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Geo-strategic importance of Maldives to India?

Strategic geography defines the geo-strategic importance of Maldives far beyond its physical size. Despite being the smallest Asian country with a land area of just 300 sq. km. and a population of around 480,000, Maldives is one of the world’s most geographically dispersed countries straddling a 960-km-long submarine ridge running north to south and which… Continue reading Geo-strategic importance of Maldives to India?

GS-2, International Relations, Uncategorized

Indo-Afghan relations!

The India–Afghanistan relationship is not a simple bilateral engagement. India’s Afghan policy is driven by many extraneous factors such as its geographical constraints, its search for a transit route to Central Asia through Afghanistan and Iran, its troubled relationship with Pakistan and the growing threat of terrorism in India and Afghanistan etc. The centuries-old ties… Continue reading Indo-Afghan relations!

GS-2, International Relations, Uncategorized

India – ASEAN and Look East Policy

Despite India’s geographical proximity to South-East Asia, sharing over 1,600 km of land boundary with Myanmar and maritime boundaries with Myanmar, Thailand and Indonesia, South-East Asia was hardly a priority area in Indian foreign policy before the 1990s. Initiated in the early part of the 1990s, India’s ‘Look East’ policy has been directed to the… Continue reading India – ASEAN and Look East Policy

GS-2, International Relations, Uncategorized

India Bhutan Relations

Strategic Importance of Bhutan for India Bhutan in a buffer state between India and china. Bhutan shares a 470 km long border with China. Traditionally, the Himalayan kingdom acted as a buffer state between the India and China. Strategic importance: The Chumbi Valley is situated at the trijunction of Bhutan, India and China and is 500 km away from… Continue reading India Bhutan Relations

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Turning Bimstec into a vehicle for regional cooperation

The 4th Bimstec summit is being held in Kathmandu after a lapse of four years.  For the Bimstec that celebrated 20 years in 2017, four summits in 20 years is not certainly a time for celebration. Bimstec has been struggling to take off since its inception as its member states were members of several other regional… Continue reading Turning Bimstec into a vehicle for regional cooperation

Big issues, GS-2, Uncategorized

Police Reforms still unreachable!

Context: There has been a rise of public demand for an efficient, accountable and people-centric police that steadfastly upholds the Rule of Law in all situations. Since independence, the National Police Commission as well as multiple expert committees have submitted successive reports recommending extensive reforms in the Police. These recommendations have mostly remained unimplemented. In… Continue reading Police Reforms still unreachable!

Editorials, GS-2, Uncategorized

Civil Service Reforms: Few ‘Innovations’ By NITI Aayog, If One Can Call Them So

As civil service reforms go, the Niti Aayog’s Three Year Action Agenda: 2017-18 to 2019-2020, released recently, contains little that is new or innovative. The idea that policy making is a specialized activity and needs lateral entrant of specialists on fixed-term contracts to bring in competition into established career bureaucracy has been talked about for… Continue reading Civil Service Reforms: Few ‘Innovations’ By NITI Aayog, If One Can Call Them So

GS-2, International Relations, Uncategorized

All about Vienna Conventions

Vienna Convention can mean any of a number of treaties signed in Vienna. Notable are: several treaties and conventions resulted from the Congress of Vienna (1814–15) which redrew the map of Europe, only partially restoring the pre-Napoleonic situation, and drafted new rules for international relations Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (1961) Vienna Convention on Civil… Continue reading All about Vienna Conventions

GS-2, International Relations, Uncategorized

First cargo truck under BBIN pact reaches Delhi

First cargo truck under BBIN pact reaches Delhi The first cargo truck under the Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) Motor Vehicle Agreement for cross border movement reached Delhi recently. Key facts: The cargo truck was dispatched from Dhaka on August 27 as part of a trial run and arrived at the Inland Customs Depot… Continue reading First cargo truck under BBIN pact reaches Delhi

Big Picture, GS-2, International Relations, Uncategorized

Indo-US Strategic Ties: Where Is It Heading?

The relationship between India and USA which has been on an upward curve for some time is further seeing an upward trend. The crucial LEMOA (Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement) recently signed by both the countries is a significant step towards strategic and defence ties. What does the Agreement mean? It provides for automatic approvals… Continue reading Indo-US Strategic Ties: Where Is It Heading?