Paper co-authored by Hamzah Rifaat & Tridivesh Singh Maini on "The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor" - Stimson

January 30, 2017

In April 2015, Chinese President Xi Jingping visited Islamabad to inaugurate the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a $46 billion investment in Pakistan’s energy and transportation sectors. As part of China’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative, CPEC is designed to promote regional connectivity among Pakistan, China, and Eurasia.1 CPEC is bound to have geopolitical implications for Pakistan and the broader region, especially given the scale of the proposed investments and its connection to OBOR. 2 For Pakistan, this corridor is viewed as a symbol of the indomitable relationship it shares with China.

Article co-authored by Tridivesh Singh Maini and Shaun Star on "A Strong State of Affairs: India and Australia’s State-to-State Engagement" - The Diplomat

January 26, 2017

Over the past two decades, state governments in India have increased their engagement with the outside world. This outreach has increased in recent years – especially the last two — as a consequence of the current Modi government laying a strong emphasis on subnational diplomacy.

Article by Deepanshu Mohan on "The Budget After Demonetisation: How to Better Plan Government Expenditure" - The Wire

January 24, 2017

In the 2017 Budget, the government has the opportunity to correct its misguided approach to spending and focus more on the social progress side of development.

Article co-authored by Tridivesh Singh Maini on "Beyond Oil, India And UAE’s Goals Dovetail On Clean Energy" - Outlook

January 22, 2017

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan becomes the first non-head of state/government to be the Chief Guest for Republic Day in fifty years

Article by Deepanshu Mohan on "India Is Very Much Part of the Global Productivity Slowdown" - The wire

January 19, 2017

Despite the success of some Indian industries since the 1990s, we are now seeing a major productivity gap circumscribing the prospects of industrial growth.

Book Review: 'The Making of Indian Diplomacy: A Critique of Eurocentrism' Published in Swarajya (The book has been authored by Deep K. Datta-Ray) -

January 14, 2017

Indian diplomacy has long vexed its observers, occidental and oriental alike. Lacking in a culture of periodical declassification and easy access to past and present practitioners, the workings of South Block remain impervious to methodical scholarship. In this environment, a book that promises to reveal not only how Indian diplomacy is conducted but also why it is such an enigma is a welcome arrival. As the title avers, The Making of Indian Diplomacy: A Critique of Eurocentrism seeks to properly establish the functioning of the members of the Indian Foreign Service in the culture and traditions of their homeland rather than in Christendom's theories of statecraft.

Article by Deepanshu Mohan on "The Budget After Demonetisation: Will the Government Reform India’s Tax Structure?" - The Wire

January 14, 2017

Demonetisation was meant to widen India’s tax base and increase our abysmally low tax-GDP ratio. The government could further this aim in more concrete ways through the Budget.

Article by Prof. Tridivesh Singh Maini on "India-China ties: Can sub-national governments help in bridging the gap" - China-India Brief #86

January 13, 2017

One of the important changes which has taken place is the importance being given to the role of states and Provinces in this significant but extremely challenging relationship. Significantly, during his visit to India in September 2014, President Xi Jinping landed in Ahmedabad (Gujarat — the home state of PM Modi). In 2015, during his visit to China, PM Modis first stop was Xi’an, President Xi Jinping’s home town.

Book Review: “Modi Doctrine – The Foreign Policy of India’s Prime Minister” Published in Daily Times - Daily Times

January 11, 2017

Sreeram Chaulia’s ‘Modi Doctrine’

Modi also wants the Indian diaspora to learn from the Chinese diaspora who made FDI act as a primer for an investor-exporter model in China.

Article by Dr. Nehginpao Kipgen on "End the blame game in Manipur" - Huffington Post

January 11, 2017

The state of Manipur has been hit by over two months of indefinite economic blockade on the national highways 2 and 37 - Imphal-Dimapur and Imphal-Jiribam - which are the two lifelines that connect the state with other parts of India.

Article by Dr. Nehginpao Kipgen on "Trump on Myanmar still a mystery " - Bangkok Post

January 10, 2017

As the inauguration of US President-elect Donald Trump draws near, political observers are watching prospective changes in US foreign policy with anxiety.


January 09, 2017

The primary assertion of this book is to underline the roots of ‘Indian diplomacy’. In its analysis of the roots of Indian diplomacy, the author, Deep Kumar Datta-Ray, focuses on the diplomatic practices of the West. He argues that, due to the anarchic and binary approach, modern Western diplomacy was not able to unite the world because the denial of unity is the fundamental basis of this theory. In a reference to Hedley Bull, the dominant trope for diplomacy – anarchy – remains ‘the central fact of the international system and the starting place for theorizing about it’.

Article by Prof. Tridivesh Singh Maini on "What Demonetization Means for Indian States" - The Diplomat

January 06, 2017

Demonetization has had a mixed impact on Modi’s efforts to have cordial ties with opposition chief ministers, what had been dubbed as “cooperative federalism.” He has found both support and opposition from unexpected places.

Article by Deepanshu Mohan on "Modi’s Economics in 2016: More Facade, Less Development" - The Wire

January 05, 2017

“I have always had a Marxist understanding of history: democracy is a result of a broad modernisation process that happens in every country. Neocons think the use of political power can force the pace of change, but ultimately it depends on societies doing it themselves.” – Francis Fukuyama.

Article by Dr. Nehginpao Kipgen on "When Continuity Makes Sense" - The Poineer

January 04, 2017

Whether the Trump Administration will have an interest or focus on Myanmar, will also depend on America's broader policy toward the Asia-Pacific region. But as the leading advocate of democracy around the world, the US needs to focus on its policy objectives.

Jindal-Tsinghua India Immersion Programme Fosters Better Sino-Indian People-to-people Exchanges - The Hindu Business Line

January 18, 2016

Paper co-authored by Tridivesh Singh Maini published in IM Business Journal of Budapest Business School, Volume 1, Issue 2, Dec 2016 -

January 01, 1970


The bilateral relationship between India and Saudi Arabia was restricted whom India gets substantial remittances, which in 2015 was recorded nearly $11 billion, a new low after Indian expatriates were hit hard due to fall in global crude oil prices (Chaudhary, 2016). Both India and Saudi Arabia have begun to look beyond the oil business for a solution. A solution that could work as a catalyst to create a sustainable relationship for both the countries amidst the current economic situation and internal reforms taking place within Saudi Arabia. This paper shall discuss the economic active outreach towards the Middle East.

Article by Tridivesh Singh Maini on "Trump’s Foreign Policy: How Will It Impact India?" - IPP Review

February 27, 2017

In recent days, India’s attention has been on some of the changes introduced by the administration of US President Donald Trump. They include restrictions on H1-B visas, as well as the US’ attempt to get the UN to impose a ban on Masood Azhar, the head of Jaish-E-Mohammed. The travel ban imposed on seven Muslim-majority countries, as well as Trump’s approach towards China and Japan are also being watched closely in India. While New Delhi is keeping an eye on whether the ban on the seven countries could be followed by harsh steps against Pakistan, Trump’s approach towards China and Japan will not determine but certainly impact India’s role in the Asia-Pacific.

