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Namrata Goswami

Professional Researcher, Writer, Traveler

Professional Researcher, Writer, Traveler

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The Costs Of Terrorism For Pakistan

On 18 September this year, 18 Indian soldiers of the 10 Dogra and 6 Bihar Regiments were killed at Uri in Jammu and Kashmir by four heavily armed terrorists who infiltrated the Indian Army base. In th...
08/10/2016 3:44 AM IST

Augustus, Aurangzeb And Donald Trump

While Trump’s freewheeling statements appear like a solution to American problems in the short term, be forewarned -- it could be the writing on the wall for the demise of the American Republic as we know it. History warns us that both the Roman and Mughal empires never recovered from the self-interested, power hungry, divisive policies that Augustus and Aurangzeb unleashed.
13/08/2016 1:33 AM IST
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The Contradictions In Researching Conflicts In Northeast India

Growing up in Haflong, a remote mountainous town in Dima Hasao District, Assam, offered me the privilege of accessing the town's multiple ethnic cultures. This experience held me in good stead as I chose to study ethnic conflicts in the Northeast years later. Most of these conflicts are about dignity, prestige and identity. But that's not all there is to it.
26/06/2016 12:15 AM IST
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When Did Civil Service Become Synonymous With Self-Service?

An Indian officer once stated that his desire to enter the civil services stemmed from the fact that the driver would always rush out to open the door for the officer. So, ironically, the power that officers hold, which ideally should mean the power to create a level playing field for all, is actually seen as power to access privileges, entitlements, cars with red lights, houses in the best part of town, and a state system that exists for them, and not for the common person.
10/06/2016 8:35 AM IST
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Writing The Rules Of The Global Economy: The Tussle Between The US And China

For some years now, I have been reviewing the rise of China and India as potential lead players in the global economy by 2050. In 2011, I had predicted in a joint study that by 2030, China would overtake the US as the lead global economic super-power. This would result in growing competition between the US and China over which among them would write the rules of the global economy. Today, just five years later, that battle has begun...
16/03/2016 8:15 AM IST
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Reaching For The Sun: Space-Based Solar Power Could Be The Answer To Climate Change

The concept has been around for a while, but with Space-Based Solar Power (SBSP; tapping sunlight in space to generate clean constant energy) winning the top prize for innovation in technology for a clean and truly prosperous world at the D-3 (Diplomacy, Defense and Development) summit on 2 March in Washington, D.C, the idea seems closer to being realized than ever before. When seen in the context of recent developments in China and Japan, and with India waiting to get in on the action, the possibilities are electrifying.
09/03/2016 8:29 AM IST

The Role Of Think Tanks In Generating Policy Ideas: An Indian View

With the ever increasing thrust for knowledge, information, and globalised flow of information, the role of think tanks in bridging gaps between policy and academia, citizens and their governments, research and implementation of effective ideas will only grow. I hope India is up to the challenge of establishing and supporting think tanks as "centres of excellence" as it jostles for space in a fast-paced and interdependent world where those with the best ideas matter most.
15/12/2015 5:44 PM IST
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Why Russia May Win The Game For Influence In Syria

In September 2015, Russia entered the picture in aid of its ally Assad. The US position on the Syrian imbroglio is that in order to succeed in its fight against ISIS, the dictatorial Assad has to go. The Russian position, backed by Iran and the Hezbollah of Lebanon, is quite the contrary: Assad has to continue for some semblance of order in this conflict-afflicted land. These contradictory objectives have the potential of pitting the Russian intervention against the NATO and US in Syria into a much larger conflict for influence.
14/10/2015 8:11 AM IST
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What ‘Star Trek' Can Teach India And China About Being A Great Power

For a few weeks now, I have been watching <em>Star Trek: The Original Series</em>, a TV show so innovatory and far reaching in its inspiration in the 1960s that it impacted a whole generation of people to dream of exploring the unknown. So, how is this space story connected to aspirations of Great Power status, much sought after by countries like India and China? In more ways than one, I think.
02/10/2015 8:10 AM IST

Revisiting The Road To The Naga Peace Accord

As the TV news flashed on 3 August with images of Naga Peace Interlocutor, R N Ravi and Thuingaleng Muivah, the leader of the NSCN (IM) inking the Naga Peace Accord, it took me back to my visit in 2007 to the Naga People's Consultative Meeting (PCM) organised by the NSCN (IM) in their Camp Hebron near Dimapur. It was in this meeting that I first heard Muivah and Isak Chisi Swu (the outfit's co-founder) speak on the Naga political cause.
08/08/2015 1:16 AM IST