It’s become a tradition for Japanese Prime Minister’s to squeeze in their summit visit to India just before year’s end and just before official Tokyo shuts down. It is not that New Delhi requires it, but the Japanese seem determined to show how importantly they take this relationship. Read more

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Twenty years after, and New Delhi is once again quietly fretting about its foreign exchange reserves. There has been a whole raft of policies the past few months designed to buttress India’s dollar reserves. Foreign investors can buy more Indian sovereign debt. Read more

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It’s taken me nearly 50 years to make it to Russia, aka the Evil Empire, aka a Really Cold Place with Lots of Flat Land. Read more

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I am sceptical about how much commonality there is between Asians. So going to China to attend my first Common Agenda Roundtable meeting of Asia-Pacific editors I wasn’t expecting too much in the way of unity of thought. One of the Thai speakers asked rhetorically at one point, “Is there such a thing as an Asian view?” My response was that there wasn’t really such a thing as an Indian view so to expect the continent to have one was a stretch. Read more

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Upfront: I fully support foreign direct investment in retail in India. That’s partly principle as I am a committed supporter of free markets. Read more

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