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When Singh meets Kerry
Jun 26, 2013

When Singh meets Kerry

The construction of the India-US strategic partnership in the 2000s was an entirely unexpected political bonus. Making it work now is an absolute necessity for both Delhi and Washington as they struggle to cope with a challenging environment at home and abroad.

When small might be beautiful
Mar 29, 2020

When small might be beautiful

If community transmission can be mitigated or avoided altogether in the small population through extraordinary human-centred measures, the Seychelles

When strategy was technical
Feb 24, 2012

When strategy was technical

Antony figured the French were more likely to part with critical technologies needed to enhance India's defence aviation sector than any other country

Where do the two leading Democratic Party nominees stand on issues?
Aug 04, 2015

Where do the two leading Democratic Party nominees stand on issues?

The Democratic election nomination tussle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders is going through an exciting time as Sanders' far-left economic agenda is increasingly becoming more appealing to the party's base.

Where does the US-China relationship stand?
Jul 22, 2014

Where does the US-China relationship stand?

Will the globalization of the economic relationship trump the geo-politics that is being played out in East and South East Asia? For the US, the dilemma is acute, for it cannot ignore the pleas of its allies in the region nor allow an incremental drift to take place in the relationship.

Where from here, after three PC polls?
Jul 24, 2012

Where from here, after three PC polls?

Now that the mood and methods have set in for three Provincial Council polls, the results would determine if the leadership of President Mahinda Rajapaksa would want to go ahead with the process in five others before holding the first-ever elections.

Where from here, anti-graft drive?
Sep 03, 2011

Where from here, anti-graft drive?

The civil society outfits need to remind themselves that the discredited polity that they have sought to replace have their own uses, roles and responsibilities - which the former cannot shoulder unless they themselves convert to being one.

Where Has the Arab Spring Fled?
Aug 06, 2011

Where Has the Arab Spring Fled?

The gentle Arab spring is a long way behind the region which has entered a phase of unprecedented turbulence, conflict and worse. In Libya, some European leaders are about to eat crow, not the best dish in Ramadan.

Where the surprising US election leaves the new Biden team
Nov 26, 2020

Where the surprising US election leaves the new Biden team

What basic structural limits does the 2020 election outcome place on the new White House? Where will the new administration go from here?

Where's the other side of story in Mid East?
Feb 04, 2012

Where's the other side of story in Mid East?

One of the great tragedies of our time is the near total decline in the credibility of the Western media. There are some exceptions but only some.

WHISPER IN A TEMPEST: Reflections on the CAG Report and Allocation of Captive Coal Blocks
Oct 03, 2012

WHISPER IN A TEMPEST: Reflections on the CAG Report and Allocation of Captive Coal Blocks

The Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) on "Allocation of Captive Coal Blocks and Augmentation of Coal Production" for the year ending March 2012 has, among other things,

Who did Hillary Clinton meet during her East Asia tour?
Feb 24, 2009

Who did Hillary Clinton meet during her East Asia tour?

Hillary Clinton's altered agenda reflected the reshuffled priorities of the US in its dealings with China. Unlike in the past, Human Rights and Tibet did not figure prominently during the talks this time.

Who governs the high seas?
Jun 26, 2012

Who governs the high seas?

Kerala is trying in a civilian court two Italian military men for actions they took in defence of their territories. Imagine trying a serving Indian soldier in a civil court for an incident resulting from discharge of duty in naxal-infested areas, the northeast or Kashmir.

Who is going to be the next King in Saudi Arabia?
Sep 11, 2013

Who is going to be the next King in Saudi Arabia?

Royal succession is considered to be the 'prickliest' problem facing the Saudi kingdom. It can bring about a fundamental change in Saudi politics and can have an overarching impact on Saudi society and its national and foreign policies.

Who is Happy with Digvijay Singh?
Jan 13, 2011

Who is Happy with Digvijay Singh?

Is former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and Congress General Secretary, Mr. Digvijay Singh, living dangerously? Or is he on high wire act secure of a safety net below?

Who needs to be subsidised and who needs to be green in Delhi
Jan 07, 2014

Who needs to be subsidised and who needs to be green in Delhi

The Delhi government is in no mood for sparing the discoms and discoms on the other hand do not want to give up their inertia. The AAP promised tariff reduction and slashed the same by 50% after coming to power.

Who Participates in Higher Education in India? Rethinking the Role of Affirmative Action
Oct 04, 2010

Who Participates in Higher Education in India? Rethinking the Role of Affirmative Action

This paper explores how an individual's participation in higher education is dependent on her religious affiliations, socio-economic status and demographic characteristics.

Who says privacy is just about data?
May 18, 2013

Who says privacy is just about data?

Privacy and democracy have always had an uneasy relationship in India. However, now India has a unique opportunity to evolve a progressive and expansive legislation on privacy and protection of personal data. The report of the experts group chaired by Justice Ajit Prakash Shah is a good starting point.

Who sold nukes ?
Feb 03, 2004

Who sold nukes ?

Drumbeats on Pakistan¿s nuclear black-marketing are getting louder. The international community (read Washington) is alarmed and worried at the rapidly accumulating pile of evidence against Pakistan¿s top nuclear scientist, Dr AQ Khan, and a few of his associates for selling nuclear technology and materials to nations that are considered "rogue". (China is not the target yet and hence do not qualify to be a rogue despite overwhelming evidence).

