Articles and Commentaries

The Upward Trajectory in India-ASEAN Relations

The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) celebrates 50 years of its existence this year. At the same time, India and ASEAN are commemorating the 25th Anniversary of their Dialogue Relations by organising a wide range of international events - conferences, business conclaves, youth and cultural festivals, such as the India-ASEAN Connectivity Summit, India-ASEAN Youth…
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Look East Policy: A Post-Independence Construct

India-ASEAN relations today are more strategic than economic in character. India  today eyes ASEAN as a major East Asian entity vital to promote Indian geopolitical interests in the region. The twenty-five years of India’s engagement with ASEAN via thirty dialogue mechanisms has undoubtedly strengthened the mutual attachment. The strategic aspect of India’s ASEAN policy became…
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India in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) – Need for Caution

Introduction Regional Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Partnership (RCEP) is an initiative of economic cooperation among 10-member ASEAN countries and six Free Trade Agreement (FTA) partners of ASEAN. A broader Asian regional free trade area was contemplated and East Asia Vision Group (EAVG) recommended the establishment of an East Asian Free Trade Area (EAFTA) to the leaders…
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The Beauty of Indic Thought

Indic thought is the most liberal that the world has ever produced. This is because it is the most democratically evolved of all. It is a product of the deep contemplation of great sages and saints, their great dialogues and discourses. A bhadra icchha, a benign wish had originated from that, and it was about abhyudaya, progress…
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