An Indo-French maritime partnership
For New Delhi, a nautical pact with France sends a strong message to India’s geopolitical antagonists in maritime Asia
India sees the belt and road initiative for what it is: evidence of China’s unconcealed ambition for hegemony
For 73 days between June and August 2017, Indian and Chinese troops were locked eyeball to eyeball over a small strip of land marking the tri-junction between India, Bhutan and China: the Doklam Plateau.
India’s unwanted girls
According to the latest Economic Survey, due to sex selective abortions alone, there are an estimated 63 million missing women from India’s population and two million more are missing from every age group every year due to abortions, neglect, disease and malnutrition of girls.
Sustaining growth in an unfriendly world
India can offer an alternative model aligned with the “open economy, freedom, democracy” matrix, if it can boost its tax to GDP ratio to generate the resources required for sharing growth.
What’s next for India’s space programme?
India has yet to decide how to frame its national interests in outer space in a way that promotes both its own national requirements and global needs — it has an opportunity to take the lead.
India needs a far more focused approach to dent China’s influence in South East Asia
We need a foreign policy approach that thinks beyond event management.
Beijing’s trajectory in science and technology shows India is far behind in the game
The Chinese have been putting serious money into key areas which they aim to become world leaders in the next decade or so. One of these is AI where the government and Chinese corporates are moving in a big way.
A strong India-US partnership is the best balancer to China’s growing power
America’s global hegemony is the sum total of its domination in various regions of the world like Europe, Middle East, or East Asia. Today when the Americans look at East Asia, they see a hugely enriched and militarily powerful China increasingly challenging them.
The mule and his very big nuclear button
Trump is the proverbial black swan which was not anticipated – a low probability, high-impact presence which is disrupting American politics, its alliance systems and its governance structures.
Be flexible on reforms, ensure ‘pain’ is shared
Fiscal 2017-18 will end with a real GDP growth of 6.5 per cent, helped by low inflation, versus 7.1 per cent last year.