July 23, 2017

India’s Monroe Doctrine

Pak US flag

Aware of the Pakistani leadership’s inherent weakness subordinating the national interest to their greed and self-interest, the Americans have never really listened to what Chinese PM Chou En Lai told Kissinger in 1971 July during his ground-breaking historic trip to China, “do not forget the bridge (sic Pakistan) you have used, you may have to use it again”. Read More »

A Swell in US–India Defense Cooperation

India's lone aircraft carrier INS Viraat. (Photo by Ashwin Kumar, Creative Commons 
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The tempered expectations but dependable delivery in the new US–India defense partnership might well come to be marked as the moment when the two parties settled for a more productive, though modest, engagement that translated their mutual strategic visions into practical cooperation in the Indian Ocean and the Asia-Pacific region. Read More »

Indian Air Pollution A ‘National Crisis’

Pollution in New Delhi has emerged as a major problem. (Photo by Jean-Etienne Minh-Duy Poirrier Follow, Creative Commons License)

India dominates list of world’s top polluted cities, new data from the WHO reveals, with cities in Pakistan and Bangladesh catching up fast. Read More »

India: State of Exclusion

Market in Aizawl. More than 2886 Chakma names were deleted from the electoral roll, published in 1995 and 1996, from Aizawl district alone. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Who are India's Chakma minority and why they continue to be victims of ethnic conflict in Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh states? Read More »

View from India: Fresh Turmoil in Kathmandu

Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli. (Photo via video stream)

The K.P. Oli-led government has managed to stave off yet another crisis after Maoist leader Prachanda flip-flopped on the issue of withdrawal of support. However, more instability looms ahead. Read More »

India: The Problem of Secretive Tax Havens

Caudan waterfront in Port Louis, Mauritius.
(Photo by B.navez | Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons License)

Panama is a tax haven, but Mauritius is one with which India has a comprehensive double tax treaty. This complicates matters more. Read More »

View from India: Breakdown of Law and Media Trial

(Photo by Prachatai, Creative Commons License)

Two forms of nationalism emerging are emerging in India —an aggressive, dominating and capable of assaults while the second one being democratic and demanding the right to dissent. Read More »

Private Dam Builders Back Out of Brahmaputra Dams

The Brahmaputra flows from eastern Tibet and Arunachal Pradesh where 160 large dams are planned (Photo by Rita Willaert, via thethirdworld.net )

Arunachal Pradesh’s ‘dam rush’ seems to be over with most private players yet to start on the projects and asking the public sector to take over. Read More »

Do Lawyers Have the Right to Punish in India?

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The assault on Kanhaiya Kumar by a group of lawyers is a reminder that some of the lawyers have tainted the image of the bar in India, writes one analyst. Read More »

View from New Delhi: Taxpayers and JNU Controversy

(Photo via FB post by Pashupati Nath)

Sections of Indian taxpayers will do well to pay attention to the huge waste of national resources going on under Prime Minister Modi's watch than targeting the students of Jawaharlal Nehru University for their opinion. Read More »