Import Substitution: A Lesson To Be Re-learnt
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari recently said that the government is considering introducing a policy on import ion and urged to come up with cost-effective substitutes to reduce the country’s inward shipment.
Post-independence India had adopted the policy of import substitution by imposing heavy tariffs on import duty. This industrial policy that the country had endorsed was linked to the trade policy. Following the scrapping of this policy, critics are looking at reviving this once again.
The WTO And Agriculture— A Space for Indo-China Cooperation in Global Economic Governance
China and India are at the forefront of producing a large number of agricultural commodities. The agricultural sector in both countries is highly diversified in terms of agro-climatic conditions and crop varieties.
India and China, most often seen as rivals, have a unique opportunity of finding common ground in strengthening exchanges and cooperation between the two in the sphere of agriculture and food security at the WTO.
QUAD: The Indo-Pacific Balance
Almost a decade ago, a group of democratic powers namely - India, Australia, Japan, and the USA came together to discuss the region and its future. The group came to be known as the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue more popularly, QUAD.
The group has been oscillating on the active-inactive poles for over a decade now, and the time has dawned for it to take the high point of cooperation and engagement.
The Sino-Indian Connection
China and India find themselves in an “extraordinarily complex relationship”, according to Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, India’s External Affairs minister.
The Sino-Indian rivalry includes Tibet, the burgeoning China-Pakistan partnership, and the two countries’ overlapping spheres of influence in Asia resulting instances and events numerous times over the past few decades.
Human Rights and Indian Armed Forces
The Indian armed forces have been engaged in CT operations in Jammu and Kashmir and the North-East for the last six decades.
While the terrorists and militant organizations carry out gruesome acts of violence and savagery, which are gross violations of the human rights of the other peaceful citizens of the country, it is the armed forces that in performance of their duty are maligned for violating human rights and perpetrating violence.
Indo-Afghan Relations: A Turning Point
India’s principled policy of supporting an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned, and Afghan controlled process for peace has prevented them from negotiating with the Taliban.
Owing to India’s investment, sway in the region, and support to the Afghan government along with its emphasis on state sovereignty India is required to be included in the peace process.