Asia’s strategic weight

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks at the India-China Business Forum in Shanghai, China, 16 May 2015. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Peter Drysdale, East Asia Forum

Their sheer size and growth potential mean that China and India will be at the centre of the Asian economic powerhouse over the coming decades, however well it performs. Over the past two decades, the two countries have already more than tripled their share of the global economy. Adjusted for purchasing power parity (PPP), the Indian economy is now roughly the size of Japan’s. In PPP terms, China’s economy is already nudging that of the United States. Read more…

India’s role in Asia may not fit ‘Indo-Pacific’ agenda

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) and China's President Xi Jinping wave to the press before their meeting in Xian, the capital of the Chinese Shaanxi Province, on 14 May 2015. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Hugh White, ANU

Many observers tend to assume that India will play a large and growing part as a great power in a wider ‘Indo-Pacific’ strategic system, that it will use its growing power to balance and limit China’s regional weight. But some caution is called for — although this outcome is possible, it is far from inevitable. Read more…

China, India and global headwinds

Author: Alok Sheel, Government of Kerala

When the global financial crisis swept across the world in 2008, it was widely hoped that India would not be as badly affected by the external demand shock as China. After all, exports of goods and services accounted for about 40 per cent of Chinese GDP, and domestic consumption for around 50 per cent, while India consumed over two thirds of its GDP and exported only around 20 per cent. As things turned out, while both economies initially had a relatively soft landing, Indian growth has dipped far more sharply than that of China. Why? Read more…

It’s time for India to rethink its nuclear policy

An Indian army soldier guards near fencing on the line of control near Balakot sector in Poonch, Jammu and Kashmir, India, 17 August 2015. Talks between India and Pakistan have done little to prevent ceasefire violations. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Pushan Das, Observer Research Foundation

India’s Pakistan dilemma continues, as Pakistani Defence Minister Khawaja Asif warned that they reserve the option of using nuclear weapons. The statement was made a week before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in July 2015 on the sidelines of the Shanghai Co-operation Organization summit at Ufa, Russia. But the meeting did little to abate either ceasefire violations along the borders or terrorism. Read more…

Will Pakistan finally open up its trade to India?

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (2L) shakes hands with Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (2R) during the closing session of the 18th SAARC summit at City Hall in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu on 27 November 2014. (Photo: AAP)

Authors: Nisha Taneja and Samridhi Bimal, ICRIER

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent meeting with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Russia, and his visit to Pakistan next year for the SAARC summit, has raised hopes about the possibility of resumption of the bilateral composite dialogue. Read more…

How to secure equal representation in India’s parliament?

Indian women voters wait patiently in a long queue at a polling station during the fifth phase of the Indian General elections in Bhopal, India on 17 April 2014. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Vidisha Mishra, Observer Research Foundation

The parliament of a representative democracy is essentially a mirror of the democracy’s society. Naturally, societies still entrenched in patriarchal constructs have male-dominated legislatures. While women are still globally underrepresented in decision-making roles, the Indian Parliament in particular continues to rank among the lowest in the world in women’s representation. Read more…

Will Modi lead India to new heights?

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who to become a statesman will have to ‘become comfortable with nurturing several CEOs like himself’. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Rajiv Kumar, Centre for Policy Research

There are some uncanny similarities between Narendra Modi and Barack Obama. Both have risen from humble beginnings, both are charismatic public speakers and consummate communicators on social media, both were relative outsiders to the capitals where they now hold the most powerful office, and neither is dependent on their political party for their electoral success. Read more…