Pragati February 2008: What Kautilya would say

Issue 11 - Feb 2008

Issue Contents


Common interests Rory Medcalf
Closer Australia-India relations need greater political will

A disarming argument Nitin Pai
Non-proliferation isn’t working too well. Will disarmament fare better?

Beyond marking time R Hariharan
The problem with India’s Sri Lanka policy is there is no common agreement on it

On sovereign wealth funds and West Bengal politics


African technology goes “brown”; Leaky Bottom; The new Big Three?; There is a story in the nuances


What Kautilya would say Balbir S Sihag
Some aspects of the relevance of the Arthashastra in the contemporary world


Getting ahead in the rankings Deepa Vasudevan & Mukul G Asher
Many small things can make a big difference in business friendliness

The Nano opportunity Rohit Pradhan & Pratik Mhatre
Time to address urban transport in a holistic manner

America’s command capitalism V Anantha Nageswaran
…and its economic consequences


Down the Red Corridor Chandrahas Choudhury
A review of Sudeep Chakravarti’s book Red Sun: Travels in Naxalite Country

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Pragati January 2008: 17 ways in which India can be a better country

This month’s issue starts with a new year wishlist: it’s not only an agenda for public policy. It’s also an agenda for the public—for you. In addition that 17-point list, we also wish Pakistan a long, stable life, propose how India might address the challenge posed by sovereign wealth funds, examine how urbanisation will change national politics, and take issue with the prediliction of some intellectuals to blame the IT industry for real and perceived ills. And we also have a film review—of Charlie Wilson’s War, Hollywood’s take on George Crile’s bestselling book recounting the anti-Soviet war in Afghanistan. There’s more—check out the attached table of contents.

Issue 10 - Jan 2008

Issue Contents


A wishlist for 2008 Amit Varma
Seventeen ways in which India could be a better country

Pakistan zindabad! Nitin Pai
India’s new challenge is to steady Pakistan’s boat

Regaining the horizon Siddharth Singh
Smart power and the domestication of foreign policy


The Broken Arrow problem; Al Qaeda at the ISI gate; Arctic landgrabs set a precedent for Lunar ones; Moral responsibility for global warming


PRS Legislative Research: Parliament in 2007 & Winter Session wrap-up


Sovereign, wealthy and ready to invest Mukul G Asher
Sovereign wealth funds and the challenges for India


The new citizens Ravikiran Rao
Politics in the time of urbanisation

Quick to blame IT Prasanna Vishwanathan
The IT industry has become the favourite whipping boy of the Left-liberal types

Claiming a piece of the future Rajesh Jain
How India can lead in tomorrow’s technology world


Living with the Bomb Ashutosh Jogalekar
A review of Joseph Cirincione’s book Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons

The Dukes of Herat Manish Vij
A review of Mike Nichols’ film Charlie Wilson’s War

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Indian ‘liberals’ must become more Liberal

But things might be turning out as Raj Cherubal predicted in this month’s issue of Pragati: the time has come for Indian ‘liberals’ to become more Liberal.

A kidnapped word can’t be held hostage any longer

For some levity, read this op-ed by a certain Parsa Venkateshwar Rao Jr in DNA.

The other weakness in the liberals’ crusade against Modi was that they saw his market-friendly, reformist economic agenda as anti-poor and anti-minority. They did not reckon with the fact that the poor and the minorities, who wear no ideological blinkers, are willing to embrace the market to improve their lives. The poor are not natural socialists, a mistaken notion in the minds of radical bourgeoisie.

The liberals may have to abandon their unconscious socialism and pathetic secularism, and to stand up for the rights of individuals to believe and not believe in religion, to believe and not believe in nationalism. Believers in religion, nationalism and market economics are not to be shunned as reactionaries. [DNA]

Reminds you of Amit Varma’s complaint. But things might be turning out as Raj Cherubal predicted in this month’s issue of Pragati