Dawn republished Gateway House's Ambassador Neelam Deo's article on the factors that impede the smooth functioning of democracy, in India and abroad. She argues that it is imperative to find ways to confront the shortcomings that have crept into our cherished democracies.
Dynastic politics is as diverse as politics itself in South Asia. There may be some benefits to dynastic rule, but a political system founded on democratic principles rejects the very idea of dynasty.
After the passing of Tonga's revered King, Tupou V, all eyes are on the new establishment for signs of change in Tonga's foreign policy. How will India, an old friend to the Pacific island-nation, fit into this increasingly important region? Can it build on traditional ties with Tonga?