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Breaking from traditional politics: AAP adds new dimensions to the Indian polity
Mar 01, 2014

Breaking from traditional politics: AAP adds new dimensions to the Indian polity

Notwithstanding the fact that Arvind Kejriwal had to resign as Delhi Chief Minister because he could not get through the Jan Lokpal Bill in the Assembly and BJP and Congress accusation that Kejriwal quit after creating an excuse for doing so, Kejriwal and AAP have not lost their popularity among the people of Delhi.

Budget 2018 consolidates past policies and invests in future politics
Feb 01, 2018

Budget 2018 consolidates past policies and invests in future politics

The days of Budgets being policy statements and media events are over. Budget 2018 does what it is supposed to: balance the books — the fiscal defic

Budget 2019: Smart politics, smart economics
Feb 01, 2019

Budget 2019: Smart politics, smart economics

Key proposals unveiled in this budget are primarily aimed at rural communities and the urban middle classes.

China factor in domestic politics
Jun 26, 2020

China factor in domestic politics

There is public anger against China and a dominant feeling that China has to be stopped before it succeeds in changing the status-quo on the India-China boundary

China, Africa, and the geopolitics of lithium
Nov 09, 2023

China, Africa, and the geopolitics of lithium

The course of the global energy transition may be determined by the effectiveness of Africa’s lithium exploration negotiations with China

China-made electric vehicles: Geopolitics at the wheel
May 15, 2024

China-made electric vehicles: Geopolitics at the wheel

The West sees China's investments and capacities in low-carbon energy as a security threat instead of recognising its role in boosting RE’s global s

Closing of MQM chapter in Pakistan’s politics
Jun 25, 2020

Closing of MQM chapter in Pakistan’s politics

The MQM had been the flagbearer of Mohajir nationalism in Pakistan since the party’s founding in 1984 until 2016.

Conditions apply: A case for not delinking politics from development cooperation
Apr 27, 2023

Conditions apply: A case for not delinking politics from development cooperation

The motivation behind deploying aid is often spurred by geopolitical and diplomatic considerations rather than purely developmental goals

Covid19 has sharpened great power politics
Apr 27, 2020

Covid19 has sharpened great power politics

Despite being irresponsible and concealing information, Beijing is reaping the dividends of the global disorder

Dalit politics at crossroads?
Jul 11, 2017

Dalit politics at crossroads?

Results of the 2014 general election and the subsequent Assembly elections clearly established that Dalit politics is undergoing a change.

Death for the dictator: Interplay of Pakistan’s politics, military and judiciary
Dec 17, 2019

Death for the dictator: Interplay of Pakistan’s politics, military and judiciary

As things stand in Pakistan, the army and the government claim to be on the same page. The judiciary — for now — is standing apart.

Decoding the tectonic shifts in Nepal politics
Jan 17, 2021

Decoding the tectonic shifts in Nepal politics

The political crisis is peaking up at a time when people’s disenchantment with the present federal republican system is growing in the country.

Do 'jobs' even matter in politics?
May 22, 2019

Do 'jobs' even matter in politics?

Some conventional wisdom about how economic outcomes affect politics will be tested on May 23.

Drawing lines on the internet: Border conflicts and the politics behind digital maps
Jun 05, 2019

Drawing lines on the internet: Border conflicts and the politics behind digital maps

The act of referring to a country’s map is often a political statement.

Dynamics of women’s empowerment in Indian politics
Sep 29, 2023

Dynamics of women’s empowerment in Indian politics

While legislative representation is a critical aspect, it must be complemented by measures that empower women at the grassroots level

E-politics and public accountability over digital rights, with a focus on Latin America
Dec 29, 2020

E-politics and public accountability over digital rights, with a focus on Latin America

Governments and political actors must be liable for their performance and the virtual realm is not a playground anymore.

Eastern promise: The power shifts in EU politics
Mar 04, 2023

Eastern promise: The power shifts in EU politics

Central and Eastern Europe have activated the geopolitical dimension of the EU and showcased their importance in shaping the EU’s future

Economics, geopolitics, and the impact on G20
Jul 30, 2022

Economics, geopolitics, and the impact on G20

Between the data, the risks, and the narratives lies an uncertain future that will test the intellectual leadership of India’s G20 presidency.

Elections 2019: From radical to democratic politics in Jammu & Kashmir, the challenge is here to stay
May 21, 2019

Elections 2019: From radical to democratic politics in Jammu & Kashmir, the challenge is here to stay

In the 2019 election most of the strongholds of PDP recorded very low polling which indicates a shift of public mood from soft separatism to a more ha

Emerging role of public opinion and social media in Middle Eastern politics
Feb 22, 2024

Emerging role of public opinion and social media in Middle Eastern politics

Amidst the war in Gaza, the surge of alternative news media outlets and social media has significantly bolstered support for the Palestinian cause

Emerging trends in Indo-Pacific Geopolitics: Navigating the ‘India Way’
Dec 14, 2021

Emerging trends in Indo-Pacific Geopolitics: Navigating the ‘India Way’

The growing strategic relevance of the Indo-Pacific has made India focus its efforts to align with countries on the basis of consensus and cooperation

Energy, security, and Europe’s politics of discomfort
Aug 02, 2022

Energy, security, and Europe’s politics of discomfort

The prosperity of the past seven decades has led the European continent adrift in the cold waters of strategic lethargy.

Enter the ‘DragonBear’: The Russia-China Partnership and What it Means for Geopolitics
Aug 14, 2023

Enter the ‘DragonBear’: The Russia-China Partnership and What it Means for Geopolitics

Russia’s ongoing war against Ukraine follows its annexation of Crimea in 2014 and its continued direct support for separatist activities in eastern Ukraine, marking a new chapter in Moscow's geopolitical approach. China's response and its overt diplomatic, financial, and economic support for Russia was also noteworthy. This brief assesses the contours of the new geopolitical formation (the ‘DragonBear’, a term coined by this author)

Entry of youth in Nepalese politics: Will they bring change?
Dec 21, 2022

Entry of youth in Nepalese politics: Will they bring change?

The entry of the youth and the new political parties into Nepalese politics is a welcome development as people become disenchanted with old leaders

Evolving geopolitics in Eurasia: Implications for India
Jul 27, 2015

Evolving geopolitics in Eurasia: Implications for India

To improve India's role in Central Asia, its focus should recognize the diversity of relationships that are possible - economic, defence, and connectivity. Politically and historically, each of the five countries in the region is distinct.

Evolving maritime geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific region
Jul 10, 2014

Evolving maritime geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific region

A four-day maritime conference on "Maritime Geo-Politics in the Indo-pacific" was organised in Chennai, Kochi and New Delhi recently. The conference saw speakers deliver perspectives from India, China, Japan, US, Australia and Indonesia.

Evolving politics of the Asia-Pacific
Sep 29, 2017

Evolving politics of the Asia-Pacific

The rise of Chinese military leaves Washington with the unenviable and the daunting task of balancing its economic ties with the Asia-Pacific.

Farakka barrage, engineers and hydropolitics
May 01, 2017

Farakka barrage, engineers and hydropolitics

Why was the controversial barrage built on the Ganga just upstream of the India-Bangladesh border? What has the construction led to?