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South Africa’s COVID19 Responses: Unmaking the Political Economy of Health Inequalities
Feb 17, 2021

South Africa’s COVID19 Responses: Unmaking the Political Economy of Health Inequalities

South Africa’s Covid-19 responses are marred by policy paradoxes. How does a country with one of the most sophisticated health systems in Africa account for the highest number of Covid-19 fatalities? This brief argues that contemporary approaches to South Africa’s social, domestic, and foreign policy responses should be viewed through the theoretical lenses of racial capitalism—a racially hierarchical political economy constituting war, mil

South Asia Weekly Report | Volume IX; Issue 35
Sep 01, 2016

South Asia Weekly Report | Volume IX; Issue 35

Terrorists stormed the American University of Afghanistan on August 24 killing 16 people and injuring more than 50.

South Asia's Berlin walls
Jun 05, 2015

South Asia's Berlin walls

Detritus of 1947 is being cleared. In Dhaka, Modi must unveil forward-looking economic agenda for region. A positive dynamic in the east may be extended to the north and the west.

South Asia: Ending, or losing, an ‘endless war’ in Afghanistan?
Nov 02, 2020

South Asia: Ending, or losing, an ‘endless war’ in Afghanistan?

“With improved implementation of the plan of action for South Asia, Trump has impelled the region to constantly recalibrate strategic choices while

Sowing the wind, reaping the whirlwind
Jun 19, 2022

Sowing the wind, reaping the whirlwind

The self-goal could have been avoided, but the ruling party saw the emerging warning signals with eyes wide shut. Some party sections clearly felt they were clever enough to run with the hare and hunt with the hounds, and that religious polarisation in domestic politics could work to electoral advantage even as the PM and his diplomats wooed the Muslim nations of the Gulf. Perhaps, they don’t recognise that we live in an interconnected world, w

Sri Lanka: Velvet gloves yet a firm grip, from India
May 23, 2014

Sri Lanka: Velvet gloves yet a firm grip, from India

By inviting SAARC Heads of Government for his inauguration, prime minister-designate Narendra Modi has demonstrated a firm grip over the emerging foreign policy scenario(s) and his vision of and for an India of the future.

Staring down the dragon while embracing it
Jun 02, 2015

Staring down the dragon while embracing it

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's engagement with Asia is primarily aimed at completing two specific national projects, while at the same time positioning India at the helm of global affairs.

Steer a middle course
Mar 15, 2022

Steer a middle course

The millstone around Pakistan’s neck weighs down India too

Still battling mistrust
May 18, 2015

Still battling mistrust

India and China have themselves shown how it is possible to manage disputes. However, it requires a pragmatic ability to confront festering issues and resolve them. By being unusually forthright in his speeches in Beijing, that is what Modi was trying to tell China.

Still no bullseye, in volume and value
Apr 02, 2020

Still no bullseye, in volume and value

India’s defence model faces challenges despite the positive trends generated by ‘Make in India’

Strong ties with US in India's interest
Jul 14, 2014

Strong ties with US in India's interest

Like China did in the early 1980s, India needs to exploit the opportunity of good relations with the US to become a stronger economic and military power. Indeed, as a decisive leader, Modi could well transform the relationship with the US and enable it to reach its full potential.

Stronger India-Italy ties can transform Indo-Pacific
Mar 07, 2023

Stronger India-Italy ties can transform Indo-Pacific

At the heart of Italy’s Indo-Pacific vision lies the understanding of this region as the neighbourhood of its strategic Mediterranean Sea.

Stumbling in the neighbourhood
Oct 13, 2015

Stumbling in the neighbourhood

As Modi resets ties with the Maldives with Sushma Swaraj's visit, he also has an opportunity to rethink the current Nepal policy which has entered a turbulent phase in the last few weeks. Nepal's election of a new PM, K.P. Sharma Oli, is a good moment to take a fresh look at the differences between Delhi and Kathmandu.

Substance and optics of PM's Israel visit
Jul 10, 2017

Substance and optics of PM's Israel visit

There is a natural affinity in political style that draws both leaders together.

Superpowers' great equalisers
Dec 08, 2021

Superpowers' great equalisers

For a stable and fair international relations system, strong relations between Russia and India are important in maintaining a balance in the changing

Surviving the Trump problem
Jun 23, 2017

Surviving the Trump problem

The common strategic interest between the US and India will last a lot longer than the Trump administration, and New Delhi needs to take a longer-term

Swaraj in Beijing, with eyes on border
Feb 03, 2015

Swaraj in Beijing, with eyes on border

Even before the hype over US President Barack Obama's visit to Delhi has died down, the Modi government is on the move to enhance its ties with China. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's ongoing China visit is an important part of this effort.

Tajikistan President visits India; gives big impetus to bilateral ties
Dec 20, 2016

Tajikistan President visits India; gives big impetus to bilateral ties

In his press statement, Prime Minister Modi said that Tajikistan is a valued friend and strategic partner in Asia.

Taking a ‘Far East’ turn to deepen a friendship
Aug 29, 2019

Taking a ‘Far East’ turn to deepen a friendship

During Modi’s visit to Vladivostok, India should signal more willingness to invest in a less-developed part of Russia

Taking India’s Cost-Effective Space Launches To the Next Level
Oct 30, 2021

Taking India’s Cost-Effective Space Launches To the Next Level

With the importance of space access growing, there is a clear recognition that both the public and private sector are critical to advancement.

Tax reform in driblets keeps the party going
Sep 23, 2019

Tax reform in driblets keeps the party going

Readers will recall the short history of corporate tax reductions under Modi 1.0.

