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Is legitimising a nuclear Pakistan in the interest of the global nuclear regime?
Oct 26, 2015

Is legitimising a nuclear Pakistan in the interest of the global nuclear regime?

The key problem with offering NSG membership to Pakistan is its obstructionist approach. Pakistan will try to block any decision which it might think will be advantageous to India. Since the NSG functions on the principle of consensus, Pakistan's pursuit of parity with India will lead to a stalemate within the NSG.

Is Modi’s foreign policy style reckless and unduly personalised?
Aug 20, 2016

Is Modi’s foreign policy style reckless and unduly personalised?

Many are agnostic to Modi, some may even be sympathetic. Why are they nonplussed?

Is Pakistan operationalising ‘pro-active’ diplomacy of assassinations?
Dec 23, 2020

Is Pakistan operationalising ‘pro-active’ diplomacy of assassinations?

The Pakistani establishment is trying to muzzle dissent within Pakistan — and without.

Is Pakistan serious about talks with India?
Feb 22, 2023

Is Pakistan serious about talks with India?

Pakistan's persistent anti-India stance and unreliable dialogue offers from the civilian leadership in Islamabad have rendered the relationship insign

Is the BRICS currency another non-starter?
May 24, 2023

Is the BRICS currency another non-starter?

Not only do there exist practical difficulties in pursuing a common BRICS currency, but the other constituents of the bloc may consequently end up inc

Is The Indian Hydro Power Development In Deep Waters?
Nov 21, 2011

Is The Indian Hydro Power Development In Deep Waters?

If hydro power potential of 150,000 MW is to be realised by the end of 2030 as assumed in the Integrated Energy Policy 2006, the government must ensure that policies address the crucial stumbling block of regulatory, social and environmental instability.

Is the Inter-State Migrant Workmen Act 1979, a dead letter?
Apr 21, 2020

Is the Inter-State Migrant Workmen Act 1979, a dead letter?

Where did the States go wrong? Is it not the responsibility of the Central and State government to protect the rights of the migrant workers as enshri

Islamabad Blast: Gilgit-Related
May 30, 2005

Islamabad Blast: Gilgit-Related

The explosion in the midst of a Shia congregation at a shrine in Islamabad on May 27,2005, which resulted in the death of 25 Shias and injuries to about 80 others has been attributed by the local police to an unidentified suicide bomber. No organisation has so far claimed responsibility for the blast,

It's advantage MDP in Maldives now
Feb 25, 2011

It's advantage MDP in Maldives now

With the first-ever local council elections concluding without incidents, Maldives has completed the first phase of multi-party democracy introduced with the presidential polls of October-November 2011.

Jammu and Kashmir: On the Cusp of Change, But Challenges Remain
Jun 17, 2022

Jammu and Kashmir: On the Cusp of Change, But Challenges Remain

The recent killings of minorities, migrant workers, and local police officers in the Kashmir Valley have led to an impression that the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir is once again becoming uncontrollable. On ground, however, the situation is said to be firmly under the control of the Indian State. This does not mean that terrorism has been eliminated; small terrorist groups continue to operate and attack soft targets, heightening the sen

Jeb Bush fires up presidential campaign
Jun 17, 2015

Jeb Bush fires up presidential campaign

Whilst Jeb Bush, belonging to a family with two former US Presidents, still hasn't won the primaries, he has managed to conjure a lot of enthusiasm around his candidacy. Even though he has not emerged as the favourite of the GOP's large block of more moderate supporters, junior Bush is often been called the front-runner.

Kashmir gambit
Mar 04, 2015

Kashmir gambit

If the Modi government can restore the ceasefire as part of the resumption of talks with Pakistan, strengthen the existing CBMs across the LoC and unveil new ones, the external dimension to J&K could change for the better and create a conducive environment for the ambitious internal agenda for development articulated by the BJP and PDP.

