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    INDIA AND WORLD

    Strategic Dialogue: The 4-5-6 of India-US relations

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    The “defining partnership of the 21st century” is poised for a new beginning as India and the US hold their first strategic dialogue this week after the installation of a new government in New Delhi. Re-energising the relationship, which is often seen by some to have plateaued after the high of the transformational civil nuclear deal of 2008, and mapping new frontiers of engagement will be the overarching focus of India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and US Secretary of State John Kerry when they hold full-spectrum talks in New Delhi July 31.
    The governments come and go, but the people of the two countries will make sure that India and the US will remain robustly engaged democracies, rejuvenating each other’s society and system with ideas, initiative and innovations, fulfilling the “extraordinary promise” of what President Obama has famously called “the defining partnership of the 21st century.”

    Kerry serenades Modi: New opportunities, new possibilities in India-US ties

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    Ahead of the fifth India-US Strategic Dialogue, US Secretary of State John Kerry has called for renewed dialogue with a new government in New Delhi and underlined the need to seize new opportunities and possibilities to deepen the indispensable partnership between the world’s largest democracies. “Now is the time to renew that dialogue with a new government, with a new set of opportunities, new possibilities. This is a potentially transformative moment in our partnership with India, and we’re determined to deliver on the strategic and historic opportunities that we can create together.”

    A sense of renewal in India-US ties: Lalit Mansingh

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    India and the United states will hold their fifth strategic dialogue and the first one since the installation of the new Narendra Modi government in India. The first substantive diplomatic engagement between New Delhi and Washington under the new dispensation in Delhi July 31 will be watched closely not just in the two countries, but also in key capitals of the world.
    In this conversation with Manish Chand, Editor-in-Chief, India Writes Network (www.indiawrites.org), Lalit Mansingh, a former ambassador of India to the US and a former foreign secretary, speaks about the importance of the India-US strategic dialogue, the cluster of bilateral, regional and global issues on the agenda for the strategic dialogue and the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Washington in September.

    Diplomacy

    US needs to work harder to lift India ties: Kanwal Sibal

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    As India and the US hold their fifth strategic dialogue, Kanwal Sibal, well-known foreign policy analyst and a former foreign secretary of India, strikes a⋅⋅⋅
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    Power sharing holds the Afghan peace balance

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    The political crisis that threatened to derail the Afghan presidential elections seems to have been settled for now. Both candidates, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani,⋅⋅⋅
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    Calibrating India’s climate-change response

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    India and other developing countries have consistently ­emphasized the notion of equity in the climate-change debate, advocating a “common but differentiated responsibility“—the principle that all⋅⋅⋅
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    Politics / Policy

    How woman friendly is the annual Budget?

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    Did anyone expect the recent Budget 2014 to have a serious content on women’s welfare and safety? Yes and no. In the aftermath of a⋅⋅⋅
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    Defence: Not really an ideal Budget

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    Even though the Narendra Modi Government started off with a proverbial military bang, and has received many bouquets for presenting a fairly “balanced budget” overall,⋅⋅⋅
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    Takeaways for Defence in the Union Budget 2014-15

    Delivering his maiden budget speech on 10th July 2014, the Finance Minister, who also happens to hold the charge of the defence portfolio, talked about⋅⋅⋅
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    The Quote Hanger

    The Indian dream is a million acts of private daring –Anand Giridharadas

    In Conversation

    India must be inside UN Security Council, BRICS can help: Puri

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    you can’t have a country of India’s size: 1.2 billion people, a 2 trillion dollar economy, a country of Mahatma Gandhi and with a great story to tell, the world’s largest democracy, in which 660 million people turn out to vote, somewhat raucous sometimes, not be the member of the Security Council as a permanent member.

    On writing, South Asian taboos, beauty of the Nepali language

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    Nepali-Indian author Prajwal Parajuly is a curious person. Laidback, he writes simply because he likes to. Yet, his stories are written with such forceful simplicity⋅⋅⋅
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    Reviving Southwestern Silk Route: India-China-Nepal trilateral a win-win for all

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    In this interview with India Writes Network (www.indiawrites.org), Dr. Pradumna B. Rana, Associate Professor at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) of the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), highlights why reviving the Southwestern Silk Route is important, and how the India-China-Nepal trilateral cooperation can open up new possibilities for a seamless pan-Asia.

