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...

Has the junta rule really ended in Myanmar?

Sunday, 08 Oct 2017 | Ranu Joardar | in Backbone

Aung San Suu Kyi, who earlier championed the cause of freedom and just treatment of civilians, is now just a puppet politician, says ranu Joardar It is not power that corrupts, but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those...

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...

A nation in transformation

Sunday, 27 Aug 2017 | Rajesh Singh | in Backbone

Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, the scale of change India has witnessed is impressive. It has multiple characters to it — whether it is the Jan Dhan scheme, demonetisation, or digital governance, writes RAJESH SINGH The three years of the Narendra Modi Government have been eventful. There have been many...

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...

Moon on US soil, for a smoother ride

Sunday, 09 Jul 2017 | Rajaram Panda | in Backbone

Moon Jae-in’s visit to Washington is a powerful and symbolic show of his personal commitment to South Korea’s alliance with the United States despite the fact that both he and President Donald Trump are not on the same page on several issues. RAJARAM PANDA decodes the dynamics Just two months into...


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