Endeavours within a democracy: The case of One Rank One Pension

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To proclaim patriotism is a popular act, at least politically. To make use of patriotism is a plank of a nationalist and is the first recourse of every politician. Who will vote anyone to power if they did not speak … Continue reading

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Modi’s Hectic November!

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“Modi! Modi! Modi!” chanted the crowd, which seemed to have learnt from watching the videos of his speech in New York. With hands going up like a slanted salute to take mobile phone snap shots, it appeared like they were … Continue reading

Silky slippery roads: Indian and Chinese diplomacy

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Medieval diplomacy, border incursions and balance of power ideas detract the relations between China and India. There is no end in sight to this game and an underlying distrust frames the relations. This is unlike the how these nations treat western powers, or do they live in their shadow of influence. China and India have a lot to gain by developing a mutual trust. Continue reading

India Isn’t ‘Open for Business’ Yet – Bloomberg View

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I came across this article –  (see link below) which echoes a shared feeling that Modi will have difficulty translating his successes at a state level into a national one. Of course he will! Analysts and even sceptics know that … Continue reading

Defence reboot policy: Revamp R&D, simplify weapons purchase – The Times of India

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Is India’s nationalism going to blind its economic growth? The Modi government has moved swiftly to announce new measures which change the way things are usually done. This is a welcome change that dynamic leaders bring in, but how deep are the effects for the common man to grasp is the question. Continue reading

Rahul or Modi

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There is a buzz and news about Rahul or Modi who could be the next prime minister of India. There are many gaps before the 2014 elections. A brief look at the reasons why one could succeed to end up being the prime minister is in trying to understand Indian party politics. Is there a changed international relations expectation from the new prime minster? Continue reading