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Sri Lanka: Is Indian concerns on Chinese naval presence justified?
Since 2010, some 250 naval vessels from across a wide spectrum of nations have berthed at Sri Lankan ports. If Indians have to suspect Sri Lanka in the matter of Chinese naval vessels, then they would have to suspect a host of other nations.
 
Going beyond SAARC power-grid
13 November 2014
The Indian proposal for a SAARC power-grid, revived by Union Minister Piyush Goyal, has the potential to increase power-generation in South Asia. It also has the potential to reverse the way the South Asia thinks about itself - and the world thinks about South Asia, besides cutting oil bills of countries like India.
 
Sri Lanka: Death sentence for Indians stresses urgent need to resolve fishers' problems
01 November 2014
It may be time for both the Centre and the Tamil Nadu Government to actively consider the alternate, 'deep-sea fishing', away from the Sri Lankan waters, if India's Palk Strait fishers and bilateral relations were not to run aground.
 
Digital economy the biggest challenge facing the Indian policy-maker', says ex-PM Advisor
20 October 2014
"The structure of the Indian economy is undergoing a radical transformation, moving towards a highly service-oriented digital economy. In a digital economy we produce less tangible goods and consume more, consequently resulting in reduced savings.
 
Sri Lanka: TNA sending out confusing signals to India?
20 October 2014
Sri Lanka's Northern Province Tamil Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran seems to be sending contradictory signals to India through his actions. On the one hand, he wants India to play an active role in finding a 'political solution' to the ethnic problem. On the other, he boycotted the India-funded Colombo-Jaffna railway inauguration and earlier President's invitation to be part of the delegation to India.
 
Jaya judgment and after
13 October 2014
If someone in Sri Lanka thought that the jail-term handed down to Jayalalithaa, until then the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, would ease avoidable political tensions across the Palk Strait, they should be sadly mistaken.
 
Xi's visit to Maldives: Should India worry?
29 September 2014
Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit and accompanying independent agreements with Maldives and Sri Lanka, on undefined maritime issues and cooperation, have the potential for causing greater concern not only in India, but in the shared neighbourhood and beyond.
 
Sri Lanka: Moving away from bottom-trawling still the way out for TN fishers?
26 September 2014
The much-publicised first round of the officials-level talks on resolving the India-Sri Lanka fishing issue has ended up as a non-starter. However, hopes still cannot be ruled out for a possible, if not early, solution.
 
Importance of leading the Indian Ocean neighbours
11 September 2014
In the 21st century global and regional contexts, it's too much for India and its southern neighbours to expect the US to stay away from the region, militarily. If the US is there, the assumption is that China will not be far away. India can make a difference to what could emerge as the re-emergence of a 'new cold war' in this region.
 
Chennai - Industrial and trade hub leader
08 September 2014
Chennai may have lost out on the petroleum, petro-chemicals, pharmaceutical, and biotech fields, but it still remains the home-base of several solid market leaders from myriad industries.
 
Time for India to set priorities in South Asia
26 August 2014
India does not have much time left to set its priorities right, whatever they be. If nothing else, it cannot afford to 'tire out' its neighbours, who can then choose their own, individual course.
 
From 'clash of civilisations' to 'clashes within civilisations'
25 August 2014
If the ISIS is not brought under control, the chances are that it could spread to Pakistan, especially Waziristan, a tribal region which plays host to most terror outfits. This could in turn affect India by means of border infiltrations.
 
IBSA has lost its sheen after emergence of BRICS
16 August 2014
Following the emergence of BRICS as an economic beacon, the 'India, Brazi, South Africa' grouping, or IBSA for short, may have lost much of its sheen as an international tripartite arrangement, says Mr M Ganapathi, former Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs.
 
Maldives: Uniting in the name of Islam and Palestine
06 August 2014
In Maldives, the use of religion for political purposes should not be confused with a return or advent of 'fundamentalist Islam' or whatever.
 
Why not Parliament oversight on Judges appointment?
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.
 
Sri Lanka fishers' row: 'Fast-tracking' problem, not necessarily solution?
19 July 2014
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, apart from writing to the Prime Minister, could also consider touching base with fellow Chief Ministers for facilitating such early release of 'innocent' Sri Lankan fishers in their prison, from time to time.
 
Sri Lanka: What the TNA can do for India to help
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.
 
Chennai building collapse exposes unscientific methods of construction
05 July 2014
The collapse of an under-construction 11-storey building in Chennai which claimed 42 lives should serve as a wake-up call for the housing sector to have a regulatory mechanism for the construction industry.
 
Rebooting and reorienting foreign policy goals
09 June 2014
As part of the foreign policy rebooting, India should revisit the 'Gujral Doctrine, and leverage this traditional neighbourhood goodwill for India's dynamic democracy, diversity, economy, global-political reach and demonstrable military strength to the common good of all Indians and all South Asians.
 
Modi, Rajapaksa revive hopes on dead-locked fishers' talks
31 May 2014
New Indian Prime Minister and Sri Lankan President should attempt to take forward the fishers' talks, promised to be continued/revived by their respective Heads of Government at their Delhi meeting, and then have their officials create the structures and super-structures aimed at implementing those decisions.
 
Maldives: What after ruling coalition splitting over Speaker's choice
30 May 2014
In Maldives, the three-party ruling coalition, led by President Abdulla Yameen's Progressive Party of Maldives, has split on the very first day of the very first session of the People's Parliament, elected only in March.
 
Modi, Mahinda, and more...
26 May 2014
India's Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi, has set a healthy precedent for all of South Asia to follow by inviting all neighbourhood leaders for his inauguration, including Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
 
A stable government at the Centre after long!
17 May 2014
For the first time in 30 years, Elections-2014 has thrown up a decisive Parliament. The Treasury Bench does not have to do number-crunching all the time, to push policy initiatives, legislative initiatives and even budgets - which have more often than not been passed in the midst of din and dust.
 
Need to review and recast the relevance and role of the NSA
13 May 2014
It may be useful if the post-poll political dispensation in New Delhi reviews the relevance of the office of the National Security Advisor in contemporary Indian context, and recasts the role, if its continued need was found to be justified.
 
Ahead of fisheries talks, TNA too says 'Indians are robbing' their fish
07 May 2014
A lot will depend on how the TNA and the NPC proceed during the upcoming fishers' talks in Colombo. For any fishers-negotiated solution to be effective, it has to have the cooperation of the Tamil Nadu and Northern Province Governments across the Palk Straits.
 
Need for reforming poll-management
23 April 2014
Once the general elections are over in India, it may be time to look inward at the existing processes and revise certain provisions to make them more meaningful and sustainable. If timely cure is not injected, it could damage the firmament of our democratic scheme.
 
Kejriwal case in Supreme Court and its implications
09 April 2014
Congress and BJP's answer to the Supreme Court's question on Arvind Kejriwal's petition, challenging the imposition of President's rule in Delhi, may have the potential to rearrange the political landscape.
 
Sri Lanka: What after India?s UNHRC-3
28 March 2014
India's abstention from voting at the UNHRC session in Geneva means that India has now re-positioned itself to re-engage the Sri Lankan stake-holders in a constructive way, as articulated by Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid long before the vote.
 
In Maldives too, polls underline coalition reality of the times
25 March 2014
As in the world's many democracies, parliamentary polls in Maldives too have underlined the coalition reality of the times. The polls have also proved the add-ons do count, as former President Nasheed had proved in his second-round victory in 2008.
 


 
 
 
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