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April 05, 2018
Author: Klaus Voll

This month, the section on political developments in India focuses on the dysfunctional parliamentary democracy, the shocking bye-election results in north India and the escalations in Kashmir perpetrated largely by Pakistan. The developments include an economic component in the form of farmer protests in Maharashtra.

On the foreign policy front, India-France and India-German ties from the EU have gained salience with the visits of respective European leaders to India. The visit by the King of Jordan and the unfolding political crisis in Sri Lanka are the other topics that are covered.

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Part I  India - Domestic developments

  •        Standstill of parliamentary democracy?
  •        Political earthquake in North India?
  •        Current political developments
  •        Escalation with Pakistan and in Kashmir
  •        Impasse in Kashmir?

Part II  India - Economic Developments

  •        Farmers March in Maharashtra

Part III  India - Foreign Policy Developments

  •        India’s re-‘new’-found partner
  •        German President seeks further ties
  •        King of Jordan visits India

Part IV South Asia                     

  •        Cracks in the ruling alliance in Sri Lanka

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.

  •      It’s time to reimagine South Asia: On India-China-Pakistan cooperation

Sudheendra Kulkarni

The Hindu or The Kashmir Monitor online, March 06, 2018

  •      International Solar Alliance: Powering India's growth story

Shyam Saran

Business Standard online, March 14, 2018

  •      No Surprises in Xi Jinping's Carefully-Scripted Power Grab in China

Manoj Joshi

The Wire online, March 15, 2018

  •      Diplomatic brawl with Pak may not end soon

K. C. Singh

Deccan Chronicle online, March 19, 2018

  •      Exciting developments in China’s Parliament

Srikanth Kondapalli

Lookeast, February 28, 2018  

  •      Arvind Kejriwal’s Apologies Remind Us How Democracy Really Works

Prem Shankar Jha

The Wire online, March 26, 2018

  •      Chances of Tashkent conference leading to a consensus within Afghanistan look slim

C. Uday Bhaskar

Hindustan Times online, March 26, 2018

  •      Raja Mandala: A continuing foreign policy consensus

C. Raja Mohan

The Indian Express online, March 27, 2018

  •      Russia-Baiting and the International Fallout of the Murky Skripal Poisoning Case

Kanwal Sibal

The Wire online, March 30, 2018

  •      Next Door Nepal: Another chink in the wall

Yubraj Ghimire

The Indian Express online, April 02, 2018

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