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Finally, Some Good News from South Asia…. But Will It Last?

Finally, Some Good News from South Asia…. But Will It Last?

UPDATE (February 29): Islamabad today announced that it would grant “most favored nation” trade status to New Delhi and phase out major restrictions on Indian imports by the end of this year.
For all of the discouraging news …

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Paper Wars

Paper Wars

It’s all-out war, and yes, South Indians plan to relish every minute of it.
After all, it is rather gratifying to see the dignified Hindu getting down and dirty with the more boisterous Times. In a recent series of

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Republic Day Reflections

Republic Day Reflections


Salman Rushdie’s effigy is burned in Mumbai

Just in time for Republic Day, which commemorates the adoption of a post-colonial constitution on January 26, 1950, a series of events lays bare the limits on freedom of expression in India.

Foremost among these is the …

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Advancing the Strategic Partnership

Advancing the Strategic Partnership

The state visit to New Delhi by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao in December 2010 focused on the potential for mutual economic cooperation. Wen arrived with a large business delegation that promptly signed some $16 billion worth of deals. The two governments also …

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The Year That Was: India in 2011

The Year That Was: India in 2011

The Hindu Cartoonscope and Amul butter cartoons continue to be a great way to capture news in India with humor and satire.  This Year in Review presents a montage of cartoons from the …

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Missed Opportunities, Promising Trends

Missed Opportunities, Promising Trends

The year was filled with missed opportunities but also promising developments in U.S.-India relations.  2012 is shaping up to be the same.
President Obama’s state visit to India in early November 2010 appeared to

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Borders and Buddhism

Borders and Buddhism

Events last week illustrated that the true fault line in India-China relations remains the 60 year-old acrimony over the Tibetan frontier.
From India’s increasing presence in the disputed waters of …

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India Launches Low-Cost Tablet – Aakash

India Launches Low-Cost Tablet – Aakash

India’s Minister for Human Resource Development, Kapil Sibal launched Aakash, the $35 tablet, midst much fanfare last week. The launch was hailed as a grand moment for India’s innovative prowess and claims to have …

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Time to make India’s Afghanistan Policy Relevant for the Endgame

Time to make India’s Afghanistan Policy Relevant for the Endgame

India’s Afghanistan policy is a classic case displaying the pros and cons of soft power approach in international relations. Soft power is fruitful as a continuum of the smart power strategy where hard power is purposefully used. Soft power is helpful in …

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Red Lines and Reversed Roles

Red Lines and Reversed Roles

The respective security roles that the United States and India traditionally play in East Asia seemed to switch last week.  By deciding not to supply Taiwan with the new fighter aircraft it has requested, the U.S. appeared to defer to China, which …

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India Wades Into Troubled Waters

India Wades Into Troubled Waters

In his critically acclaimed book on the Indian Ocean last year, author Robert Kaplan warned that with growing Sino-Indian rivalry, the “the Indian Ocean and its adjacent waters will be a …

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Knocking on APEC’s Door

Knocking on APEC’s Door

Having made the calculation that America’s security and prosperity would be enhanced by partnership with India, the United States over the last decade has promoted New Delhi’s admission into global governance structures.  For the Bush administration, this meant doing the heavy lifting …

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India’s Da Vinci Code Justice

India’s Da Vinci Code Justice

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s role in the 2002 riots has been an emotive issue in India. Conviction of Modi is viewed by his critics as the only form in which justice can be accorded to the victims of Gujarat riots. Modi’s supporters cite his performance as an administrator and …

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The many names of the game

The many names of the game


Osama bin Laden: killed and al Qaeda: on the run. That’s the balance sheet — more or less — that the U.S. has to share with the world. Meanwhile, its biggest ally in the War on Terror — Pakistan — has nothing …

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Why Can’t India Be More Like Bangladesh?

Why Can’t India Be More Like Bangladesh?


An apparel manufacturing facility in Gurgaon

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has just completed a high-profile trip to Bangladesh.  Although domestic politics in India prevented the visit from being as fruitful as it could …

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