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Aparajita Gangopadhyay: Dr. Aparajita Gangopadhyay Professor at the School of International
and Area Studies, Goa University, Goa.
Widening the Arc: Recalibrating India’s Diaspora Policy
in Latin America
increasingly come to be viewed as a ‘strategic asset’ in India’s foreign
policy discourse. The growing prominence of Diaspora, however, does not
mean that all its constituents are accorded equal policy consideration. In
fact, India’s policy towards it Diaspora is premised on differential
treatment of its various constituents. Seemingly, it accords relatively
greater importance to the Diaspora in the developed world and the Middle
East. By contrast, it shows a studied indifference towards the Diaspora
living in the developing world in general, and Latin America in particular.
Against this backdrop, this paper examines India’s Diaspora policy with a
particular focus on Latin America. While bringing in a comparative perspective,
the paper outlines the possible takeaways from the Chinese policy towards
its Diaspora in the region. The paper makes a plea for recalibrating
India’s Diaspora policy towards inclusiveness. Such an inclusiveness is
likely to impart a certain dynamism to India’s foreign policy.
Uttam Sinha: Dr Uttam K. Sinha is a Research Fellow at the Manohar Parrikar
Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (MP-IDSA), New Delhi. He was till
recently Senior Fellow at the
Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi.
60 years of the Indus Treaty. A Perspective on the
Past and the Future.
The Indus Waters Treaty
(IWT) signed in 1960 between India and Pakistan despite its robustness is,
in the current political context, troubled. Well-wishers of the Treaty,
like those who champion for India and Pakistan dialogue, often dub it as
“uninterrupted and uninterruptible”. The World Bank, as a third party which
was pivotal in crafting the IWT, continues to take particular pride in it,
albeit with a sense of trepidation that the Treaty continues to function.
The role of India, as a responsible upper riparian state abiding by the
provisions of the Treaty, is remarkable; but it is under pressure to
rethink the extent to which it can commit itself to the Treaty in the
context of its overall political relations with Pakistan becoming
intractable. It is also important to underline that if the Treaty has
remained “uninterrupted”, it is because India allows it to function. This
also goes to suggest that the Treaty can become Quidquid
voverat atque promiserat if
India wants it to. However, for this to be even considered, a number of
politico-security and hydrological factors need to be determined needed to rescind the IWT in which India has invested
politically and financially over the last sixty years..
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The IWT was essentially
about balancing the water rights of Pakistan without compromising the needs
of India. The Treaty became possible because India agreed to make do with
only one-fifth of the total water available in the six rivers of the Indus
system, giving away 80 per cent to Pakistan. India gave preference to
fulfilling its immediate water needs over future needs, particularly those
of the people of J&K. Most international analyses ignore both these
facts ― that is, the generosity of the Indian side and the genuine
needs of the people of Kashmir. India needs to call Pakistan’s bluff, and
its constant rants about India stealing the waters of the Indus. As a first
step, India needs to maximise the effectiveness of the Treaty. India allows
2-3 million acre feet (MAF) of water flowing into Pakistan because of our
poor water development projects ― the lack of storage capacities in
particular. It is welcome that the NDA government is paying attention to
rivers in general, and to fast tracking a number of projects on both the
eastern and western rivers of the Indus Basin. Any move to even think of
rescinding the IWT without first optimising it is a senseless option.
Ashok K. Beuria:: Dr.
Ashok K. Behuria, Senior Fellow, Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses,
Tilak Devasher, Pakistan Insights 2020, (New
Delhi, Pentagon Press, 2021), Pages: 322 , Price: (HB) ₹ 895.00
Surbhi Choudhary is a
Doctoral Research Scholar, at the Centre for Russian and Central Asian Studies,
School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Suranjan Das, Sitaram Sharma and Vivek Mishra, India in the United Nations General
Assembly (Vol 1 & II), (New Delhi, KW
Publishers, 2019), Pages (HB): 756, Price (HB): Rs. 2,489.00
B. Subba is
Professor, Department of Anthropology, North Eastern Hill
University, Shillong and is a former Vice
Chancellor, Sikkim University, Gangtok.
Sreeradha Datta, Act East Policy and Northeast
India, (New Delhi, Vitasta, 2021),
Pages(HB): 352, Price (HB): Rs. 850
Shree: Dr. Ruchi Shree is Assistant
Professor, Tilka Manjhi
Bhagalpur University - TMBU - Bhagarlpur.
Sinha: Indus Basin Uninterrupted: A History of Territory
and Politics from Alexander to Nehru, (New Delhi, Random House
India, 2021), Pages: ..., Price: Rs. 799.00
Published in Volume 15 (2020)
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