Inflection point for the West-led global order

News: Russia has recently launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. The article says, the balance of power is in flux. Now, the future of the West-led global order will be defined by how effectively it responds to the crisis in Ukraine. How Russia is determining the contours of global order? One, Russian troops were preparing… Continue reading Inflection point for the West-led global order

India’s stand on Ukraine is shaped by its national interest

News: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin underlined that India will for now stick to a path of strategic ambivalence on the Ukraine crisis. Why India should maintain strategic ambivalence on the Ukraine crisis? All the stakeholders are equally important for India. For instance, Russia remains India’s biggest and time-tested… Continue reading India’s stand on Ukraine is shaped by its national interest

The perfect storm: On Russia’s Ukraine gambit

News: Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and possible sanctions by the US will impact India adversely. What is the impact on the Indian economy? This could deter Indian interests, be it in terms of trade financing, investment flows, and even banking transfers. Visible impacts Oil prices surged to an eight-year high of around $105 a barrel.… Continue reading The perfect storm: On Russia’s Ukraine gambit

Russia-Ukraine crisis underscores lack of integrated energy policy in India

News: The conflict between Russia and the Western powers over Ukraine will have adverse impacts on India’s energy security. The crisis is a wake-up call for India to address its energy policies in totality, by energy price reforms, prioritizing resources to sectors, such as energy storage, and stopping vote banks from hijacking fuel pricing. Why… Continue reading Russia-Ukraine crisis underscores lack of integrated energy policy in India

The Russia effect: Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has bleak implications diplomatically & economically. India won’t escape them

News: Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and possible sanctions by the US will impact India adversely. What are the probable adverse impacts on other countries? Implications for Europe: If the US supports Ukrainian resistance groups, Europe will see a conflict that can drag out for months, or more, with all kinds of possible consequences. Implications for… Continue reading The Russia effect: Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has bleak implications diplomatically & economically. India won’t escape them

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is marked by a big Chinese failure

News: Russia invades Ukraine. The author of this article argues that the war in Ukraine is a failure of Xi Jinping’s foreign policy, and a big setback for China’s geopolitical ambitions. Putin has cleverly dragged Xi Jinping into a position that the Chinese president surely did not desire. The author has enumerated the following reasons… Continue reading Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is marked by a big Chinese failure

A roadmap for India’s natural farming ambitions

News: In her budget speech, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman reaffirmed the Centre’s commitment to natural, chemical-free, organic, and zero-budget farming. On the lines to develop chemical-free farming, Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana, has been given a larger allocation of Rs 10,433 crore. In this context, eight suggestions are given by experts to scale up chemical-free farming.… Continue reading A roadmap for India’s natural farming ambitions

New Delhi’s stance on Europe’s crisis is just about right

News: At the Munich Security Conference recently, external affairs minister S. Jaishankar was asked why India keeps pointing fingers at China’s violation of the sovereignty of smaller states while not condemning Russia’s incursions into Ukraine. Western officials have sought to rope India in as part of a unified worldwide opposition to Russia’s incursions into Ukraine. But… Continue reading New Delhi’s stance on Europe’s crisis is just about right

Flashpoint Ukraine

News: Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and possible sanctions by US will impact India adversely. What are the probable adverse impacts on India? Inflationary impact: the significant upward pressures on oil prices, exacerbated by the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries’ recent unwillingness to raise output. It will accentuate inflationary impulses and increase risks for the… Continue reading Flashpoint Ukraine

Is the time right for India to get a third aircraft carrier?

News: The idea of buying a third aircraft carrier may have to be delayed due to the current economic situation. There is a broad consensus in the strategic community on the Indian Navy having two aircraft carriers, one for each of the two seaboards. There also exists a broad consensus on acquiring the third carrier… Continue reading Is the time right for India to get a third aircraft carrier?