Archive for the ‘Essay’ Category


Can China stabilise AfPak?

To be successful, the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) needs a stable Afghanistan and normalisation of India-Pakistan links to achieve its potential.  The...

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Fiscal push to propel India’s economy

A large government balance sheet is vital for a financially stable capitalism. In a world of Lilliputian growth and with China threatening to implode, India’s...

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The legacy of Gopal Krishna Gokhale

Gokhale addressed the four corners of liberal values – social reforms, economic system, political rights and religious ideals, along with its natural interdependence. Gopal...

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Independence of Indian delegations to the League

“…the most outstanding principle animating the activity of the League of Nations was the recognition of the principle of nationality and the equal sovereignty...

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India in League of Nations

“India contains 300,000,000 people, and to say that those people should have no representation of their own in the League of Nations would be carrying the logic...

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A theory of censorship

A ban must be understood through a framework that takes into account the reason for the ban, the stakeholders involved and its impact on the stakeholders. Censorship...

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The losing war against ungoverned spaces

We are now living in an era where ungoverned spaces, long the accomplice in jihadist activity, are playing a starring role. One of the biggest counterterrorism concerns...

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Afghanistan after the US drawdown

The Afghanistan war was one of the opening salvos in a struggle that will not end with the war’s official completion. The coming drawdown in US forces from Afghanistan...

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What is Indian secularism?

Secularism is more than laws, concessions, and special considerations. It is a state of mind, at best almost an instinctive feeling, such as India has known for...

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Getting objective about it

Getting objective about it

In January 2009, PBS, a US television network, ran a documentary titled The Story of India. Hosted by Michael Wood, this six-part series narrated a compressed history...

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