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27 November 2020

The ball is in China’s court

With its strong response across spheres, India has shown that it has options and a willingness to exercise them.

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27 November 2020

How is urban poverty different from rural?

The past practice of seeing all poverty in a rural light and applying rural solutions in urban conditions will not yield the expected results.

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27 November 2020

Pakistan: the Dossier Charade

On 14 November 2020, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar in a joint press conference unveiled a dossier allegedly containing ‘irrefutable evidence’ of India's sponsorship of terrorism in the country.1 The underlying message was that India had become a rogue state and was indulging in state terrorism. India had four supposed objectives: putting obstacles in Pakistan's progress towards peace, economic instability, creating chaos and political instability in the country.

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13 November 2020

Madam Vice President, you have the floor

What does the election of the first female Veep of the United States mean for women in politics?

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13 November 2020

A Biden presidency and US-India economic ties

As President elect Joe Biden makes his first moves towards the White House without garnering a concession from the incumbent, it is time to assess the real import of the choice that American voters have made. This choice and the very nature of it will have an impact on how the global order shapes up in the coming years. For all the talk of American decline, the way most of the world has been obsessed with the Trump versus Biden contest underscores the influence America continues to wield around the globe. In fact, China and Russia, two nations who never get tired of telling the world that the US is no longer the world’s superpower, are still waiting and watching till every last vote is being counted to officially congratulate the victor!

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13 November 2020

Gendered effect of pandemic across the food system

Covid-19 has significantly impacted both lives and livelihood with major disruptions like lockdowns, travel restrictions, and non-essential business and school closures. At the beginning of 2020, about 690 million people were undernourished; with the strike of the pandemic, this number could rise by about 130 million. Not only is the food sector critical to the food and nutrition security, but also plays a major role in economic empowerment. The pandemic has affected food systems at all levels―globally, domestically, locally, and in the home itself.

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30 October 2020

Chinese technonationalism: An era of “TikTok diplomacy”?

The politicisation of technology is not new. However, China’s ambitions in promoting homegrown companies at the expense of foreign competitors is bringing a slew of new concerns.

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30 October 2020

Time to move on

Beijing’s aggression has made India’s diffidence about alignment obsolete.

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30 October 2020

Climbing up the gorge of recession

We have got used to being feted by the international community as a “rising great power”. This suits our exaggerated self-perception and the choreographed diplomatic dance of real Great Powers (US and EU) with China, truly, a risen great power, albeit increasingly not a benign one.

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15 October 2020

In troubled waters

Bangladesh roping in China on Teesta project a challenge for India.

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