Smruti S. Pattanaik

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

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

    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.

    May 2016

    Sri Lanka: Would a Domestic Judicial Mechanism Deliver Justice to the Tamils?

    Sri Lanka: Would a Domestic Judicial Mechanism Deliver Justice to the Tamils?

    International oversight in the form of a panel of judges and the UNHRC mechanism in general are likely to help address the apprehensions of the Tamils about a domestic investigation mechanism.

    October 06, 2015

    New Nepal, Old Politics

    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.

    September 28, 2015

    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

    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.

    July 28, 2015

    Notun Projonmo-Nayi Disha in India-Bangladesh Relations

    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.

    June 11, 2015

    Agenda for Modi’s Visit to Bangladesh

    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.

    May 29, 2015

    Bangladesh: Hacking Free Thinking to Death

    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.

    May 21, 2015

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

    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.

    September 2014

    Modi’s Visit will Herald a New Chapter in India-Sri Lanka Relations

    Modi’s Visit will Herald a New Chapter in India-Sri Lanka Relations

    Prime Minister Modi’s visit is likely to improve the atmospherics to a significant extent, introduce a positive vibe into the process of engagement and serve as a stepping stone for deepening the relationship further.

    March 12, 2015

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