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Sri Lanka fishers' row: 'Fast-tracking' problem, not necessarily solution?
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.
 
Is air of permissiveness back here?
24 March 2014
Going by the Sri Lanka-related events and developments on the global arena, it looks as if the international community has not learnt any lessons from the recent past in and of the country. Be it the Indian neighbour, or the distant Norway, or whoever had attempted to help resolve the ethnic issue, had to give up after a point.
 
Maldives: EC crisis ends, polls as scheduled
15 March 2014
After managing well the crisis over the Election Commission in Maldives, the government now will have to initiate legal and political measures to institutionalise facilitating mechanisms for smooth transition. Again, the initiative would lie with President Yameen.
 
Why Indian fishers cannot chase 'Sri Lankan' fish?
12 March 2014
With Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa linking the officially-blessed second round of fishers' talks in Colombo, scheduled for 13 March, to the release of all fishers arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy, questions have arisen about the future course.
 
India needs a strong foreign policy: Former MEA secretary
12 March 2014
There is a need for a strong foreign policy, particularly with regard to the India's immediate neighbourhood, according to a former secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs.
 
Sri Lanka: Why India should not vote against Sri Lanka at UNHRC
06 March 2014
India thus cannot afford to vote against Sri Lanka at UNHRC, now or later. If India needs to engage with Sri Lanka for helping the Tamils, it cannot do so from a perceived position of animosity and antagonism.
 
Maldives: After convicting MDP MP, will court now turn to Nasheed?
28 February 2014
In Maldives, all the four present and former presidents need to talk to each other, not talk at each other, as has been the case over the past five years if they are serious about constitutional and administrative reforms, in whatever way each one of them visualise.
 
Sri Lanka: Competing resolutions can complicate decision for India at UNHRC
21 February 2014
At the UNHRC session next month, India should take the initiative to work out a consensus resolution, where not just the Sri Lanka-related 'accountability' concerns of the West but also the competing counter-concerns of 'friends of Sri Lanka' are also addressed.
 
Maldives: 'Institutions' crying for reforms faster than expected?
15 February 2014
With Maldive's Supreme Court serving 'contempt of court' notice on Election Commission members, a case is now getting increasingly made out for a review of the rights, powers and responsibilities of 'independent institutions'.
 
Maldives: Talk of 'another coup'
11 February 2014
For a second occasion in almost as many weeks, former Maldives President Mohammed Nasheed hinted at a change of the country's leadership. Such reports will sound credible only if the MDP is able to muster two-thirds majority in Parliament.
 
'Genocide' and 'equivalent'
04 February 2014
At this rate, the TNA can become ?untouchable? in national politics, as they were earlier. It does not serve the Tamil cause ? and certainly not the moderates? cause. It is the hardliners alone, many of whom are outside the country forever that will be happy.
 
India needs to prioritise concerns and interests in neighbourhood
15 January 2014
Among other things, India requires its neighbours to 'out-source' its larger geo-strategic security concerns in the shared Indian Ocean neighbourhood - and otherwise, too.
 
Need for a specific ministry to address fishing issues
13 January 2014
India needs to restructure the administrative set-up at the Centre and in the States. There is a need for separate Fisheries ministry with an independent minister. In Tamil Nadu, fisheries is a separate ministry with an independent minister, but there is no separate secretary.
 


 
 
 
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