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An unclaimed legacy
C. Raja Mohan
05 January 2015
Former NDA prime minister Vajpayee kept the professional hawks in the national security establishment and the conservatives in his own party BJP at bay in the making of India's foreign policy. It is not clear if Narendra Modi can sustain a similar freedom of action for his government.
 
Curtains down for Planning Commission, but challenges remain
Manoj Kumar
05 January 2015
The history of the Planning Commission suggests that it was always an extension of the government's attitude towards the economy. This is not in itself a bad thing, but has been twisted an unfair criticism of the PC. Therefore, plans for the Niti Aayog and its working should be gauged very carefully.
 
Beijing's South Asia
C. Raja Mohan
03 January 2015
Delhi's economic decision-makers, with their inward orientation, appear to have no capacity to think of a strategy for regional integration in partnership with China, or any other great power. The best it can come up with is to establish an official study group that can spin out the Chinese proposals for a few more years.
 
Maldives: Trivialising the Presidency
N Sathiya Moorthy
03 January 2015
In Maldives, a ruling coalition member's decision to move an amendment to the 2008 Constitution, to fix an upper age-limit of 65 years for contesting presidential election, has landed President Abdulla Yameen in an unnecessary controversy.
 
BCIM: Can India Be a Driving Force?
Manish Vaid and Tridivesh Singh Maini
02 January 2015
The current Indian government has given clear indicators that it is likely to place regional integration high on its economic diplomacy agenda, be it SAARC, ASEAN or BCIM. The last two are especially important to India's Act East Policy.
 
Assam killings: Quick-fix solutions will not work
Deepak Sinha
02 January 2015
Legend has it that the nursery rhyme, 'Here we go round the mulberry bush, the mulberry bush...on a cold and frosty morning', was first, sung by women incarcerated at the Wakefield Prison in England while they were doing their daily exercise around the mulberry tree in the prison compound.
 
India's cyber and space security policies
Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
02 January 2015
While many countries still regard cyber security and space security as 'future challenges', or issues that will need to be dealt with in the coming years, India is already tackling them today.
 
Sri Lanka: Swapping of fishers, just a beginning
N Sathiya Moorthy
31 December 2014
The Centre needs to consider a short-cut into the seas for the most-affected Rameswaram fishers in particular to cut their travel time, diesel storage and the like by 8-10 hours, while going into the deep-seas. It will also be their collective responsibility to motivate, train and equip the southern coastal fishers in deep-sea fishing.
 
The year of the 'chaiwallah'
Manoj Joshi
31 December 2014
Narendra Modi's dilemma is palpable. Emotionally and intellectually, he is very much part of the Sangh Parivar. But as the chief minister of Gujarat he has grown and outgrown the narrow confines of ideology and understands the virtues and compulsions of pragmatism.
 
The year ends, but the chaos may just be beginning
Rajesh Rajagopalan
31 December 2014
2014 by far has been the most chaotic year in international politics, since the end of the Cold War. The Islamic State terrorists in the Middle East threaten to upturn borders settled for close to a century. Europe is in the throes of an unexpected tussle with Moscow. In the South and East China seas, China's aggressiveness is too clear now to be ignored.
 
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