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"Kerala Calling "
August  2,  2015
"Kerala Calling " published by the Government of Kerala>.....
Youthquake 2014 - In digital age, first time voters can script the India story
March  1,  2014
The General Elections of 2014 signify a "youthquake", with an average of nearly 90,000 first-time voters in each constituency, as per the latest data released by the Election Commission. >.....
Op-ed: The UPA's new transparency revolution
February  21,  2014
All of us who aspire to public office face an electorate that is certainly more aware and more anxious than ever before. One of the reasons people are more aware is the transparency that the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) has systematically brought into our politics. And that very transparency represents the best hope for effectively addressing the anxieties of 21st century India.>.....
The new Indian voter: from khap to AAP?
December  31,  2013
Aged 18 to 23, they appear to embody the urgent concern with India’s compelling problems that animates young Indians across the country’s political divides. An India seemingly outgrowing many traditional political allegiances is taking shape, as a better-educated, more aspirational, more urbanised and more vocal young population enters the hustings.>.....
The Age of Tendulkar
November  14,  2013
I still remember the first time I heard about Sachin Tendulkar. It was New Year’s Eve, December 31, 1987, and on a crowded Calcutta terrace, the freshly retired Sunil Gavaskar told me about a 14 year old in Bombay who would be the country’s next great batting star. I promptly wrote about the conversation>.....
The Arriving Millions
May  6,  2013
Young Indians are growing into such a paradoxical India. What are the prospects for the expansion of the participative political space in tomorrow’s India, say over the next two decades? To me this desirable objective requires both growth and equity.>.....
Davos Diary, Day 6: Parting thoughts
December  31,  2012
Further proof that blogging is injurious to your plans to enjoy Davos: Having sent off my previous post after 3 a.m., I awoke too late to show up at a UNICEF panel with the former child soldier Ismail Beah, whosebestselling memoir has just come under attack from a section of the Australian media>.....
One solution to many problems: Educate girls
December  18,  2012
It really is that simple. No action has been proven to do more for the human race than the education of female children. Scholarly studies and research projects have confirmed it: if you educate a boy, you educate a person; if you educate a girl, you educate a family and benefit an entire community.>.....
A Holiday Destination
October  16,  2012
In the immediate priority areas of strategic interest to India — its own neighbourhood, the Gulf region, the US and China — the EU is almost irrelevant. The oxymoronic lack of European unity undermines the credibility of the collectivity. Since the Maastricht Treaty of 1992, Europe has claimed to have a ‘common foreign policy’, but it is not a ‘single’ foreign policy.>.....
Reconsider relations with the European Union
October  13,  2012
The French election results (and the chaos in Greece, which has been plunged into a second election because no government could emerge from last month’s ballot) prompt some reconsideration of India’s relations with Europe.>.....
The Relevance of the UN in its 60th year
October  2,  2012
The UN system turns 60 this year. Sixty is the age when people at the UN contemplate retirement. Is the UN ready to be pensioned off? Our answer is a resounding “no”–the world needs the United Nations now, more than ever.>.....
Her Mother’s Daughter
October  1,  2012
Farida and I had, at different times, been proteges of the indefatigable doyenne of Mumbai’s English-language theatre, Pearl Padamsee; other friendships and mutual interests strengthened our bonds.>.....
Viewpoint: Is the Non-Aligned Movement relevant today?
August  30,  2012
With the passing of the binary superpower-led world, NAM has redefined itself as a movement for countries that are not aligned with any major power.>.....
Celebrate Internet not abuse it
August  24,  2012
Indeed Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that people have the right to ‘seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.’ Writers in some developing countries have to contend with the argument that development and freedom of expression are incompatible>.....
Living with the reality of virtual threats
August  23,  2012
The recent revelations of Pakistan-based websites unleashing doctored pictures of alleged atrocities against Muslims in order to inflame passions in India has once again drawn attention to the enormous potential of the Information Age to challenge our security assumptions.>.....
Shed the gloom over Indo-US ties
August  10,  2012
Too many pundits in Delhi are writing premature obituaries for the Indo-US relationship. Though the highs of the nuclear deal and the rhetorical extravagance of the Bush years may have subsided, the basic forward thrust of the relationship is not in dispute, and the positive momentum is strongly supported by the influential Indian-American community in the United States.>.....
Seize the lead in Global Affairs
July  27,  2012
Because the distinction between domestic and international is less and less meaningful in today’s world, when we think of foreign policy we must also think of its domestic implications. The ultimate purpose of any country’s foreign policy is to promote the security and well-being of its own citizens. We want a world that gives us the conditions of peace and security that will permit>.....
Push Myanmar to Open its Doors
June  1,  2012
As elections in 2011 (and a bye-election in 2012) have both ratified and subtly altered the consequences of three decades of military rule in Myanmar, formerly (and to many nationalists, still) called Burma, it’s time to take a fresh look at the country which our Prime Minister has just visited.>.....
Don’t fret over new French President
May  3,  2012
In a couple of days, the voters of France will elect their President, and if opinion polls are to be believed, they will pick a new Head of State: the Socialist challenger, Francois Hollande, who won more votes than the incumbent, Nicholas Sarkozy, in the first round, is expected to widen his lead in the second>.....
A lot is still needed on the defence front
April  19,  2012
But the Ministry of Defence also needs to be able to engage other countries on international security issues. As the Indian-American scholar Ashley Tellis has pointed out, 90 per cent of the MoD’s personnel is focused on acquisition and there is only one Joint Secretary entrusted with the task of handling global security cooperation.>.....
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