India and South Asia: March 2017 Dossier




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The March 2017 Dossier highlights a range of domestic and foreign policy developments in India as well as in the wider region. These include an analysis of recent Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur, and their potential impact on the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the visit of the Indian Foreign Secretary to the US, the preparations for PM Modi’s visit to Israel, as well as India’s involvement in the First Summit of the Indian Ocean Rim Association.

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Part I  India - Domestic developments

  • BJP landslide victory in Uttar Pradesh
  • Clear Congress - Victory in Punjab
  • BJP governments in Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur
  • The gate to victory in 2019 is wide open

Part II  India - Foreign Policy Developments

·     NSA Doval prepares for Modi’s visit to Israel 

·     Foreign Secretary meets the new dispensation in the USA

Part III South Asia

·     India at the First Summit of the Indian Ocean Rim Association Leaders

Part IV  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.

  • Geopolitical impact of Trump presidency

Shyam Saran

Business Standard, March 07, 2017

  • Is Tawang Becoming the Focus of Sino-Indian Relations?

Manoj Joshi

The Wire, March 09, 2017

  • Modi’s Approach to Foreign Policy Has Disrupted India’s Ties With China

Prem Shankar Jha

The Wire, March 14, 2017

  • Why India must avoid falling into China's trap over disputed territory

Kanwal Sibal

Daily Mail, March 16, 2017

  • Put foreign policy in place

KC Singh

The Tribune, March 16, 2017

  • China Will See the Dalai Lama’s Visit to Tawang as a Provocation

Prem Shankar Jha

The Wire, March 18, 2017

  • Mani Shankar Aiyar's Rebuttal To Chandan Mitra On Yogi Adityanath

Mani Shankar Aiyar

NDTV, March 24, 2017

  • Fighting BJP's tsunami

S Nihal Singh

The Tribune, March 25, 2017

  • Next door Nepal: Yogi’s Kathmandu connect

Yubaraj Ghimire

The Indian Express, March 27, 2017

  • Raja Mandala: Neighbourhood defence

C. Raja Mohan 

The Indian Express, March 28, 2017