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Expressing concern: India's balancing act on Gaza
Kanchi Gupta
28 August 2014
India has moderated its position on the Israel-Palestine conflict over time, exchanging statements of condemnation for those "expressing concern". But behind India's strategic balancing act there also lies a precise domestic calculus.
Time for India to set priorities in South Asia
N Sathiya Moorthy
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.
Modi-Abe Summit: Need for a breakthrough
K.V. Kesavan
21 August 2014
Given the fact that both Modi and Abe enjoy commanding parliamentary strength and that they will stay in power for fairly long periods of time, their personal equations should enable them to work out a roadmap for the bilateral partnership based on mutual economic and strategic interests.
Widening communal fault lines pose challenge to Modi govt
Niranjan Sahoo
21 August 2014
Compared to an average 100,000 incidents annually in the 1980s and 1990s, India witnessed only 72,126 communal riots in 2013. Thus, overall there has been a drastic reduction in communal riots. Yet, these macro statistics do not reveal the changing nature of communal violence and their intensities.
Modi's ports
C. Raja Mohan
20 August 2014
Modi needs a credible domestic strategy to ramp up India's maritime infrastructure. A strategy of seeking multiple partners for India's maritime development would help Modi end New Delhi's current defensiveness on China's Maritime Silk Road initiative.
Can Modi turn slogans into concrete actions?
Jayshree Sengupta
14 August 2014
All that the government has to do is to focus on providing basic goods -- high quality primary education and healthcare, toilets and housing for all. When there is so much money in India in private and public hands, why is it taking so long for the government to do something to change the lives of millions of people?
Modi's per drop more crop dream needs a digital cover
R. Swaminathan
14 August 2014
The prime minister has shown a refreshing approach towards Indian agriculture, but for the real challenges to be surmounted he needs a massive dose of digital technology in all part of the value chain.
Modifying the district administration
Mohan Guruswamy
11 August 2014
We need to restructure government and administration in each of India's 568 districts. The District Collector/Deputy Commissioner, like his ICS predecessor, must become the executive head of the district with all branches of government subject to his/her authority and power. This must particularly include the police.
Resetting Indo-Nepal relations
Manoj Joshi
05 August 2014
The new Indian approach to Nepal, and to the South Asian region, form a core of the Modi government's foreign and security policy. The goal is to bind them closer to India through a web of economic relationships. To implement this vision, Modi also needs to untangle political issues that have bedevilled relations between India and them.
Why not Parliament oversight on Judges' appointment?
N Sathiya Moorthy
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.
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