Foreign Direct Investment Policy 2014: Status Quo for the Defence Sector

April 23, 2014

One of the provisions in the policy is that in the Information & Broadcasting and the Defence sectors, where the sectoral cap is less than 49 per cent, the company would need to be ‘owned and controlled’ by resident Indian citizens and Indian companies, which, in turn, are owned and controlled by resident Indian citizens. This is a virtual impossibility.

India’s abstention in the vote against Sri Lanka at Geneva: Likely Implications

April 16, 2014

Despite its abstention, India will continue to be evaluated negatively in Sri Lanka for its approach to the Tamil issue. Moreover, Colombo is also taking steps which may unnecessarily complicate bilateral relations.

Implications of India`s Services Voters

April 9, 2014

India has had a healthy tradition of the armed forces personnel being apolitical while being allowed to exercise their democratic right of voting in the electoral process. While the state police and central police and para-military units have been in the front tier of security network during the elections, the armed forces have discharged a crucial auxiliary-cum-supportive role.

India getting closer to a satellite navigational system

April 7, 2014

The uniqueness of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) is to have a system with satellites in the geostationary orbit. India needs to exploit the ‘regional nature’ of the IRNSS to the fullest and effectively engage various states from Africa, Asia and Oceania region by using ‘satellite navigation diplomacy’.

Running Low on Ammunition

April 3, 2014

If we have no qualms about importing from other countries why cannot we buy ammunition from our own private sector companies? While restrictions could apply to production of small arms and ammunition, for large calibre arms and ammunition there is a case for permitting the private sector companies to chip in.

Nuclear Security, the Summit Process and India

March 2014

India has been dealing with terrorism for several decades, and is therefore constructively involved in all genuine exercises for countering the menace.

Asian Strategic Review 2014: US Pivot and Asian Security


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The “Pivot to Asia” strategy qualifies to be called Obama Doctrine: a part of Obama’s “grand strategy”. This policy may radically redefine not only the US engagement with Asia but also the Asian strategic dynamics. This book looks at various facets of the pivot strategy, to include US, Chinese, regional and country specific perspectives with an aim of providing greater clarity and understanding.
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The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation: India Seeking New Role in the Eurasian Regional Mechanism

India, in 2005, acquired the observer status in the SCO. It has also expressed its desire to join the SCO as a full member. It is believed that China would try and delay India's entry as full member in this regional organisation, whereas Russia along with the Central Asian countries would continue to support India's full membership in the SCO. New regional and global order would demand greater cooperation between India and China in future.

India’s South Asia Dilemma and Regional Cooperation: Relevance of Cultural Diplomacy

January 2014

This article highlights the current relevance of cultural diplomacy not as a panacea for the problems in India’s relations with its South Asian neighbours but as a way of dealing with the dilemma it f

Federalising India’s Neighbourhood Policy: Making the States Stakeholders

January 2014

The politics of coalition has posed new challenges to India’s foreign policy.

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