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Asian Century: Growth and Potential - Empowering Indian Defence: 100% FDI

Unfounded Concerns Over FDI Cap

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Author: Maj Gen (Dr) Mrinal Suman AVSM, VSM (Retd)

There are times in the life of a nation when bold policy initiatives can prove vital and decisive for the future of the country. Recent changes pertaining to the policy on FDI in defence were overdue. The current leadership deserves credit for demonstrating readiness and nerve to undertake drastic, innovative and path-breaking reforms.

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Asia’s Fading Economic Mojo

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Author: John West

There are many “structural reforms” that could also boost Asia’s economic growth potential such as removing domestic barriers to competition, opening up economies to more international trade and investment or investing in R&D to foster innovation.

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Asian Century

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Author: Dr S Kalyanaraman

A little to the south, where tankers and ships of global trade turn left towards the Indian Ocean, a conflict simmers in Yemen that could spill over its borders, into Saudi Arabia and into the sea. Thus, threatening the world economy on a scale rarely visualised. And in the heart of Asia lies the greatest nation and state, building challenges anywhere in the world, Afghanistan.

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The Potential Of The First Baby Steps

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Author: Gp Capt AK Sachdev (Retd)

Unquestionably, getting our act together by constructing an environment that facilitates and encourages ‘Make In India’ for the long run and serves national interests of technology transfer in the immediate future, would be the first step towards attaining a global aerospace power status for India in the future.

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Fulcrum Of The International System

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Author: Dr S Kalyanaraman

Until now, the principal endeavour of India’s foreign policy has been to leverage the conditions of economic interdependence and general tranquility in the Asia-Pacific for fostering closer economic, political and security relationships with all the major players in the region. Such an omnibus approach of developing closer relationships with all the major actors of the Asia-Pacific may; however, neither suffice nor be practicable in the unfolding circumstances of the region’s emerging economic and security rivalries.

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Pre-empting An Implosion

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Author: Dr Temjenmeren Ao

One of the major threats that China faces is the possibility of an inward collapse. The reform that China is undertaking today is not only in its military sphere but in its economy sphere as well. According to this new model of growth, manufacturing sector which was the major enabler of China’s growth for the last three decades would be replaced by the services sector and growth that was investment led would be replaced by a domestic consumption led growth.

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Leverages For The Asian Century

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Author: Subimal Bhattacharjee

Needless to say, India’s leadership in the Asian region is very obvious but also in the global arena as more nations respect and recognise the role that India plays today. While technology remains as the harbinger of more active leadership indicators, India’s shining star around democracy and pluralism will still be the encompassing influence in times to come.

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Beijing Holds The Key

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Author: Team DSA

While India reshapes its foreign policy by balancing realism and idealism, the world would need to focus on the axis of evil that the West has so far ignored, China-Pakistan-North Korea. Beijing holds the key to the Asian Century the world would need to step in to control this axis of evil that threatens peace and security of global population at large.

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Increasing Long Range Submarine Operations 33 In the Indian Ocean

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Author: Arjun Subramanian P

China would continue to increase its submarine patrol activities in the Indian Ocean region as it sees the IOR region to be of vital importance to its trade and energy security as well as for its strategic importance. China had recently sent its submarine for anti-piracy operation along with other naval flotillas raising eyebrows and concern in India and other powers regarding China’s intentions. Since a submarine is not a platform that can be of any use in anti-piracy operations. At present, as it appears, the objective of China’s submarine commanders is to gain experience in long range submarine operations and tactics.

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Pivot To Realisat ion Of The Prophecy

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Author: Anu Sharma

One of the major lessons learned by the Iranians during the sanctions period was that Iran should rely more on emerging markets, especially those in East Asia to protect its own market against deep and sudden fluctuations during the time of crisis. But it should also be noted that Iran’s Look East policy is placed in context with its need to balance the West against a greater cooperation with the east.

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Iran Again In the Spotlight Of Indian Foreign Policy

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Author: Lt Col (Dr) Mohit Nayal

In present circumstances, where India is the fourth largest energy consumer after the United States, China and Russia, it cannot ignore Iran; which is among the world’s top four holders of both proven oil and natural gas reserves. Therefore, India must make all possible attempts to improve relations with Iran. It must ensure that the Chabahar port and Farzad B deal is completed timely for its long-term economic and strategic advantage.

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Asia’s Emerging Nuclear Powers

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Author: Debalina Ghoshal

As Asian countries experience economic growth, the significance of nuclear power for electricity generation has only become more prominent. This is a complete contrast to nuclear energy industry in European countries or even the United States where nuclear power has now become saturated. Countries like China, South Korea and Japan are also involved in exporting nuclear technology to other countries. Despite the Fukushima incident, nuclear energy in Asia is growing.

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An Emerging Forum

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Author: Sana Hashmi

In essence, it may be argued that the current shape and direction of BRICS suggests that the grouping is moving at the right pace and in the right direction with the possibility of becoming a successful forum of major emerging economies including India and China.

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Rise Of the Asian Century In An Era Of Global Insecurity

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Author: Praful Adagale

The rise of Asia in an era of global insecurity gives a signal to the Asian States to advance collectively towards building a regional security architecture that can facilitate the developed and advancing economies to confront the global security threats of the 21st century. To sum up, ‘Unite politically and act regionally’ to bring political and regional stability for maintaining global prosperity in the region, should be seen as a way to achieve the identity of an ‘Asian Century’.

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Cold Peace Or Quiet Struggle Towards Collaboration?

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Author: Shaheli Das

A key focus of the government at this juncture must be on economic development. Considering that India has a flourishing service sector, the focus must now be on the manufacturing sector. PM Modi’s Make in India’ drive may be viewed as an endeavour in this regard. India’s US $ 51.86 billion trade deficit may be curbed only if it could mould itself into a factory of China, just in the manner in which China had once shaped itself as a factory of the USA.

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Indian Soldier in ‘Colonial Mindset’ Cusp

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Author: Lt Gen GD Singh (Retd)

Today’s soldier demands dignified quality of life and dynamic relationship with officers. To meet the changed aspirations of today’s soldier we need to ensure that the modernisation of our army is also ‘soldier centric’ and not merely ‘equipment centric’, as it is now. It is time to shed some of the old practices and accept the changing environment.

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