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Why Germany should deal generously with Greece's call for reparations
May 26, 2015

Why Germany should deal generously with Greece's call for reparations

A legalistic position towards the Greek demand for reparations is neither sufficient nor politically wise. A generous gesture towards Athens would strengthen Germany's position as a country that is more than a leader by default in the EU.

Why Gurdaspur attack was no 26/11
Aug 04, 2015

Why Gurdaspur attack was no 26/11

While superficial similarities between the recent Gurdaspur attack and the Mumbai attack may be apparent, there are major differences in the manner both planned and executed. The scale of the attack itself suggests that it certainly doesn't seem to have had the support of the highest echelons of power as in the Mumbai attack.

Why hauling up Pakistan before international community is counter-productive
Oct 05, 2015

Why hauling up Pakistan before international community is counter-productive

Any attempt by India to haul up Pakistan before the international community, including the UN, could prove counter productive. It could start with India itself 'internationalising' the issue, and formally allowing the rest of the world to tell us what we should do to Pakistan, and on the vexatious Kashmir issue.

Why India cannot afford to give up Siachen
Apr 16, 2012

Why India cannot afford to give up Siachen

The strategic advantage accruing to India in Siachen should not be given up for apparent short-term political gains. Giving up Siachen as a gesture of friendship would also mean that its recapture would be extremely expensive to India in men and material.

Why India cannot do away with indirect subsidy
Aug 05, 2014

Why India cannot do away with indirect subsidy

Giving huge amounts of cash subsidies in the developed countries also distorts market. Lowering the actual cost of production artificially, these countries have produced mountains and lakes of agricultural products which are then dumped in international markets which lower the prices.

Why India desperately needs an image makeover
Dec 19, 2018

Why India desperately needs an image makeover

The problem is less to do with ideology, and more about the clumsiness and coarseness with which the ideology is being spread.

Why India Insists on Keeping Gilgit Baltistan Firmly in the Kashmir Equation
Jun 03, 2015

Why India Insists on Keeping Gilgit Baltistan Firmly in the Kashmir Equation

India's objections to Pakistan's plan of holding an election in Gilgit-Baltistan region and New Delhi's protests to Chinese activity there need to seen in the wider context of Sino-Pak nexus.

Why India must put any overtures to Pakistan on hold
May 16, 2014

Why India must put any overtures to Pakistan on hold

Given our troubled relationship with Pakistan, we need to keep our security apparatus in a state of alert with state-of-the-art equipment. All bilateral issues with Pakistan -- political, military, economic -- will simply have to go on the back-burner till Pakistan decides it wants to live as a good neighbour.

Why India must revive its manufacturing sector
Feb 25, 2014

Why India must revive its manufacturing sector

The most urgent need is to upgrade India's physical infrastructure to encourage domestic and foreign direct investment in the manufacturing sector. This will absorb the rural labor surplus that is migrating to the cities by providing employment in labor-intensive, less technology-intensive manufacturing, regulated by humane labor laws catering to the contemporary needs of the economy.

Why India needs an economic action plan for friendly neighbours
May 02, 2022

Why India needs an economic action plan for friendly neighbours

As financial crises brew in India's neighbouring nations, India should engage in new economic initiatives with these states to prevent the worsening o

Why India should align with the US
May 16, 2020

Why India should align with the US

Non-alignment or being a swing state makes sense if the gains to be derived from either side are equal.

Why India should have a declared Space policy
Sep 03, 2013

Why India should have a declared Space policy

Laying down the rules of the road is a task that should not be left until Space is highly weaponised. Aside from the political and strategic value, India has a huge financial stake given its investments and reliance in this regard.

Why India should join China's MSR
Jun 10, 2015

Why India should join China's MSR

India is located at such a prime position that it can't miss out the opportunity to be part of the MSR. Both the Marine Silk Road and the continental Silk Road --which is going to connect China with the central Asia -- are going to pass from India's periphery. India could gain a lot from being an active partner to the MSR. And, not joining it may isolate India.

Why India should monitor TTIP negotiations
Dec 30, 2013

Why India should monitor TTIP negotiations

As an aspiring global power, what India should take note of is that the TTIP will potentially contribute greatly to the evolution of rules of global trade, particularly in areas where multilateral-level consensus is still elusive. It is in India's interests to keep a close watch of the situation and make necessary interventions.

Why India's defence procurement is problematic?
Apr 10, 2012

Why India's defence procurement is problematic?

A country that spends 15 per cent of its Central expenditure on national defence (armed forces and DRDO) and 23 per cent on national security (armed forces and all other security forces like para-military, police) must explain to its citizens as to whether its spending on security is justifiably utilised or not.

Why India's election process is bringing out the absurd in us all?
Nov 06, 2013

Why India's election process is bringing out the absurd in us all?

As five states in India go to the polls in the coming weeks, it seems the 'silly season' is upon us. We are being saturated with inanities masquerading as "political discourse". The problem, however, is that as these samples of ludicrousness tumble out in a disturbingly steady stream, we actually engage with them in earnestness.

Why Indian fishers cannot chase 'Sri Lankan' fish?
Mar 12, 2014

Why Indian fishers cannot chase 'Sri Lankan' fish?

With Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa linking the officially-blessed second round of fishers' talks in Colombo, scheduled for 13 March, to the release of all fishers arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy, questions have arisen about the future course.

Why is Chinese investment in India so low?
Oct 30, 2014

Why is Chinese investment in India so low?

China invested more than USD 100 billion overseas last year alone. Its cumulative investments in Myanmar total USD 14.2 billion. The real question is why Chinese investment in India has lagged so far behind. Political mistrust is certainly a large part of the answer.

Why Is India Shy of Playing Geo-strategic Games?
Jul 27, 2011

Why Is India Shy of Playing Geo-strategic Games?

Indian decision-makers appear to live in splendid isolation and do not recognise the importance of meetings like the Pacific Army Chiefs Conference. These meetings have become more institutionalised and are likely to gain greater momentum.

Why is India's West Asia policy ineffective?
Jul 23, 2014

Why is India's West Asia policy ineffective?

Does Indian Foreign Policy towards West Asia have to be as fragmented as the region? Probably not. One could start by enunciating a few guidelines that are minimalist; that we are against religious extremism, toppling established states and condemning disproportionate use of force by Israel.

Why is Karachi burning, again?
Jun 08, 2004

Why is Karachi burning, again?

Karachi is burning, once again. There has been a sudden spurt of violence in the city. Killings, bomb attacks and riots have taken a heavy toll during the past month. Sindh Chief Minister Ali Mohammad Maher has been forced to resign. Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Jamali faces criticism for failing to impose law and order.

Why is Radical Islam spreading in South Asia?
Mar 02, 2010

Why is Radical Islam spreading in South Asia?

The rhetoric and the justifications that Radical Islam employs to create willing suicide bombers must be properly understood if this menace is to be tackled effectively

Why is the Indian counter-insurgency failing repeatedly?
Apr 08, 2014

Why is the Indian counter-insurgency failing repeatedly?

The Indian tendency to muddle through is likely to continue when it comes to counter-insurgency. The distance between the Army and its civilian masters is so gaping that advice, however enriched by experience and reflection, is likely to fall on deaf ears.

Why is US Secretary of Defence Panetta so angry?
Jun 12, 2012

Why is US Secretary of Defence Panetta so angry?

The US, as always, learned the hard way that it was not or need not be all that dependent on Pakistani cooperation and generosity and Pakistan was probably beginning to realise that it had exaggerated its own importance.

Why it is time to invest in Iran
Jul 21, 2015

Why it is time to invest in Iran

The opening of Iran will alter the geopolitics of south-western Asia. Even so, India needs to tread with care. But this should not in any way constrain our initiatives with Iran. We need to move beyond the phase of dithering that has characterised our ties with Tehran for the last decade.

Why Jordan is so important
Feb 16, 2010

Why Jordan is so important

The strength of Jordan has been its acute awareness of its geographical vulnerabilities

Why Malala did not get the Nobel
Oct 19, 2013

Why Malala did not get the Nobel

Malala's achievement need not be measured in terms of the Nobel Peace Prize she did not get but in the awakening she can continue to create. For this, she and her kind, all over, need more than just periodic rewards.

Why Modi's invite to Obama marks a watershed in India-US ties
Nov 24, 2014

Why Modi's invite to Obama marks a watershed in India-US ties

Strong Republican support for India in the US Congress, the new tensions in America's ties with China and Russia, and the unfolding geopolitical flux in Middle East and Asia, make it possible for Modi and Obama to boldly reimagine the bilateral partnership.

Why my fancy degree doesn't help a pig farmer
Aug 02, 2011

Why my fancy degree doesn't help a pig farmer

Technology solutions for illiterate people are exclusively designed by the formally educated and that is a fundamental problem

Why New Delhi should not ignore Tehran
Jun 02, 2012

Why New Delhi should not ignore Tehran

Though India has decided to cut down oil from Iran and thereby, for the time being, might have placated the US, it, however, cannot afford to ignore Iran either - for a myriad of reasons.

Why not Parliament oversight on Judges' appointment?
Jul 31, 2014

Why not Parliament oversight on Judges' appointment?

Without having to do away with the collegium per se, the new scheme could involve its choice going to Parliament, through the Executive, for a joint committee of both Houses holding public hearings, the American way, before the President appoints the person.

Why Prime Minister should attend CHOGM
Oct 31, 2013

Why Prime Minister should attend CHOGM

Unlike believed and propagated, for any Indian attempt at influencing the Sri Lankan Government on the ethnic issue to fructify, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should attend CHOGM-2013, and also take up the issues involved with President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the Summit sidelines.

Why Putin needs to be thanked
Mar 12, 2010

Why Putin needs to be thanked

In the strategic sectors much has been achieved in the last decade. Russia has given us its most advanced aircraft, tanks, rocket launchers, cruise missiles, frigates

Why Railways land monetisation plan has failed?
Oct 09, 2015

Why Railways land monetisation plan has failed?

Indian Railways remains one of the largest owners of land in the country along with the defence services and the port trusts. And yet, India has been unable to either free up the unutilised land for most part, nor has it been able to monetise it adequately.