Gateway Features

India’s curious stand at WTO

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India’s decision to block the Trade Facilitation Agreement at the World Trade Organisation in July was perplexing; the confusion was compounded because India was almost alone in its position. The decision was criticised globally, and the country’s lack of communications did not help matters. Retrospectively, India’s decision appears to be justified. Rich countries were trying to push through the TFA at the expense of issues—such as food security—that are important for read more

India’s imperatives in Sri Lanka

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On October 13, Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajpaksa launched the final 38-kilometre northern stretch of the railway line between Jaffna to the capital Colombo. The Indian High Commissioner, Y.K. Sinha, who participated in the inauguration ceremony, called the resumption of the service after a 24-year disruption “a milestone in this historic partnership between India and Sri Lanka.” The railway has connected the two cities since 1905, but many of the northern sections read more

Women, the UN and altered realities

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The role of women at and with the United Nations has been through flows and ebbs. Over time, women have gradually strengthened themselves with their networks and grounded knowledge—and states have taken note, or the movement has made the state take note, of their collective strength. However, during this evolution, the UN group of institutions has lost its space as a critical entity, as the game-changer that it was during the 1970s, 80s and 90s. With the growth of globalisation read more

Evo Morales wins Bolivia again

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In this election season in India and Latin America, there is both predictability and surprise. In India's state elections, the ruling BJP dominated the wins; in Brazil's national election, a surprise candidate may defeat the incumbent President. In Bolivia's October 12 national elections, predictability won hands down, with President Evo Morales sweeping the polls with over 60% of the votes, easily defeating his nearest rival Samuel Doria Medina. This election, Morales did even better than in 2009 read more

Research Papers

Doordarshan Diplomacy

This report examines the current state of Doordarshan and formulates an agenda for transforming the channel into an effective foreign policy tool for India

Foreign Affairs

Why markets now use politics to predict economics

Why does politics now exercise so much influence over markets? The answer starts with the breakdown of economic growth models that relied on high commodity prices, low interest rates, and other global windfalls


An action agenda for reform

'Getting India back on track: An Action Agenda for Reform' prescribes the revival of India’s economic growth as the number one priority for the new government

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