Those who have lived in Calcutta, it is likely they ran into red and yellow mini-buses declaring “Indo-Japani Gate” as one of their destinations. I have never seen the gate and am not even sure where it is, but it was a landmark well known to most in the city. Read more

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Though the world was quite shocked, India’s decision to hold the World Trade Organisation’s trade facilitation agreement to ransom was not a complete surprise. Read more

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There is a curious dichotomy in the Narendra Modi regime’s energy policy. The government keeps rolling out policy after policy about how to get India’s buried coal reserves out of the ground and into the furnace. Read more

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Germany is riding high again. It is overwhelmingly dominant in Europe in a way it hasn’t been, arguably, since a brief period in World War II in 1940. It just won the football World Cup. Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, is probably the most recognized European leader in the world today. She’s easily the most powerful. Everyone cites German frugality, precision, industriousness and efficiency. Read more

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The creation of a BRICS bank, or New Development Bank as it is likely to be named, deserves only minimal applause from India. And the creation of a BRICS Contingency Reserve Fund deserves to be met with severe concern. Read more

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Asia-Pacific is geopolitical shorthand these days for Sino-Japanese. At least that’s the impression I got while attending the 26th Asia-Pacific Roundtable of the Institute of Strategic and International Studies in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Read more

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The first three taxis I took in London this week were driven by South Asians — and they each provided an interesting sense of how India is perceived by its own diaspora and those of neighbouring states. Read more

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Academics like Kanti Bajpai and Rahul Sagar have sought to answer the question “what is a Hindutva foreign policy” and laid out some tenets of such a school of thinking. Read more

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I don’t know whether Narendra Modi will become prime minister — though I suspect so — and I don’t know whether he’s given much thought to foreign policy — my sense, is that he hasn’t beyond the economic dimension. Read more

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The Indian Muslim community is worried about the possible advent of a Narendra Modi government — and understandably so given the unanswered questions regarding the 2002 Gujarat riots. Read more

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