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Seeking nuclear legitimacy
Dr. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
11 July 2014
The sanctity of "NPT-signatory" is laughable because that is a crude way of assessing a country's nuclear non-proliferation record. China has signed the NPT but has flouted every single idea behind the treaty. On the other hand, while India is not a signatory, it has upheld all the principles.
 
A Budget to steady the ship
Geethanjali Nataraj
11 July 2014
There were no big reforms and no major policy turnarounds in the Union Budget presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. It was a budget of small and tentative steps to help steady the ship and laid the foundation for big reforms in the months ahead.
 
Why did the FM take hesitant small steps?
Jayshree Sengupta
11 July 2014
Why was there no Big Bang change in the Budget? After all, the Modi government had the full mandate to do so. Why was the FM playing with Lego like blocks instead of huge building blocks? It could be because the time was short and the Budget was put together in a hurry.
 
Defence: Not really an ideal Budget
P K Ghosh
11 July 2014
Modi Govt's defence budget will only sharpen the divide between an increasingly assertive China and the Indian security establishment trying hard to cope up with the Chinese military modernisation programme. China's 2014 military budget is of $132 billion while Indian budget is of approximately US $ 37 bn only.
 
Sri Lanka: What the TNA can do for India to help
N Sathiya Moorthy
10 July 2014
Public posturing apart, moderate Tamils in Sri Lanka seem to want India to intercede on their behalf all over again and help arrive at a political settlement on the ethnic issue with their nation's government.
 
A competent but not breakout Budget
Mohan Guruswamy
10 July 2014
This was not to be yet another budget speech. It came in the wake of a regime change where the electorate signaled its unhappiness with the direction of the country. Still, the FM came up with a modest Budget. But that is not the promise of the Modi government. The good days promised look far away.
 
Border infrastructure: Time to put rail tracks on track
Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
10 July 2014
The slow pace of rail track construction in India is a total contrast to the development across the border. China has already built a 1142 km-long electrified railway line from Golmud to Lhasa. Now it has plans to extend it to Shigatze and Yatung, reaching almost Nathu La pass.
 
2014-15 Budget: A look through graphs
Prashant Kumar, Tanoubi Ngangom and Sanat Kapur
10 July 2014
Here is a look at the 2014-15 Budget, presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitely, through a series of graphs on allocations to various key sectors from the time of the previous NDA government.
 
Chinese diaspora
C. Raja Mohan
09 July 2014
As ancient and highly populated regions, China and the Indian subcontinent have for long shaped global migration patterns. But, unlike Delhi, which has had to deal with diaspora issues ever since Independence, Beijing's problems have just begun.
 
Abe's decision could mark a turning point in security policy
K.V. Kesavan
09 July 2014
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's recent decision to reinterpret the Japanese constitution to exercise the right of collective self-defence is truly significant and could mark a turning point in Japan's security policy in the coming years.
 
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