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The Linkages Between Indo-US and Indo-Afghan Relations

It is a pertinent question as to how India-Afghanistan relations stagnated[i] from the days of the Strategic Partnership Agreement with the Karzai government in 2011 to the current days of relative disengagement and marginalization of India compared to other big players of the region. The question is aggravated if it is considered that neither country has made a hostile or negative move towards the other during this period. Yet, Afghanistan’s new leadership has resumed its ‘competitive yet brotherly’ relationship with Pakistan as the US withdrawal becomes imminent. The complications of a dialogue with Pakistan are all too evident with the Taliban

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Pakistani Strategic Culture: False Invincibility or Persistent Revisionism?

The issue of revisionism is a strange and important one in International relations discourse. Revisionist states, simply put, are the ones wanting to revise the status quo. Tacit or explicit consent to the status quo leads to long term detrimental effects to their interests in their national security calculation and perception. The most persuasive of the justifications of revisionism is encapsulated in the following dictum: In a race as in the case of the International political system, if you are not moving forward, you are going backward. A state that is not dynamic in its strategic thinking and nation building

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Indian Foreign Policy Debate: A Neo-realism and Classical Realism Nuance

‘Where freedom is menaced or justice threatened or where aggression takes place, we cannot be and shall not be neutral.’    – Pt. Nehru speech to US Congress and Senate, October 1949 The fact that India needs stronger relations with United States to deal with the constellation of power around her is not a bone of contention between classical realists and neo-realists. The question is to add a variable which gives an important nuance to the argument. For long, classical realists and neo realists have argued on the difference[1] between balance of power as an outcome and balance of power as

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Wearing a uniform can mean many things

Every institution that wants to leave a rich tradition, a rich legacy of its decorum and order and wants to create an ‘Element’ of considerable influence in a majority of cases emphasises on wearing a Uniform. The word itself as one can see puts focus on creating a sense of uniformity but with a difference in interesting ways. Although the general norm is to enforce uniforms in schools, many colleges also place emphasis on a uniform as a crucial symbol or if one can also state as a ‘Branding Tool’. Now this would mean that the uniform assumes importance as

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Micro-Aggression Theory, Victimhood Culture and Article 370 as a Counter Radicalization Tool

For argument’s sake if we keep the violent insurgency problem in Kashmir aside for the reading time of this article, Kashmiri politics is primarily characterized by politics of identity and culture. While there are deep problems with defining culture and cultural analysis, sociologists and cultural theorists still attempt to theorize about cultural politics. One such theory is the micro-aggressions theory. Micro aggression[1] is a term coined by psychiatrist and Harvard University professor Chester M.Pierce in 1970 to describe insults and dismissals he regularly witnessed non-black Americans inflict on African Americans. In 1973, MIT economist Mary Rowe extended the term to include

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Pakistan Political Economy- Where are the Actions for Leap frogging?

The Pakistan politico-economic strategy, like many developing countries is based on the logic of leap frogging certain stages of development. Channeling new information and hardware technologies, flow of international capital and goods, liberalizing trade, massive infrastructure and private sector investment along with parallel human resource development are essential components of this strategy. It is based on the idea that developing countries can learn, improvise and refashion best practices looking at the experiences of developed countries thus avoiding the mistakes and time constraints that some developed countries faced during their process of development. The strategy also aims at integrating social goals

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Singapore – Vegetarian Paradise of South East Asia!

As a traveler, I explored quite a lot of Asia including Hong Kong, Bangkok, Colombo and Macau and enjoyed the sights and sounds of the local culture there. But I have predominantly seen that Non-vegetarian cuisine is the norm here and vegetarians face a lot of trouble in getting decent food apart from maybe few salads. Of course there are few Indian restaurants but they are few and far in between and quite expensive too. In my recent trip to Singapore on formal invitation from Singapore Tourism Board & Tigerair, I was pleasantly surprised to see that Singapore has a vast variety of

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9 lessons I learnt after graduating from a b-school

Exactly nine years ago, I set foot on the campus of my first employer as a management trainee along with a batch of twenty others like me. Back in 2006, with an open economy the business in India had gone confidently global, and was in a tango promising to match the world step for step. For anyone graduating from a half-decent B-School, it was a heady time to join the MNC world and dream big. However, our world has changed more dramatically in the last decade than it probably has between the pre-industrial eras until the start of 21st century.

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Global Wellness Day

Eat well, walk more, Stress less, love more. India is a young nation. 65% of us are below 40. Elders numbers are up too. The varishtha-kanistha combo has got to be the basis of our socio-economic policies in all spheres. Equip our youth with the best, shouldn’t mean, they burn out from the nursery schools itself and also force our Sarvashresthas to die in their prime. Think all of you on this planet. Wealth, power and highflying careers are not equal to wellness. And mothers please don’t whisper the last word-spelling test of the long day to your child in

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International Relations – India and Its Neighbours

India is a country which has one of the most difficult neighborhoods in the world. ‘The Border Disputes’ was a troublesome heritage that India inherited along with independence on 15th August 1947. But recently, the Modi government has been putting immense efforts in strengthening the international relations of the country and continuing in this same line of thought Mr Modi is all set for his high profile visit to China in the coming month. The bilateral talks have already begun and the recent news from Beijing which is making huge headlines is about the disputable Arunanchal Pradesh area where Chinese

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