India and South Asia: November 2017 Dossier


An important state election in Himachal Pradesh and the electoral campaign in Gujarat – the votes take place in December and the results for both states will be declared on the 18th of December - will determine the course of Indian domestic politics for 2018/19. In the new chapter „Economic Developments“, the focus is on „buisiness sentiments“ and the impact of the General Service Tax. Modi's tour to the Phillippines and India's relations with Afghanistan are the main focus in the regional and wider international relations.

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Part I  Domestic developments in India

Himachal Pradesh: Can the BJP defeat the Congress?

Gujarat: Is the BJP-citadel loosing strength?

Part II  India-Economic Developments

Economic situation in November 2017: „Business Sentiment“

GST: Trials and tribulations

Part III  India - Foreign Policy Developments

Modi at the ASEAN-India Summit

Part IV South Asia                     

Ghani’s Visit in the Context of Trumps’ South Asia Strategy

Will China resume building roads in Doklam?

Srikanth Kondapalli, August 29, 2017

·     Is the Narendra Modi Bubble About to Burst?

Prem Shankar Jha

The Wire online, September 05, 2017

·     Degrees of Separation

C. Raja Mohan

The Indian Express online, September 09, 2017

·     Plight of Rohingya

S Nihal Singh

The Tribune online, September 16, 2017

·     How does BJP succeed in relentlessly acquiring power, state after state?

Prashant Jha

Hindustan Times online, September 16, 2017

·     Recalibrate Pak policy, reach out to the world

K. C. Singh

Deccan Chronicle online, September 25, 2017

·     Why India-Pakistan ties will remain 'frozen for the foreseeable future'

Kanwal Sibal

Daily Mail online, September 25, 2017

·           Mani Shankar Aiyar On Ram Madhav's Offer Of Dialogue To Kashmir

Mani Shankar Aiyar

NDTV online, September 26, 2017

·     The frenemies within

Shyam Saran

Business Standard online, September 27, 2017

·     Here’s why India did the right thing by refusing to send troops to Afghanistan

Manoj Joshi

Economic Times online, September 27, 2017