The Department of Defence Production (DDP) has set up a Defence Investor Cell under the chairmanship of a Joint Secretary. The office order issued by DDP in February 2018 has assigned an amazing range of roles and responsibilities to the Cell, most of which are inadequately defined. Among other responsibilities,...
If the popular saying, “When India and China shake hands, the world takes notice” has any strategic relevance, then the meeting between Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping in the Chinese city of Wuhan this week will draw much global attention. This summit, scheduled for April 27-28, will not only be...
Stung by the inability to draw any positive strokes to get the complex defence sector into a fast and efficient track, the government is setting up the Defence Planning Committee (DPC). No decision-making power appears to be advocated for the body, which is going to be a permanent institution...
China has become one of the most important foreign aid donors in international aid architecture. In the 13th National People’s Congress held on March 17, 2018, China opted to set up a new international aid agency to look into its burgeoning foreign aid. The decision to create a new...
It is a great pleasure to be here. But I can see that this – a talk on the Indian economy – is a minor issue of sorts compared to the much weightier issues of global geostrategy that have been discussed. So, I do hope you will bear with...
The Indian Rupee was a multilateral currency about 50 years ago, used in international trade and global financial transactions, and serving as the local currency of many Indian Ocean littoral nations. Its deep reach was facilitated through trading communities, labour circulations and colonial hegemony. But what was incredible about...
Discussions on nuclear security in South Asia generally focus on the India-Pakistan relationship. Given the volatile military equation and frequent sabre-rattling between these two neighbours, that is unsurprising. China as a nuclear power that has a bearing on nuclear security and stability in South Asia is discussed in India...
In a significant defence policy reform notified on April 18, 2018, the government has revamped the existing defence planning system by establishing a Defence Planning Committee (DPC) under the chairmanship of the National Security Adviser (NSA). This new institutional mechanism, set up as a permanent body, is intended to...
After the 2016 Brexit verdict, one area of several areas of concern is nuclear energy. The British civil nuclear programme was meshed with Euratom since the UK's inclusion in the EU in 1973. One consequence of Brexit is Prime Minister Theresa May’s seeming determination to part ways with all...
Last month, Punjab’s Congress government completed one year in office. The Congress party had been strident during its election campaign in criticising the then Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiromani Akali Dal ruling coalition for failing to solve the state’s drug problem. It even accused the government of being involved in the...