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.

    Provincial polls in Sri Lanka: A new dawn?

    Post-elections, one can now expect a meaningful political dialogue between the Sri Lankan government and the TNA on the feasible interpretation and application of the autonomy measures under the 13th Amendment.

    October 04, 2013

    Implications of New States in the Union of India

    Creation of new states is likely to undermine India’s polity and governance and consequently the socio-economic progress. Cost-benefit analysis suggests that only in some respects the newly-created states have performed better.

    September 12, 2013

    Nagaland: Political and Economic Assessment

    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.

    June 10, 2013

    Ethnic Tension and Political Drift in Myanmar

    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.

    May 27, 2013

    More Ethnic Riots in Myanmar: Disturbances in Meikhtila

    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.

    March 28, 2013

    The Legacy of Hugo Chavez

    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.

    March 20, 2013

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

    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.

    March 12, 2013

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

    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.

    March 04, 2013

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

    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.

    February 20, 2013

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

    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.

    February 18, 2013