Clean Air, Federalism and Democracy Lessons from a US Court Judgment

Download PDF version The United States Supreme Court’s 29 April 2014 opinion has in it the elements of both further pressure on India for providing greater access to US markets for renewable energy technologies and relevance for the resolution of India’s interstate disputes. This article explains the salient points. Ravindra

The Politics of Secular Sectarianism

Download PDF version The rise of right-wing politics in India is built on the fragmented nature of the struggles waged by the oppressed who constitute the vast majority of the population: “lower” castes, adivasis, working classes and peasants, women, religious minorities, etc. Countering right-wing political imagination would mean a dismantling

In the Making – An Asian NATO?

Download PDF version The devious game New Delhi is playing alongside Washington, Tokyo and Canberra. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s official visit to Australia during 16-18 November, immediately following the G-20 Summit, needs to be particularly noted for the conclusion of a new Framework for Security Cooperation, under which New Delhi

High-level panel counsels caution on GM food crops

Suggests setting up of special environment courts The government-appointed High Level Committee (HLC) to review environmental laws, while proposing a near complete overhaul of the regulatory system, has sounded a note of caution on genetically modified (GM) food crops. In a report submitted recently on its review of six laws,

Anatomy of a diplomatic handshake

Contrary to reports, the hugely publicised handshake between Nawaz Sharif and Narendra Modi at the SAARC summit was preceded by other exchanges of pleasantries On November 27, the second day of the SAARC summit, Kathmandu newspapers showed a grim looking Nawaz Sharif and a grumpy looking Narendra Modi on their

Panacea of ‘Structural Reforms

Panacea of ‘Structural Reforms’   View Download The main commitments of the G-20 leadership, touted at the Brisbane summit, sound utterly hollow. Reading the communiqué issued at the end of the G-20 Leaders’ Summit at Brisbane over the weekend of 15-16 November, what struck us was the out-and-out hollowness, the