This month’s edition draws on a variety of domestic challenges that grapple India. The spate of brutal child rapes and the dilemma of death penalty, problematic Parliament, upcoming Karnataka elections, fake encounters, CPI/M, etc. The economic performance of Karnataka is also covered under the economic development section.
PM Modi’s triple European tour attempts a balanced relation between traditional and new partners. Great bonhomie presented by Modi and Xi at Wuhan. Also PM Oli of Nepal resets relations with India albeit with a different equation.
Part I India - Domestic developments
Karnataka: a 'hung' Parliament?
Karnataka: Lingayat as a separate religion?
The security situation in Karnataka
Party Congress of the CPI/M
Violence in North- and Central-India
]Standstill in Parliament
Naidu's open critique of the BJP
Yogi Adithyanath's 'Encounter Raj'
Politics of Rapes
Death sentence for rapes of children
Part II India - Economic Developments
Karnataka—an economic profile of the state
Part III India - Foreign Policy Developments
Modi in Sweden and the Indo-Nordic Summit
Modi's visit to UK: bilateral talks and the CHOGM
Modi-Xi talks at Wuhan Summit
Part IV South Asia
Visit with a twist by Prime Minister Oli of Nepal
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.
Raja Mandala: India’s China reset and BRI
C. Raja Mohan
The Indian Express online, April 10, 2018
China's long-term plans for its currency
Business Standard online, April 11, 2018
What democracy now means
The Tribune online, April 12, 2018
China's Coming of Age as a Maritime Power
The Wire online, April 16, 2018
Raksha Mantri to Pursue India’s Defence Cooperation Agenda in SCO
IDSA, April 16, 2018
C. Raja Mohan
The Indian Express online, April 18, 2018
Defence Planning Committee: Is too much being attempted too late?
C. Uday Bhaskar
Hindustan Times online, April 19, 2018
Next door Nepal: Populism first
The Indian Express online, April 23, 2018
Panchayati raj at 25
Mani Shankar Aiyar
The Indian Express online, April 25, 2018
Buying time at Wuhan
Rediff.com, April 30, 2018