Article by Deepanshu Mohan on "In an age of resentment?" - South Asia Democratic Forum

February 27, 2017

Alexis de Tocqueville in Democracy in America (1840) said that ‘to live in freedom, one must grow used to a life full of agitation, change and danger’; in other words: one may move quickly from ‘unlimited freedom’ to a ‘craving for unlimited despotism’. With the implosion of the Soviet Union in 1991, the Western model of ‘modernization’ embedded in the concept of ‘free-market capitalism’ triumphed across the world. Free-market capitalism, an economic system rooted in liberal ideas of  individualized rationality (driven by an ‘autonomous rights-bearing’ individual’s self-interest-maximizing behaviour) as well as in the concept of  ‘free’ trade and an alluring faith in markets as self-equilibrating forces, transformed in the 1990s to a religion of universal progress across most of Asia, Africa and Latin America. However, in today’s times of ISIS expansion, Brexit, Trump’s Presidency, rise of far-right extremist groups and other similar contemporary politico-economic developments, it seems that ‘modernization’ and ‘modernity’, driven by forces of democratization and free-market based capitalistic systems ultimately led to what George Santayana (a Spanish-American author) calls as an inciting ‘lava-wave of primitive blindness and violence’. One may appositely ask, to what extent was a blind belief in capitalistic systems, rooted in the transformative (cap)abilities of such ‘rational’ forces of ‘modernity’, responsible for our age of ‘nihilistic violence’ and resentment?. A complex question indeed, and one that Pankaj Mishra seeks to unravel in his most recent book Age of Anger. This article reviews Age of Anger and attempts to contextualize Mishra's analysis in explaining the dominant feeling of 'resentment' widespread across the geopolitical space today.

Book Review: 'Democratisation of Myanmar' Published in an Oxford forum- Tea Circle (The book has been authored by Dr. Nehginpao Kipgen, JSIA ) - Oxford Forum - New Circle

February 26, 2017

The transition from an authoritarian regime to a democratic polity has never been an easy one. A constant tussle to retain positions of power and authority has often overshadowed the willingness to listen to the unheard voices of the masses. Every developing country has its own story of transformation to tell, its own trajectory to traverse. Myanmar is not an exception. Nehginpao Kipgen tries to unravel the processes and circumstances that contributed to the democratic transition in Myanmar.

Article by Deepanshu Mohan on "What Policymakers Can Do About Healthcare in Rural India" - The Wire

February 24, 2017

While most policy discourse tends to argue for an increase in healthcare spending to improve overall services, little attention is paid to the quality of healthcare facilities. In a recent article, I argued how increasing rural spending on schemes such as the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), skill development (STRIVE, SANKALP) and agricultural development (Fasal Bima Yojana, e-NAM) has not significantly impacted outcomes. This makes it pertinent for the government and policymakers to consider evidence from outcome assessments before appropriating massive sums of taxpayer’s money.

Article by Dr. Nehginpao Kipgen on "Rohingya face undeniable cruelty " - Bangkok Post

February 23, 2017

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in its report released on Feb 3 detailed that widespread human rights violations against the Rohingya population by Myanmar's security forces have put tremendous pressure on the Myanmar government.

Article written by Dr. Nehginpao Kipghen on "Internal worries have repeatedly questioned the increase in silence is not gold" - Mingpao

February 23, 2017

Myanmar last week announced the end of the military operations in Rakhine State, Luo Xingya humanitarian crisis is expected to be suspended, but Aung San Suu Kyi (Figure) actually led the National League government failed to stop the violence in mid-month, attracted the international community strongly dissatisfied, When he came to power, the "goddess of democracy" halo gradually faded in higher political and moral standards. Some scholars believe that Su Ji in dealing with the case of Luoxing constraints, but she faced with the Muslim legal counsel attack a low-key reaction, in its governance and freedom of the press more retrograde, she is duty-bound. Su Ji in the country to remain silent on the dispute, anti-questioning the outside world more deeply.

Article by Deepanshu Mohan on "In the pursuit of a ‘good’ economy" - World Commerce Review

February 21, 2017

There is a vital need for a morally acceptable, welfare inducing economic system, Deepanshu Mohan writes

The best thing is understanding… This activity is supreme, since understanding is the supreme element in us…. Happiness derives from some sort of study’

Article written by Dr Samrat Sinha on "Surrender & Rehabilitate: Insurgent Demobilization & Reintegration in Northeast" - Indian Defence Review

February 19, 2017

Interpreting the data on the mosaic of insurgencies in India’s Northeast is an extremely complex process. Whereas India’s post-independence historical development has witnessed (and is witnessing) significant cases of armed insurrectionary violence, the discourse on understanding conflict and its solutions has been marked by two inherently contradictory perspectives.

Article by Dr. Nehginpao Kipgen on "Sizing up the shadowy leader of the Rakhine State insurgency" - SouthEast Asia Globe

February 16, 2017

As Myanmar’s security forces continue their crackdown on the nation’s Muslim Rohingya minority, foreign-born fighter Ata Ullah is leading a group of insurgents in guerrilla warfare.

Article by Dr. Nehginpao Kipgen on "Can Growing Pressure on Myanmar Bring Change for Rohingya?" - IPI Global Observatory

February 15, 2017

A United Nations report released earlier this month detailed widespread human rights violations against the Rohingya population by security forces in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State, some of which its authors claim may amount to crimes against humanity. The question now is, will it lead to any meaningful improvement in the plight of this ethnic minority?

Paper co-authored by Deepanshu Mohan, Tanuja Raghunath and Sanjana Medipally on "Governing Dynamics of Cross-Border Trade: A Case Study from the Indo-Bhutan Border Region" - SADF Focus

February 14, 2017


The northeast part of India shares around 98% of its border with neighboring countries in the eastern parts of South Asia. The spatial positioning of North Eastern states of India and their engagement with some of the neighbouring countries shape the governing dynamics of cross-border transnational developments; be it social, economic, cultural and political.

Article by Dr. Nehginpao Kipgen on "Ko Ni’s Assassination Is a Blow to Myanmar’s Democratization" - Foreign Policy Journal

February 10, 2017

Regardless of the motive behind Ko Ni’s murder, it is a blow to the consolidation of the country’s democratization process.
Ko Ni, a prominent Muslim lawyer and a key member of Myanmar’s ruling National League for Democracy party (NLD) party, was shot dead at Yangon International Airport on January 29.

Article by Dr. Nehginpao Kipgen on "Suu Kyi fails to break silence after adviser shot dead" - The Bangkok Post

February 09, 2017

The assassination of Ko Ni, a prominent Muslim lawyer and a key member of Myanmar's ruling National League for Democracy party (NLD) Party, has dealt a big blow to the country's democratisation.

The prominent lawyer who had just returned from an official trip to Indonesia was gunned down at Yangon International Airport on Jan 29.

Book Chapter written by Tridivesh Singh Maini in 'India-Pakistan Trade Normalisation: The Unfinished Economic Agenda' - India-Pakistan Trade Normalisation

February 06, 2017

It has often been argued that greater connectivity and opening of land crossings between India and Pakistan will help not just in enhancing people-to-people linkages, but also in giving the much needed boost to economic relations between both the countries. A perfect instance to illustrate this point is the Wagah–Attari land route. In spite of numerous roadblocks, there has been a significant increase in the level of bilateral trade over the past decade through this route.

Article by Dr. Nehginpao Kipgen on "Who Can Solve the Rohingya Issue?" - Foreign Policy Journal

February 04, 2017

It will be difficult for Aung San Suu Kyi to end the violence against the Rohingya without the approval or cooperation of the Myanmar military.
Conflict between the Rohingyas, a Muslim minority in Rakhine state in western Myanmar, and the local Buddhist population has been an international concern since 2012 when violence first erupted.

Article by Dr. Nehginpao Kipgen on "Who is fit to solve the Rohingya crisis? " - Bangkok Post

February 04, 2017

As the conflict between the Rohingya, a Muslim minority in Rakhine state in western Myanmar, and the local Buddhist population goes on, many are curious as to who is able to realistically resolve the issue. Many would like to put the responsibility on Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy government, which came to power last year.

Article by Deepanshu Mohan on "With Budget 2017, Modi Government Has Taken Key Steps to Improve India’s Tax Structure" - The Wire

February 03, 2017

The finance minister’s announcements on moving towards a more progressive direct tax structure and tax incentives for MSMEs are heartening.

Article by Deepanshu Mohan on "HOT TAKES: INDIA’S 2017 BUDGET" - South Asian Voices

February 02, 2017

India’s 2017 budget proposes some key measures that are likely to increase the ease of doing business in the country and help smaller businesses grow over time across various sectors. The government has used this budget to project itself as an enabler rather than just a regulator.

