One would think India and Japan would be a marriage made in geopolitical heaven. Japan has a big problem with China and is today seeking to beef up its defences against Beijing and find an alternate site for the billions of investments Japanese firms made in China. Read more

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The Lowy Institute of Australia has come out with a poll on Indian views of the world that deserves commendation. For one thing, no one in India bothers to carry out such detailed surveys. It is doubly commendable because it includes both rural and urban populations and asked questions in vernacular languages as well. Read more

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The invention of an inexpensive rotavirus vaccine may prove a greater contribution to food security than the Food Security Bill. Read more

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One of the more curious global developments today is the closing, if you wish, of the British mind to immigration. Anti-immigration is now part of the policy platform of all the major political parties, though arguably strongest with the Conservatives. Britain is experiencing economic difficulties but is probably better off than many Western economies. And it isn’t race: brown and black migration peaked in then 1970s and 1980s. Read more

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The Indian strategic community is in a dither, trying to work out why the Chinese have suddenly sent 40 troops 19 kilometres into territory that they have traditionally not even bothered to claim. Read more

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