Teaming up in the Indo-Pacific: JAI dialogue
Sep 26, 2019

Teaming up in the Indo-Pacific: JAI dialogue

Counter-proliferation, counterterrorism, maritime security, maritime domain awareness and HADR are some of the potential areas for JAI to work togethe

Telling China like it is about the South China Sea
Aug 12, 2016

Telling China like it is about the South China Sea

Chinese government’s mouthpiece, warned New Delhi that its seemingly inimical posture on the South China Sea was potentially damaging for bilateral

The alphabet soup at Goa
Oct 13, 2016

The alphabet soup at Goa

This weekend at Goa Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his foreign policy team will undertake a significant manoeuvre with SAARC grouping gasping for breath

The art of the deal with America
Jan 29, 2015

The art of the deal with America

To understand the strategic significance of the second summit meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama, it is necessary to look beyond the very important and tangible outcomes that the two leaders have unveiled.

The Bitcoin business: Securing India’s strategic interests
Jul 04, 2022

The Bitcoin business: Securing India’s strategic interests

Bitcoin could replace gold and the US dollar as the global reserve commodity in the coming years, it would be prudent for India to adopt Bitcoin as pa

The Blue Economy: Charting a New Development Path in the Seychelles
Aug 13, 2020

The Blue Economy: Charting a New Development Path in the Seychelles

The Seychelles’ geographical advantages have given it economic gains from its main Blue Economy (BE) sectors—fisheries and tourism. However, overexploitation and unsustainable management practices have placed undue pressure on these resources. In 2018, the country conceived a sustainable ocean-based development pathway—the Seychelles’ Blue Economy Strategic Framework and Roadmap. Various socio-economic and environmental challenges threate

The border challenge
May 27, 2020

The border challenge

The fact that more Chinese soldiers are now crossing over into the Indian side can be the result of growing Chinese aggressiveness on territorial issues

The breakthrough with Japan
Nov 15, 2016

The breakthrough with Japan

In signing the civil nuclear deal with India, Japan has made an exception of not conducting nuclear commerce with a state that is not a signatory to the NPT.

The challenges facing India-Nepal ties
Jul 09, 2020

The challenges facing India-Nepal ties

India and Nepal must return to the core strength of their unique social, cultural, strategic, political, and economic ties

The Decriminalisation Bill is a bullet train to prosperity
Oct 06, 2022

The Decriminalisation Bill is a bullet train to prosperity

The Inspector Raj, expressed through the colonial, corrupt, and rent-seeking policy infrastructure, must be disassembled

The decriminalisation bill is a fractional reform, it must be scaled up
Dec 26, 2022

The decriminalisation bill is a fractional reform, it must be scaled up

In the laboratory of economic reforms, the Jan Vishwas Bill is an experiment. This decriminalisation vaccine to catalyse doing business is a long way

The dynamics of self-reliant India
Jul 04, 2020

The dynamics of self-reliant India

Both — Aatmanirbhar Bharat and Make in India — are great ideas, and are misinterpreted in due to vested interests, or due to lack of communication and lack of understanding among the public.

The emerging markets conundrum
Feb 17, 2014

The emerging markets conundrum

As the EMEs grow and mature, they can no longer rely on export-driven, credit-fuelled growth and must look inward to initiate deep seated structural reforms and modify their path to economic prosperity. There is a need for effective governance and strong leadership to restore the lost pride of emerging markets.

The Global Dividend
Aug 19, 2023

The Global Dividend

A survey shows wide youth support for the Modi government’s foreign policy.

The greatest show on Earth
May 15, 2014

The greatest show on Earth

Narendra Modi, who is projected by the exit polls done by the media to become the next prime minister, will have to embellish his strong governance image where he has to be fair and seen to be fair in his actions. If winning an election was tough, governance and delivery in India is going to be much tougher.

The India ASEAN AOIP-IPOI cooperation
Oct 15, 2022

The India ASEAN AOIP-IPOI cooperation

India and ASEAN commemorate three decades of dialogue partnership this year with the region being more strategically sensitive than ever before

The India-Bhutan story: India understands the urgency and needs of its neighbour
Mar 28, 2024

The India-Bhutan story: India understands the urgency and needs of its neighbour

The two nations have had a history of cooperation, support, and mutual growth.

The India-UAE CEPA: India’s renewed love for FTAs
Mar 14, 2022

The India-UAE CEPA: India’s renewed love for FTAs

There is a growing need to analyse the Free Trade Agreements to understand their impact on the economy and the geopolitical repercussions that follow.

The India-US defence industrial and technology cooperation: From aspirations to outcomes
Jun 28, 2023

The India-US defence industrial and technology cooperation: From aspirations to outcomes

There is a genuine desire on both sides to rapidly transform their defence partnership, but only time will tell if this intent translates into concret

The India–US Defence Technology and Industrial Cooperation: It’s time for delivery
Feb 26, 2024

The India–US Defence Technology and Industrial Cooperation: It’s time for delivery

While reviews at various levels are useful, there is a need for a clearer enunciation of deliverables, and shared commitment to step up defence techno

The legacy of Vajpayee and Singh
May 16, 2014

The legacy of Vajpayee and Singh

Narendra Modi's emphasis on Vajpayee's foreign policy legacy is politically significant for a number of reasons. It has offered much-needed reassurance all around that India will not abandon its traditional nuclear restraint, continue to seek peace with neighbours and promote regional prosperity through the economic integration of the subcontinent.

The lesson from Bihar
Nov 10, 2015

The lesson from Bihar

The electorate in Bihar has very clearly told the BJP that they had elected the Modi government not to bring some version of Hindutva Raj, but to bring economic and governance changes that would enhance the quality of their economic and personal lives.

The limits of informality
Oct 14, 2019

The limits of informality

There are clear limits to informal summitry, as India has found out since Wuhan. Despite all the rhetoric and symbolism on display at Mamallapuram, the substantive outcome remains clouded in mystery.