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6 May 2011

The Election Diaries 2011: West Bengal, Day two: Time for a communist ‘Parivartan’

Gateway House's Executive Director, Manjeet Kripalani, gives us a view from the ground in the last phase of state assembly elections in India's eastern state of West Bengal. Purulia, a district full of rich minerals but poor residents, is hoping for "Parivartan" or Change to transform the area.

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5 May 2011

The Election Diaries 2011: West Bengal, Day one: ‘Didi” the Poetician

Gateway House's Executive Director, Manjeet Kripalani, gives us a view from the ground in the last phase of state assembly elections in India's eastern state of West Bengal. The elections are crucial for an incumbent Communist alliance that has ruled for the last 3 decades and is trying to recapture its citadel.

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4 May 2011

Obama gets Osama

Osama Bin Laden’s death may not have an immediate effect on Al Qaeda’s ability to conduct operations nor may it deter the ‘democratic’ protests of the Arab Spring. Pakistan though, will now have to answer to global questioning and may reshuffle its stance with the Taliban and other terrorist groups.

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1 May 2011

Getting the military out of Pakistani politics

Pakistan is unlikely to collapse anytime soon, but the imbalance of power between its civilian and military branches needs to be addressed if it is to become an effective modern state. Washington must stop coddling Pakistan’s military and instead work patiently to support the country’s civilian authorities.

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28 April 2011

India-Kazakhstan: Beyond energy II

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met with Kazakh President Nazarbayev to strengthen ties and announced a Joint Action plan for 2011-14. Should the countries enhance their “arms-length transactional” relationship, a deeper alliance can be forged to include untapped sectors with immense potential