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Vol 16, No. 1  -  Jan-Mar 2021

(Under Preparation)

 

ARTICLES

 

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

Diaspora has 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.

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BOOK REVIEWS

 

Ashok K. Beuria:: Dr. Ashok K. Behuria, Senior Fellow, Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi

Tilak Devasher, Pakistan Insights 2020, (New Delhi, Pentagon Press, 2021), Pages: 322 , Price: (HB) 895.00

 

Surbhi Choudhary: 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

 

Tanka B. Subba:   Prof. Tanka 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

 

Ruchi Shree:  Dr. Ruchi Shree is Assistant Professor, Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University - TMBU - Bhagarlpur.

Uttam 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

 

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Compendium of Contributions

Published in Volume 15 (2020)

 

 

Vol 16 No. 2  -  Apr-Jun 2021