Gautam Sen

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  • Gautam Sen is a retired IDAS officer who has served in senior positions at the Centre and in a north-east State Government.

    Palestine and US Presidential Candidates

    US-Palestine Relations

    None of the candidates from either major party has articulated a clear and unconditionally supportive long-term view in favour of the Palestinian cause.

    April 05, 2016

    Act East Policy and the CLMV Countries

    India's Act East Policy and CLMV countries

    While the economic-cum-strategic thrust towards CLMV countries has to be invigorated, a re-look at the Act East Policy is warranted to give it a more north-east development oriented under-pinning.

    March 29, 2016

    For Successful Implementation of the Land Boundary Agreement with Bangladesh

    It is essential in the interest of economic development and smooth rehabilitation of the affected people that funds as part of a comprehensive financial package be devolved to the West Bengal Government at the earliest.

    December 29, 2015

    The Continuing Political Stalemate in Manipur

    The Continuing Political Stalemate in Manipur

    Without going into the merits of the Inner Line Permit issue, the Centre should harness its resources and political and administrative skills adroitly to ensure that the State Government maintains the status quo in the matter till the next Assembly elections.

    December 14, 2015

    Meghalaya High Court Calls for Invoking Armed Forces Special Powers Act in Garo Hills

    Meghalaya High Court Calls for Invoking Armed Forces Special Powers Act in Garo Hills

    The Meghalaya High Court’s order directing the central government to consider invoking AFSPA in the Garo Hills is more like an advisory premised on a number of High Court and Supreme Court judgments.

    November 17, 2015

    Restoration of Inherent Financial Powers of Defence Services

    Restoration of Inherent Financial Powers of Defence Services

    The MoD Order mentions that the IFAs are expected to give due attention to macro- management issues, highlighting the need for them to be involved in the planning and plan-review process. These are laudable objectives, but a well-knit mechanism for their implementation does not seem to exist at present.

    November 12, 2015

    Aftermath of the Enactment of Controversial Statutes in Manipur

    The political imbroglio in Manipur has to be analysed through the prism of likely political gains and losses for the State`s major players, in juxtaposition to the scenario prevailing in adjoining States as well as inclinations of the Central Government.

    The political imbroglio in Manipur has to be analysed through the prism of likely political gains and losses for the State`s major players, in juxtaposition to the scenario prevailing in adjoining States as well as inclinations of the Central Government.

    September 29, 2015

    The Jeremy Corbyn Phenomenon in Britain

    Corbyn’s mandate includes popular support from many centrist and left-of-centre citizens, apart from a substantial number of traditional Labour Party members.

    September 14, 2015

    The Rajapakse Factor after Sri Lanka’s Parliamentary Elections

    The Rajapakse Factor after Sri Lanka’s Parliamentary Elections

    Notwithstanding the UNP victory, Rajapakse and his supporters will continue to wield substantial influence within and outside parliament.

    September 07, 2015

    Deployment of Central Forces in the North East: Need for a Realistic Security Audit

    Deployment of Central Forces in the North East: Need for a Realistic Security Audit

    The security audit should be done in a realistic frame and may include some interlocutors and officers of the C&AG`s department given their understanding of the functioning of the state government machinery at various tiers as well as their independence of approach.

    July 15, 2015

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