India’s NSG membership and China’s containment strategy

The argument that China's opposition to India's membership to NSG was a response to India’s increasing closeness to US is simply wrong. China’s strategy has been consistent since the 1960s and its sole objective was the containment of India. China containment strategy shows little correlation with the state of US-India relations.

India and the SCO

The 16th SCO Summit scheduled is going to be held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on June 23 and 24. It is expected to finally conclude the process of inclusion of India as a permanent member. Will India finally become a member during the Summit?

What US must do after Orlando

It has often been said that history repeats itself till you learn from it and that truism holds good even in the case of Orlando. It is time for all Americans, whatever their ideological position, to junk the Second Amendment to their Constitution, the one that gives individuals the right to keep and bear arms. This is no longer 1791, when this Bill was adopted, and without serious focus on enacting gun control legislation, such tragedies are but only moments away.

Pulse prices run government out of pulse

In India, the production of pulses constitutes only five percent of the total agricultural output and is a fringe crop. The crop is also susceptible to diseases and drought and the production never came under the Green Revolution. The reason why the domestic production is not going up is largely due to neglect. The reason behind prices not stabilising is due to the rise in global prices.

NSG: India needs a balanced ‘give-and-take’ relationship with China

Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar’s visit to Beijing last week indicates that New Delhi is undertaking direct diplomacy to obtain China’s support for India’s membership into the Nuclear Suppliers Group. This is as it should be. It was foolish and futile to try and somehow shame China into supporting the Indian cause. Actually, the first round of diplomacy began with President Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to Beijing last month.

Do away with Centre’s ‘one-size-fits-all’ policies on health

India still lags behind on many critical health indicators, notwithstanding its impressive turnaround in the last decade. Now the time is ripe to do away with centrally sponsored schemes that emphasises on one-size-fits-all. With greater devolution becoming a reality, states must be allowed greater policy and fiscal autonomy in designing, owning and enforcing health programmes.

ISRO’s new DTH proposal may do more harm than good

The Indian Space Research Organisation is reportedly considering a new policy for its direct-to-home satellite television services. It wants all the service providers to share capacity on a single satellite. This is certainly a bold approach to meeting India’s growing telecom demand. However, such a move may do more harm than good and raise numerous economic and security concerns.

Policing cyber crimes: Need for National Cyber Crime Coordination Centre

India does not possess adequate institutional mechanisms as well as a coherent strategy to deal with cyber crimes. This is evident from the fact that only 19 States and two Union Territories possess cyber crime cells. India’s National Cyber Security Corrdinator Dr. Gulshan Rai says there is a need for the creation of a National Cyber Crime Coordination Centre.

What India’s maritime mandarins overlook: It’s not always about economics

What India's maritime mandarins often overlook is that maritime strategy isn't always led by the dictates and demands of economic interests. Sometimes nations must take a clear stand on issues of maritime principle on their merits alone. India, by contrast, gives the impression of being open to participation in a new regional order, but not to participating in its creation.

In the unprecedented bonhomie with US, India must not lose sight of Russia

The script of India-US relations, since May 2014, has run like the first half of a mid-60s Bollywood movie. All fun and games with cosy moments and promises before the interval. The future looks bright, and together, the two can conquer the world. All this, while the bad guys China, Pakistan and North Korea sulk in their dark corners. The hard part is about to begin after the intermission, so fasten your seat belts and hope for a happy ending.

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