Denial of NSG membership to India at the Seoul meeting earlier this year is by all accounts an unacceptable loss of face for us, hardly behoving a country which is asserting to find its rightful place on the big table at the global stage.
The recently concluded visit of Nepal's Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ to India was significant on many counts, as it was a step taken forward to end the trust-deficit of recent times. Now it's time to assess how it's crucial to broaden the ambit of trust-filled bilateral ties to foster trilateral cooperation among India, Nepal and China.
Indian constitutional mandate has ensured the supremacy of the democratic-civilian rule, even though the state has entrusted the armed forces with a wide and powerful latitude of manpower and weaponry (including nuclear).
The present Indian government has demonstrated clarity about its objectives in every field and is bold enough to call a spade a spade. In the BrahMos missile system India has found a strategic 'lever' to demonstrate its security and strategic concern to the Chinese regarding their efforts to counter Indian influence in South Asia, writes Sumit Walia for South Asia Monitor.
While Finland and the Netherlands are about to pilot the Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) schemes, India’s Chief Economic Advisor, Arvind Subhramanian stated that Universal Basic Income (UBI) is likely to feature in India’s next economic survey. The schemes are government-backed guarantee that no one’s income should fall below the necessary level to meet their basic needs.
Any national discourse on the strategic front, including – or, starting with -- LEMOA should thus consider the impact of LEMOA-like agreements on India’s ‘strategic independence’, nurtured through decades. It’s not a personality-driven political concern, but a reality-check of the present for the nation’s good in the future, writes N. Sathiya Moorthy for South Asia Monitor.
Woman is equal to man because she, like man, is ‘subject supreme’. To talk of rights without understanding why rights are natural; to assert rights without knowing why those rights are inalienable and to not know the sacred self that validates those rights is to put the cart before the horse, writes Abheek Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor.
The state of the Indian woman today is one more nuanced than the negative international perception. Change has occurred, but it did not have the same impact everywhere. Thus, some segments as well as society as a whole still need a further shift in the status quo. The journey, for it is still dark must continue, till dawn, writes Chahrazade Nesrine Douah for South Asia Monitor.
Three weeks after the Americans had elected him as their next President, Barack Obama met a group of reporters and shared his thoughts on pitfalls of decision-making. In the course of that interaction, he made this point: “One of the dangers in the White House, based on my reading of history, is that you get wrapped up in groupthink and everybody agrees with everything, and there is no discussion and there are no dissenting views.”
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Over the Years, a collection of 106 short articles, offers us interesting sidelights on the currents and cross- currents in the public life of India during two distinctive periods: (I) 1987 to 1991 and (II ) 2010 to the present.