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.
India needs to include more civil society voices in its engagement in global governance structures such as G20, BRICS and IBSA. Four studies by VANI - on Inclusive Growth, Financial Inclusion, Sustainable Development and Anti-Corruption - show how Indian and global experiences and debates may be linked.
A decade of UPA-Congress rule in India ends with limited progress on the Indo-Pak relations.The fact that outgoing Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, despite his good intentions, could not visit the country of his birth even once sums up the structural constraints of this troubled relationship.
How are large-scale infrastructure projects funded in India? And how, more generally, is "development" being financed in this country? While preparations are under way to create a development bank of the BRICS states, to which India's experience (and funds) will contribute, C.P. Chandrashekhar looks at the history and practice of development finance in India.
India is driving a nuclear and missiles arms race in one of the world’s most volatile and poorest regions, marked by persistent strategic hostility and a hot-cold war between India and Pakistan since 1947. There is very little clarity, as we see below, about India’s nuclear deterrence doctrine. This is likely to add to regional insecurity and instability
50 years after the Sino-Indian war, the relationship between the two countries continues to be affected by a lack of trust, despite much-expanded trade and cultural relations. A review of China-India relations
This is an attempt to provide an insight to the rationale for this policy being what it has been - a strategically pre-emptive effort to forestall Myanmar, a next door neighbor, from becoming a vehicle through which huge problems could be created for India.
An Indian peace delegation visited Pakistan from 17-26th March 2011 to express their solidarity with the Pakistani civil society and to jointly reiterate the desire of the people in both the countries to see the India-Pakistan dialogue moving forward. They met civil society members, journalists, law makers, federal ministers and leaders of various political parties who welcomed them with open arms.
On October 1, 2010, the government of Pakistan shut down the supply route for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) after an incursion into Pakistan’s territory by NATO forces, killing 16 Pakistanis in collateral damage.
Civil society activists have to confront the new context of international relations and co-operation, wherein questions of foreign, security and developmental policy are becoming increasingly intertwined. Given this background, with this objective of raising interest and consciousness of these linkages, HBS India facilitates monitoring, analyses, debates, publications and seminars on the subject.
The Obama visit coincides with a critical stage of America's longest war in Afghanistan. This will occupy much of the behind-the-scenes activity, which is the core of each other's national security concern.
Delhi is drawing closer to Iran and Russia in anticipation of a U.S. troop drawdown. While the United States seeks to revamp its Afghanistan strategy, India, too, is reassessing its approach to the war-torn country. Its vision, a kind of regional "concert of powers" with Russia and Iran, would not only protect India's interests in Afghanistan in the short term but could help stabilize the country in the long term after U.S. troops leave.
Pakistan is looking to solve its energy supply crisis by importing nuclear reactors from China. However, the Nuclear Suppliers Group, of which China is a member, forbids transfer of any kind of nuclear technology to non-signatories of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty like Pakistan
Geopolitically South Asia has never been a coherent region. South Asia is suffering from numerous conflicts leading to political and economic instability. The regional organisations like SAARC have failed to meet people's expectation. This conference identified relevant issues and suggested future course of action and made a pledge to enhance regional cooperation not only in economic matters but also towards building a unique South Asian Identity above national considerations