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On World Ozone Day 2020, relearning forgotten lessons from past global success for COVID19

On World Ozone Day 2020, relearning forgotten lessons from past global success for COVID19

September 15, 2020

It was the decade of 1970s. A dozen men had already landed on the moon. There was an exhilarating mood all around, mainly in the developed countries. ‘‘Sky is not the limit,’’ scientists and technocrats would often boast. The doors of the universe could be commanded from ...

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Why India should not rush into a free trade deal with UK or EU

Why India should not rush into a free trade deal with UK or EU

September 15, 2020

Last week the UK and Japan announced that they had reached a bilateral free trade agreement that would govern their trade ties from the year 2020 when the UK completed its exit from the European Union and hence also exited the ambit of the EU-Japan trade pact. Both the countries ...

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Disputes with Nepal, China highlight strategic and diplomatic challenges for India

Disputes with Nepal, China highlight strategic and diplomatic challenges for India

June 27, 2020

Though unrelated, simultaneous disputes with China and Nepal put the spotlight on the challenges that Modi’s Neighbourhood First policy faces.

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Trump’s trade terror tactics

Trump’s trade terror tactics

March 13, 2020

Hundreds of millions of the world’s poor could be badly hit by Donald Trump’s distorted vision of the global economy and trade. Last month, United States President Donald Trump abruptly ‘reclassified’ over half a dozen nations in terms of their economic status. Overnight,...

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Revolutionary caricatures

Revolutionary caricatures

March 13, 2020

In the world of editorials, caricatures are a medium to tell hard-hitting news softly The Wire, an online news portal, recently featured a cartoon, captioned roti to a riot that depicted the recent riots in Delhi and the condition of the poor. The cartoon featured where a starvi...

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Facial recognition raising hackles

Facial recognition raising hackles

February 11, 2020

Facial recognition is being touted as a major technological breakthrough. Easy to abuse, its adoption needs to be strictly controlled.

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Coronavirus outbreak

Coronavirus outbreak

February 6, 2020

India’s neighbourhood first policy dates back almost 100 years ago when a doctor led a medical team to help Chinese Army battle the Japanese invasion. In face of Coronavirus outbreak, it may be time for India to replicate the gesture.

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India on the backfoot at WEF 2020 in Davos

India on the backfoot at WEF 2020 in Davos

January 29, 2020

At the recently concluded Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, the usual star of the show, India, was on the defensive, unlike the previous years and notably in 2018 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave the plenary speech, becoming the first Indian leader to del...

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Sultan Qaboos bin Said: Henry Kissinger of Middle East, with a difference

Sultan Qaboos bin Said: Henry Kissinger of Middle East, with a difference

January 15, 2020

I strongly feel that United Nations owes him more than just a half-mast. My experience with Oman and visits during my UN days revealed Sultan Qaboos bin Said’s new world of quiet diplomacy, a monarchy committed to the people and that skilfully engages in preventing conflicts ev...

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Cop25 failure

Cop25 failure

December 15, 2019

The Cop25 negotiations in Madrid ended in a failure as global leaders try to kick the climate change can down an inexistant road.

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Cop25 Madrid

Cop25 Madrid

December 1, 2019

Yet another jamboree to ‘fight’ climate change begins in Madrid on Monday. So far words have failed to turn into actions. Unlikely to be any different this time around.

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Assaults in Indian campuses

Assaults in Indian campuses

November 30, 2019

India is on third spot after Turkey and China in terms of assaults on higher education community. Violent altercations between students, security forces and off-campus groups, and actions against scholars critical of those in power, is on rise.

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