a politics that champions liberal values, economic freedom and nationalism that "transcends, but does not displace other cultures". We kick off a series of interviews with leading experts in strategic affairs with a conversation with K Subrahmanyam, discussing geopolitics of the 21st century, the role of nuclear weapons, India's national interests and military modernisation. Look out for a special podcast of this interview (will be available on our website in the third week of May). We have roundups on the issue of Tibet, developments in Nepal, engagement with Africa and a review of a novel set in East Pakistan in 1971. Also, this month's filter section puts you abreast of some of the key analyses coming out of policy think-tanks.

  • Issue 13 | April 2008

    This month's issue examines the implications of the Union Budget 2008-09 on three key policy areas: rural development, social security and defence modernisation. A secondary focus in this issue is on India's relations with China, on New Delhi's response to China's rising power. We also carry edited excerpts of an account of on Rabindranath Tagore's trip to China in March-April 1924. Rounding up the issue, we have a realist argument on how India should safeguard its interests in Sri Lanka and a call for India to review its official language policy. Coming soon: Special Podcast Edition --- Check back on April 7th

  • 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.