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Devolution of Power from Centre to State

By Ratish Srivastava (@socilia13) States in India can play a bigger role in foreign policy formulation with active engagement in pursuing global economic opportunities, resource management, security issues and environmental issues. However, does that mean the centre will lose power...

The South-South Divergence on Global Environmental Regulations

By Ratish Srivastava (@socilia13) Historically, developing and emerging economies have participated in international negotiations but with time, the alliance has been strained, particularly between India and China. What does the developing world want? The developing world is diverse in terms...

Mind map of the Russian Influence Campaign on the US 2016 Presidential Elections

There is a myriad of information, along with conflicting views of whether and how Russia influenced the 2016 US Presidential elections. With multiple stakeholders on both sides of media and intelligence agencies attempting to convince or confuse the populace, the...

India needs a Guccifer of its own to play in the big leagues

Russian influence campaign against US 2016 elections shows the need for India to develop its own information warfare capabilities, not only to protect itself from foreign influence, but also to launch offensive operations to protect its national interests. During the...

Exploring Mongolia’s balancing behaviour

In the near future, it’s unlikely that Mongolia will position itself as one of the allies in India’s efforts to balance out Chinese influence | by Pranay Kotasthane (@pranaykotas) Mongolia’s supposed volte-face has attracted the attention of India’s strategic community in the...

When Popcorn Costs More than the Movie

Typical multiplex experience in Chennai – Popcorn: ₹180; Pepsi: ₹200. The all important movie ticket: only ₹120. By Natarajan Ramalingam (@natrajdr) While a cinema ticket in a multiplex costs ₹250 or more in other metros, the price caps set by...

A power-centric timeline of Pakistan

by Pranay Kotasthane (@pranaykotas) There have been some excellent books on various aspects of the Pakistan state in the last couple of years. However, I found one feature missing these books: a power-centric timeline of Pakistan. By this, I mean listing...

India’s Diaspora outreach — Is it a double edged sword?

India needs to develop a coherent and strong diaspora strategy that includes strategic evacuation operations By Guru Aiyar (@guruaiyar) As Bangalore played host the 15th edition of the Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas (PBD) from January 7-9, it is interesting to ponder...

On India—Portugal relations

by Pranay Kotasthane (@pranaykotas) Bárbara Reis, Editor-in-chief of the Portuguese magazine Publico asked me to comment on Portugal PM António Costa’s ongoing trip to India. Here are the questions and answers. [The full interview on the Public website is here] Q: How would you...

Data story: Lines of Credit supported by India

A brief overview of India’s lines of Credit to other nation-states by Pranay Kotasthane (@pranaykotas) India’s relationship with Mongolia has been in the news recently. After the Dalai Lama visited the Buddhist country, China suspended ongoing talks to grant a $4.2...
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