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South Korea and Modi's Act East Policy
K.V. Kesavan and Vindu Mai Chotani
22 May 2015
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent visit to South Korea has further strengthened and expanded India-Korea strategic and economic ties. Modi's call to take the bilateral relationship to a higher level was responded positively by the South Korean leadership.
Still battling mistrust
18 May 2015
India and China have themselves shown how it is possible to manage disputes. However, it requires a pragmatic ability to confront festering issues and resolve them. By being unusually forthright in his speeches in Beijing, that is what Modi was trying to tell China.
Incremental progress, not flourishes in India-China statement
18 May 2015
Both India and China seem to be fixated on a "status quo plus" option, in that each side wants something more than the current LAC. Clearly, much more work needs to be done. For the moment, incremental progress is better than no progress at all.
Land Boundary Agreement - New catalyst in Bangladesh-India ties
Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty
16 May 2015
The passage of the Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) Protocol by Parliament not only removes all hurdles for the final settlement of India's longest border with any neighbour, but also paves the way for exchange of Enclaves and merger of Adverse Possessions by re-drawing the International Boundary (IB), also known as the Radcliffe Line.
Modi must ensure India is in China's Global Calculations
15 May 2015
China considers its relations with the US to be the most important. And yet, it has developed close strategic ties with Russia. Both have consistently supported Iran, carrying similar stance on the US position in Ukraine, and have signed multibillion-dollar energy contracts.
India-Iran and the Easing of Sanctions
14 May 2015
India's deepening engagement with the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council as well as Israel could also moderate New Delhi's diplomatic ties with Tehran. India-Iran relations were at their peak during then Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's visit to Tehran in 2001 and then Iranian President Mohammad Khatami's visit to India in 2003.
Make China India's natural ally for development
13 May 2015
The key challenge PM Modi would face in China is to completely debunk the hypothesis, which some people suspect, that a key objective of Modi's
policy is to contain China, in covert or overt support with the U.S., Japan and other affected nations. This task is not surely going to be easy.
A landmark in India-Bangladesh ties
12 May 2015
The Land Boundary Agreement between India and Bangladesh will strengthen cooperation on border management. The two countries should not only cooperate with each other in controlling cross-border crimes, but also work on improving the lives of the people on the border by encouraging cross-border trade.
Land acquisition: Learn from the States
Niranjan Sahoo & Shubh Soni
12 May 2015
The law makers from the government should know that the removal of two contentious provisions from the 2013 Land Act (LARR) would not end all the trouble facing land acquisition. Given land is a State subject, much would depend on how different states create "enabling conditions" for smooth acquisitions.
The Modi govt's economic story
12 May 2015
Modi himself is on record saying that it would take him 5-7 years to fulfil his agenda. That is a reasonable amount of time. The issue, however, is not how much time he deserves, but how much he will actually get, and no one can forecast that.
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