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India-US relations will take new path under Joe Biden 

  • As America voted out incumbent President Donald Trump to reinstate a Democrat regime after a gap of four years, nations – big and small – immediately started calculating the profit and loss of the electoral outcome that the oldest democracy on earth produced.  I too could not resist the ...
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What Rajapaksa's win means for Sri Lankan Tamils?

  • Ever since Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s political outfit Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) emerged victorious in recently held parliamentary elections, there are muted apprehensions of the island nation returning to a militaristic, centralized approach to governance. Since Ra...
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Politics of vendetta tarnishes Maldives’ young democracy

  • Maldives, the strategically vital South Asian archipelago straddling the crucial sea lanes in the Indian Ocean, is silently enduring deep political turmoil in recent times due to the usurpation of right to peaceful assembly, free expression and fair judicial trials. Unfortunately, democracy is ...
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Conversations with stakeholders: Is the Afghan peace process showing signs of collapse?

  • Last February’s peace agreement between the Taliban and the US raised the prospect of wholesome intra-Afghan negotiations which could bring an end to the decades old conflict. But how difficult will it be for the disparate political stakeholders, including hardline Taliban, to arrive at a conse...
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Only a multipronged strategy can battle the invisible enemy: Covid-19

  • As I write this piece in the confinement of my home, the bustling and socially active city of Calcutta remains deserted, with India put under 21 days of lockdown to try and break a heavily mutated coronavirus transmission chain. Clearly, Premier Narendra Modi has pushed the panic button early, ...
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Whether it is Kabul or Kashmir, women’s participation is the key to peace 

  • The political and strategic setting in South Asia and its periphery has taken a curious turn with its two major hotspots, namely Afghanistan and Kashmir, witnessing unremitting back-channel endeavors to achieve a peaceful resolution of their complex problems.  In fact, all the stakeholder...
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Sri Lanka: The lessons for India and the region

  • While watching newly appointed Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa step into the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy after his appointment, it was as clear as day that politics has come a full circle in an island nation where the wounds of a bitter and protracted fratricidal civil war have jus...
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Sleepwalking into trouble

  • As Afghanistan, sitting at the crossroads of civilization since centuries, floats rudderless on a sea of unknowing, India’s Narendra Modi government has started fishing in the troubled Afghan waters with renewed vigor. Utilizing former Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s good office to destabilize...
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India’s naïve NSG bid

  • Is Narendra Modi-led government squandering precious diplomatic resources on seemingly unachievable objectives in the short term?India’s failed membership bid at the Nuclear Suppliers Group’s (NSG) 26th plenary meeting, held in South Korea’s capital Seoul, gives the impression that India is on a...
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Transforming health sector

  • Earlier this year Saudi Arabia outlined an ambitious plan to diversify its economy amid crude collapse and significant development in shale gas sector. In the words of Commerce and Industry Minister Taufik Al-Rabiah, the Kingdom now wants to get out of the Dutch Disease syndrome, of total...
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