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Entering the SCO will test India’s equation with both Pak and China

Politics and diplomacy make strange bedfellows. A cliché, perhaps, but a truism too, and one that was on open display in Kazakhstan as both India and Pakistan entered the China — and Russia-led Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) as full-blown members. If you just did a double take at this list of unlikely partners, you wouldn’t… Continue reading Entering the SCO will test India’s equation with both Pak and China

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Celebrating Buddhist principles in a confrontational world: A high stakes visit to Lanka for PM Modi

This week, Sri Lanka is "Dhammadvipa", the island of Buddhist philosophy, as it celebrates United Nations Vesak Day to mark the birth, enlightenment and death of Lord Buddha on Friday. There have been fourteen international celebrations, but this is Sri Lanka's first time as host, even though it was instrumental in the UN's declaration of… Continue reading Celebrating Buddhist principles in a confrontational world: A high stakes visit to Lanka for PM Modi

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Crude Oil and Gas are not the real India-Iran problem. China is.

For major regional partners that consistently declare a strong friendship based on civilizational ties, India and Iran seem to have hit a bumpy patch - one that has the potential to expose serious differences between Tehran and Delhi, as the sheen of Prime Minister Modi's May 2016 visit to the Iranian capital wears off. While… Continue reading Crude Oil and Gas are not the real India-Iran problem. China is.

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What Geography and Economics Could Mean for India’s China Problem

In his book The Revenge of Geography, American scholar Robert Kaplan says the fact that China is blessed by geography is so basic that it is often overlooked in conversations about China’s growing economic and geo-strategic assertiveness. Quoting the British geographer Halford Mackinder, Kaplan writes, “who controls Eurasia, controls the world.” Today, as the world sits… Continue reading What Geography and Economics Could Mean for India’s China Problem

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Weapons of War Screens at the New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF2017)

Very pleased to share that our episode of India Matters from Bastar - Weapons of War: The Women of Bastar- has been selected for screening at the New York Indian Film Festival ( NYIFF) on Saturday May 6, 2017 at 3.15 pm at the Village East Cinemas on 2nd Ave @12th St. Synopsis: NDTV travels… Continue reading Weapons of War Screens at the New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF2017)

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Is Aggressive Nationalism Over Kulbhushan Jadhav and Kashmir Really the Way to Go?

In the din of rhetoric between India and Pakistan over the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, the most jarring question is why Pakistan chose to hastily court martial and sentence to death an Indian national on charges of spying. The sudden and provocative nature of the trial and sentence undermines any notion that back channels were working… Continue reading Is Aggressive Nationalism Over Kulbhushan Jadhav and Kashmir Really the Way to Go?