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Linking Rivers in China: Lessons for India
Oct 29, 2003

Linking Rivers in China: Lessons for India

China and India both face the twin problem of floods and droughts. While building dams has been the typical way of dealing with this problem, both the countries are exploring the more controversial project for water transfer between river basins, with China taking the lead with its South-North Water Transfer Project (SNWTP).

Little room for fresh India-Pak initiative
Mar 06, 2017

Little room for fresh India-Pak initiative

India's Pakistan policy is now inextricably linked to its China policy.

Little scope for genuine  democracy in Egypt
Jan 15, 2013

Little scope for genuine democracy in Egypt

Though the 'Arab Spring' had dethroned the long serving President of Egypt Hosni Mubarak, there is still little scope for genuine democracy, according to Mr. Swashpawan Singh, former Indian Ambassador to Kuwait.

Little to choose between the candidates in the third debate
Oct 25, 2012

Little to choose between the candidates in the third debate

The US Presidential debates might not change the election result, but the good thing is that the world now knows what exactly a Romney Presidency would look like from a foreign policy point of view and what Obama is likely to do if he wins a second term -with little substantial difference in their foreign policy positions.

Living up to the Cold War stereotype
Mar 10, 2014

Living up to the Cold War stereotype

A solution to the Ukrainian imbroglio lies in shedding old Cold War stereotypes and treating the crisis as an opportunity to complete the unfinished business of establishing geopolitical equilibrium in the former Soviet Space.

Local decisions and the decline of Mumbai
Jun 16, 2020

Local decisions and the decline of Mumbai

If one were to go by recent home-grown choices made in Mumbai, a process has started that would catalyse the road to Mumbai’s decline.

Local political economy biggest non-tariff barrier
Mar 04, 2014

Local political economy biggest non-tariff barrier

To check non-tariff barriers in the south Asian region, India being the largest economy in the region must take the lead, but other partners must extend cooperation and come together on a common platform.

Locating Quad in geopolitical history
Mar 18, 2021

Locating Quad in geopolitical history

Despite last year’s quadrilateral Malabar exercises and the recent announcement of new working groups, Quad cooperation on naval interoperability, critical technologies, and Covid-19 had been manifest previously.

Logbook of a lost war
Jul 31, 2010

Logbook of a lost war

What does the 90,000-plus leaked classified documents on Afghan War show? Two things are most obvious-one, the Americans have lost the script in Afghanistan and two, Pakistan has emerged as a full-fledged terrorist State,

Lokpal and Governance
Sep 15, 2011

Lokpal and Governance

The crucial question is this: Is it time to look beyond institutions, which are supposed to repositories of our trust but routinely betray them, and look at means of self governance?

Lokpal Bill: Some Thoughts
Sep 03, 2011

Lokpal Bill: Some Thoughts

After Sweden introduced the office of the Lokpal or Ombudsman in 1809, 125 countries across the world have enacted statutory laws for the creation of such an institution to tackle the problem of corruption and bring in accountability.

Lokpal logjam: Is there a meeting ground?
Dec 14, 2011

Lokpal logjam: Is there a meeting ground?

With the Parliament Standing Committee omitting a number of key demands of Team Anna, the Lokpal Bill is likely to plunge the nation into yet another round of agitations and street protests. But is there a possible wayforward?

London Blasts: An Analysis
Jul 11, 2005

London Blasts: An Analysis

In the recent history of terrorism, there have been four instances of well-planned, well-executed and well-synchronised multiple explosions by terrorist groups causing large casualties. These are the explosions in Mumbai (Bombay) in March,1993, which killed over 200 innocent civilians, at Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu in February,1998,

Look East and West
Jul 11, 2012

Look East and West

As Washington and Beijing circle each other in Asia, Delhi needs to step up engagement with both. The question is not about picking sides, but about relentlessly pursuing India's own interests.

