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South Asia

Time to adapt to climate change in South Asia

CLIMATE change will sow confusion and concern as it unfolds across South Asia in coming decades. Home to a quarter of the world's population, this vast region will be hit harder than just about anywhere else. Sudden flooding, storms, droughtsand other hazards will upend lives, livelihoods, and economies. As this grim future takes shape, the price of global inaction is rising each year. Up to 9% will have been stripped annually from South Asia's economy on average by 2100 if...

Travelling Film South Asia in Delhi

Travelling Film South Asia in Delhi

Whoever said documentaries had to be soporific and only an exclusive club of documentary filmmakers became excited about the genre? The enthusiastic crowd that turned up at the recent four-day Travelling Film South Asia 2014 -- A festival of South Asian documentaries, proved otherwise. For four days, Delhi audiences had a taste of finely nuanced non-fiction films from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, Nepal and India. Bangladesh went unrepresented as the acclaimed; “Shunte Ki Pao!” had to pull out from the festival at the last moment. The films made strong social and political statements -- be it through the lens of human rights, migration or gender. So there was “My Punjabi...

Modi offers Nepal $1b loan in regional push

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered Nepal $1 billion in concessional loans to help build power plants and roads during a visit on Sunday aimed at shoring up support in a region where China is making inroads. Both India and China are vying for political influence in South Asia, home to more than 1.5 billion people, by offering closer integration with their giant economies. India has long been the dominant force in the region. But in recent years as its economy...

US in South Asia: Declining influence

THE US' influence in South Asia is fast diminishing and this trend is likely to continue deep into the future. In the aftermath of World War II, South Asia was considered a strategic backwater by the US policymakers. Additionally, South Asia offered little economic opportunities to the US corporate sector. With the solitary exception of turning Pakistan into an alliance partner, the US cared little about this region. Even in the realm of alliance politics, the US had little to...

Regional cooperation in South Asia: Myths and realities

INDIA'S new Prime Minister Narendra Modi's historic initiative to invite leaders of Saarc countries to his swearing-in ceremony, his plan to build a multi-storied headquarter for Saarc in New Delhi, inclusion of both USA and China into Saarc to improve its functioning are the issues of recent discussion within and outside South Asian countries. These initiatives make us perceive that South Asian regionalism is functioning effectively. In this scenario let us go in-depth to fathom South Asia's regional cooperation...

Indian media back strong ties with Bangladesh

Indian media back strong ties with Bangladesh

Media in India feel Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj's visit to Bangladesh is a continuation of the new government's policy of integrating South Asia. In her first solo foreign visit after taking oath, Swaraj will hold talks with Bangladeshi leaders on key issues including a land boundary agreement and a proposed pact on sharing water...

Excuse me…Southasia?

THE sight of Narendra Modi reviewing Vikramaditya battleship, his declaration of Bharat playing the role of neither an aggressor nor a victim, and the visual of the stormy seas said one thing …India is enjoying sending strong messages to the world. Just back from Japan and China, our prime minister has also sent clear messages of aligning within Asia. Countries in Asia will soon be defining the global atmosphere and countries in South Asia might as well be investing...

China's growing economic power in South Asia: A closer look

CHINA shares borders with five South Asian countries ranging from the major powers in South Asia, viz., India and Pakistan to others, viz., Afghanistan, Nepal, and Bhutan. Given this geographical reality, China's ability to exert its influence in the region was readily seen, and since the late 1990s Chinese economic ties in terms of trade, investment, and financial assistance in the South Asian region has been growing.   Over the one-and-a-half decades from 2000 to 2014, China has become the...

Modi govt to pursue 'economically interlinked' South Asia

Modi govt to pursue 'economically interlinked' South Asia

The Narendra Modi-led new Indian government will "urgently pursue" an economic reform agenda to revive a flagging economy and work with neighbouring countries to build a peaceful and economically interlinked neighbourhood for collective prosperity of South Asia, President Pranab Mukherjee said today. Addressing the customary annual joint session of the two House of parliament,...

CPD opposes plans for corporate tax cuts

CPD opposes plans for corporate tax cuts

The Centre for Policy Dialogue has expressed strong reservations about the government's plan to lower corporate tax to boost private investment, saying the move would not have an adequate positive impact. “The demand of the business community for lowering the corporate tax rates calls for close examination and a detailed analysis,” Fahmida Khatun, research...

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