India International

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.

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. 

Myanmar’s democratic advance and the peace process

The on-going meeting of the 21st Century Panglong Conference of Myanmar is expected to bring together all ethnic nationalities and government negotiators to build a democratic federal union. A keynote addressed by former Indian Ambassador to Myanmar, Gautam Mukhopadhya at a conference on "Federalism and India-Myanmar Relations" in Mizoram.
By Gautam Mukhopadhya

Women’s rights all over the world: A report from CSW61

The annual session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women brought governments and activists together to deliberate on women’s economic empowerment worldwide. A report from New York by Shalini Yog and Axel Harneit-Sievers.

By Shalini Yog Shah, Dr. Axel Harneit-Sievers

Civic charter

Repression of civil society is on the rise all over the world, even in some democratic countries. Especially activists and organisations working for democracy, human rights, and social and environmental justice are under pressure. A Civic Charter, developed in consultation with civil society actors from all over the world and launched in October, aims to support civil society organizations as activists to advocate for their rights and freedom of action.

Editorial: Behind the Rio games

Barbara Unmüßig correlates the Olympics with Brazil’s institutional, political and economic crisis. Did the organizers learn a lesson from the World Cup in 2014?

By Barbara Unmüßig

India-Myanmar media dialogue

In order to strengthen India’s engagement in Myanmar and dialogue between the two countries, hbs India, Institute of Social Sciences, the Burma Centre Delhi and Asian Confluence recently organised a media workshop in Shillong, Meghalaya from 20 - 21 April 2016. A report by Chok Tsering and Sarah Weiss.

By Chok Tsering , Sarah Weiss
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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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