Look East Policy compulsions
Feb 07, 2013

Look East Policy compulsions

India as an external power is keen to play the role of a credible stabilising factor in the South China Sea region and cannot afford to be ambivalent. The advantages of taking a stand are many. Such a venture in the South China Sea will give India strategic leverage. Hence joining the fray is not an option but an imperative to safeguard our strategic interests and aspirations.

Look Middle East Policy
Jun 02, 2014

Look Middle East Policy

Narendra Modi is in a good position to take a strategic approach to the Middle East. While Delhi must be sensitive to the multiple faultlines, old and new, Modi must signal that India is open to business with all countries in the region.

Looking afresh at the Lokpal Bill
Jan 21, 2012

Looking afresh at the Lokpal Bill

Now that the fate of the Lokpal Bill is hanging in balance, it may be a good time for the polity and the nation as a whole to take a fresh look at the legislation between now and the Budget session of Parliament.

Looking Back, Looking Ahead: East Asia in 2021
Jan 07, 2022

Looking Back, Looking Ahead: East Asia in 2021

As we usher in 2022, we unpack the events and trends of 2021 that are likely to dominate East Asian politics in the coming years

Looking beyond crises
Jun 08, 2020

Looking beyond crises

Lack of strategic vision in the NDA has caused it to fail at economic management

Looking Beyond the 'Tiranga Yatra'
Feb 04, 2011

Looking Beyond the 'Tiranga Yatra'

Despite having been in power at the Centre for six years at a stretch, the BJP seems to be still suffering from the 'Opposition' conundrum. It is yet to produce a leader who is independent of the party's past.

Looking beyond the land boundary deal
Jun 08, 2015

Looking beyond the land boundary deal

Modi's visit to Dhaka has been a forward-looking step, in the effort to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries. However, there has been little focus on the common challenges that the neighbours face. Unless these are addressed, future cooperation between the two will not be effective enough.

Looking East, especially Bangladesh, seriously
Nov 14, 2013

Looking East, especially Bangladesh, seriously

It is in India's interest to ensure that there is a friendly government in Dhaka which is not swayed by fundamentalist interests. It had to be more subtle where friendship with India is seen as beneficial by the average person in Bangladesh. For this India needs to take bigger steps like a deal on the Teesta waters and Land Border Agreement.

Looking West
Dec 26, 2012

Looking West

The gathering of southeast Asian leaders last week at a summit in Delhi was a celebration of India's Look East policy. Could we imagine a similar "Look West" strategy towards the Arabian Peninsula?

Loose Nukes in Russia: A Catastrophe Waiting to Happen
Nov 23, 2003

Loose Nukes in Russia: A Catastrophe Waiting to Happen

A nightmare scenario facing the world today is that of nuclear weapons in the possession of terrorists. As US President George Bush remarked during his recent UK trip, ¿the greatest threat of our age is nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons in the hands of terrorists.¿ Terrorist groups, as they have proved time and again in the past with conventional weapons

Lopsided development threatens China
Aug 18, 2011

Lopsided development threatens China

Balanced urbanisation and rural development is an urgent requirement in China, if it has to fulfill its goals of sustainable development. For this purpose, budgetary allocations and farmers' support have to be tweaked, along with agricultural modernisation.

Losing the Bay of Bengal
Mar 04, 2014

Losing the Bay of Bengal

The next government must recognise that the Bay of Bengal is no longer a backwater but a strategic hub connecting the Indian and Pacific Oceans as well as China and the Bay of Bengal. Delhi must match its rhetoric on trans-border connectivity with much needed political will and administrative competence.

Loss of control
Oct 24, 2013

Loss of control

When a government yields to every pressure group at home, its capacity to pursue national interests abroad inevitably erodes. The UPA government's diplomacy in the final months of its decade-long tenure is a good example of the costs of violating this canon. The failure to clinch a commercial agreement on Kudankulam with Moscow is not a reflection on India's diplomatic skills.

