Modi Government Loosens its Hold on State Access to ODA

By Sidhanta Mehra — In April 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration took what could potentially be a ground-breaking step in its ongoing devolution of power to India’s states: it announced that it would allow state-government entities — such as…

Update on India’s States: July 19, 2017

Uttar Pradesh presents the first Yogi Adityanath budget and starts to cancel expensive power contracts; Tripura blockaded for past week; Tamil Nadu moves for statewide rent control; President Mukherjee approves Maharashtra bill outlawing social boycott; and more. Center–State relations Six…

CogitAsia Podcast: Conflict & Governance in Southeast Asia

In this episode we discuss power and conflict in Southeast Asia with Michael Vatikiotis. While inter-state conflict has been minimal in recent years, countries around Southeast Asia face challenges in the form of unresolved insurgencies, simmering ethnic conflicts, and illiberal…

India-U.S. Relations: Continuing to Move Forward

By Gurmeet Kanwal — The joint statement issued at the end of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first meeting with President Donald Trump in June 2017 resolved to “expand and deepen the strategic partnership between the countries and advance common objectives……

The Quest for India’s Supercarrier

By Tuneer Mukherjee — The recent decommissioning of the aircraft carrier INS Viraat leaves an enormous gap in the Indian Navy’s power projection capabilities. India’s sole remaining aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya will now serve at the vanguard, as evidenced this…

Update on India’s States: July 12, 2017

Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh are walking back their solar policies; renewed upheaval in the Nagaland Legislative Assembly; Tata Power and MIT test solar microgrids in Bihar; and more. Center–State relations Nothing critical to report this week. Nothing critical to…

Update on India’s States: July 7, 2017

The GST comes into effect nationwide; Maharashtra in a severe budget crunch; communal clashes in West Bengal; Karnataka launches an ambitious skills training program; and more. Center–State relations The nation-wide Goods and Services Tax (GST) went into effect at midnight…

Update on India’s States: June 29, 2017

Pune announces India’s largest municipal bond issue; Indian and Chinese companies join to build solar panels in Gujarat; Rajasthan tenders solar power at a new record-low rate; the ADB will pay to skill 200,000 Odisha residents; and more. Center–State relations…

Tensions Bubble to the Surface in China-Vietnam Spat

By Murray Hiebert & Gregory Poling — Fan Changlong, vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission, was scheduled to make a two-day official visit to Hanoi on June 18-19 before joining Vietnam’s defense minister Ngo Xuan Lich for a series…