    BUSINESS WITH INDIA

    Modi effect: FII surges to $ 5 billion in July

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    The government’s reform agenda has got a nod of approval from foreign investors as they poured in more than 25 billion USD in the Indian⋅⋅⋅
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    India fine-tunes strategy to scale up medical tourism

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    India is looking to double the size of its medical tourism industry to $6 billion, with the tourism ministry unveiling new guidelines to attract a⋅⋅⋅
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    CHINA CONNECT

    The View from Beijing: Chinese media slams West’s critique of BRICS

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    More than 100 Chinese journalists, cutting across print and electronic media, descended on the Brazilian port city of Fortaleza to track the sixth BRICS summit.⋅⋅⋅
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    China’s Maritime Silk Route: Implications for India

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    In recent days, China’s proposal for a Maritime Silk Route (MSR) has been a subject of speculation and debate. Beijing’s plan for a maritime infrastructure⋅⋅⋅
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    Africa Rising

    BRICS back regional and inclusive solutions in Africa

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    Underlining the growing importance of Africa, the BRICS Fortaleza Declaration, which emerged from the sixth BRICS summit in Brazil, focused on the role of international⋅⋅⋅
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    Ebola epidemic ravages West Africa

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    As an unprecedented Ebola epidemic continues to wage havoc in West Africa, the international medical humanitarian organization, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), says it does not⋅⋅⋅
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    Peter Mutharika, lawyer and educator, is Malawi’s new president

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    Malawi, a land-locked southeast African country, is poised for change of guard with Peter Mutharika, brother of former president Bingu wa Mutharika, and a former⋅⋅⋅
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    Culture / Books / Ideas

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    Germany beckons Indian students

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    Destination Germany. Indian students seem undaunted by language barriers as they fly to the West European economic dynamo in staggering numbers to pursue higher education.⋅⋅⋅
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    The Spanish Way: Discovering Karma and Dharma in India

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    A tea stall hangs in the middle of the air. It is just a normal tea stall in the midst of a lonely highway. Dressed⋅⋅⋅
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    Glory moment: Indian-American academic to head top US law school

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    The long list of Indian-Americans, who now head elite academic institutions in the United States, has got a new addition. In a milestone for the⋅⋅⋅
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    BOOKS / POETRY

    Demystifying Tibetan culture: Uncle Tompa’s profane adventures

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    In these 20 stories Rinjing Dorji narrates how Uncle Tompa gets the better of others through his trickery. The ‘others’ here are usually the rich, the foolish, the virtuous, and the stubborn. While tales of Uncle Tompa are very similar to those of other tricksters like the Persian Mullah Nusruddhin, or the American Cayote, Uncle Tompa’s stories differ because of the centrality of sex in his adventures.

    Recreating ethos of the Tagore women

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    It is a book that immerses the reader in its rich descriptions of a life that ceased to be more than a century ago. It⋅⋅⋅
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    For Borges

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    Silence is a Forest. Rootless words Perch on filtered sunlight, shadows dance with rhythm of swaying distance, dead wind caresses.   You are welcome to⋅⋅⋅
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    Why Write?

    Joseph Conrad: Art is long and life is short, and success is very far off.

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    A work that aspires, however humbly, to the condition of art should carry its justification in every line. And art itself may be defined as⋅⋅⋅
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    Zadie Smith’s 10 Rules of Writing

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    When still a child, make sure you read a lot of books. Spend more time doing this than anything else. When an adult, try to⋅⋅⋅
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    Charles Bukowski: So You Want To Be A Writer

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    So you want to be a writer if it doesn’t come bursting out of you in spite of everything, don’t do it. unless it comes⋅⋅⋅
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    Travel

    Border-crossing: Supper in Sweden, Dinner in Denmark

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    For those of us living in India, crossing over casually is a distant dream. Even though India and Pakistan were one over six decades ago,⋅⋅⋅
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    At the Equator: A tryst with Assange, Darwin and sea lions

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    Ecuador is probably the only country in the world named after a geographical feature – the equator. Crossing over from the Colombian border post near⋅⋅⋅
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