India International

Acknowledged by many as a rising power, India’s international priorities and actions seek a greater role for itself globally and regionally.  Foreign policy is being given a lot of attention as is being constantly shaped and confronted with challenges and opportunities of a multi-polar global order. Centre stage are trade, economic, defense and strategic partnerships as is India’s  emerging and undisputed role in global and regional governance forums like the G-20, BRICS, ASEAN, BIMSTEC. Undeniably, India is a weighty player in multi-lateral negotiations of trade and climate talks and at global institutions such as the IAEA, seeking to change the rules at the IMF and a permanent seat for itself at the UN Security Council. Furthermore, India’s new status as a donor and a stakeholder in the emerging international financial architecture such as the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank and the New Development Bank is giving it strategic and political mileage.

Civil society engagement however, on the underlying policy premises of International (and Regional) India has not received the attention it deserves. There has been little systematic response, research and domestic debate on the new contexts of international relations and co-operation, wherein questions of foreign, security and developmental policy are increasingly getting intertwined. Given this background, with the objective of raising awareness and engagement, hbs supports civil society based analyses, debates, publications and seminars on the subject.

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A note on green federalism: Sharing best practices

The success of green federalism depends on what institutional mechanisms are created to establish communication and procedures between the various tiers of government and the thematic resorts that need to be involved to adequately address projects and programmes towards ecologically sustainable development.

Perspective Asia: Nationalisms and populisms in Asia

The latest issue of Perspectives Asia aims to draw a fine line between different forms of nationalism. The articles from various Asian countries focus on strategies and political styles adopted by populist leaders and explain how nationalistic and religious ideas are distorted by politics. 

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Where have the fish gone?

Fishers have lost their place in the seas, their traditional livelihoods and a secure existence. The state offers them solutions that consider questions of climate change and mitigation yet are increasingly technocratic in nature. Based on field work across the coast of Gujarat, this study assesses the impact of industrial development on the fishing community.

The new middle class in India and Brazil – Green perspectives?

Since the beginning of the new millennium, the growth of the “New Middle Class” in the world’s rapidly emerging economies has received much interest, even excitement. But what is new middle class really like in countries such as India and Brazil? And to what extent does it have a potential for green politics?

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