Article by Deepanshu Mohan on "HOT TAKES: INDIA’S 2017 BUDGET" - South Asian Voices

February 02, 2017

India’s 2017 budget proposes some key measures that are likely to increase the ease of doing business in the country and help smaller businesses grow over time across various sectors. The government has used this budget to project itself as an enabler rather than just a regulator.

Article by Deepanshu Mohan on "Social Progress, the 2017 Budget Has More Questions Than Answers" - The Wire

February 01, 2017

Expenditure announced does not seem to have any connection to what has worked (or not) in the past.
This is the first in a two-part series on analysing the announcements made in the finance minister’s Budget presentation on February 1.

Brandeis Now : President- India mission far exceeded expectations - Brandeis Now

February 17, 2012

Article by Deepanshu Mohan on "The Arithmetic Behind India’s Goods and Services Tax" - The Wire

March 30, 2017

There are a few kinks to be worked out, but if implemented well, the manufacturing sector could be a GST winner while the telecom sector is likely to be worse off.

Article by Dr. Nehginpao Kipgen on "Fluid State" - The Telegraph

March 30, 2017

One of the major promises of the Bharatiya Janata Party in the recently held assembly elections in Manipur was to end the economic blockade imposed by the United Naga Council and ensure that such blockades do not take place in the state. After taking oath as the new chief minister of Manipur, Nongthombam Biren Singh of the BJP sent government officials to the Senapati district headquarters to hold a tripartite dialogue with the UNC representatives and the Central government.

Article by Dr. Nehginpao Kipgen on "Manipur: Uncertainty Remains Despite End to the Economic Blockade" - Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies

March 28, 2017

Nehginpao Kipgen

Assistant Professor and Executive Director, Centre for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), Jindal School of International Affairs, O.P. Jindal Global University

Article by Dr. Nehginpao Kipgen on "Challenges still mar Myanmar's peace process" - Bangkok Post

March 25, 2017

Myanmar has witnessed some of the longest internal armed conflicts in the world, and despite several attempts to promote national harmony, a number of challenges remain. The first is the disunity among among the armed ethnic groups. When eight of these signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) in October 2015, it was seen by many as the culmination of more than two years of negotiations aimed at bringing an end to the country's long-running conflicts.

Article by Dr. Nehginpao Kipgen on "Challenges in Myanmar’s peace process" - The Huffington Post

March 24, 2017

Myanmar has witnessed the longest internal armed conflicts in the world. Despite the several attempts to resolve the problem, several challenges remain.

Article authored by Tridivesh Singh Maini on "Is there hope for India and Pakistan's difficult relationship? Will Islamabad take action against terror groups?" - Strategic Review

March 22, 2017

India-Pakistan ties have hit rock bottom in the past year, with the tipping point being the Uri terror attacks in September 2016, when terrorists attacked an army base killing 18 soldiers. India retaliated with surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LOC), which saw the death of 38 terrorists and two soldiers killed.

Article by Deepanshu Mohan on "New National Health Policy Paves Way For More Hype and Less Action" - The Wire

March 21, 2017

The new National Health Policy identifies what needs to be done, but fails to address who will do it and in what manner.

Article authored by Tridivesh Singh Maini on "Lessons from the Punjab election" - The Dialogue

March 20, 2017

The only state which gave the Congress Party something to cheer about was the border state of Punjab. Under the stewardship of Captain Amarinder Singh, the party won a swashbuckling 77 seats, just one short of a 2/3rd majority. The only time the Congress surpassed this tally was in the 1992 Assembly election (the party secured 87 seats), when the Shiromani Akali Dal had boycotted this election. In Goa and Manipur too, the Congress emerged as the single largest party, but the BJP has managed to form the government by seeking the support of independents and local parties.

Book Review: “Modi Doctrine – The Foreign Policy of India’s Prime Minister” authored by Prof. (Dr.) Sreeram Chaulia. - Hardnews

March 17, 2017

After a resounding victory in the 2014 parliamentary elections, Narendra Modi invited the heads of states of neighbouring countries for his swearing-in. India’s phlegmatic foreign policy establishment was taken aback by this move that was described as the first step to give meaning to his government’s “neighbourhood first” approach. Leaving aside Bangladesh’s Sheikh Hasina Wajed, every leader including Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif showed up. The thought process that underpinned Modi’s move raised hopes of a new compact in the region which promised to usher peace and prosperity in the sub-continent. This was the unveiling of the Modi doctrine on foreign policy, which gained more flesh with the passage of time as Modi scoured different parts of the world, signing deals and taking selfies. The big question is, how was his approach to foreign policy different from that pursued by earlier governments?

Article authored by Tridivesh Singh Maini on "WHAT PUNJAB’S NEW CM COULD MEAN FOR INDIA-PAKISTAN TIES" - South Asian Voices

March 17, 2017

Fighting off the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP)-Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) alliance and new entrant Aam Aadmi Party, the Indian National Congress returned to power in Punjab after a gap of 10 years.  This victory can be largely credited to Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, whose personal charisma and aggressive campaigning won it for the Congress. It remains to be seen how Singh, who was also CM from 2002 to 2007, deals with issues like rampant drug addiction, unemployment, and the abysmal fiscal situation in the state. But Punjab being a border state with Pakistan, Singh is also in a position to impact cross-border relations.

Article authored by Tridivesh Singh Maini on "India-Taiwan Ties: Looking beyond Beijing" - Science Technology and Security Forum

March 16, 2017

For very long India’s Taiwan policy has been hyphenated with its ties with Beijing. Over the past few years, India however has strengthened economic ties with Taiwan, and a number of Taiwanese companies including Foxconn have invested in India. The Taiwanese electronics maker has promised to invest 5 Billion USD over the next 5 years in a manufacturing plant in Maharashtra. Bilateral trade between both countries, estimated at 5 Billion USD, is of course way below the actual potential, though it has steadily risen over the years. Taiwanese investments in India too have witnessed a rise, but there is scope for increasing the same. In addition to this, there have also been efforts to strengthen political ties, and enhance people to people contact. One of the major steps taken for giving a fillip to tourism and people to people contact is liberalization of visas. Indians can now apply for a Taiwan visa online.

Article authored by Tridivesh Singh Maini on "Dealing with Trump: India Needs to Think Outside the Box" - IPP Review

March 15, 2017

US President Donald Trump has a large number of supporters as well as critics in India. Those sympathetic to Trump believe that he has been a victim of left liberal propaganda and Washington insiders who are not comfortable with someone who is outside the Beltway and wants to challenge the status quo. Some draw parallels between his predicament and that of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi — especially with regard to both leaders’ strained relations with the media. The latter however was an outsider to New Delhi but not the political system per se.

Article authored by Tridivesh Singh Maini on "Modi’s victory" - Daily Times

March 14, 2017

PM may make one final attempt to reach out to Pakistan. The recent house arrest of Hafiz Saeed, some encouraging statements by the Pakistan army chief along with India's decision to attend the Indus Waters Commission are cited by optimists as positive dev.

Article written by Kartikeya Dwivedi on "Foreign Policy Analysis: India-US" - The Libertarian Weekly

March 14, 2017

There is ongoing speculation about the relationship that will exist between Modi's India and the new United States administration. This article is relevant on the assumption that India has become, or is in the process, of South Asian regional dominance. Further, Donald Trump's discourse toward foreign policy in both economic and political principles have many analysts worried. In addition, Trump's administration has not expressed any concrete terms regarding the relationship it hopes to forge with India.

Trump has used nomenclature that previous Heads of States have not used, creating severe uncertainty towards his foreign policy. But, with regard to India, Trump has expressed both, admiration for current Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and his crackdown on bureaucratic corruption.

