Failures in governance in India have given criminal politicians currency with the masses. Political finance reform and improvements in governance are needed to stop the influence of money and muscle.
Recent developments in Russia-Pakistan relations seem to create a false impression of solid cooperation, which simultaneously irritates a few third countries. This is why Russia needs to rethink not only its policy towards Islamabad, but the region as a whole.
In India, criminal politicians are fielded because their wealth appeals to political parties, and elected because voters see criminality as as sign of their credibility to “get things done.”
In sectors such as mobility, health care, energy, and agriculture, disruptive solutions are important, but even more important is the consumer need for multiple solutions and fair competition, and respect for privacy and security concerns.
New Delhi must be prepared for a major discontinuity in the way America and Russia deal with each other and Eurasia.
Despite India’s insistence that it shares a political bond with China, the global interests of the two countries are actually very different.
Prime Minister Modi hopes the wider South Asian diaspora will contribute to India’s economic development, act as a bridge to the nations that host them, and help promote broader international goals.
Portugal and India have an opportunity to revive their legacy of cooperation and explore its economic potential in the 21st century and strategically couch their relationship in the context of the Portuguese-speaking countries.
Prime Minister Modi has pitched demonetization as a fight against corruption in India. But to truly free politics from black money, the government must take concrete steps to reform political finance.
India’s elevation as chair of a group designed to kick-start talks on lethal autonomous weapon systems gives it the unique opportunity to take a leadership role in global debates on the issue.
In India, distrust of government and social cleavages encourage voters to support those who bend the rules to defend their communities. Similar conditions in the United States contributed to Trump’s election.
With the rising economic contributions and political influence of India’s diaspora, the government has an even greater incentive to track and protect this population.
Lower castes have been hurt by the crisis of India’s agriculture, causing a flow of migrants to towns and cities. This shift requires the creation of eight million jobs a year, which India has not supplied.
Constructing a common ground at home will make it a lot easier to cope with the multiple surprises that might be in store for India in 2017.
As a rising China challenges American primacy in Asia, navigating between Beijing and Washington is a major strategic challenge for India.
Until now, India’s strategy has been to globalize at its own pace and resist Western pressures for sweeping reform. If the West turns against globalization, New Delhi will need a lot of new thinking on post-reform economic strategy.
Tibet is at the very heart of the Sino-Indian disputation over territorial sovereignty and much else over the last six decades.
India and the EU are now discovering common ground and aligning strategies on how to achieve sustainable development in an open society and on how to ensure security through a rules-based global order.
Modi’s push towards demonetization shows that corruption remains a large problem in India. This challenge necessitates the creation of an anti-corruption authority and protection for whistleblowers.
India must facilitate investments in artificial intelligence and be prepared to address the negative fallouts of the technological revolution.