Love thy neighbour
Jun 11, 2015

Love thy neighbour

Beyond resolving outstanding problems, Modi's visit to Bangladesh has led to the setting up of agreements, MoUs and protocols which will transform our relations in the future. The key issues here are connectivity and economic partnership.

Low allocation may hit modernisation plan
Mar 01, 2013

Low allocation may hit modernisation plan

The defence budget had grown by 17% in 2011-12 and 12% in 2012-13. A mere 1.79% of the GDP, it is a far cry from the stated goal of spending 3% of GDP on defence backed by the Parliamentary Committee on Defence.

Low FDI inflow may affect infrastructure sector
Apr 16, 2011

Low FDI inflow may affect infrastructure sector

If India is to sustain a high growth rate, there will have to be more foreign investment in infrastructure and manufacturing. So, it is going to be a challenge for the government to make investments in areas that are important for us more attractive to foreigners.

LRA conflict in Central Africa
Jan 10, 2012

LRA conflict in Central Africa

Africa's longest running militia is back in focus. Lord's Resistance Army or LRA, active since 1988, has recently become a subject of United States interest as the Obama administration deployed 100 "combat-equipped troops" to Uganda.

Lt-Gen Rizwan Akhtar, the new ISI boss
Oct 24, 2014

Lt-Gen Rizwan Akhtar, the new ISI boss

The post of Director-General (DG) of Pakistan's premier intelligence agency, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), believed to be the second most important post in the country's military set-up now, has a designated successor to the outgoing Lt-Gen Zaheerul Islam.

LTTE: Karuna puts the clock back in more ways than one
Mar 10, 2004

LTTE: Karuna puts the clock back in more ways than one

By rebelling against supremo Prabhakaran in an unprecedented way, ¿Col¿ Karuna, LTTE¿s sacked commander for Sri Lanka¿s Eastern Province, has put the clock back in more ways than one. In a way, it has also put the LTTE at the crossroad all over again as never before, coming as it does after the historic Ceasefire Agreement with the Sri Lankan Government, but how far is too early to determine.

Macron’s Africa Policy: Situating Jihadist threat in Mali and the Sahel region
May 16, 2022

Macron’s Africa Policy: Situating Jihadist threat in Mali and the Sahel region

Would Macron be able to quell the Jihadist movements in Africa as part of France’s Africa policy in his second term?

Madrid Impressions - II: Economic Impact of Terrorism
Apr 08, 2005

Madrid Impressions - II: Economic Impact of Terrorism

The impact of terrorism on the oil and tourism industries and on financial institutions and "Democracy, Terrorism and the Internet" received considerable attention at the International Summit on Democracy, Terrorism and Security held at Madrid from March 8 to 11,2005.

Madrid Impressions I: Pakistan, the Nuclear Walmart
Mar 29, 2005

Madrid Impressions I: Pakistan, the Nuclear Walmart

At the international summit on Terrorism, Democracy and Security held at Madrid from March 8 to 11,2005, which I attended, the foremost concern in the minds of the participants was the likelihood of an act of catastrophic terrorism involving the use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

Madrid Probe Moves Forward
Mar 15, 2004

Madrid Probe Moves Forward

They help investigation by facilitating interception of conversations and by providing a record of calls made if recovered intact after the commission of an offence.

Madrid summit against Terrorism
Mar 05, 2005

Madrid summit against Terrorism

To mark the first anniversary of the spectacular terrorist strikes in Madrid by jihadi terrorists with definite sympathy for Al Qaeda, even if not satisfactorily proved links to it, the city is hosting what has been projected as an International Summit on Democracy, Terrorism and Security from March 8 to 10 to discuss, inter alia, the causes and the underlying factors of terrorism, methods of confronting it and the democratic responses available

Maintaining animosity with India will be too costly for Pakistan
Jul 09, 2012

Maintaining animosity with India will be too costly for Pakistan

The absence of a clear centre of power in Pakistan raises a serious question mark on the ability of the government in Islamabad to execute any agreement with India in letter and spirit.