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Gautam Sen

Gautam Sen is ex-Additional CGDA and had served in the High Commission of India in Colombo during 1988-1990. Presently he is serving as Adviser (Finance) to Government of Nagaland.

Nagaland: Political and Economic Assessment

June 10, 2013

Delay in coming to an agreement between the government and the major underground outfits is only creating frustration among a large section of the Naga society as well as internecine dissentions among the various factions trying to outbid each other.

Ethnic Tension and Political Drift in Myanmar

May 27, 2013

The impact of discord and disharmony within the country has started manifesting itself in the economic sphere. Despite the US and EU relaxing their sanctions, development problems have started showing up.

More Ethnic Riots in Myanmar: Disturbances in Meikhtila

March 28, 2013

Unless the leaders of varying political hue and institutional oligarchs, including the military and, above all, Su Kyi, show political wisdom, incidents such as those in Meikhtila, Yamethin, and state military action against the Karens and Kachins will continue to recur.

The Legacy of Hugo Chavez

March 20, 2013

Chavez’s significance lies in his attempts to liberalise the international monetary system with regard to credit support for poverty alleviation schemes in Latin America outside the ambit of the IMF by setting up the Caracas-based “Bank of the South”, which was lauded by eminent economists like Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz.

The Sri Lanka File at the UNHRC: Need for India to Adopt a Balanced and Firm Approach

March 12, 2013

It will be in keeping with the normative principles of India’s foreign policy to support a resolution that does not undermine Sri Lanka’s sovereignty but stipulates a time-bound and monitorable implementation by the SLG as well as UNHRC of remedial measures in accordance with the LLRC recommendations.

The Defence Budget 2013-14: Reasonable in the Existing Circumstances but Need for Re-orientation and Reform

March 04, 2013

There is a need for an overhaul of the defence planning and budgeting systems to make them outcome oriented, which will lead to the development and maintenance of requisite capability through the defence forces as an entity over a specified long-term horizon.

Aftermath of Salman Khurshid’s Visit to Bangladesh: A Role for West Bengal Too

February 20, 2013

India should grasp the opportunities which are discernible in the political horizon in Bangladesh and deepen relations through engagement at the track two tier involving India’s political parties as well as by involving West Bengal as a major partner.

Support for Security-Related Expenditure of State Governments through Central Finance Commission

February 18, 2013

The state governments may consider projecting their claims before the FFC for a Central devolution to fund their SRE expenditure, and the FFC should respond favourably and institutionalise this process.

Cooperation Between India and Bangladesh on Control of Arsenic Poisoning

January 28, 2013

India and Bangladesh need to work together in the field of health and medical research to devise expedient measures to contain the menace of arsenic poisoning of ground water.

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