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A Retired Bureaucrat’s 2024 Election Takeaways

With the dust of the 2024 election having finally settled and a new National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government having been sworn in it is now appropriate to attempt to tease out some of its key takeaways. For starters, it should definitively put...

Key Developments and Changes in India’s Approach towards Africa (2014 - 2024)

Introduction Foreign policy, as an instrument to promote national interest, is a continuing and dynamic – not static – phenomenon, displaying a subtle blend of continuity and change. While the principal interests of a nation such as the imperatives...

An Overview: Modi Government’s Approach to its SAARC Neighbours (2014-2024)

Indian foreign policy under the Modi government has been characterised by unparalleled energy, informed by great vision and maturity, and infused by a refreshing firmness. It has, above all, been guided by a non-hegemonistic approach firmly rooted...

Forgotten Dimensions of Strategy: Russia- Ukraine War - Lessons for India

(Given below is the modified version of presentation given by Amb. DB Venkatesh Varma during Prof. Matinuzzaman Zuberi Memorial Lecture, Jawaharlal Nehru University on 7 December 2023.) Kissinger Syndrome By the time I joined the University in 1982...

Addressing Post-earthquake Issues in Western Nepal

The deadly earthquake of 6.4 magnitude on the midnight of November 3, 2023 that caused massive human causalities and destruction of property in the western hilly region of Nepal, had its epicenter in Jajarkot and West Rukum districts, nearly 500...

Sheetal Devi: An Epitome of Perseverance

अप्राप्यं नाम नेहास्ति धीरस्य व्यवसायिनः ॥ (there is nothing unattainable in this world for the steadfast and determined.’) This is a verse from an ancient Indian text, Kathasaritsagara (Verse 12.20.23), written by Somadeva in the 11th Century, and...

The IMEC Way

On the sidelines of G20 leaders of India, USA, Saudi Arabia, UAE, France, Italy, Germany and EU announced a new maritime and overland connectivity corridor between Asia and Europe i.e. India, Middle East Europe Economic Corridor (IMEC). Recently,...

Prime Minister Modi in Athens: A Visit of Special Significance

The Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi, paid an official visit to Athens recently. Mr Modi represents modern India, a country the average Greek knows very little about. As far as India is concerned, the Greek collective memory is dominated by...

Prime Minister Modi’s Visit to Egypt

Prime Minister Modi concluded a two-day visit to Egypt on 24-25th June. The last visit at the prime minister’s level from India to that country took place 26 years ago in 1997. The visit is an important initiative to fill up the hiatus in engagement...

India and US Engagement: Deliberate and Determined Delivery

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US has become the focus of discussion amongst the strategic community across the world. Being dubbed as “the most consequential, comprehensive strategic partnership”, India-US ties have withstood...

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