Article authored by Tridivesh Singh Maini on "India’s ties with the GCC: The Kerala angle " - South Asia Democratic Forum

March 08, 2017

India and GCC Countries 

The Modi government has put special emphasis on strengthening ties with GCC (Gulf Cooperation council) countries, while of course also bolstering ties with Iran and Israel. The Prime Minister has visited UAE (August 2015), Saudi Arabia (April 2016) and Qatar (June 2016). While the importance given to GCC countries has not come as a surprise, given the convergence of interests over the past decade, what has surprised many analysts is the fact that Modi still has not visited Israel, though the President, Pranab Mukherjee has visited. 

Article authored by Tridivesh Singh Maini on "Making Room for Indian States in Foreign Policy" - The Diplomat

March 08, 2017

If India wants its states to help boost ties with neighbors, the central government needs to move beyond mere slogans.

Article by Dr. Nehginpao Kipgen on "The Philippines' South China Sea Flip-Flop" - The Diplomat

March 02, 2017

The Duterte administration’s inconsistent approach toward the disputes is making diplomacy even more difficult.

Article by Deepanshu Mohan on "Why Is the Government Still Obsessing Over GDP Statistics?" - The Wire

March 02, 2017

While an important measurement, GDP is far from adequate to judge a country’s economy and socio-economic conditions.

Article by Dr. Nehginpao Kipgen on "Gauging the breeze in Manipur" - The Hindu

March 01, 2017

The 2015 Framework Agreement on the Naga issue is a key concern in these Assembly elections

Democratization of Myanmar': New Book Examines Myanmar's Historic Transition from Military Rule to Democracy - The Telegraph

March 29, 2016

Jindal University conducts Track II Dialogue on India and Israel : India Education Diary -

March 31, 2015

Article by Deepanshu Mohan on "A proliferating civil war amidst leaking identities" - World Commerce Review (UK)

April 24, 2017

Deepanshu Mohan is Assistant Professor of Economics, Assistant Dean (Academic Affairs) and Executive Director for New Economic Studies at the Jindal School of International Affairs, OP Jindal Global University

Article by Dr. Sreeram Chaulia on "French Presidential Election : In this too-close-to-call poll, we can expect the upexpected" - The Economic Times

April 23, 2017


Article co-authored by Deepanshu Mohan and Raghu Vinayak Sinha on "India’s Tryst With a Rising Debt Overhang" - The Wire

April 18, 2017

The discourse around non-performing assets (NPAs) remains largely focused on private corporations while debt concentration in public sector undertakings flies under the radar of scrutiny.

Article authored by Tridivesh Singh Maini on "On CPEC, India Should Be Tough but Not Rigid" - IPP Review

April 14, 2017

Over the past year, India’s ties with China have witnessed a downward spiral despite New Delhi’s earnest efforts towards improving the relationship. Some of the key reasons for the relationship going downhill are: China’s steadfast opposition to India’s entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group; Beijing’s decision to block a resolution at the UN which would designate the Jaish-E-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a terrorist; and of course, the ambitious China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.

Research article written by Deepanshu Mohan on "Reinvoking a Notion of Freedomhood in Developmental Discourse " - World Commerce Review (UK)

April 12, 2017

India today is incessantly marching to rapid economic growth pushed through rapid industrialization, infrastructural growth, encouraging more foreign direct investment etc. in the pursuit of achieving the end goal of economic development for all its sovereigns, as cited in most political statements made. However, in the pursuit of economic development for all there seems to be a gap in somewhere over leveraging on economic growth alone, for attaining legitimacy in distribution of economic outcomes while compromising on a more legitimate process to developmental growth. The compromised process here may refer to the sacrifice of basic freedoms of people which seems to affect the overall well-being of sovereigns in the long run.

Article written by Tridivesh Singh Maini on "The Trump-Xi Meeting: Lessons for India" - The Diplomat

April 11, 2017

“New Delhi would do well to use Xi’s visit to study the key principles of negotiating with Trump.”

Article co-authored by Deepanshu Mohan and Shivkrit Rai on "Why RTE Implementation Needs Rethinking: Observations From Sonipat, Haryana" - The Wire

April 07, 2017

While the Right to Education Act focuses on educational inputs – infrastructure, teachers, books – attention also needs to be paid to assessing learning outcomes.

SIA-Tel Aviv University joint international conference on India-Israel academic dialogues - Business Standard

April 05, 2017

Hope PM travels to Israel with bipartisan delegation: Tharoor.

'India-Israel ties not just strategic, can even cooperate to ensure energy security' - The Week

April 04, 2017

Prof. Asher Susser, director of external affairs at the Moshe Dayan Centre for Middle Eastern Studies in Tel Aviv University, has a regret. He hasn't been to India earlier.

Acting Ambassador of China Speaks at Jindal University - The Telegraph

April 20, 2016

Jindal University Organizes Dialogue on Economic Development in Kashmir - PTI

April 11, 2016

25 Indian Army Personnel Pursue Intensive Course in learning Mandarin -

April 08, 2016

Higher Education : Bringing Israeli Perspective to India - THE JERUSALEM POST

April 04, 2015

Article written by Dr. Pankaj Jha on "The 16th Shangri-La Dialogue: What is at stake for India?" - The Indian Econimist

May 31, 2017

Article written by Dr. Sreeram Chaulia on "The ISIS mindset, and how it must be fought" - The Asian Age

May 30, 2017

Article written by Deepanshu Mohan on "India Needs to More Closely Examine Its Jobless Growth Problem" - The Wire

May 30, 2017

Concerning structural trends among the self-employed, gender disparity in employment and severe sampling flaws with the quarterly employment surveys should be tackled head-on and not ignored.

Article written by Dr. Sreeram Chaulia on "India should forge ties with small countries to keep China at bay, say experts" - Live Mint

May 25, 2017

At an event to mark Narendra Modi’s three years in office, foreign policy experts said that one of the major challenges that India would have to face is the US and China teaming up as G-2

Article co-authored by Dr. Urvashi Aneja and Vidisha Mishra on "Digital India Is No Country for Women. Here’s Why" - The Wire

May 25, 2017

It’s time to acknowledge that technology by itself is not empowering; it must be inter-linked with broader policy interventions across social sectors.

Dr. Sreeram Chaulia to speak at panel discussion on “Deconstructing the Modi Doctrine: Three Years of Modi’s Foreign Policy” at Brookings Institution India Center, New Delhi -

May 24, 2017

The panel discussion on “Deconstructing the Modi Doctrine: Three Years of Modi’s Foreign Policy” featuring, Vijay Chauthaiwale, Rajiv Kumar, Sreeram Chaulia and Smita Prakash.The discussion, moderated by Dhruva Jaishankar, Fellow for Foreign Policy at Brookings India, will attempt a critical appraisal of India’s foreign policy over the past three years, and identify areas of agreement and divergence among the participating authors and commentators.


Article authored by Dr. Nehginpao Kipgen on "The united states of Myanmar?" - The Hindu

May 23, 2017

Various models of federalism are on the table at the Panglong conference


Article written by Dr. Sreeram Chaulia on "Cyberattacks send a wakeup call to Asia" - Asian Review

May 23, 2017

The WannaCry malware unleashed on May 12 that locked up over 300,000 computer systems in 150 countries for ransom payment signified the mother of all cyberattacks in its geographic sway and sophistication. It unveiled a new era of hyper-globalized threats to information security and critical infrastructure that respect few national or regional boundaries, and that claim victims from all walks of life.

