A fortnightly column reflecting on chapters of India’s political past that are relevant today.
India already possesses a sufficient arsenal of fission weapons. Signing the CTBT now would lead to diplomatic gains and strengthen its case for NSG membership.
In his new book, Sanjaya Baru makes the convincing argument that Narasimha Rao’s reforms made 1991 as momentous a year as 1947 for India’s political history.
In India’s Long Road, Vijay Joshi takes his reader on an insightful journey through seven decades of economic history, pointing out what went wrong and how it could be made right.
By drawing even closer to the United States and signing binding agreements, India is giving up years of carefully calibrated balance in its foreign policy.
To defuse rising social tensions caused by obscene inequality, the government periodically intervenes to redistribute wealth equitably by passing laws to benefit the large indigent majority.
The talks and peace process between the Government of India and the NSCN should continue although Swu’s earthly journey has ended.
Vinay Sitapati’s biography of the former prime minister raises pertinent points about Rao’s tenure as prime minister during the Babri Masjid demolition, the process of economic liberalisation and the advent of India’s nuclear programme.
Amit Shah getting a second term as Bharatiya Janata Party president is proof that Prime Minister Narendra Modi retains complete control of the party organisation.
To speak against the Hindu religion is now an affront to the larger nationalist cause. Even if the ‘bad’ Hindu’s criticism has ethical intentions – such as the fight against superstition – he is an unwanted threat to the cause of religious nationalism.
The last time we saw such an extensive shift in the global situation was probably between 1989 and 1992, when the Narasimha Rao government came to power and India adjusted her policies considerably.
India’s interests in West Asia are three-fold and they all need safeguarding: Defence ties with Israel; energy and economic ties with the Gulf; and strategic ties with Iran.
It’s time Modi stopped prioritising Saarc and turned his attention to building connections with Myanmar as a bridge to the rest of South East Asia.