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Concern on IP Policy

We, the undersigned organisations and individuals, understand that ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s scheduled visit to the United States (US), the government has decided to review India’s positions on intellectual property rights (IPRs). We are concerned about the timing that has been chosen...

Gujarat Carnage 2002

The recent Tehelka expose of the “Gujarat riots” of 2002 demonstrates very starkly that these were neither “spontaneous” nor “riots”, but were in fact mass murder, loot and mayhem orchestrated and organised by the top echelons of the Gujarat units of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, the Bajrang Dal, and...

Road Map of a Common School System in Bihar

A commission to advise the Bihar government on how to go about the setting up of a common school system has submitted its report. This article discusses the recommendations of the commission regarding the norms and standards required for a CSS and the resource requirements for implementing such a system. It also briefly touches upon teacher education, principles of pedagogy, school management, and the draft of a right to education and common school system bill.

SAARC and South Asian Economic Integration

Economic integration in south Asia has remained a non-starter even after 22 years of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation. The misplaced and exaggerated security concerns of India and Pakistan are a huge hurdle. The emphasis in these countries needs to shift from state security to human security.

Emerging Political Equations in Nepal

The hundred-year-old monarchy is being eased out and despite some hiccups, the Seven Party Alliance and the Maoists are working towards the formation of an interim government. They do have a number of apprehensions, but the majority of the Nepali people are optimistic that their country is going to witness a major change in governance.

WTO's Hong Kong Conference: An Appraisal

Unlike official claims to the contrary, India's achievements at the recently concluded World Trade Organisation's ministerial conference in Hong Kong are fairly limited. The article analyses the official claims to show that some are only partially true, some grossly exaggerated, while others are patently false.

UN Report on Threats, Challenges and Change

The high level UN panel report recently submitted to the General Assembly proposes several far-reaching changes in the UN system, yet it leaves much to be desired. The report's suggested recommendations are lopsided, stressing more the need to build up the UN's role in preserving world security, while neglecting to rebuild the primacy the UN once had in economic affairs.
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