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28 May 2020

Sino-Indian border tension: Deja Vu all over again?

And India and China are at it again – soldiers clashing at the borders, growing transgressions, diplomats talking tough and armies boosting their presence in critical sectors. Like a bad memory, Sino-Indian border tensions have a way of making their presence felt at precisely the moment they are least needed. The world is struggling with Covid-19 pandemic and governments across the world are busy trying to get their heads around how to deal with a health and an economic crisis it has engendered to the best of their abilities. India is no different where the health crisis is yet to peak even as a burgeoning economic crisis is challenging its policymakers. We are told by many that big picture strategic issues can take a backseat as day to day management of a growing humanitarian crisis should be our priority.

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28 May 2020

Regional dimensions of global response to COVID-19

The regional approach to collectively combat the pandemic may have allowed global institutions such as the United Nations and its agencies to engage regional mechanisms.

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12 May 2020

The economic cost of COVID19 is bigger than the great depression

The COVID-19 pandemic, that infected nearly 2.4 million people and caused the death of 170,000 people as of on 21 April 2020, has brought about an economic disaster at the global level. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) expects the world economy to shrink by 3 per cent this year. The economic growth of the Asian region is also likely to plummet to zero this year, which is the lowest one in the last 60 years. Even the Great Depression of the 1930s had not created as much havoc as the present COVID-19. Whereas the Great Depression mostly had an impact on Europe and the USA, COVID-19 has hardly spared any country of the world.

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12 May 2020

Covid19 has forced us to think about building a remote working culture

We are all working from home now. Whether we like it or not, this will be the new normal. Emergencies have a unique ability to fast-forward culture. Until last year, experts believed that within a decade, 90 percent of companies will be remote-first and globally distributed. The coronavirus crisis is likely to shrink that timeline.

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12 May 2020

Disruption of the global aerospace and aviation industry — and lessons for India

Now is time for India to rise to the challenge and be the leader in the opening up of the aviation sector.

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28 April 2020

Xi’s moves seem to be backfiring

Last week, the Chinese city of Wuhan, the source of coronavirus last year, raised its official Covid-19 death toll by 50%, bringing the death toll in the city to 3,869 and increasing the national Chinese total to more than 4,600. Reiterating that there has been no lack of transparency, the Wuhan officials suggested, this increase had to do with updated reporting and deaths outside hospitals.

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28 April 2020

COVID19 and competition for influence in South Asia

As Covid19 overwhelms healthcare systems and paralyzes economies across Western Europe and the United States, concern is growing about the potentially devastating impact of the virus in the developing world. Countries in South Asia are especially vulnerable because of their high population density and insufficient government resources.

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28 April 2020

Fallout of COVID-19: Japanese and Koreans to shift base from China to India

The outbreak of the deadly coronavirus in the Chinese city of Wuhan has dramatically altered the social, political and economic lives of millions in as many as 205 countries. No one can even hazard a guess the kind of life the people shall lead in the future as social and economic norms are going to be reset, requiring adjustment in quick time.

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10 April 2020

Mexico can teach us COVID 19 management

Links are tenuous between India and Mexico. This marginally upper-middle-income economy (per capita income $10,500 about the same as China) with a population of 126 million (about the size of the state of Uttar Pradesh) doesn’t matter much geopolitically. It is tied at the hip to its powerful neighbour- the United States. No reason, therefore, for Indians to engage with it deeply- beyond the delectable Tacos. Or is there?

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10 April 2020

How Is COVID-19 reshaping China-India relations?

The global pandemic has hit amid the 70th anniversary mark for relations and affected perceptions and realities in ties.

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