Gateway Features

Singapore family feud: no impact, yet

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Ever since Singapore’s founding father and former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew passed away early in 2015, there were signs of disaffection brewing within the ‘first family.’ But last week, matters came to a head. In March 2016 Lee Wei Ling, the sister of Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, and a well-known neurologist herself read more

Defence boost for private sector?

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In a flurry of activity commencing on May 20, the Defence Acquisition Council cleared the Strategic Partnership Model (SPM) policy for private sector involvement in India’s defence manufacturing. Three days later, it was followed by the approval of the Cabinet Committee on Security, and almost immediately thereafter, on May 31, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) brought it into force as the long-awaited and missing Chapter VII of the recently updated Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP), that it had issued in 2016. read more

Deciphering India’s GDP math

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India released its provisional estimates of the annual national income for 2016-17 and quarterly estimates of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the fourth quarter of 2016-17 on May 31: the data suggests that the Indian economy is actually in crisis mode. Government spending and surging iron ore production in the year saved the day—or else the growth in GDP for 2016-17 would have been far more anaemic. Government final consumption expenditure rose more than 25% in nominal terms read more

A Modi-Sharif meet likely in Astana?

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Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif will find themselves under the same roof on 8-9 June 2017 in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan in Central Asia, where the 17th Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) will take place. Both India and Pakistan will be admitted as its members in its first ever exercise in expansion since its establishment in 2001. Speculation has been rife in the Pakistan media over the last several weeks about the possibility of a meeting between PMs Modi and Sharif in Astana on the sidelines of the SCO Summit. read more

Research Papers

Mumbai-Shanghai Sister Cities Agreement: Challenges and Opportunities

In light of our government's new understanding of the role that the sister cities relationship can play in envisioning urban projects in India, Gateway House's Mumbai History Fellow, Sifra Lentin, has readied a special report on the role and understanding of sister cities.

Foreign Affairs

Germany’s New Global Role

Over the last two decades, Germany has undergone a remarkable transformation on the global stage. With the weakening of the European Union and a withdrawal from the region from the United States, Germany will be a responsible, restrained, and reflective leader, guided in chief by its European instincts.

Books

Understanding P.V. Narasimha Rao

An earnestly, but objectively written, biography of the late prime minister gives credit where it has been denied: PVN was the principal architect of the economic reforms that put the country on a destiny-changing path of growth, while being up against a restless party, hostile Parliament, and an apathetic public.

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