Kashmir in Andorra's box
Dec 10, 2003

Kashmir in Andorra's box

Located between France and Spain in southwestern Europe is a place called Andorra; 468 kilometres in all, 2.5 times the size of Washington DC with a population of 69,150, predominantly Roman Catholics, 43 per cent of whom are Spanish and rest either Andorrans, French or Portuguese.

Kashmir: How election boycott has become a deadly trap for NC and PDP
Oct 31, 2018

Kashmir: How election boycott has become a deadly trap for NC and PDP

The results of the Urban Local Body polls show that the BJP and the Congress, piggybacking on the boycott of the two main parties of Kashmir valley, m

Kashmir: Is this the new normal?
May 03, 2022

Kashmir: Is this the new normal?

Despite the official narrative of a peaceful Jammu and Kashmir, the ground realities depict a rather different story.

Keeping peace in a war zone
Jun 26, 2015

Keeping peace in a war zone

It is important to examine how female peacekeepers themselves experience gender and other relations while on duty where the power differential in relation to locals is in their favour, but remains different in relation to their male colleagues.

Learning from the old, preparing for the new: Designing an institutional architecture for India’s development partnerships
Mar 24, 2017

Learning from the old, preparing for the new: Designing an institutional architecture for India’s development partnerships

India’s increasing economic and political clout has prompted a spurt in the volume and complexity of its overseas development assistance. Looking ahead, the largest incremental capital for global development and infrastructure beyond what exists today will also come from India as the value of its economy grows from $2 trillion to roughly $7 trillion by 2030. However, the DPA – India’s development cooperation agency – is yet to assume an a

Lebanon: Caught in the Regional Crossfire
Aug 23, 2023

Lebanon: Caught in the Regional Crossfire

Lebanon, the smallest nation in continental Asia, is also one of the most populous. A relatively stable, secure and democratic state, its geographical location and the growing regional crisis are leading to pressing internal and external threats that Beirut must face. This issue brief examines these contemporary threats to Lebanese security: the Syrian Civil War, the rise of the Islamic State, domestic terrorism and sectarianism, and the nation's

Lebanon’s economy is in free fall 
May 26, 2020

Lebanon’s economy is in free fall 

While the coronavirus lockdown has certainly exacerbated the economic collapse and the protests that engulfed the country in October caused panic —

Lesson from an unsettled  boundary
Apr 29, 2013

Lesson from an unsettled boundary

We can only speculate on the causes of their present westward shift in the Daulat Beg Oldi area. But one thing is clear: the central locomotive of Chinese policy remains Tibet. Despite massive investments in the region, large numbers of Tibetans remain disaffected.

Lessons from 30 years of women’s reservation in panchayats
Dec 07, 2023

Lessons from 30 years of women’s reservation in panchayats

Women representatives have played a critical role in redefining local priorities, but proper measures need to be adopted to address the existing chall

Lessons from the pandemic: State capacity and third-tier governance
Nov 27, 2021

Lessons from the pandemic: State capacity and third-tier governance

It is apparent that local government bodies played a big role in controlling the pandemic, therefore they should be further empowered

Lessons India can learn from Sri Lanka attacks about religion-based terrorism
May 01, 2019

Lessons India can learn from Sri Lanka attacks about religion-based terrorism

Religious terrorism isn’t about poverty, local issues, schools one studies in or the religious milieu in which someone grows up.

Long COVID: The pandemic's shadow on data and dissent in China
Jul 20, 2022

Long COVID: The pandemic's shadow on data and dissent in China

The Chinese government is misusing the data collected under the pretext of public health interventions to suppress all forms of dissent.

Looking beyond crises
Jun 08, 2020

Looking beyond crises

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

Loopholes and lawfulness: De-escalating tensions in the South China Sea
Mar 04, 2022

Loopholes and lawfulness: De-escalating tensions in the South China Sea

Can the delineation between sovereignty and sovereign rights facilitate the adoption of measures to de-escalate tensions in the South China Sea?

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.