Article written by Prof. Dr. Sreeram Chaulia on "South Asian Satellite: A giant lift off for regional integration" - Today Online

May 17, 2017

Article by Deepanshu Mohan on "The impulse of power" - World Commerce Review (UK)

May 12, 2017

Deepanshu Mohan is Assistant Professor of Economics, Assistant Dean (Academic Affairs) and Executive Director for New Economic Studies at the Jindal School of International Affairs, OP Jindal Global University

Book Review: Sreeram Chaulia’s ‘Modi Doctrine: The Foreign Policy of India’s Prime Minister’ - India Foundation

May 08, 2017

Despite the persistent domestic challenges of poverty and inequality, India enjoys recognition as arising and responsible power in the emerging world order. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in India came to power in a landslide victory in May 2014 under the leadership of Narendra Modi. There was a lot of speculation at home and abroad over India’s possible foreign policy directions after Modi’s ascent to power. A parliamentary majority achieved by a single party for the first time in India since 1984 amplified the expectations, and hence, scholars and observers wondered how Modi’s leadership mattered for India’s foreign policy, and for the emerging global order.

Experts Call Attention to Promoting Large Scale Studies on the History of Genocides at Conference on Mass Violence & Memory - The Telegraph

May 21, 2016

Jindal University Hosts Discourse on 'India-Africa Relations in the 21st Century' - India Today

May 13, 2016

Jindal University Signs MoU With Chengchi University of Taiwan to Promote Transnational Research Framework on Asia-Pacific - The Telegraph

May 10, 2016

Article co-authored by Tridivesh Singh Maini and Sandeep Sachdeva on "Modi’s visit to Israel will benefit Indian IT, agriculture" - DNA

June 29, 2017

Article written by Atharva Deshmukh on "Flower power: Kenya’s blossoming floriculture industry" - The Indian Economist

June 23, 2017

Article written by Dr. Sreeram Chaulia on "Will Modi's diplomatic skill be enough to take on Trump's fickle politics?" - The Economic Times

June 23, 2017

Article written by Dr. Sreeram Chaulia on "Panama's wake-up call for Taiwan" - Nikkei Asian Review

June 15, 2017

Article authored by Dr. Nehginpao Kipgen on "Federalism, peace process on Suu Kyi's Canada agenda" - Nikkei Asian Review

June 06, 2017

At the invitation of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Myanmar's State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi is making her first trip to Canada as her country's de facto leader, from June 5 to 9. The two leaders plan to meet on June 7.


Article authored by Dr. Nehginpao Kipgen on "Challenges of Myanmar's peace process " - Bangkok Post

June 05, 2017

The second session of the 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference made substantial progress that offers a beacon of hope for sustainable peace in Myanmar.


Article written by Dr. Sreeram Chaulia on "America's exit from Paris climate deal is a grave injustice to the developing world" - The Economic Times

June 04, 2017


Article written by Dr. Pankaj Jha on "GROWING CONFLICTS OVER SOUTH CHINA SEA" -

June 03, 2017

The region, as an Exclusive Economic Zone of China, has been a matter of dispute in Asean circles. China’s constant malevolence is gathering detractors, including India


Article authored by Dr. Nehginpao Kipgen on "Why are ‘secession’ and ‘federal army’ so crucial to Myanmar’s peace process?" - Global New Light of Mayanmar

June 02, 2017

The second session of the 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference which started on May 24th ended on the 29th, a day later than the originally scheduled. The conference brought together some 1,400 representatives from the government (executive branch), the parliament, the military, invited political parties, ethnic armed organizations and civil society groups.   


PM Nawaz Sharif's Ouster: Pakistan and Neighbourhood should brace for repercussions - The Economic Times

July 30, 2017

The ouster of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on corruption charges by the Supreme Court is a stark reminder of how an unfortunate country is trapped in a vicious circle that dashes dreams of democracy. In a system where no prime minister has ever been allowed to complete a full term and where real executive authority vests in a non-elected structure comprising the military establishment aided by allied judges, politicians, bureaucrats and news media, the will of Pakistan’s people continues ..

Article written by Dr. Sreeram Chaulia on "China crushed Liu Xiaobo to make an example of anyone who challenges Communist Power" - The Economic Times

July 16, 2017


What the G20 Hamburg Summit Should Really Have Focused On - The Wire

July 09, 2017

G20 members should have explored possible economic cooperation on addressing the global productivity slowdown, fighting the rise of informal credit and reducing discriminatory taxation.

Article authored by Dr. Sreeram Chaulia, Professor and Dean, JSIA on "With PM Narendra Modi’s Israel visit, India crosses the rubicon" - The Economic Times

July 06, 2017

How can we better value and approach the experience of work? - World Commerce Review

July 06, 2017

Viktor Frankl, an Austrian psychologist once said: “Don’t aim at success- the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it… For success, like happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue, as the unintended side-effect of one’s personal dedication to a course greater than oneself.”


Article written by Dr Khinvraj Jangid on "Modi Visit: How Israel Went From 'Contaminated' by Colonialism to India's Strategic Ally" - Israel's Haaretz

July 03, 2017

Article authored by Dr. Sreeram Chaulia, Professor and Dean, JSIA on "WHY MODI MATTERS TO ISRAEL" - The Jerusalem Post

July 03, 2017

Article written by Dr. Sreeram Chaulia on "Modi-Trump meet incites the dragon" - The Asian Age/Deccan Chronicle

July 01, 2017

Book titled Nation, Ethnicity and the Conflict in Afghanistan written by Raghav Sharma, Assistant Professor, JSIA - Routledge UK

July 13, 2016

Nawaz Sharif’s Exit and the Pakistan-China-India Triangle: Why Islamabad Needs a Serious Re-Think - IPP Review

August 31, 2017

All eyes in the next few months, into the elections of 2018, will be on how Nawaz Sharif, who  resigned last month, as Prime Minister of Pakistan after being disqualified from Parliament by the Supreme Court, will play his cards vis-à-vis the Pakistan army. Will Sharif, who was also forced to resign as president of his party, PML-N, adopt an aggressive posture with the Pakistan army, or play it smartly? In his first two tenures as Prime Minister, his tussles with the army led to his removal, in his third he did not share particularly cordial relations with them, though he was more cautious and decided to step down once he was disqualified him from parliament. Yet, during a series of rallies which he undertook in his removal from office, he did target the army.

Winning in Afghanistan: Trump’s pipe dream - Russia Today

August 26, 2017

Spanish lessons - The Asian Age

August 22, 2017

As ISIS has trademarked self-radicalised do-it-yourself jihad, it places maximum emphasis on drilling Islamist passion and commitment.


India Independence Day: Like Israel, India's Founding Values Challenged From Within by Religion - Haaretz

August 16, 2017

As the Indian republic completes 70 years of independence, its democracy has a record of worthy success against many odds. The political trajectory of this third world nation-state marvels as much as it intrigues.

The Removal of Nawaz Sharif and Changing Role of Punjab in Pakistani Politics - FDI Associate

August 15, 2017

IndiaAt70: Our Best Lies Ahead - Republic

August 15, 2017

As India completes seventy years of independence, it is an opportune moment for a retrospective on how this Asian giant has fared in meeting the expectations of its people and of the world. An ancient civilisation with a vast landmass and population, India has attracted plenty of fascination, praise and criticism from a variety of standpoints.

India at seventy: For this continent-sized nation, the quest for a place in the sun continues - The Times of India

August 15, 2017

India Independence Day: Like Israel, India's Founding Values Challenged From Within by Religion - Haaretz

August 15, 2017

As the Indian republic completes 70 years of independence, its democracy has a record of worthy success against many odds. The political trajectory of this third world nation-state marvels as much as it intrigues.


Building bridges: The two Punjabs as a model for India-Pakistan relations - LSE

August 11, 2017

Despite periodic détentes since the 1990s India-Pakistan relations are at a low point ahead of the anniversary of Partition. On the other hand, the two Punjabs have often had a better relationship, despite the fact they bore the brunt of the upheaval and violence alongside Sind and Rajasthan 70 years ago. Tridivesh Singh Maini and Sandeep Sachdeva discuss how people-to-people contacts and trade ties have contributed positively towards reducing hostilities, and write that central governments should recognise the benefits of creating an environment where these linkages can flourish.

