The dragon beckons again

Context: Prime Minister Narendra Modi goes to China on April 27, against the background of turbulence in global geopolitics and some domestic disquiet about “softening” of India’s China policy. The international backdrop: The international backdrop is worrying in many respects. The face-off between the U.S. (and its allies) and Russia is Read More …

What is H-4 visa? Why are spouses of Indian H1-B visa holders worried?

What are H-4 Visa and H1-B visa? H-4 visa is a work permit issued to the spouses of H1-B visa holders under a special order by the previous Obama administration. The H1-B Visa, meanwhile, is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to hire foreign workers on a temporary basis Read More …

The myth of rule-making in the international order

Context: Commentaries abound on how emerging powers like China and India are being excluded from institutions in the international order. Exclusion ostensibly prevents them from becoming rule makers that presumably would allow them to make or create rules that help address problems like climate change or nuclear proliferation that no Read More …

India-Myanmar-Thailand (IMT) Trilateral Highway

Context:  Work on the 1,000 km-long India-Myanmar-Thailand (IMT) Trilateral Highway officially started with the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) signing an agreement with a joint-venture (JV) between Punj Lloyd and Varaha Infra to upgrade the Yagyi-Kalewa section of the India-Myanmar Friendship Road in Myanmar. This is NHAI’s first international Read More …

Reappraising India-US

Context: Even as India shifts, ponderously, into damage-control mode in its neighbourhood to atone for past diplomatic maladroitness, the larger security environment is assuming complex dimensions with a US-China trade-war looming, US-Russia relations taking a nose-dive and China’s Belt and Road masterplan unfolding in the Indo-Pacific. For India, however, it Read More …

NITI Aayog and EU delegation to India release the Strategy on Resource Efficiency

Context: NITI Aayog in collaboration with the European Union delegation to India have released the Strategy on Resource Efficiency at a function in the capital today. The report included in action plan for promoting resource efficiency in India. Highlights of the delegations: NITI Aayog, mentioned that sustainability is a global Read More …

The Shimla Agreement of 1972

Context: The Shimla Agreement of 1972 was expected to be a milestone in India-Pakistan relations, for not only did it rend Pakistan asunder, but India also held 93,000 prisoners of war (POWs) who could constitute a major bargaining chip with Pakistan. Objectives of the Agreement: India had three primary objectives Read More …