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Manvendra Singh Blog - DSA's Editor-in-Chief

DSA is as much yours, as it is ours!

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By all accounts Prime Minister Narendra Modi had an extremely successful G20 summit. His bilaterals with leaders of the world top twenty went well, to say the least. India’s positions, policies and priorities, seem to have been accorded greater attention than in the past. The world acknowledged that India had changed, is continuing to change and was investing greater effort and energy in that change underway. The new Indian wants to be a part of that change, for it is based on a conviction that insularity and isolationism are no longer sustainable in this century. India wants to be a part of the change that is underway regionally and globally.

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DSA is as much yours, as it is ours!

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India’s Northeast is its road to greater prosperity and as a corollary to greatness. Although its formal trade and remittances from countries to its west far outrun those in the east but it is through the jungles and their myriad dialects that India will grow as a people and as a country. While the countries in the west have vast reservoirs of fossil fuels and sustain a huge diaspora that remits billions, economic dynamism is in the east. Countries of western Asia attract labour and some skilled personnel, but it is all enterprise in the east. Little wonder that when economists worldwide speak about an Asian century they mean a specific geographical part of the continent. Not the whole of Asia for sure. There are reasons for that as western Asia continues to remain mired in millennial conflicts. And the east seems to be looking ahead through the prism of trade, not terror.

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Editor-in-Chief View on INDO-US Strategic Partnership

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi continues his busy foreign policy season. Since assuming office in end May he has pretty much covered the regional matrix of relationships. Having invited the neighbours for his oath taking ceremony, he then cast the charm net wider across Asia. His efforts have taken in Japan, Australia and the latest being China. While Japan and Australia are expected allies, owing to existing common interests, China was a welcome departure from the script. By all accounts the visit of President Xi Jinping has taken Sino-Indian ties to a new level of confidence. It was the culmination of a busy Asia diplomatic season, so to say. But all of those visits pale in comparison to what is expected from the longer journey to the United States of America.

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Editor-in-Chief's View on Global Security and Role of ThinkTanks

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The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has been involved in military operations for over a decade in Afghanistan. This makes it possibly the longest active combat campaign undertaken by NATO. For all its bad press and worse social impact on account of extraordinarily large, albeit accidental, civilian casualties, the NATO campaign has not been a failure.

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Social Media - A powerful weapon for Modern India

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Social media is a game changer that has followed the logical development of the Internet. If the web was an equaliser in spreading knowledge beyond the confines of those in possession, then access to social media platforms spreads information faster than conventional media is capable of. Traditional media, be it state or privately owned, cannot match social media platforms for the speed of disbursement. It is also a fact that much of what goes as information through social media may lack credibility, but its distribution cannot be stopped. At least not in a free democratic country. And that is where the catch lies in terms of the utility of social media.

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