On November 26, the first flight took off from Kushinagar Airport in Uttar Pradesh, set up to help Buddhist pilgrims reach the Mahaparinirvana Temple, where Lord Buddha attained nirvana. Promoting India's Buddhist legacy can lead New Delhi's effort to revive diplomacy between the SCO's eight member nations.
The Thein Sein government’s initial successes in Myanmar have eroded, as it vacillates between reform and a return to an authoritarian past. The violent suppression of student protestors this month will further impact the president’s re-election later this year. But will a new government continue the reforms and honour peace agreements with ethnic groups?
Many parts of Asia lack adequate infrastructure and skilled human resources, but have potential for rapid growth. Sanjeev Sinha blogs about how Japan and India can collaborate to develop a model – where Tokyo pools in technology and capital, and India manages human resources – to generate growth in Asia.