Macron’s wake-up call to EU
Dec 03, 2019

Macron’s wake-up call to EU

The French President has rightly said that the bloc needs to assert sovereignty over its political and security decisions

Maharashtra: A COVID-19 status report
Apr 21, 2020

Maharashtra: A COVID-19 status report

How is Maharashtra faring as compared to other states — and what is the status of the spread of COVID-19 within the state?

Mainstreaming Gender in India-Africa Partnership for Energy Access
Jul 05, 2021

Mainstreaming Gender in India-Africa Partnership for Energy Access

The seventh of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aims to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030. This challenge is acute in the African continent, home to large populations without access to electricity and clean cooking fuel. This brief explores the scope for cooperation between India and Africa in not only achieving SDG 7, but while doing so, also considering the targets set by SDG 5 to

Making sense of Delhi’s education revolution
Jul 16, 2020

Making sense of Delhi’s education revolution

A sustained higher budgetary allocation to education sector has largely been devoted to meet the needs of core segments mainly the strengthening of ai

Maldives crisis: Need for statesmen-like behaviour
Jul 22, 2010

Maldives crisis: Need for statesmen-like behaviour

Three weeks well into the constitutional deadlock that has stalled governmental functioning an parliamentary proceedings alike, there is no end in sight still to the political crisis overwhelming the Maldivian archipelago. The infant democracy, which otherwise used to be inward-looking until the politico-constitutional changes of 2008, cannot allow to fail itself - and its political leaders cannot try to have it both ways, either.

Maldives: 'Currency float' cause for political concern
May 20, 2011

Maldives: 'Currency float' cause for political concern

A legislative deadlock involving the Executive and Parliament on the one hand, and the Executive and the Judiciary on the other, both leading to a serious and a series of constitutional crisis kept Maldivian politics and politicians on their toes for most of 2010.

Maldives: Cohabitation blues cause constitutional crisis
Jul 02, 2010

Maldives: Cohabitation blues cause constitutional crisis

Having kicked off the constitutional deadlock in Maldives, by getting the whole Cabinet resigned, President Nasheed needs to find a wayout of the imbroglio. A snap poll, either for the President or Parliament, or both, are the possibilities.

Maldives: From 'autocracy' to acrimony to anarchy?
Nov 01, 2013

Maldives: From 'autocracy' to acrimony to anarchy?

Addressing the 42nd annual celebrations of the bilateral relations organised by the Friendship Association of India and Maldives (FAIM) in Male on Friday, local media reported outgoing President Mohammed Waheed Hassan Manik as saying as much:

Maldives: Nasheed quits MDP
Jun 26, 2023

Maldives: Nasheed quits MDP

The current political situation in Maldives seems to have descended into further chaos as the Parliament and the EC face a deadlock

Maldives: Presidential poll poised for 'photo-finish'?
Sep 18, 2013

Maldives: Presidential poll poised for 'photo-finish'?

It is anybody's guess why Maldives' Election Commission did not choose to move the Supreme Court, particularly when legal cases of the current nature has the potential to reset the poll-clock, for which there is no provision in the Constitution.

Maldives: What after Nasheed's 'refuge' in Indian mission?
Feb 14, 2013

Maldives: What after Nasheed's 'refuge' in Indian mission?

In Maldives, the development following former President Nasheed seeking refuge in Indian Embassy after an arrest warrant from a local court has raised a number of issues -- legal, political and diplomatic. Presidential polls are due in the country in September this year.

Maldives: Why 'national govt' ahead of polls?
Mar 30, 2012

Maldives: Why 'national govt' ahead of polls?

Now that the nation has regained some semblance of order and some of its lost direction, it is time that the divided polity in Maldives sat down and discussed pending issues for a political solution aimed at breaking what is increasingly becoming a passive deadlock.

