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  • India and Afghanistan: The Way Forward
    April, 2010 By Anumita Raj

    India’s historic ties with Afghanistan are now under a scanner as a whole litany of pressures, some old and some new, some external and some internal, have come into play in the politics of the region. India’s involvement in the country has begun to be moulded by aspects other than its own interests in the country, and the interests of the Afghan people. In the near future, due to the increasing attacks in Indian targets in Afghanistan, India will, in essence, be forced to shape its policy in the country more as a reaction to external events, rather than as a way to achieve its own ends. 

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  • Pakistan’s Power Struggle – The Real Movers and Shakers
    April, 2010 By Joyanto Mukherjee

    The first quarter of 2010 has already seen the situation in Pakistan take several turns.  The recent Pakistani Delegation visit to the US which saw COAS General Kayani lead the delegation, the statements by Pakistan with regards to Afghanistan and its call for an ‘active’ role in the country and the recent U-turn by PML-N Chief Nawaz Sharif with regards to the 18TH Amendment have been a few highlights over the past three months. Other developments over the same period have now effectively highlighted the major players in the struggle for power, those who will determine the overall future of the country.

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  • Can a World Driven by Scientists and Engineers, Bereft of Philosophers and Good Politicians, Achieve Progress?
    March, 2010 By Sundeep Waslekar

    Sundeep Waslekar comments on engineers and scientists, such as the founders of Internet, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, and E-Bay, driving progress in the 21st century. 

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  • One World, One Dream
    February, 2010 By Sundeep Waslekar

    We live in two worlds. One is the world of hope. The other is the world in despair....

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  • The Great Rift Valley
    February, 2010 By Ilmas Futehally

    In the last few months I visited a number of places along the Great Rift Valley- the geographical system of faults and valleys that stretches from Lebanon in the North to Mozambique in the South across almost 5000km crossing over 20 national borders. 

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  • Death of the Ganges, Demise of a Civilization
    February, 2010 By Rohit Honawar

    The notion of India often evokes images of an ancient civilization, defined by sprawling palaces and gardens, spirituality and a system of beliefs and culture that dates back several millennia. Over time, the growth of Indian civilization has been symbiotic with nature, with the intimate relationship shared with the land, an integral aspect of Hindu mythology and Indian beliefs. With this in mind, rivers and water bodies across the country have historically been revered for their life-sustaining abilities, perhaps more so in India given that it is, and always has been, primarily an agrarian society. 

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  • The Blame Game
    February, 2010 By Ambika Vishwanath

    Every morning the paper I receive in my home in Mumbai carries a story on the worsening water situation in the city and how thousands of us are left without water. The stories talk about water theft by the private companies, illegal tapping of wells, poor transportation systems, pollution in the reservoirs and related problems. The media blames the government, the government blames the climate, the bureaucracy blames the rising population and the migrants, and we the people blame everyone. 

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  • Bangladesh - Water, Migration & Security Concerns
    February, 2010 By Sowmya Suryanarayanan

    Bangladesh shares around 4,095km of its border with India. Over the years cross border migration from Bangladesh to India has taken place owing to a combination of economic and political factors. Currently, an estimated 20 million Bangladeshis illegally stay in India. In recent years, an increased and sustained movement of people from Bangladesh to India has taken place as a result of factors other than economic, social or political. The main driver of cross border migration has been the environment, which includes the absence of adequate freshwater resources. 

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