Indian Agricultural Debt Waivers: A Dangerous Economic Risk?

Guest Submission by Khush Patel Four months after the announcement of the Rs44,000-Crore Rupee Agricultural Debt Waiver Scheme proposed by the Karnataka government (approximately $6 Billion USD) Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh have also announced farm waivers amounting to 31,000 crore rupees ($4.4 Billion USD). In the year 2017, the governments of UP and Maharashtra…

The Donglang/Doklam Standoff

“In June, Indian border guards crossed the boundary into a Chinese-controlled area claimed by Bhutan”

The Deadlock at Doklam

As the Indo-China border impasse at Doklam continues without a tangible end in sight, there are several important takeaways to note here. To start with, China has adopted an overtly aggressive position on the issue, it being the aggrieved party. The ‘conditionalities’ from Beijing include “immediate unilateral withdrawal of India’s troops to the Indian side…

Germany and India: Bilateral relations in a nutshell

Bilateral relations between India and Germany are founded on common democratic principles and are marked by a high degree of trust and mutual respect. India was among the first countries to establish diplomatic ties with the Federal Republic of Germany after the Second World War. Relations grew significantly following the end of the Cold War and the reunification of…

Is India heading towards a child labor-free society with ILO?

Child labor is a serious and complex problem in India which is rooted in poverty. The position of India in terms of child labor is not an appreciable one, with a credible estimate ranging from 60 to 115 million. According to a Campaign Against Child Labor (CAC) 2001 study, India had 12.6 million child laborers. However,…

The economic impacts of Terrorism

Let me ask you a question. Have you ever been personally affected by terrorism? Maybe a handful of you have been affected personally by it, but, the majority of you would say “No, we’ve not been personally affected by terrorism”. Well, let’s see the deeper picture. When we hear the word “terrorism”, most of us…

India ditches China’s OBOR summit

The primary objective of the One Belt One Road initiative  is to improve connectivity and cooperation among Asian countries, Africa, China and Europe.Inspired by the Silk Road, the medieval trade routes between Europe and Asia, the emphasis is on increasing land as well as maritime routes. The policy is significant for China since it aims to boost domestic…

Cold War 2.0?

Relations between countries are degrading day by day. Tensions are rising. Military advancement, supporting adversaries of one country, terrorism are all contributing to the new state of affairs in International politics, which I believe, may or may not one day develop into a cold war. Let us check on a few regions. Indian Subcontinent This…

Nano-biotechnology: The new frontier in India-Australia relations.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull inaugurated the world’s most advanced nano-biotechnology research center. Nanotechnology is a part of science and technology about the control of matter on the atomic and molecular scale. In a joint effort to boost education and research in the field of nano-biotechnology in India, TERI and…