Maldives: Why the ruling Maldivian Democratic Party is still divided ahead of crucial elections
Apr 02, 2021

Maldives: Why the ruling Maldivian Democratic Party is still divided ahead of crucial elections

The immediate task on hand is for the MDP to stay united and face the 10 April local council elections and ensure a sweep well ahead of the presidenti

Managing Expectations: Explainable A.I. and its Military Implications
Aug 16, 2023

Managing Expectations: Explainable A.I. and its Military Implications

The rapid uptake of artificial intelligence (AI) in the military in the past couple decades has been accompanied by a slow but gradual build-up in attempts to understand how these AI systems work to achieve better results in military operations. The idea behind what is called ‘eXplainable AI’ (XAI), and the technologies driving it, are a manifestation of this trend. The question, however, is if XAI in its current form is the solution

Manifestos as a Tool for Accountability: A Content Analysis of the 2004-2019 UPA and NDA Poll Manifestos
Aug 14, 2023

Manifestos as a Tool for Accountability: A Content Analysis of the 2004-2019 UPA and NDA Poll Manifestos

This brief analyses the manifestos of the Indian National Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party in the past four Lok Sabha elections. It introduces the concept of “falsifiability” to evaluate whether promises made in manifestos can be verified, to begin with; it then outlines the poll promises that are falsifiable across various sectors. The authors examine whether or not the promises were fulfilled, and if not, if they were carried aga

Maritime India: The Quest for a Steadfast Identity
Jul 23, 2023

Maritime India: The Quest for a Steadfast Identity

India’s geography lends itself favourably to the cultivation and expansion of maritime ties. Yet, for much of the country’s contemporary history, the country has overlooked these opportunities. As the world reengages with its vast ocean spaces, India too, has become more willing and capable of participating in the maritime domain. This paper outlines the evolution of the country’s maritime outlook as it shifts its largely continental-orient

Maritime Security and Development in the South-West Indian Ocean Region: Harnessing India’s Engagement with Small Island Developing States
Jul 21, 2023

Maritime Security and Development in the South-West Indian Ocean Region: Harnessing India’s Engagement with Small Island Developing States

In recent years, the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) of the South-West Indian Ocean (SWIO) region have emerged as vital security and developmental partners in the geopolitics of the Indian Ocean Region (IOR)—thereby gaining prominence in India’s foreign policy priorities. This paper examines India’s bilateral and multilateral engagement with the SIDS of the SWIO region, and argues that India should consider the concerns of the

Master plans and ‘urban dysfunction’: An analysis
Mar 30, 2021

Master plans and ‘urban dysfunction’: An analysis

At the current rate of urbanisation, India would have taken two and a half centuries to urbanise to the current US levels, as against two centuries fo

MCD Elections 2022: Promises galore
Dec 02, 2022

MCD Elections 2022: Promises galore

While the three main contending parties have proposed diverse solutions to address the problems of Delhi, the residents seem low on enthusiasm

Measuring urbanisation in India
Dec 13, 2017

Measuring urbanisation in India

Living conditions in fast-growing rural areas across India are deteriorating due not only to the impact of urbanisation but the lack of capacity of the local governments to manage such transitions. This brief makes the case for changing the administration status of such areas from “rural” to “urban”, establishing urban governance mechanisms therein, and making them resilient. For identification of such areas, the state government’s opin

Mehran attack exposes Pakistan's counter terror
Jun 03, 2011

Mehran attack exposes Pakistan's counter terror

On May 25, four terrorists (initial reports suggested almost a dozen armed men) scaled the perimeter walls of PNS Mehran, Pakistan's only naval air base, located in Karachi. Guided by their commander through hi-tech wireless systems,

Mental Health and Technology: The Case of Africa
Aug 14, 2023

Mental Health and Technology: The Case of Africa

The growing concern for mental health has only heightened in the past two years, amidst the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic. This brief tells the story of Africa where, in many communities, the subject of mental health can often be a taboo. It discusses the role of the internet in helping individuals manage their mental health issues, while at the same time, posing its own challenges, especially those related to extensive use of social media.