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India: Banking system failures and the open questions post PNB

India: Banking system failures and the open questions post PNB

February 26, 2018 at 2:01 PM

In a regulatory filing on 16th February 2018, Punjab National Bank (PNB) reported a Rs. 11, 394 Cr ($1.77 billion) fraud. Companies owned by diamond merchants Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi are alleged to have swindled such enormous amounts by conniving with PNB branch officials and issuing unauthorized letters ofRead More

Elegy for Afghanistan: Forgetting a war

Elegy for Afghanistan: Forgetting a war

February 2, 2018 at 12:04 PM

To ravage, to slaughter, to usurp under false titles, they call empire; and where they make a desert, they call it peace. ~ Tacitus, Life of Agricola, Book 30 Led to write this piece by the recent attacks in Kabul (Three in the last week of January), I wonder ifRead More

Finding Refuge: The story of a boy and a nation

Finding Refuge: The story of a boy and a nation

January 29, 2018 at 2:48 PM

Countries that once led the way are now starting to let the world down. No, this isn’t another tale of post-Trump USA or the AfD or the BJP or Temer (This is not a short list). If you’ll allow me, through this OpEd, I want to look at Norway, WasimRead More

Paving the road to Kabul

Paving the road to Kabul

January 29, 2018 at 12:41 PM

President Trump, as Commander in Chief of the United States, put forward a long-awaited strategy for resolving the conflict in Afghanistan and tried to give a clear definition of ‘victory’ in the first of his statements marking the US policy on the embattled region. Soon after taking office in January 2017,Read More

Russia’s greatest weapon

Russia’s greatest weapon

January 26, 2018 at 12:48 PM

Russia today is one of the top weapons manufacturer in the world, its weapons are, however, not limited to arms and ammunition but have extended to the state manufacturing of disinformation. The disinformation campaign is a very 21st century form of weapon based on the increased and instant access toRead More

India: Changing the tone on menstruation

India: Changing the tone on menstruation

January 22, 2018 at 6:28 AM

The manifold disadvantages and discrimination continue to plague women in many parts of the world. Women are still regarded to be objects of repression in various countries especially India.  Despite stringent laws for the protection of women, they continue to be the victims of violence and harassment. Be it inRead More

14th EU-India Summit: Mark of a new beginning

14th EU-India Summit: Mark of a new beginning

January 15, 2018 at 5:39 PM

The only constant in the field of international relations is a changing world order – changing in terms of partnership, alliances and power equations – it acts as a defining feature of the world structure and relations of that time period. So how does the European Union’s (EU) relation withRead More

Growth of Alternative Lending in India

Growth of Alternative Lending in India

December 12, 2017 at 4:48 PM

Reshma, a cheerful lady of 48, works as a cook at multiple households in Mumbai (India). Her character is commendable and she is often recommended to other households for her work and integrity. Apart from her work, Reshma is devoted to her daughter and wishes to give her the opportunitiesRead More

India’s Nuclear Doctrine

India’s Nuclear Doctrine

December 5, 2017 at 2:18 PM

The use of nuclear weapons as a means of deterrence is a paradox that has been defining international relations since the Cold War; it has also impacted domestic policies and the development of countries. India, a case in point, had acquired nuclear capabilities in 1960s but very unusually so, didRead More

Soft Power: The Scramble for Popularity

Soft Power: The Scramble for Popularity

November 28, 2017 at 1:51 PM

China’s newest and most effective weapons are called Meng Meng (梦梦) and Jiao Qing (交情). They weight between 70-100 kilograms, are kept very safely in an space of almost 5000 square meters, yearly maintenance costs devour 920.000 Euro per year and they are – Panda Bears. Meng Meng and JiaoRead More