Articles

May 1, 2019

Rolling the Credits on Modi’s ‘Act East’ Policy

By Juanita Justin Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s interaction with Southeast Asia comes at a time of changing geopolitical architecture in the Southeast Asian and Indo-Pacific region. The government revamped the 1991 ‘Look East’ policy to the ‘Act East’ policy to […]
April 26, 2019

Kerala Polls 2019: Outcome Hinges on Many Factors

The decision of Congress President Rahul Gandhi to contest from Wayanad parliamentary constituency (PC) in Kerala, besides the Congress’ traditional stronghold of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, made Kerala one of the epicentres of the 2019 General Elections. The State went […]
April 24, 2019

India and Japan: Strategic Partners for the 21st Century

Transcript of the Keynote address by Prof Kanti Bajpai at the International conference on “India and Japan Growing Partnership and Opportunities for Co-operation” organized by CPPR – Centre for Strategies Studies in collaboration with the Consulate-General of Japan in Chennai […]
April 22, 2019

India’s BRI Conundrum 

China will be hosting its second high-profile Belt Road Initiative (BRI) meeting from April 25–27 in Beijing. According to Chinese Foreign Ministry, over 37 heads of the states and governments have already confirmed their participation in the event. More than […]
April 22, 2019

Negotiating with the Devil: Taliban, the Afghan Peace Process and India

A war-weary Afghanistan is waiting with bated breath for another round of direct talks between the United States and the Taliban next week in Qatar. The latest round of talks will be unprecedented primarily because the Taliban has agreed to […]
April 18, 2019

India’s Extended Neighbourhood: Pivot to West Asia

By Gazi Hassan and Manaswini Vijayakumar From “hug diplomacy” to chai per charcha with world leaders, a significant shift has been witnessed in the way India used to conduct its foreign policy. What is new is the importance given to […]
April 17, 2019

Leadership Vacuum in Dravidian Politics — Will New Players Make an Impact?

The completion of the first phase of elections to 91 Lok Sabha (LS) constituencies has marked the beginning of the largest democratic exercise of the world. The second phase of elections to 97 LS constituencies will be held on April […]
April 16, 2019

Decoding India’s Stand on the Rohingya Crisis

By Jayashri Ramesh Sundaram India is neither a party to the 1951 Refugee Convention nor an ASEAN country. Yet, it has been criticised by the international community and media for its lack of condemnation of Myanmar atrocities and neglect of […]
April 11, 2019

The Fight for Uttar Pradesh West

For any Lok Sabha elections, Uttar Pradesh (UP) is a crucial state, comprising the largest number of seats and one of the largest electorates. The western part of the state, popularly known as UP West or Paschim Pradesh, is markedly […]
April 9, 2019

Brexit : A Never Ending Crisis

By Juanita Justin The ‘Last Chance’ vote that took place on the supposed Independence Day in Britain on March 29 resulted in rejecting the deal once again. The Withdrawal Agreement which has been previously voted down twice, lost again for […]
April 3, 2019

In Troubled Waters: How Kerala’s Fishermen Cooperatives Have Not Helped Their Cause

The heroes, sadly unsung, of Kerala’s recent flood relief operations were the fishermen. Kerala’s state-run fishermen’s cooperatives, however, have not been able to make much difference to the industry. Kerala has struggled through one of the worst floods confronted by […]
April 1, 2019

India is staring at a water crisis and no politician is talking about it

The summer of 2019 is not only heated up by the intense general election campaign but also by the above average temperature forecasted in many parts of India. Even though the agrarian distress has been a major campaign issue, the […]
March 25, 2019

Who is going to bell the cat?

The black money trail in election campaigns has been a widely discussed topic in India over the decades. The Election Commission of India (ECI) has shared its concerns about the role played by big corporate houses, anonymous donors and foreign […]
March 25, 2019

Poll funding not so transparent

Western theorists, especially economists, argue that certain corrupt, rent-seeking activities can be labelled ‘productive activities’ and need not be condemned. Political parties have been the original source of corruption and responsible for the highest amount of corruption. In India, political […]
March 15, 2019

Pulwama Terror Attack: The Cost of Complacency

India mourned the tragic death of 42 brave soldiers killed in the worst terror strike the security forces had ever witnessed in decades on February 14, 2019 near Awantipora, in the Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir. The nation stood […]