WHO, the battleground for cold war 2.0
May 22, 2020

WHO, the battleground for cold war 2.0

There is no doubt that WHO’s director general is culpable. Whether the missteps were errors of judgements or deliberate kowtowing to China is the question

Whoever wins, Bihar wins again
Nov 05, 2015

Whoever wins, Bihar wins again

There is an element of Shakespeare in Bihar politics. It has over the last 40 years seen so many historical developments impacting national politics that the ongoing election will once again throw up a surprise.

Whose Debt is it Anyway?
Aug 03, 2011

Whose Debt is it Anyway?

Although the successful passing of the Budget deal by the US Senate and the signing of it by President Obama has lead to widespread relief in the country, the looming question of how the close to 15 trillion dollars in accumulated debt is ever going to be repaid still remains unanswered.

Why a lower poverty line?
Mar 27, 2012

Why a lower poverty line?

According to the Planning Commission, rural poverty has declined faster than urban poverty regardless. If this is true, it would definitely have got reflected in better housing and sanitation. It would also have meant a decline in malnourished children and maternal death. But the census figures show a different picture.

Why a narrative of the #PandemicOfTheUnvaccinated risks prolonging the pandemic
Nov 22, 2021

Why a narrative of the #PandemicOfTheUnvaccinated risks prolonging the pandemic

Should unvaccinated people be held solely responsible for the sudden rise in COVID-19 cases in Europe?

Why Al Qaeda's new wing is likely to fail in India
Sep 08, 2014

Why Al Qaeda's new wing is likely to fail in India

like the ISI, Lashkar-e-Tayyeba or the Indian Mujahideen, the al Qaeda will not meet much success in India because the Indian Muslims are happy with their lot in a secular, democratic country and even al Zawahiri understands that.

Why Beijing finds itself in a geopolitical obstacle race
Apr 02, 2022

Why Beijing finds itself in a geopolitical obstacle race

As the rest of the world is opening up, China’s zero-Covid policy and new outbreaks are proving to be a headache for the country.

Why China is desperate to make friends with the world
Jun 11, 2015

Why China is desperate to make friends with the world

Beijing knows that it cannot become a global power without friends. As the US has known, there is a limit to what you can do alone. The US with its network of friends, allies and partners is a case in point.

Why Citizens Grievance Redress Bill needs urgent push?
Dec 21, 2011

Why Citizens Grievance Redress Bill needs urgent push?

The Citizens Grievance Redress Bill, despite its impressive provisions, is fraught with certain inadequacies that might not appreciate the grass-root realities of public grievances - like lack of a holistic interpretation of likely grievances.

Why Delhi must not be at sea
Nov 03, 2015

Why Delhi must not be at sea

Can Delhi go beyond diplomatic statements and help China's neighbours to stand up to Beijing? As the Philippines and Vietnam look to diversify their security partnerships and build national capabilities for deterrence against China, Manila and Hanoi would like to see Delhi be a little more forthcoming with its hard power.

Why did the FM take hesitant small steps?
Jul 11, 2014

Why did the FM take hesitant small steps?

Why was there no Big Bang change in the Budget? After all, the Modi government had the full mandate to do so. Why was the FM playing with Lego like blocks instead of huge building blocks? It could be because the time was short and the Budget was put together in a hurry.

Why does TTP target Pakistani State?
Dec 24, 2014

Why does TTP target Pakistani State?

One of the key reasons for TTP's survival has been Pakistan's policy of using terrorist groups as instruments of state policy. Pakistan Army's protection of the Haqqani Network and the Afghan Taliban as ' strategic assets' helped TTP to retain its sanctuary and its attack capabilities.

Why Europe must resist war rhetoric
Nov 20, 2015

Why Europe must resist war rhetoric

Europe has to come to grips with the fact that not even the USA is strong enough to create a new order anywhere in the world, neither in Afghanistan nor in the Middle East. Instead, anything that will increase the conflict without an achievable goal will play into the hands of the IS.

Why FDI is not enough for Modi's Make-in-India strategy
Oct 27, 2015

Why FDI is not enough for Modi's Make-in-India strategy

India has pulled ahead of China and United States as the most favoured destination for foreign direct investment. But is being number one good enough to make the Modi government's 'Make in India' productivity reform a success story and achieve its desired 8-8.5 per cent growth?

Why Feel Good Is Just Not Enough
Jan 03, 2004

Why Feel Good Is Just Not Enough

On December 20, 2003, a landmark in the history of modern India was achieved. The nation's forex reserves for the very first time crossed the $ 100 billion mark, to be precise clocked 100.048 billion. The high, coming just after a decade of reforms, remember 1990-91, could well be termed as the coming of age of India¿s liberalisation program.

Why gender would have more of a role in Clinton's 2016 Presidential campaign
Mar 09, 2015

Why gender would have more of a role in Clinton's 2016 Presidential campaign

If Hillary Clinton runs for office in 2016, it seems that she will be campaigning for herself as herself - an exceptional professional, a controversial former secretary of state, and a woman.

Why Geopolitical Strategy is Key to Sustaining American Power
May 26, 2015

Why Geopolitical Strategy is Key to Sustaining American Power

The costs of a hot conflict in the Asia Pacific would be high and have difficult consequences. The challenge for US and its partners would be to deter Chinese aggressive posture without risking an escalation of conflict.