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Human capital: Where does India stand?

The skew in India towards younger generations highlights the disconnect between today’s education system and the skills required in the labour market. Upon analysis of the Human Capital Report – 2015, released recently by the World Economic Forum (WEF), it is clear that for India to tread on the path of long-term economic success, the […]

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Sri Lanka, India and China: An Uncertain Triangle

For India and Sri Lanka, the presence of China and the fall of Rajapaksa mean that the relationships have to be recalibrated.  Nowhere in South Asia has democracy been so unpredictable as in Sri Lanka. Six weeks before the election in January 2015,  President Mahinda Rajapaksa appeared unbeatable, even invincible. Elected as  President in 2005, […]

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India’s grand strategy for the 21st century

Piecing together the elements of India’s geostrategy since its independence. A review of Beyond South Asia: India’s Strategic Evolution and the Reintegration of the Subcontinent. The Indian Prime Minister made a whirlwind tour to the Indian Ocean island states of Sri Lanka, Seychelles and Mauritius a couple of weeks ago. While some analysts termed this […]

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Foreign policy in transition

A review of Arijit Mazumdar’s Indian Foreign Policy in Transition: Relations with South Asia Indian foreign policy was given renewed vigour by newly appointed Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s invitation to South Asia’s heads of government to his inauguration in May 2014. Modi attempted to breathe fresh life into not just South Asian bilateral relations but […]

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After the visit

Sri Lanka – China relations after Xi Jinping’s visit and the implications for India’s Sri Lanka policy. Within the last month, Sri Lanka has received attention from some prominent Asian visitors. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe travelled to Sri Lanka in early September, marking the first Japanese head-of-state visit in 24 years. In early October, […]

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It’s always long term for China

The Chinese President’s decision to skip Islamabad from his tour does not mean that China is ready to dump Pakistan. There is nothing to be excited about Chinese President Xi Jinping’s decision to skip Pakistan during his forthcoming South Asia tour. Some might argue that it would have been a good time for Xi to […]

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Lines drawn in sand

A review of Samanth Subramanian’s This Divided Island.  Samanth Subramanian’s This Divided Island is not a travelogue or a memoir. Nor is it a political thriller, a singular piece of academic oral history, or a journalistic account of someone covering a war. It is all of the above and more. To categorise this book within a single […]

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The next Indian government and foreign policy priorities

A look at the key areas of priority for the incoming government. Once the dust settles in yet another iteration of the world’s largest democratic exercise, a new government in India will be confronted with monumental challenges in every phase of governance. It will need to move quickly to address areas that were neglected hitherto, even […]

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