The Brazilian Senate has just voted 55 to 22 to impeach President Dilma Rousseff. She will be suspended for the next 180 days while the same body tries her on the charge of understating the size of the budget deficit before the last election.
India’s Look/ Act East policy is growing a new gateway. Conventional wisdom had Myanmar as India’s lean-in platform for Asia. Bangladesh may be hijacking that role.
While India remains locked in a 1947 relationship with Pakistan and a 1950s one with Nepal, Bangladesh seems to have broken out and India and Bangladesh are taking simple but significant steps towards a new neighbourhood paradigm. The relationship is not problem-free by any stretch of the imagination, neither will it probably ever be. But dawn is breaking.
China's recent invocation of the Non- Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to try and block India's entry to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) ignores Beijing's own record of helping North Korea, Pakistan and Iran acquire nuclear and missile technology in violation of international non-proliferation regimes.
The Supreme Court’s ruling on the call drop issue should act as a wake-up call to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. Though the decision to strike down TRAI’s order may appear to be anti-consumer on the face of it, a full reading of the judgment reveals there were several gaps in the proposed regulation that would have left mobile users no better off than they are now. The process followed by TRAI was so arbitrary and non-transparent that even if the regulations had been implemented, consumers would have found it difficult to get compensated for the inconvenience they faced due to frequent call drops.
Sacking its envoy for maintaining too close a relationship with the foreign government is a serious charge.
Nepal did just that to its envoy in New Delhi, Deep Kumar Upadhyay, allegedly for colluding with India to topple the KP Oli government in Kathmandu. It also cancelled the scheduled visit of the Nepali president to the Indian capital at the eleventh hour.
The benefits of the internet economy, from a dramatic fall in money-transfer costs to being able to access low-cost education content online, are well-known, but the issue is how many Indians will benefit from this despite the very high penetration of mobile phones. One graphic in the World Bank’s Digital Dividends report says it all
While Russia, with falling energy prices and a depreciating rouble, has found it increasingly difficult to market its oil and gas and finance its energy infrastructure developments, next door Japan has been importing expensive LNG from half way across the world to meet its energy requirements. Both countries can mitigate their economic problems to a degree by simply enhancing their bilateral trade and energy ties. Their geopolitical postures and options would also improve if they would cooperate more, writes Monish Gulati for South Asia Monitor.
The United Nations arbitration tribunal’s decision on the Italian marines case, announced on May 3, seeks to placate both India and Italy over a tragic incident that led to the death of two Indian fishermen off Kochi in February 2012.
India sees this visit as a marker of a new beginning whose goal is to establish a much stronger relationship with Papua New Guinea, which is the largest in geographical area as well as population, among Pacific island countries. This visit is part of India's growing engagement with Pacific island countries. It is seen as a progression of the two the Forum for India–Pacific Islands Cooperation (?FIPIC?) summits held in Fiji and India in 2014 and 2015 respectively, writes Aniket Bhavthankar for South Asia Monitor.
F there is an election, can politics of religion be far behind? Especially where Muslims constitute 34.2 per cent of the population and they are in a majority in nine of the state's 34 districts?
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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.