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Rajaram Panda

The writer is ICCR India Chair Visiting Professor at Reitaku University, Japan

Expanding connectivity via Chabahar Port

Sunday, 10 Dec 2017 | Rajaram Panda | in Backbone

Development of this port makes huge economic and strategic sense for India as it wants to bypass Pakistan, which does not allow transit of Indian goods through its territory, says Rajaram Panda The outreach initiative of the Narendra Modi Government covering almost all continents of the world — Asia, Africa, Europe,...

Vietnam leapfrogs to world stage

Sunday, 26 Nov 2017 | Rajaram Panda | in Backbone

The 25th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit has helped elevate the S-E Asian country’s diplomatic profile and marked a milestone in Da Nang’s socio-economic development The month of November 2017 saw a flurry of international diplomacy in Asia when top leaders of the world descended first in the beautiful Vietnamese coastal...

Shinzo Abe’s victory ensures political stability

Sunday, 29 Oct 2017 | Rajaram Panda | in Backbone

His reworking of Parliament and economy is a blessing for not just coalition Government and young Japan, but also for India, explains RAJARAM PANDA There was an element of surprise when Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the dissolution of the Lower House of the Diet more than a year ahead...

Malaise in the Japanese society

Sunday, 22 Oct 2017 | Rajaram Panda | in Backbone

The main cause of this malaise is that in an extremely homogeneous society, with a deeply fixed mindset of conformity, people with different opinions are often singled out and attacked, often leading to suicides, writes Rajaram Panda Is Japan a happy country? The image that Japan evokes to an outsider is...

Snap polls in Japan: Securing political stability

Sunday, 01 Oct 2017 | Rajaram Panda | in Backbone

All parties need to jointly address the common security challenge, and frequent power shifts, like in the past, should not be repeated, opines Rajaram Panda In a surprise announcement on September 25, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stunned the nation and declared to dissolve the House of Representatives (Lower House) on...

Constitutional revision debate in Japan

Sunday, 17 Sep 2017 | Rajaram Panda | in Backbone

Ever since Japan’s Constitution was promulgated 70 years ago, not a single change has been made in it. But PM Abe wants to change this trend and has resolved to complete the process before his term ends, writes Rajaram Panda In an extremely controversial and massive shift for the country’s pacifist...

The Brazilian sojourn

Sunday, 03 Sep 2017 | Rajaram Panda | in GupShup

There are around 1.5 million Brazilians of Japanese descent, and many had migrated during the Meiji period and settled there. That is why Brazil finds special focus in Japan Government’s foreign policy, writes RAJARAM PANDA I had a rare opportunity to visit Sao Paulo, Brazil, in South America, from August 13...

Abe’s Cabinet reshuffle for dynamism in governance

Sunday, 20 Aug 2017 | Rajaram Panda | in Backbone

In the face of serious political, economic, and security challenges, the Japanese Prime Minister is trying to restore balance and stability, says RAJARAM PANDA Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is facing serious political, economic and security challenges. At the political level, his popularity rate plummeted as his administration was hurt by...

North Korean imbroglio continues

Sunday, 06 Aug 2017 | Rajaram Panda | in Backbone

It emerged from the latest missile launch that North Korea’s ICBM capabilities are advancing significantly and faster than expected, writes Rajaram Panda The volatile security situation in Northeast Asia nosedived further when North Korea launched another intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) hours before midnight on July 28, the second such launch in...

Delhi Dialogue 9: Invigorating ties with ASEAN

Sunday, 23 Jul 2017 | Rajaram Panda | in Backbone

The GST will pave the way for new opportunities of trade and investment into India not only from ASEAN states but also from others, says Rajaram Panda Ever since India launched its Look East Policy in the early 1990s, successive Governments have only given a stronger spine to this foreign policy...


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