A transformed global economic landscape

Shyam Saran, Business Standard The 2007-08 global financial crisis continues to alter the world’s economic scenario, argues the writer in the first instalment of a two-part series The investment and export-led growth model that marked the emergence, successively, of the east Asian, south-east Asian and Chinese economies, is being questioned in the light of developments…

India and Japan to deepen defense, trade ties

Gabriel Domínguez, dw.com 8 Dec 2015 Amid China’s muscle-flexing in Asia, Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe will embark on a three-day India visit, hoping to seal key defense and trade deals, as well as a civil nuclear pact. DW examines the Indo-Japanese partnership. It’s been described as a relationship in an upward trajectory. And ties between…

India, US decide to deepen military-to-military ties

India will participate in the Rim-of-the-Pacific (RIMPAC) multilateral naval exercise and another multilateral Red Flag exercise – an air-to-air combat exercise in 2016. India and the US have decided to further deepen their military-to-military ties by participating in more bilateral exercises. The decision came during a meeting between Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and his US counterpart Ashton Carter yesterday.…

Nepal treads a perilous path

Shyam Saran, Business Standard 8 Dec 2015 Projecting a Pahari-Madhesi divide as reflecting an India-Nepal divide grossly distorts the reality on the ground. The contrived controversy over the so-called blockade of the India-Nepal border has obscured the perilous path on which the current ruling elite in Nepal is taking the country. A deliberate and risky…

Delhi to Rawalpindi

C. Rajamohan, Indian Express 11 Dec 2015 After much trial and error, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appears to have found an appropriate framework for engaging Pakistan. New Delhi’s challenge now is to hold its nerve, amid the reflexive criticism at home of the government’s Pakistan policy, and make something of the political space that Modi and…

Asian G-2: Modi and Abe are drawn together

C, Rajamohan, Indian Express 11 Dec 2015 It has been the received wisdom for decades that neither Japan nor India can lead Asia in the 21st century. After its Asian ambition was gutted by a comprehensive defeat in World War II, Japan was constrained by its peace constitution. Newly independent India began with the dream…

A Fillip for the TAPI Pipeline

Michael Tanchum, The Diplomat 3 Dec 2015 Construction on the long-stalled Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) natural gas pipeline will soon commence with ground-breaking ceremonies scheduled for December 13. In the run-up to the start of construction the previously troubled pipeline project is poised to receive new financial backing from an international oil company based in the United…