Article written by Dr. Sreeram Chaulia on "India and Japan combine forces to counter China" - Nikkei Asian Review'

August 08, 2017

Japan and India, Asia's second and third largest economies respectively, are achieving closer strategic convergence, a development that could reshape Asia. Since 2014, the two countries have elevated their ties to a "special strategic and global partnership," shaping the security and economic architecture of Asia in an apparent move to counter the rising power of China.


Paper authored by Deepanshu Mohan Published in Journal of Governance and Regulation (Volume 6, Issue 3) -

August 08, 2017

A discourse on human rights, is built on including such rights as part of a broader, universal framework (accommodating for moral, ethical claims) that go beyond any constitutionally derived claims and rights or any given set of legitimate laws that are defined by the sovereign of a country. In recent decades, invoking a discussion on safeguarding human rights has become a major way of challenging the level of inequities and oppression within and across countries today that are circumscribing the possibilities of realizing any form of developmental growth. This paper makes an attempt to study the basic formulation of rights, particularly in context of a human rights based approach to development (through a right to development) and exploring its analytical affiliation with the discipline of social choice theory. The social choice approach, as discussed in the paper, has something substantial to offer within the moral, ethical considerations involved in human right(s) formulation by offering a more systematic, non-arbitrary, analytical reasoning basis to the subject. Without getting into the mathematical details of the axioms involved in the theoretical construction of social choice, I draw a general linkage between the formal reasoning behind social choice theory (i.e. involving a diverse set of individual values and preferences in its social welfare function) and its operational connection with human rights, using freedoms as an integral part of the human rights based approach to development.

Article written by Karin Costa on "Despite crisis, Venezuela and India to up investment in energy sector" - Financial Express

August 08, 2017

Despite the ongoing crisis in Venezuela, New Delhi and Caracas are continuing their joint investments in the energy sector. Venezuela’s PDVSA and ONGC have agreed to further invest in the San Cristobal joint venture (JV) over the next few years to increase production. In 2016, the two companies had signed a contract to increase production in the Orinoco Oil Belt worth $318 million and this year the first high pressure water pump was inaugurated. Diplomatic sources told FE that India continues to be one of the largest buyers of Venezuelan crude. Over, 400,000 bpd continues to be procured by Indian companies. “In view of the large and growing refining capacity in India, firms such as IOCL (for their refinery in Paradip) are ready to procure crude from Venezuela. This would be a possibility in future when production of Venezuelan crude increases,” one of sources said. “The other oil JV in Venezuela with participation of Indian firms (OVL, IOCL and Oil India) is expected to do better as infrastructure in the area develops and the economic situation in Venezuela improves,” the source said.

Article co-authored by Tridivesh Singh Maini and Sandeep Sachdeva on "Japan Is Building India's Infrastructure" - The Diplomat

August 02, 2017

In recent years, India-Japan relations have considerably improved in both the economic and strategic spheres. July provided two important examples of how strategic ties have improved immensely. First, there were the week-long trilateral naval exercises between India, Japan, and the United States, which this year came amidst the standoff between India-China over the Doklam plateau. Then on July 20, the landmark India-Japan civil nuclear agreement came into force. The pact was signed in Tokyo on November 11, 2016, during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Japan. According to the deal, six new nuclear reactors will be built for power generation. India and Japan are also working on Asia-Africa Growth Corridor (AAGC), which was unveiled on May 23, 2017 during the 52nd Annual Meeting of the African Development Bank (AfDB) held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

After Doklam, India and China to Meet at BRICS Summit - The Diplomat

September 30, 2017

Article written by Dr. Sreeram Chaulia on "As Germany goes to vote today, Angela Merkel is poised to yet again capture power" - The Economic Times

September 25, 2017

The federal election in Germany on September 24 is a remarkable political event due to the phenomenon that never fails — Angela Merkel. Having already served as chancellor for the last 12 years, she is poised to yet again capture the highest percentage of votes and seats for her right-of centre Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and to keep ruling Europe’s most powerful nation for a record-equalling fourth term.

Here’s the one man in Myanmar who can end Rohingya Misery - South China Morning Post

September 16, 2017

If there’s one person who can immediately end the brutal scorched-earth campaign against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine region, it is Senior General Min Aung Hlaing. But as the number of refugees fleeing the violence for neighbouring Bangladesh rapidly rises towards 400,000, there is little sign the 61-year-old military chief is considering a cessation of hostilities.


Los rohinyás, un éxodo de más de 400 mil personas - EL Tiempo

September 16, 2017

Las cifras son dramáticas. En tres semanas, al menos unos 400.000 miembros de la minoría étnica rohinyá han huido hacia Bangladés de la violencia militar en Birmania, desencadenada después de que el insurgente Ejército de Salvación Rohinyá de Arakan (Arsa) atacó casetas policiales y militares en el estado de Rakáin, a finales de agosto.


Blaming Suu Kyi will not end the Rohingya crisis - Hindustan Times

September 15, 2017

Can India ignore the Rohingya crisis? - The Hindu

September 15, 2017

Over 379,000 Rohingyas have fled Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh. India should come forward to help the refugees. The reasons are threefold: maintaining a tradition of generosity, and economic and strategic factors.

Article written by Professor Deepanshu Mohan on "The curse of implementation" - The Tribune

September 14, 2017

Recent empirical evidence cited about the scale of economic disruptions caused by policies of demonetisation and Goods and Services Tax (GST) across India signals a structural, rudimentary problem with the craft of economic policymaking in India that is especially relevant for contemporary times. The problem stems from not only using a centralised, unilateral approach to public policymaking but also one that seems to be consequentially-independent of the outcomes surfacing from the policy's own implementation cycle. This fare-thee-forward approach to public policymaking is apparent from the current state of policy implementation scenarios from the cases of demonetsation and GST. 

A disconnect in the Rohingya conundrum - The Japan Times

September 13, 2017

SONIPAT, INDIA – As of last Friday, the United Nations refugee agency said 270,000 Rohingya have crossed the border since the Myanmar Army launched clearance operations in northern Rakhine state on Aug. 25, following attacks by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) on police posts.


Commentary: Aung San Suu Kyi's political realities and the murky path to peace in Rakhine - Channel News Asia

September 12, 2017

The international community should focus on ceasing hostilities and finding a long-term approach to the complex Rohingya issue instead of criticising Aung San Suu Kyi, says Nehginpao Kipgen.

Don’t single out Aung San Suu Kyi for Myanmar’s Rohingya crisis - South China Morning Post

September 11, 2017

Last Friday, the United Nations refugee agency said 270,000 Rohingya Muslims have crossed the border since the Myanmar army launched clearance operations in northern Rakhine State on August 25, following attacks by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army on police posts.



After Doklam, India and China to Meet at BRICS Summit - The Diplomat

September 09, 2017

India and China did manage to resolve their more than two-month standoff near the tri-junction with Bhutan just days before the BRICS Summit in Xiamen (schedule for September 3-5). A statement from India’s Ministry of External Affairs said, “Expeditious disengagement of border personnel at the faceoff site at Doklam has been agreed to and is ongoing.”




Aos trancos, China e Índia se acertam, e os Brics reafirmam 'dinamismo' - Folha de São Paulo

September 06, 2017

No fim da cúpula dos Brics na China, tanto o chinês "Huanqiu Shibao" como o indiano "Dainik Jagran" concentraram atenção no encontro de Xi Jinping e Narendra Modi, que governam os países mais populosos do planeta.


New Development Bank is BRICS’ best card - Financial TImes

September 05, 2017

New Development Bank is BRICS’ best card Some $30bn in loans planned by BRICS’ bank gives the grouping a practical purpose 

Why the BRICS meeting is significant for India & China against the backdrop of Doklam issue - The Economic Times

September 03, 2017

The ninth summit meeting of the BRICS group of nations in Xiamen, China, on September 3-5 is an occasion to reflect on how far this unique institution of emerging economies has come, what its key contributions are, and where it is headed.

