Tag Archives: Narendra Modi

Modi’s Nepal Yatra

Narendra Modi’s Nepal trip seemed to be personal, political and geopolitical, all rolled into one. The visit did gladden many Nepalis but left open the question as to how Modi plans to reach out to the other South Asian neighbors

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‘History Wars’ Set Ablaze Again in India

Controversial school books present an extremely contentious view of Indian history rooted in the ideology of Hindutva, the Hindu nationalist political movement — and sometimes propagate pure fantasy

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How Much Indian Rupee is Really Stashed Overseas?

Over the period 1988–2012 the cumulative outflow from India due to mis-invoicing was in excess of US$186 billion. This is an astonishing figure. To put this in perspective, at the end of December 2013, India’s short-term external debt was US$92.7 billion: less than half of total capital flight through mis-invoicing in the period 1988–2012.

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Terrorism, Kashmir and Indo-Pakistan Relations

Indian and Pakistani diplomats reflect on suspicions touching paranoia, especially over questions such as terrorism, in New Delhi and Islamabad. Maleeha Lodhi warns Pakistan that goodwill alone cannot substitute strategy while Satyabrata Pal insists that lasting peace can only come by resolving outstanding disputes over Kashmir, Siachen and Sir Creek.

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Book Review: Who Foiled a Deal on Siachen?

A new book reveals that while Manmohan Singh wanted to find a solution to India’s dispute with Pakistan over Siachen glacier, opposition from his army chief and senior colleagues, scuttled any prospects for this. The army chief General JJ Singh, acted in a duplicitous way. In close-door briefings, the General would say that a deal with Pakistan was doable, but in public he would back A.K. Antony when the defense minister chose not to back the PM.

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Indo-Pakistan Relations: The Audacity of Hope

Moving away from Siachen and Kargil mindsets in both India and Pakistan won’t be easy. But big crowns come stuffed with thorns. Even the smallest ambition for peace between India and Pakistan needs statesmanship and roadblock-mitigation. Hope is not a plan, no matter how audacious.

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Why Pakistan’s Sharif Must Go to India

Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi’s surprise invitation to the South Asian leaders to attend his swearing-in ceremony has the makings of a shock and awe tactic with three messages: the first to Pakistan, the second to the region and the third for domestic consumption, says a leading Indian newspaper in an editorial. In Pakistan, analysts are urging Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to accept the invitation which offers a unique opportunity to put the past behind and look to the future.

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Is Modi Trouble for Pakistan, Bangladesh?

The BJP victory in Indian elections has started interesting debates in Pakistan and Bangladesh. Analysts in Bangladesh fear increased tensions with India over possible deportation of undocumented Bangladeshis. In Pakistan the government is being advised to adopt a more circumspect policy towards India under Modi.

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The Fall Guy Who Forgot to Get Up

  Something very subtle but extraordinary happened during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s farewell function in Delhi on the evening of May 14. Mr. Singh was standing next to his wife when Sonia Gandhi walked in and greeted him. He returned it and then left her there to meet his ministers and other Congress leaders. His wife followed him.   Later, …

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Global Ground Zero in Asia

The biggest geopolitical risk of our times is not a conflict between Israel and Iran over nuclear proliferation. Nor is it the risk of chronic disorder in an arc of instability that now runs from the Maghreb all the way to the Hindu Kush. It is not even the risk of Cold War II between Russia and the West over …

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