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Bilateral Bodhi trees: The art of flora diplomacy and deep roots
Hanoi, Sept. 15: India has a new yardstick for measuring its diplomatic successes: the height of Bodhi trees.
When external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj was in Myanmar last month, South Korea’s foreign minister Yun Byung-se walked up to her and announced that his country's relations with India had grown by 400 per cent since March this year.

As her aides listened in puzzlement, Swaraj assumed that Yun was paying a compliment to the new BJP-led government, ... Read More

How Do You View Narendra Modi’s Visit to the U.S.?
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a visit to Japan in September. Credit Toru Hanai/Reuters
Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, whose party won parliamentary elections in a landslide in May, is expected to make a splash with a much-anticipated trip to the United States this month. It will be Mr. Modi’s first visit after the State Department denied him a visa in 2005 over the religious riots in Gujarat when he was ... Read More

Dr. Stephen Gill

The easy availability of information technology even in remote areas is going to open a new chapter for women in India. The emerging digital era will give them a wide range of options and a power to be more self-aware, more enlightened and economically independent. Women will be more decisive as mothers, wives, taxpayers and as humans. As mothers, they will develop courage ... Read More

In a troubled world
By T N Ninan

Two storm clouds hovered over the Indian economy soon after Narendra Modi took charge as prime minister in late May. One was the prospect of a failed monsoon, and the other was high and rising oil prices. Both threats have receded, reminding many of Napoleon's question: not whether a particular general was competent or not, but whether he was lucky.

Manmohan Singh during his decade in office had to deal with a quadrupling ... Read More

India is good at signing MoUs, but bad at following up on them
K.P. Nayar
The high-ranking Japanese chief executive waited for an hour in a Tokyo holding room for Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe to finish their meeting before he could get into the state banquet at Akasaka Palace, where he hoped to have a word with Modi.

The CEO’s business, though, was not with the visiting prime minister but with his successor in Gujarat — the chief minister, Anandiben Patel. Modi had promised this CEO that liquor would ... Read More

MP Ralph Goodale
I've watched a good many Premiers Conferences during my 26 years in Parliament. This year's get-together in Charlottetown has to rank among the best for both substance and tone.

On healthcare, services and facilities for the elderly, and retirement incomes for middle-class Canadians, the Premiers were right on-target with the insecurities that preoccupy a big portion of Canada's population all across the country. Provincial leaders were also in synch with decent Canadian values in ... Read More
Whither Future Development Goals?
Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service
Abused by her own family in childhood, Bela (name changed) was sold by a relative and trafficked to India. She eventually came out of her harrowing ordeal, turned her life around and became a peer counsellor and educator with Family Planning Association of Nepal (FPAN). She was supported for 5 years by the anti trafficking project of FPAN. But once the project got over she was once again left to ... Read More
Shweta Prasad and the portrayal of prostitution in Tamil cinema
By Sowmya Rajendran Source : SIFY

Much has been said and written about the arrest of actress Shweta Prasad in a sex work racket. Online trolls in message boards across the Internet have had a field day, righteously condemning the actress for doing something so 'cheap and immoral' just for money when she could have done other 'respectable' things to sustain her lifestyle. Not much is known about her rich clients though. Which isn't surprising, given our ... Read More
Multiculturalism and Rape in Rotherham
LONDON — A man recently came to visit the member of Parliament for Rotherham, Yorkshire, and he had a question. Now in his late 50s, he had arrived from Pakistan three decades earlier. After a lifetime of hard work, he could not understand why his boys did not display the same Muslim values he had, why they did not show respect or want to work as hard as he did.

“I tried really hard ... Read More
The Modi-Abe bromance is built on a grand Asian project
There is an old American phrase, ‘wooden Indian’, that was used to describe the life-size statues of Native American chiefs placed outside tobacco stores in the United States in less enlightened times. Since many customers were illiterate, vendors needed a visual prompt to lure them indoors. I’ve always thought of that phrase when I visualise Manmohan Singh, a gentleman, but oh-so-wooden on the public stage. One cringed when he stood next to George W Bush, ... Read More
Journalism in the time insurgency
By Nava Thakuria
The working journalists, more precisely the reporters covering insurgency related incidents, always face a two-edged sword, where they face brickbats (read threats) from both the insurgents (turned terrorists) and the authority.
Need not to claim again that the media has every right to report about the insurgencies and so the reporters may maintain contacts with the militants belonged to the banned armed outfits too. But the question here is raised, if the journalists have ... Read More
India's Foolish Crush on Japan
By Pankaj Mishra

Narendra Modi, India’s new prime minister, visited Japan twice during his long decade of ostracism by the West. He is one of only three people that Shinzo Abe follows on Twitter. Commentators have hailed Modi as "India’s Abe" because he seems as determined as the Japanese prime minister to boost national self-esteem through economic growth.

Japanese direct investment in India is rising; it may even help realize Modi’s grand, Japan-inspired vision of "smart cities" ... Read More
India, Japan agree to elevate strategic ties, but nuclear deal falls through
India and Japan today agreed to enhance their defence and strategic cooperation to a new level during talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counterpart Shinzo Abe, who also decided to speed up negotiations on civil nuclear deal that could not be concluded now.

Striking good personal chemistry, the two leaders had "very fruitful" and "meaningful" exchanges after which Abe announced doubling of Japan's private and public investment in India to about USD 35 billion ... Read More
India’s Growth Quickens Most in Two Years in Boost for Modi
By Unni Krishnan
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is banking on stronger growth to narrow the budget deficit... Read More
India’s economic growth accelerated to the fastest pace in more than two years, beating estimates, after the central bank refrained from raising interest rates.

Gross domestic product rose 5.7 percent in the three months ended June from a year earlier, the biggest gain since the quarter through March 2012 and compared with the 4.6 percent in the ... Read More
''K.P. Nayar

As the Narendra Modi government marks its hundred days shortly, its glaring shortcoming in foreign policy is an appalling deficiency of intellectual inputs in the making of that policy. Over decades, for better or worse, the edifice of India’s foreign policy under successive governments has come to be built around one individual: the seat of that individual has shifted from time to time between the Prime Minister’s Office and the ministry of external affairs. ... Read More
PM Modi Seeks Help Of World Bank To Cut Poverty
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has suggested that World Bank should help India in making a visible impact on reducing mass poverty in the under-developed regions of the country to show a perceptible change.

Modi had raised the issue during his meeting with World Bank president Jim Yong Kim last month in Delhi and the multilateral agency is expected to come back to the government after firming up a strategy that addresses the concerns raised ... Read More

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