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Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Campaign)

 : “Hygiene is More Important than Political Independence” !!  coupling to protect common imperatives of socio-cultural contexts.The views of cleaning India campaign implies the vision on inclusive growth, in which, each and every one must be blessed with the impacts of economic growth and each particles of marginalized sector should

Understanding Child Rights

Who is a “CHILD”? According to international law, a ‘child’ means every human being below the age of 18 years. This is a universally accepted definition of a child and comes from the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), an international legal instrument accepted and ratified

India-China-Brahmaputra

India justifiably feels uneasy about what plans China may have for the Brahmaputra in Tibet. It needs to raise the issue whenever there is evidence of planned diversion. But given our vulnerability as a downstream nation it is clear that we need to reconsider our own thinking about rivers, and

Important Constitutional Amendment Bills

The Constitution (122nd Amendment) (GST) Bill, 2014 The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Second Amendment) Bill, 2014 was introduced in the Lok Sabha on December 19, 2014 by the Minister of Finance, Mr. Arun Jaitley. The Bill seeks to amend the Constitution to introduce the goods and services tax (GST).  Consequently,

Indian banks in Africa: change agents

India’s engagement with Africa currently is trapped in a discourse from another era. With a change in governance structures and demographics, African countries are keen to elevate the level of trade and investment ties. India is in an advantageous position due to historical linkages but China and the U.S. are

Yaalon’s Visit and the India-Israel Defence Relationship

Israel’s Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon is currently visiting India. He is scheduled to inaugurate the Israeli Pavilion at the biennial Aero India 2015 defence and aerospace exhibition at Bengaluru and also meet his Indian counterpart Manohar Parrikar. Yaalon’s visit assumes significance given that this will be the first time that

The discreet silence on the NPT

Roughly two months from now, over 190 member states will assemble in New York for the 9th Review Conference (RevCon) of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), and the fourth since its indefinite extension in 1995. As a quinquennial event, the RevCon is supposed to review the

Budget 2015: no heed to economic diplomacy

Finance minister Arun Jaitley’s 2015-16 Budget resonates only partially with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s arc of economic diplomacy; it lacks strategic intent that could invest India with some geo-strategic heft in the years to come Soon after he was sworn in as Prime Minister, Narendra Modi invested India’s languishing economic

SAARC sojourn: surmounting the entropy

The SAARC Yatra to be undertaken by foreign secretary S. Jaishankar from March 1 is an opportunity for India to improve relations, resurrect stalled projects and create new synergies with its neighbourhood. An initiative like this could hold the key to India shedding the ‘hegemon’ tag and pursuing mutually beneficial