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India and South Asia: November 2018 Dossier

December 03, 2018
Author: Klaus Voll

The contours of the overall elections strategy of the BJP, previews in all the states going to the polls in this semi-final for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the dissolution of the Assembly in Jammu & Kashmir, a terror attack in Amritsar/Punjab and reflections by India’s leading historian are the major highlights in the domestic part of the Dossier this month. The dossier also focuses on India’s “non official” participation in Russia-led talks with Taliban and Modi’s participation in the tri summits in Singapore. In the Dossier’s South Asia part, Maldives witnesses the peaceful handing over of power to the new incumbent while the inauguration of the Kartarpur Corridor appears to be the thaw in Indo-Pakistan relations.

Read the November dossier

Part I India - Domestic developments

• The election strategy of the BJP

• How will the people of Rajasthan decide?

• A tight race in Madhya Pradesh?

• Trends and scenarios in Chhattisgarh

• Telangana gears up for assembly elections

• Mizoram: End of the last Congress Bastion?

• J & K: Dissolution of the Assembly

• Terror attack in Amritsar

• Sikh-Pogroms 1984: A late healing?

• Ramachandra Guha on contemporary issues


Part II India - Foreign Policy Developments

• Talks in Moscow with Taliban

Modi to Singapore summits


Part III South Asia

• Solih heads the Maldivian state

Kartarpur corridor between India and Pakistan



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.


· A Piecemeal Reduction of the RBI’s Autonomy Will Not Solve India’s Liquidity Crisis

Prem Shankar Jha,

The Wire, November 01, 2018

· Raja Mandala: New ripples in Andaman Sea

C. Raja Mohan

The Indian Express, November 13, 2018

· The Shanghai connection

Shyam Saran

Business Standard, November 14, 2018

· On Her Birth Centenary, We Need to Pay Tribute to the Early Indira Gandhi

Prem Shankar Jha

The Wire, November 19, 2018

· Raja Mandala: Battle for islands

C. Raja Mohan

The Indian Express, November 20, 2018

· Disillusioned Ladakh seeks to search within

Phunchok Stobdan

The Tribune, November 21, 2018

· A diplomat in tribal country: Shyam Saran remembers Bastar before the fall

Shyam Saran

Business Standard, November 24, 2018

· Coming a full circle in J&K

Manoj Joshi

The Tribune, November 28, 2018

· Questions From Sentinel

C. Uday Bhaskar

The Indian Express, November 28, 2018

· India Learned Valuable Lessons from 26/11. But So Have Terrorists Across the Border.

Manoj Joshi

The Wire, November 28, 2018


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