The May Dossier covers the interesting saga that unfolded after the Karnataka assembly election results and its implications on Indian politics. The economic section analyses crony capitalism and the bank NPAs that have become the bane of Indian economy. It also includes the Walmart buy of Flipkart.

In terms of India’s external engagements, the Modi-Putin informal talks, the visit by PM Rutte of Netherlands and Modi’s course correction with Kathmandu are analysed.

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Part I  India - Domestic developments 

  •        Karnataka: BJP-victory without majority
  •        B. S. Yeddyurappa: Oath and resignation
  •        H. D. Kumaraswamy elected as Chief Minister
  •        CSDS/Lokniti-Survey: 'Mood of the Nation'
  •        Kavinder Gupta, Deputy Chief Minister of J&K


Part II  India - Economic Developments

  •        Economic Overview
  •        Crony Capitalism in India
  •        Walmart buys majority stake in Indian start-up Flipkart for $16 Billion
  •        Non-Performing-Assets (NPAs) in the Indian banking sector


Part III  India - Foreign Policy Developments

  •        Informally at Sochi
  •        Prime Minister Mark Rutte in India


Part IV South Asia                     

  •        Modi’s Nepal course correction


Part V 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.


  •        The Last Pillar of Indian Democracy Has Crumbled

Prem Shankar Jha

The Wire online, May 05, 2018

  •        On Iran and Trump, India Has Landed Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Manoj Joshi

The Wire online, May 12, 2018 

  •        Marx has contemporary relevance for India

C. Uday Bhaskar

South Asia Monitor, May 15, 2018

  •        N-deal: A signal triumph for Indian diplomacy

Shyam Saran

South Asia Monitor, May 17, 2018

  •        US’s exit from the Iran nuke deal may have collateral consequences for India

Shyam Saran

Hindustan Times online, May 18, 2018

  •        Modi’s Two Projects in Leh Can be India’s Answer to China’s OBOR

P. Stobdan

The Quint, May 19, 2018 

  •        Next Door Nepal: Hope and fear in Kathmandu

Yubaraj Ghimire

The Indian Express online, May 21, 2018

  •        Raja Mandala: India’s diplomacy, Trump effect

C. Raja Mohan

The Indian Express online, May 22, 2018

  •        China’s military is poised to become a world class force

Srikanth Kondapalli

CPI Analysis online, May 24, 2018 

  •        Modi's Blatant Attempt To Communalize A State

Mani Shankar Aiyar

NDTV online, May 29, 2018