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Smruti S. Pattanaik

Smruti S. Pattanaik is Research Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile

Why India matters, by Maya Chadda

July 2016

Few issues have drawn as much attention and have been debated as intensely as the rise of India. There has been a plethora of literature that almost dissects various factors that have contributed to India’s rise and what the future holds for the country. Will India emerge as a major player in the international system? Will it be able to compete with a rising China as an Asian power? These are some of the questions that have confronted scholars of international relations and security.

Will Sri Lanka overcome its economic woes?

April 14, 2016

Research Fellow IDSA, Dr Smruti Pattanaik’s article on Sri Lanka’s financial crisis, titled ‘Will Sri Lanka overcome its economic woes?’ was published in the East Asia Forum on April 14, 2016.

Sub-regionalism as New Regionalism in South Asia: India’s Role

May 2016

India’s engagement with its neighbours received a policy reinvigoration after the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government assumed power and announced its ‘neighbourhood first’ policy. The first sign of this policy was visible when Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited all the heads of state of the neighbouring countries for his oath-taking ceremony, on May 26, 2014. India’s interest and engagement with the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) has also intensified in the past few years – from being a reluctant player to driving the regional economic agenda.

New Nepal, Old Politics

September 28, 2015
New Nepal, Old Politics

The issue of ‘consensus’ that has been at the core of writing a constitution has been eroded through majoritarianism to secure the entrenchment in power of the hill political elites.

Touching base . . .

September 21, 2015

Research Fellow, IDSA, Dr Smruti Pattanaik’s article on Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wikramasinghe's recent visit to India, titled ‘Touching base . . .’ was published in The Sunday Observer on September 20, 2015.

The Rajapakse ‘Coup’ and Upcoming Parliamentary Election in Sri Lanka

July 28, 2015
The Rajapakse ‘Coup’ and Upcoming Parliamentary Election in Sri Lanka

For the people of Sri Lanka the choice is clear – between de-democratisation represented by Rajapakse and his supporters, and democratisation represented by Sirisena and his political allies.

Notun Projonmo-Nayi Disha in India-Bangladesh Relations

June 11, 2015
Notun Projonmo-Nayi Disha in India-Bangladesh Relations

While heralding a new era in building regional connectivity, the Modi government has taken what was a warm relationship with Bangladesh to a new high.

Agenda for Modi’s Visit to Bangladesh

May 29, 2015
Agenda for Modi’s Visit to Bangladesh

In the true spirit of a democracy, Modi should reach out to leaders of all major political parties in Bangladesh and convince them of India’s intention to work as a partner in progress and development.

Bangladesh: Hacking Free Thinking to Death

May 21, 2015
Bangladesh: Hacking Free Thinking to Death

Bangladesh is slowly and surely moving towards a perilous future that threatens the foundational values on which the liberation war was fought and the state founded.

The Tamil Nadu Factor in Post-war Sri Lanka: Perspectives of Tamils and Muslims

September 2014

Growing international concerns about human rights violations in the last phase of the Eelam war and the continued surveillance and intimidation of the Tamils in Sri Lanka have drawn the attention of their co-ethnics across the world. The southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, which had detached itself from the political events in Sri Lanka after Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination, has renewed its interest. In the post-war phase, the plight of Sri Lankan Tamils has become an emotive issue.