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India-Pakistan Talks Focus on CBMs

India-Pakistan Talks Focus on CBMs

Under the resumed dialogue process, the Foreign Secretaries of Pakistan and India met in Islamabad, on 23-24 June 2011 for bilateral talks on Peace and Security including Confidence Building Measures (CBMs), Jammu and Kashmir and promotion of friendly exchanges. In India –Pakistan relations, where …

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Missing Links in India's "Fast-Track" Approach

Missing Links in India's "Fast-Track" Approach

Much has been written and discussed about the recent ‘civil society’ protests against corruption in India. Social activist Anna Hazare’s four day fast in April compelled the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) to re-consider the Lokpal Bill through a joint committee involving ministers and members …

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Agents of Change?

Agents of Change?

As with so much about contemporary India, the political trajectory and ultimate impact of its expanding middle class is a moving target. Change is indeed happening, though a healthy skepticism about its exact contours and meaning is not out of place.

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India Seeks to Engage with Africa by Distinguishing itself from China

India Seeks to Engage with Africa by Distinguishing itself from China

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s recent visit to Africa received extensive attention in the Indian media. Prime Minister Singh attended the second India-Africa Forum Summit in Addis Ababa on May 24th and 25th and visited …

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Ramesh is Right

Ramesh is Right

Jairam Ramesh, India’s maverick environment minister, has raised hackles by questioning the caliber of the country’s premier technology institutions. Yet the angry reactions to his comments are surprising, since his criticism contains nothing that other high-ranking officials in the Union government have not already said.

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India Pulls A China

India Pulls A China

Recently issued rules from the country’s ominous-sounding “Ministry of Communications and Information Technology” have India’s web junta fuming in indignation.

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Black Friday Not So Good for Manmohan

Black Friday Not So Good for Manmohan

Just-concluded elections in five Indian states offer mixed news for embattled Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Congress Party.

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Mamata Didi’s Mission – Regeneration and Rejuvenation of West Bengal

Mamata Didi’s Mission – Regeneration and Rejuvenation of West Bengal

Revenge is history, change is victory. The target is not to just overthrow CPM. It is to get Bengal back its glory.”  Going by these comments of Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Mamata Banerjee,

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Ramayana, On the Streets of New York

Ramayana, On the Streets of New York

History seemingly repeated itself as a mini-Ramayana played out this week – except of course, Rama was a steely Indian-born prosecutor, the location was a Manhattan courtroom, and the charges against the Sri-Lankan born defendant – a.k.a Ravana – were more serious than an abducted wife: he was accused of orchestrating “the largest hedge fund insider trading scheme in history.”

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Do's and Don'ts for India After Osama bin Laden's Death

The U.S. operation that led to the killing of Al-Qadea leader Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad earlier this week has stirred a hornet’s nest. While details of the operation continue to pour in each day, the sentiment that “Pakistan has some explaining to do” is gaining force. Pakistan’s Ambassador to …

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Could India Do An Abbottabad?

Could India Do An Abbottabad?

Just like the United States, India too has a host of enemies who have taken shelter or been given sanctuary deep inside Pakistan. So how likely is it that New Delhi could pull off a daring commando assault against them? The short answer is not at all.

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On the death of Osama and a future with Pakistan

On the death of Osama and a future with Pakistan

The location of Osama’s death underlines the work required on Pakistan
After a decade of anxiety, fear and anticipation, the friends and families of the victims of 9/11 have finally received closure. Osama bin Laden was killed in his hideout in Abbottabad in Pakistan through a special operation by US forces …

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Right to Education – Need for Innovative Approaches

Right to Education – Need for Innovative Approaches

Almost a year ago, I enthusiastically wrote about the recognition of Right to Education (RTE) as a Fundamental Right in India. Making elementary education an entitlement for children in the 6-14 age group, the Right …

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P. Sainath on 'Paid News' in India

P. Sainath on 'Paid News' in India

Palagummi Sainath a renowned journalist and rural affairs editor of The Hindu delivered the First Maharaj Kaul Memorial Lecture at University of Berkeley, California on April 11. Sainath has written extensively on farmer suicide and paid news, issues that have not been widely reported …

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Anna Hazare's Initiative: People's Movement in a Constitutional Democracy?

Anna Hazare's Initiative: People's Movement in a Constitutional Democracy?

It is important to keep Gandhi untarnished. The Gandhian can be negotiated with.
Two developments in India during the past week convinced me of the above approach in Indian politics. American journalist Joseph Lelyveld’s book The Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India …

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