ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Japanese Occupation of Nicobar Islands

Primarily based on archival research, especially an unpublished diary of Nicobarese stalwart leader John Richardson, this article gives a glimpse of the sufferings that the Nicobarese endured under the Japanese colonial regime during World War II. The regime exposed the indigenes to war, slavery, torture, and executions. At the same time it engendered leadership in the Nicobar Islands which consolidated these historically isolated people into a community and ended their prolonged economic and sexual exploitation.

India's War for the Empire

India's War: The Making of Modern South Asia 1939-1945 by Srinath Raghavan, New Delhi: Allen Lane, 2016; pp xvii+554, ₹699.

Indo-Japan Memorandum on Civil Nuclear Cooperation

India and Japan have reportedly reached a preliminary understanding to sign a civil nuclear cooperation agreement after certain technical details are finalised. However domestic politics of Japan, anti-nuclear groups and India’s reluctance to join the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty are some of the concerns that would have to be addressed before the deal is finalised.

Ties That Might Bind

The official relationship between India and Japan has now been elevated to a "global" and "strategic partnership." Understanding this qualitative leap in India-Japan ties is less easy than it looks. An origin story of the India-Japan relations explains how its state today is a reflection of the way Japan has changed in the last half a century.

Deflation, Devaluation and Employment

For the first time since the 1930s there is an apprehension that, following Japan, the United States and the euro-zone of Europe are likely to enter a state of deflation that entails a vicious circle of falling prices, lower income and fewer employment. To meet the challenge the US Federal Reserve Board has adopted a policy of reducing interest rate to almost zero. This note argues that the Fed policy of almost-zero interest rate tilts the factor-price ratio severely against labour vis-Ã -vis capital. In a regime of zero interest rate the economy would minimise the use of labour, replacing it by capital as far as possible. The professed goal of attaining the 'potential output' that means full employment, inter alia, will be defeated by the very policy that seeks to close the 'output gap'. This note constructs an alternative or additional policy to combat deflation. It also alerts third world countries that America and Europe may resort to competitive devaluation in order to export their deflation to third countries.

Terrorism Before and After 9/11

What gives the nation that dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and that has waged war far from its shores throughout the world on an unprecedented scale and with unprecedented destruction of lands and peoples, the prerogative to define global norms of absolute good and absolute evil?

Japan-Singapore Economic Partnership Agreement

The Japan-Singapore trade agreement which has been agreed to recently and is in the process of being implemented is viewed as a possible template for other trade agreements in Asia and therefore warrants close examination.

OnAsian Wars, Reparations, Reconciliation

The Women's International War Crimes Tribunal on Japan's Military Sexual Slavery offers a unique perspective for posing issues pertaining not only to Japanese war crimes, but also to those committed by other nations.
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