Burma must act to stop the Rohingya crisis now — or it may be too late - The Washington Post

September 01, 2017

Improving India's Higher Education Landscape - South Asian Voices

September 01, 2017

Over the last decade, the Indian higher education landscape has seen rapid privatization across states, owing to the rise of “edupreneurs” who are engaged in providing education through private financing and promoting a nonprofit public-private model. While the privatization of higher education helps in offering a larger number of disciplines to potential students, it presents a few structural problems with regard to efficiency and equity.


YFFP - Jindal Foreign Policy Fellowship Program Commences, 8 Fellows Begin Research - London PressBox

September 30, 2015

India, Pakistan and UK Students Collaborate to Design Sustainable Ventures on Women Safety at the International Social Innovation Challenge - LiveLaw

September 08, 2015

Article written by Dr. Sreeram Chaulia on "How Xi Jinping has dragged China backwards in political, economic liberalisation" - The Economic Times

October 22, 2017

The 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) from October 18 to 24 is a milestone in the coronation of President Xi Jinping as the uncrowned emperor of the world’s most populous and would-be most powerful country. It is the harbinger of a new kind of dictatorship in the 21st century. 


Refugees in India have to fend for themselves – we’ve been talking to them about how they manage - The Conversation

October 11, 2017

Attempts by the Indian government to deport tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees have thrust the country’s laws into the spotlight.



Article written by Dr. Sreeram Chaulia on "Nobel award highlights Asia's nuclear challenge" - Nikkei Asian Review

October 10, 2017

The award of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons is a pat on the back for transnational activists striving for a world free of atomic bombs. ICAN's fervent advocacy for the disarmament of the nine countries that together account for 15,000 nuclear bombs and for dissuading wannabe states from acquiring them has kept alive the elusive goal of "Global Zero," which has remained a mission impossible due to strategic compulsions.

Richard Thaler’s Nobel Should Nudge Economists to Think More About Ethics - The Wire

October 10, 2017

Article written by Dr. Sreeram Chaulia on "For Saudi women, a long way still to go" - The Asian Age

October 03, 2017

Saudi Arabia’s royal decree allowing women to drive automobiles is a weeny symbolic change in an overwhelmingly gender-unequal country. It is incapable of opening a wedge in the absolute patriarchal system of laws and enforcement which relegates women to the status of less-than-full human beings.

India: Beyond the Global Investors’ Summit - Future Directions

October 26, 2016

The state of Madhya Pradesh (MP) held the fifth Global Investors summit (the first was held in 2007) from 22-23 October in Indore. Since then, MP has come a long way with an economic growth rate in double digits. For the year 2014-15, its industrial sector grew at eight per cent and its agricultural sector at 20 per cent.

Nation, Ethnicity and the Conflict in Afghanistan: Political Islam and the rise of ethno-politics 1992-1996 by Raghav Sharma -

October 19, 2016

Ethnic and tribal loyalties in Afghanistan provided the lethal cocktail for the violent conflict that engulfed the country following the collapse of the Soviet backed government in 1992. The ensuing fighting between mujahideen groups paved the way for the tectonic social and political shifts, which continue to shape events today. What accounts for the emergence of ethnicity, as the main cause of conflict in Afghanistan?

Suu Kyi visit offers high hopes for India-Myanmar ties - The Bangkok Post

October 18, 2016

Myanmar's State Counsellor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi's state visit to India this week will likely provide a key to success in New Delhi's Look East Policy (now Act East Policy).

BRICS needs to focus on key issues - China Daily

October 17, 2016

The 8th BRICS Summit in Goa, India, from October 15-16 came at a time when some of its member states, especially Brazil and South Africa, are facing economic turmoil. This is in stark contrast to a decade ago in 2006, when the group was set up, and all members (Brazil, Russia and India) were in robust economic shape.

Can the Digital Economy Deliver on its Promise? - The Wire

October 10, 2016

If it is to do so, we need to put ordinary people back at the centre as the drivers and recipients of economic change.

New Stakeholders Help Deepen India and Singapore Relations - The Diplomat

October 07, 2016

Ethics in economics: a missing link? - World Commerce Review

October 05, 2016

New book on ‘Myanmar Political History’ released in New Delhi - E - Pao, Manipur

November 30, 2016

A new book examining the tumultuous transition of Myanmar from colonial rule to the establishment of its first civilian government was released at an elaborate ceremony by Ambassador Jayant Prasad, Director General, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses at the Constitution Club in New Delhi. The book has been authored by a Southeast Asian Studies scholar. Dr. Nehginpao Kipgen and pieces together the country's fall into military dictatorship and its transition from an authoritarian regime to a democratic government. 

Article by Deepanshu Mohan on "Triple talaq: a test case for religious pluralism in India?" - East Asia Forum

November 26, 2016

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently broke his silence on the ‘triple talaq’ controversy, consolidating his government’s position to protect the fundamental rights of Muslim women. While the enforcement of constitutional rights is the new dharma of Modi’s political institutions, the Prime Minister’s interjection to some (like All India Muslim Private Law Board) represents a personal attack on the Muslim community’s freedom to practice their religion.
On 7 October, the government filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court stating that the practice of triple talaq is not an ‘essential religious practice’ because it violates the fundamental right of equality and women’s dignity, which are safeguarded by Article 14 and 21 of the Indian Constitution.

Modi’s RSS roots, travels stand him in good stead on foreign policy, says new book - Live Mint

November 23, 2016

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi may have surprised many with adept handling of foreign policy since he took office in May 2014.
But Sreeram Chaulia, author of a new book titled Modi Doctrine: The foreign policy of India’s prime minister is of the view that this was natural given his many (though little known) visits to foreign countries as a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh or RSS in the past decades.

Modi foreign policy doctrine: Gujarati business genius, RSS roots working to fashion Indian century - The Financial Express

November 22, 2016

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has parked India on the international highway to greatness, but much more needs to be done in terms of foreign policy to ensure continuity in the years to come – that’s the message that Sreeram Chaulia seeks to deliver with his book, “Modi Doctrine – The Foreign Policy of India’s Prime Minister”. According to Chaulia, “By raising the bar of expectations to the level of an Indian century, Modi is trying to engineer a Gerschenkron-style mindset transformation”.

Article by Deepanshu Mohan on "Need to go beyond note ban to check black money" - Deccan Herald

November 18, 2016

Prime Minister Narendra Modi shocked the nation with his recent announcement banning Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes.
Demonetisation in basic economics is defined as an act of stripping of a currency unit from being used as a legal tender or medium of exchange. The practice has been extensively used by central banks and national governments across the world to either change the circulation of a given national currency or replace an existing unit with another one.
It would be interesting to discuss here some of the key administrative challenges involved in implementing the demonetisation attempt and assess, to what extent, the measure can actually help in combating corruption through the circulation of unaccounted for currency notes.

Research Article Co-Authored by Deepanshu Mohan and Samrat Sinha on "The Analytics of Conflict and Studying its Economic Impact" - Sadf Focus

November 17, 2016

The sources of internal conflict in the Indian context are multifaceted, yet share similar outcomes i.e. a massive burden on civilians, pervasive insecurity and large scale forced displacement. Areas experiencing instability and civil strife witness significant losses in “future potential” both in investment and the development of human capital. What is not measured is thus, the outflow of capital, the absence of investment, increasing security related expenditures, endemic unemployment and lack of opportunities for the youth in these areas‎....
‎Rather than viewing conflict as a dramatic exogenous shock (similar to an earthquake), we seek to understand conflict as slow-moving and hidden crisis, which is protracted in nature (such as a drought). This article makes an attempt to broaden the existing analytical framework by incorporating some key informational factors that will help in analyzing different forms of conflict and assess its’ economic impact (in areas like North-East India, Jammu and Kashmir and Maoist affected areas.


