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The political pilgrim
C. Raja Mohan
02 August 2014
Once Narendra Modi steps away from the minefield of Nepal's domestic discourse on the Hindu state, the Indian Prime Minister will find the shared Hindu and Buddhist heritage a solid foundation on which to build a new and lasting edifice of bilateral cooperation.
Was India's decision at WTO wise?
Geethanjali Nataraj and Richa Sekhani1
02 August 2014
If India continues to act rigid, it will result in the failure of the Doha round and bring misfortunes for small countries and tragic outcomes for all the members of WTO. India shouldn't get carried away and link its food security and subsidy issues to the Trade Facilitation deal
Taking India-US ties forward
Manoj Joshi
01 August 2014
Most observers blame a "trust deficit" for the current state of Indo-US relations. Actually, the idea of a "trust deficit" is merely a cover for the real problem - the lack of political will on either side to take the relationship between the two countries to the stage that the rhetoricians have been promising. Blame must be shared by both sides
Why not Parliament oversight on Judges' appointment?
N Sathiya Moorthy
31 July 2014
Without having to do away with the collegium per se, the new scheme could involve its choice going to Parliament, through the Executive, for a joint committee of both Houses holding public hearings, the American way, before the President appoints the person.
China's interest in India's infrastructure is opportunity and challenge
Manoj Joshi
30 July 2014
Sino-Indian relations will feature both competition and cooperation. How we fare depends on the policy choices we make and the skill with which we employ them.
India-US Strategic Dialogue: Focus on the Big Picture
Dr. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
30 July 2014
The dilemma facing ASEAN countries - economic benefits vs strategic balancing as they engage China - is nothing unique. This provides the context for India and the US to channel their efforts in establishing a firm partnership for enabling a stable Asian order.
Mullah Omar's Eid message: The main takeaways
Aryaman Bhatnagar
30 July 2014
Mullah Omar's latest statement shows that despite his amicability to the reconciliation process, the prospects for the new Afghan president to achieve a breakthrough with the Taliban are quite remote.
Best time for Modi to take tough decisions
Manoj Joshi
28 July 2014
Experience would suggest the best time for Modi to take tough decisions is now when his popularity is at an all time high and his adversaries, both within his party and without, are still shell-shocked. If he can stake out the key elements of the long-awaited second generation reforms, he can spend the balance of his tenure working to implement them.
Getting judicial appointments right
Sanjeev Ahluwalia
28 July 2014
An autonomous Judicial Commission can effectively nudge the judicial system towards its intended Constitutional mandate; apolitical, enlightened and efficient application of the rule of law and protection of the fundamental rights of private entities, against encroachment by the executive or the legislature.
Power sharing holds the Afghan peace balance
Aryaman Bhatnagar
28 July 2014
The significance of the agreement brought out between rival Afghan presidential candidates, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, should not be overlooked. It has ensured that Afghanistan's democratic transition does not come to a premature halt. A timely resolution of the immediate predicaments could guarantee that it remains a durable one.
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