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India and South Asia February 2018 Dossier

March 15, 2018
Author: Klaus Voll

This Dossier is focusing on the election campaigns in  Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland and the results of these elections, besides current political developments and the formation of a new political party by the film star Kamal Haasan in crisis-ridden Tamil Nadu. On foreign policy front, Modi’s visit to the Middle East is covered while on South Asia the focus is on the political crisis in Maldives.

The escalation of military confrontation between India and Pakistan, as well as the situation in Kashmir, will be covered in the March Dossier, besides major financial scams and so-called Non-Performing Assets (NPAs).

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Part I  India - Domestic developments

       Elections in Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland

       Profile of the new CM of Meghalaya

       Current political developments

       Makka Neeidhi Maiyam (MNM)

Part II  India - Foreign Policy Developments

       Modi’s Middle East Spree

       The Long Due visit from Tehran

       Trudeau’s Visit to India

Part III South Asia                     

       Mal‘dive’an Crisis


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.


·     India needs to bring more innovation, indigenisation in national security matrix

      C. Uday Bhaskar

      South Asia Monitor, January 31, 2018

·     Sangh Parivar’s dual loyalties

S Nihal Singh

The Tribune, February 24, 2018

·     Donald Trump’s review could help India nuance its nuclear doctrine

Manoj Joshi

Hindustan Times, February 25, 2018

·     Next Door Nepal: Breakthrough and challenge

Yubraj Ghimire

The Indian Express, February 26, 2018

·     India, Iran and a divided Middle East

C. Raja Mohan

The Indian Express, February 17, 2018

·     Congress in the Northeast: Neglect, no direction and a wave of desertions

Prashant Jha

Hindustan Times, February 17, 2018

·     Significance of India joining the Ashgabat Agreement

P. Stobdan

IDSA, February 12, 2018

·     Why has the Reserve Bank of India Killed the Indian Economy?

Prem Shankar Jha

The Wire, February 13, 2018

·     Indo-Pak: Escalating use of force has limits

Shyam Saran

Business Standard, February 14, 2018

·     Flying on wits alone

KC Singh

The Tribune, February 15, 2018

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