Article by Prof. Tridivesh Singh Maini on "Modi in Japan: Why time is ripe to strengthen India's ties" - Daily O

November 11, 2016

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting Japan for the annual bilateral summit. This his second visit to the nation and comes at a significant time -when Donald Trump, who has been elected as US President, has argued in favour of a more inward looking US foreign policy, including less involvement in Asia.
It remains to be seen whether Trump will continue to follow such a policy after taking over as president.

Article by Deep K. Datta-Ray on "Mop-up, protect special ops" - The Economic Times

November 10, 2016

As the US counts votes, Indians count notes thanks to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dramatic decommissioning of banknotes.
Undoubtedly, this will inconvenience many. But the long-term beneficiaries will be all — including the poor majority. Demonetising 22 billion notes worth Rs 14,180 billion revolutionises the economy.
Doctors, lawyers and the construction industry must think anew. Property will have to be assessed differently. And, political parties must devise alternative funding.

Article by Prof. Tridivesh Singh Maini on "India and Sri Lanka Moving Towards a More Robust Relationship" - Future Directions

November 09, 2016

One of the encouraging aspects of India-Sri Lanka relations is the fact that both sides are working to strengthen the economic and strategic relationship and address what have been some of the major irritants in it. Only recently, on 5 November 2016, for instance, during talks between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, in New Delhi, it was agreed to set up a Joint Working Group on Fisheries (JWG).

Article by Prof. Tridivesh Singh Maini on "India-UAE relations: the changing nature of the bilateral relationship" - South Asia Democratic Forum

November 08, 2016

Over the past decade, India has given high priority to strengthening economic as well as strategic ties with GCC countries. Modi’s government, apart from seeking to strengthen ties with great powers like US, Japan and ASEAN countries, has also laid immense emphasis on cementing a robust economic relationship while also expanding security cooperation.

Article by Deep K. Datta-Ray on "An openness that helps the world" - The Telegraph

November 08, 2016

Although in turns mocked and criticized, the presidential campaign of the United States of America nevertheless renders a great service at home and abroad. Not only are the peoples of the world far more aware of the two presidential candidates, but Indians in particular also possess enough data to prepare a strategy to engage the next president, be it Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.

Article by Dr. Nehginpao Kipgen on "Suu Kyi's wavering political stance " - Bangkok Post

November 04, 2016

There has been an online campaign calling for the confiscation of the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to now Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi in 1991. The petition demands the Chair of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee to "take back" the prize and argues that it should be awarded to "only those who are serious in keeping the world peace".

Article by Prof. Tridivesh Singh Maini on "Are India's States Becoming More Business-Friendly?" - The Diplomat

November 03, 2016

The Modi government in India has sought to enhance competition between states in order to draw foreign direct investment (FDI). States have responded by sending high-level delegations to a number of countries, with a focus on drawing investment from Japan, China, and Southeast Asian countries (especially Malaysia and Singapore), especially in the sphere of infrastructure.

Jewish studies on the rise in India - Ynet News

November 06, 2013

Modi Doctrine – The Foreign Policy of India’s Prime Minister, a book authored by Prof. (Dr.) Sreeram Chaulia, Dean, JSIA, is ranked amongst Top 10 Books of the Year 2016 - The Globalist

December 24, 2016

How Modi Mobilizes the Indian Diaspora

Overseas Indians are central to the Indian Prime Minister’s larger strategic objective of turning India into a leading power on the world stage.
The “Modi Doctrine – The Foreign Policy of India’s Prime Minister,” a book authored by Prof. (Dr.) Sreeram Chaulia, Dean of the Jindal School of International Affairs has recently been ranked amongst the Top 10 Books of the Year 2016 by The Globalist in Washington, D.C. Below is an excerpt from Modi Doctrine.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi often employs the concept of “three Ds” — democracy, demography and demand — in his spiels about India’s rise and inherent strengths.

Article by Prof. Tridivesh Singh Maini on "Beware: With Trump, India Faces An Existential Threat To Its Oil And Security Interests In Tehran" - Outlook Magazine

December 23, 2016

Trump’s picks as CIA, secretary of defence and national security advisor signal that he is serious about dismantling US-Iran nuclear deal that legitimised India’s dealings with Tehran.

New Delhi has been closely watching US President-elect Trump’s approach towards China, Pakistan and his stance on H1-B visas. In addition, New Delhi should also pay close attention to the Trump’s approach towards Tehran.

Article by Deepanshu Mohan on "The Other Side of the Chinese Economic Miracle" - The Wire

December 21, 2016

David Graeber, an economic anthropologist, in his book Debt: The First 5000 years says, “One has to pay for one’s debts”. But there is one taboo of economics that the government is hiding from the public, Graeber argues – the fact that if the government balances its books, it becomes impossible for the private sector to do the same. This inevitable debt, he claims, often lands on those least able to repay it in a society.
Graeber’s fascinating historical account explains how the creation of debt remains vitally linked with the demand and creation of money (from barter to paper in all its forms). To understand debt, one needs to understand the history and creation of different mediums of exchange within the economy as an important tool to explain how swelling levels of debt emerge. Perhaps China, with its recent history of accumulating a ‘great wall’ of debt, may learn a lesson or two from Graeber’s own work.

Article by Deepanshu Mohan on "An Economic Rationale for the Trump Effect" - The Wire

December 09, 2016

Stagnation of wages for low-skilled persons can be a possible economic variable shaping the pattern of voting behaviour that led to Donald Trump’s victory.

The year 2016 seems to be a game changer by redefining the global political and economic landscape. Rivers of ink are being spilled over in trying to both politically and behaviourally analyse Donald Trump’s recent victory in the US presidential election. The mainstream media, through all its polls and sampling techniques, somehow failed to monitor or realistically depict the pattern or depth of discontent amongst people who voted in majority for Trump over Hillary Clinton. In the words of Pratap Bhanu Mehta, perhaps “the bias of the supposed liberal establishment is now so deep that it has warped its cognitive ability to understand the world”.

Article by Prof. Tridivesh Singh Maini on "Why India must keep a hawk's eye on Donald Trump’s Iran policy" - Daily O

December 02, 2016

A lot of attention is being paid to US president-elect Donald Trump's policies pertaining to South East Asia. A less pro-active US will only lead to China enhancing its influence in ASEAN. As it is, a number of countries like Malaysia and Phillipines have taken a virulently anti-US stance.
All this is not great news for India, since it has been seeking to strengthen not just its economic presence in ASEAN, but also emerge as a strategic player in the region. The US and Japan have supported India’s pro-active approach towards ASEAN.

Going by some of Trump’s announcements during the election campaign, Washington under Trump may reconsider its approach towards the Asia-Pacific, and this would require a considerable recalibration of India’s approach vis-à-vis South East Asia and East Asia.

Article written by Dr. Urvashi Aneja on "Social Protection in the Age of Uber" - The Wire

December 02, 2016

India is projected to dominate the digital platform economy by 2020. Conversations about the future of the platform economy in India are mostly framed through the prism of job creation, increased productivity and efficiency gains in an emerging economy. Enquiries into the quality and sustainability of jobs created and the broader societal effects of the platform economy are relegated to second-order concerns. But these two conversations need to be initiated in parallel. A conversation focused singularly on the numerical increase in jobs or net wealth creation will end up bypassing an important opportunity to steer the regulatory architecture of the digital economy towards inclusivity and social justice. Moreover, these conversations need to be localised to the Indian context and not readily borrow the terms of debate from the industrialised economies of North America and Western Europe, as is the tendency.

India-China Collaborate to Improve Public Participation in Legislation - HT Media Syndication

December 02, 2015

Israel, India, US strengthen academic ties - Tazpit News Agency

December 25, 2013

The Need for the Strengthening of Indo-Israel Academic Ties Strongly Felt in India - Tazpit News Agency

December 25, 2013