India and South Asia: January 2016 Dossier


The January Dossier provides analysis of a range of domestic and foreign policy developments in India as well as in the wider region. These include Amit Shah’s election as BJP-President, the dilemma of the communist CPI/M, the observed increase of attacks on Christians in India, Prime Minister Modi’s Moscow visit and his regional diplomatic efforts in the Af-Pak region, the visit to India by Syria’s Deputy Prime Minister, and the visit to Palestine and Israel by External Affairs Minister Swaraj.

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Part I  India - Domestic developments

Amit Shah elected as BJP-President

Dilemma of the communist CPI/M

Increase of attacks on Christians

Part II  India - Foreign Policy Development

Modi’s Moscow visit gives boost to ‘Make in India’

Syria’s Deputy Prime Minister visits India

Swaraj visits Palestine and Israel

Part III South Asia

Modi in Af-Pak

Part IV Book recommendation

Part V Selection of Press Articles on major domestic and foreign policy issues

As always, a number of complementary articles provide the reader with a much wider and deeper understanding of the politics in India, South Asia and across the wider region, through an Indian-centred perspective.

·     Raja-Mandala: Modi’s Pakistan opportunity

      C. Raja Mohan 

      The Indian Express, December 29, 2015

·      It Would Be Cruel To Wish Modi 'Happy New Year'

      Mani Shankar Aiyar

      NDTV, January 01, 2015

·     Modi at crossroads

      S Nihal Singh

      The Asian Age, January 03, 2016

·     Pathankot has put the dialogue ball in Pakistan's court 

      Kanwal Sibal

      MailOnline, January 11, 2016

·     Delivering on good governance

      Shyam Saran 

      Business Standard, January 12, 2016

·     China, the missing piece to the Pakistan puzzle?

      Suhasini Haidar

      The Hindu January 14, 2016

·     Mufti Sayeed didn’t live to see the new chapter of Indo-Pak ties

      Prem Shankar Jha

      Hindustan Times, January 15, 2016

·     China and India: Tomorrow’s Superpowers

      Srikanth Kondapalli

      The Cipher Brief, January 15, 2016 

·     Raja-Mandala: Re-imagining the Middle East

      C. Raja Mohan

      The Indian Express, January 19, 2016

·     Iran Nuclear Deal: India Needs a Sherpa to Harness the Most of It

      C Uday Bhaskar

      The Quint, 20 January 2016