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India's club: How Commonwealth can give India clout - Ashok Malik, HT
In the past 20 years, with the end of the Cold War and the rise of China, international diplomacy has resembled an alphabet soup. A whole host of new organisations and collectives have been created. Many countries, including India, have signed on to virtually every club that has admitted them. They are all hedging their bets, unsure which structures will sustain and survive into the latter half of the 21st century and which will just fade away.
The Europe syndrome - Indian Express
A century on from World War I, nobody wants the guns of August. Yet it must be asked if waiting years for the evasive conclusions of an official investigation into the fate of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is better than acting now on what we already know: That the Boeing 777 with 298 people on board was shot down by a missile from a Russian-made SA-11 anti-aircraft system fired from an area of eastern Ukraine controlled by Russian-backed separatists, Russian mercenaries and Russian agents.
A jobless future awaits, no matter what govt do - Vivek Wadhwa, Economic Times
In an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, former treasury secretary Lawrence Summers revived a debate I'd had with futurist Ray Kurzweil in 2012 about the jobless future. He echoed the words of Peter Diamandis, who says that we are moving from a history of scarcity to an era of abundance.
Modi’s WTO opportunity - Sunil Jain, Financial Express
Despite the recent Brics bonhomie and the agreement on the Brics bank, the New Development Bank, and the Contingency Reserve Agreement (CRA), surely no one in the government believes that India can get favourable loans from the Bank or, God forbid, a large standby line from the CRA if there is an escalation in tensions with China? Or even if they remain at current levels of stapled visas.
Time for a SAARC bank - Arvind Mehta, Financial Express
The general assessment of the Brics development bank is that this is a wake up call for the developed Western economies, long used to dominating the international financial architecture which includes the World Bank and IMF. While China, India and others had been willing to increase their equity contribution and voting strength in these multilateral institutions, the Western economies largely did not want any change in the status quo.
'State or official visit': Contours of PM's maiden US tour in the works - Archis Mohan, Business Standard
A 'state visit' or an 'official' one, an address in New York in front of a stadium full of thousands of people from the Indian diaspora or at some hotel's conference hall, a possible oration to a joint session of the US Congress, a luncheon meeting with US senators and most importantly whether the Obamas host a grand state dinner for him at the White House or just a 'working' lunch - these are some of the pieces that will go into making Prime Minister Narendra Modi's itinerary during his maiden visit to the US in end-September.
Food security: a matter of India’s sovereignty - Mint
It is not an uncommon sight for India to be isolated at multilateral trade negotiations. The most recent example being the meeting of trade ministers of the Group of Twenty nations (G-20) at Sydney. These countries want India to give up its insistence on moving in tandem to find a solution to its food security concerns and progress on the World Trade Organization (WTO) driven Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA)—that helps traders and exporters worldwide.
Pakistan: If the generals have changed their mind - Husain Haqqani, Indian Express
If Pakistani nationalism continues to be defined in religious terms and the state rhetoric does not change, General Sharif’s efforts against some jihadis will prove as ineffective as similar juggling attempts under Musharraf and Kayani.
Jaya opposes setting up of buoys on IMBL - Kumar Chellappan, Pioneer
In a statement which could have major political ramifications, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa declared on Tuesday that Tamil Nadu does not recognise the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) between India and Sri Lanka.
‘Infiltration’ from Bangladesh up 5 times since Mamata’s rule - Joydeep Thakur, HT
No wonder Prime Minister Narendra Modi was harping before the Lok Sabha polls on the problem on infiltration from Bangladesh into India through West Bengal. Infiltration from Bangladesh into West Bengal has increased a whopping fivefold between 2011 and 2013, which coincides with chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s regime.
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