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INDIA’S TRYST WITH DESTINY TODAY

Vol. 22 No. 3, Autumn (July-September) 2018
THE GRAMMAR OF DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE: THE INDIAN STORY

Soon after independence, India embarked upon the ambitious path of democratic governance and laid down rules of conduct. Balmiki Prasad Singh examines the seven-decade-old story of India’s political and social evolution and its consequences in the context of the country’s contemporary history, its achievements of the last seventy years, democracy and its implications as well as possibilities and future needs.

Author: Balmiki Prasad Singh
INDIA’S FOREIGN POLICY IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY: THE QUEST FOR MAJOR POWER STATUS

Except for the initial years of nonalignment, India’s quest for major power status has been hamstrung due to various constraints including challenges from China and Pakistan. According to Purusottam Bhattacharya, as things stand today, dealing with the challenges and the neighbours will be a daunting task. In addition, attaining major power status involves shouldering regional and global responsibilities in diverse domains.

Author: Purusottam Bhattacharya
RISING INDIA: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

In its endeavour to achieve higher status on the world stage, India has been steadfastly building up its economic and military capabilities. However, it continues to encounter multiple difficulties. Suresh Kumar Dhanda reviews the major challenges and concludes that for a successful policy, New Delhi must strive to maintain good relations and economic cooperation with all countries.

Author: Suresh Kumar Dhanda
INDIA IN THE EMERGING ASIA–PACIFIC POWER DYNAMICS: PROBLEMS AND PROSPECTS

Since the end of the Cold War, the Asia–Pacific region has undergone significant changes in the pattern of power balancing. The incessant formations of alliances and counter alliances create new power dynamics. Parvaiz Ahmad Thoker and Bawa Singh analyse the hurdles and problems standing in the way of India’s foreign policy goals.

Author: Parvaiz Ahmad Thoker and Bawa Singh
INDIA–JAPAN RELATIONS: BREAKING NEW GROUND IN THE STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP

After a brief discussion on the trajectory of India–Japan relations, Bharti Chhibber examines their partnership in the Indo–Pacific region, their cooperation in Africa and the India–Japan–US trilateral, which needs a solid economic base to bear fruit.

Author: Bharti Chhibber
ENERGY OPPORTUNITIES FOR INDIA IN LATIN AMERICA: UNDERSTANDING MEXICO’S ENERGY REFORMS

In recent years, Mexico, a major fossil fuel producer, has begun a reform of its legislation to allow domestic and foreign investments in the hitherto state owned crude oil and gas extraction and delivery sectors. According to Aparaajita Pandey, Mexico has also started seeking out large purchasers such as India, a country interested in diversifying its sources of oil and gas.

Author: Aparaajita Pandey
POTENTIAL WATER CRISIS IN INDIA: IS INTRODUCING A PRIVATE PARTNER OR PUBLIC–PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP MODEL THE RIGHT ANSWER ?

Sagar Suri points out the problems associated with a public–private partnership model to improve public access to water and for the collection of tariffs. He also outlines alternatives to ensure a more equitable and viable water delivery system.

Author: Sagar Suri
WHY NSG MEMBERSHIP IS IMPORTANT FOR INDIA

According to Dushyant Gaur, India is keen on joining the Nuclear Suppliers Group in order to play a more important role in the sphere of nuclear non-proliferation. New Delhi is looking to upgrade its status and have a greater say in the group’s mandatory scope. India’s membership has become a central concern over the past few months and is a critical foreign policy issue for the current government.

Author: Dushyant Gaur
FOREIGN AID AND FOREIGN POLICY: AN IMPLEMENTATION PROCESS

Sukhwant S Bindra provides a historical overview of the evolving philosophy and practice of foreign aid. Although it is an essential component of the development strategies of poorer states, aid is almost never unconditional and is used by donor nations to project power and serve their own political and economic interests, at times to the detriment of aid recipients.

Author: Sukhwant S Bindra
RUSSIA IN THE ARCTIC: RIVALS AND STAKES

 

The continuous retreat of Arctic ice due to global warming and the consequent opening up of sea-lanes has led to a geopolitical race among Arctic and non-Arctic states to dominate the area. Bipandeep Sharma analyses Russia’s interests in the Arctic, elucidating various challenges and opportunities that the country faces as the largest stakeholder in the region.

Author: Bipandeep Sharma
ENERGY, ECOLOGY AND ARMED CONFLICTS; THE MULTIPLICITY OF OVERLAPS IN THE POST-SOVIET SPACE

Mudasir Wani looks at the interaction of three vital aspects of energy security in the post-Soviet space—natural resources, armed conflicts and regional security mechanisms. With a focus on the Caucasus region, he highlights the need to formulate an environmentally sustainable  evelopment perspective for analysing armed conflicts.

Author: Mudasir Wani