Politics

Paris Agreement Comes Into Force

The Paris Agreement on Climate Change became operational from November 4, 2016. To mark the historic occasion, the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe in Paris were lit up in celebration. And the celebration was indeed justified, given the fact that it has entered into into force in about one eighth of the time it took the Kyoto protocol to achieve the same milestone, as pointed out by The Guardian on the day (The Guardian, 2016). The threshold for the Agreement to come into operation was achieved...

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No to ‘Vote on Account’: A Welcome Reform

After  Narendra Modi took over as the Prime Minister of India, expectations on several fronts, including parliamentary reforms rose. The status quoist attitude of the previous governments influenced people's thinking and turned Indian bureaucracy lethargic. The change of power happened in 2014 on the promise of change. It took around two years to bring the goods and services tax preliminary legislation on track, which will be a landmark reform in our indirect taxation system. The Planning Commission...

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India and South China Sea Dispute

The South China Sea (SCS) is has become a hotbed of regional maritime disputes and tensions with global ramifications. SCS is one of the main lines of global economy and trade, with more than 5 trillion USD of trading through ships taking place through SCS every year. However, the regional giant China, has increasingly demonstrated its ‘strategic’ intentions in the SCS with its ownership claims, military build-up in Woody Island and articulation of ‘nine-dash’ lines that brings large part...