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Making Sense of China’s Dream

Why does the India-China border flare-up with regularity? For China, it is not about determining where the boundary lies, it is about establishing primacy.

India’s Economic Dependence on China

India cannot afford to cut its economic links with China since imports from its northern neighbour dominate sections of the economy, especially in electronics and pharmaceutical intermediates. This is the result of the neglect of domestic industry for decades.

Revisiting Partition Debates

The Global Connections
Partition debates in India drew on the League of Nations’ discussions on minorities in the nation-states created after World War I. The League’s legacy persisted beyond Partition, even making a ghost appearance in the controversy over Assam's NRC.

Knowns and Unknowns in the Covid-triggered Global Economic Crisis

The traditional toolbox of fiscal and monetary measures will not help deal with the exogenous shock given by Covid-19 to the global economy. In these unknown waters for now the state can at best ramp up medical services and devise proper relief for the poor.

A Cuban Travelogue

Close to half a century after K. Vela Velupillai tried to visit Cuba, he finally travels to the island in the Caribbean Sea. He sees changes taking place; there is also confirmation of the Cuban project. A diary of a 11-day visit in early 2019.

Can India and China escape their recent history and reshape their engagement?

India-China relations need to be seen through the four filters of co-operation, competition, conflict and containment. The softening of tensions after the 2018 Wuhan summit gives the two countries an opportunity to manage the four “Cs” to their mutual benefit.

A Decade After the Nuclear Deal

An increase in nuclear power was promised as an outcome of the Indo-US nuclear deal. That promise has not materialised, but citizens have paid a high price not just in economic terms but also through the loss of democratic rights and environmental well-being.
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