India must keep its eye on the China Challenge in Modi’s second term
In Modi’s second term, India needs to be pragmatic and clear-eyed about the challenge that Beijing poses for its interests.
The Indo-Pacific contestations
As tensions between the US and China escalate, regional states in the Indo-Pacific do not have the luxury of time on their side.
Let’s stick to our guns on Pakistan
The Modi government has been diplomatically polite and is in no haste to reach out to Pakistan for bilateral talks yet.
Dealing with the big bully
Caught in the crosshairs, India is finding it difficult to go with US diktats.
Modi Formula for New India
In his speeches, given after the election results were out, Prime Minister Modi has dwelt at length on the concept of New India. He said that while 2014-19 was devoted to denting poverty, the second term will address the task of building a ‘New India’ by fulfilling the aspirations of the people. The New India will be an aspirational India.
US-China trade war: The Huawei hatchet
The US upped the ante on its ongoing trade and technology conflict with China this week with President Donald Trump effectively banning Huawei from the US market as concerns rise about Beijing’s potential use of its tech giant for espionage and gaining access to critical infrastructure. The US Commerce Department added Huawei Technologies Co and 70 affiliates to its ‘Entity List’ in a move that would bar the Chinese company from acquiring components and technology from US firms without prior US government approval.
Modi has been energetic on foreign policy, but global environment has turned adverse
A general election, even one in which an incumbent has won, marks a turning point. Personnel may not change, yet policies do. Sometimes because elections are a good time for stock taking. Sometimes because, especially in the case of foreign and security policy, external circumstances may have changed. Often, there is a push, too.
India’s defence policy challenge
India must streamline its defense procurement processes, and reverse declining capital investment relative to personnel costs
India’s Space Program: The commercial domain
The establishment of a new private institution has spotlighted New Delhi’s ongoing efforts to build out the commercial aspect of its space program.
European Biometric Identity Repository Project – National Security Trumps Privacy?
European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect on 28 May 2018, after years of deliberations inside and outside the EU parliament, and in all major economies of the world. That global data flows contribute to global GDP, and data driven innovation (DDI) are critical to individual economies is well recognized. Several studies show that the AI adoption in countries will nearly double the GDP growth rate of advanced economies in 10-15 years. Much has been talked about the conflict between DDI and privacy violation of individuals, while GDPR was in the making.