It would appear that the best one can hope for is to accept a state of the uneasy calm or strategic distancing as the new normal in bilateral relations. The scars of terrorism run deep. As indeed do the scars of mistrust. As a former Indian prime minister said, it is difficult when "the other side shakes hands with us over the table, but kicks our shins from below." You can shake hands with someone only if they unclench their fist.
Author - Lessons from Ruslana: In Search of Transformative Thinking
Amit Dasgupta is the author of <em>Lessons from Ruslana: In Search of Transformative Thinking</em>; Harper Collins; 2015
The political decision to resume bilateral talks was a splendid, though surprising, initiative with which to end 2015. How both leaders negotiate the multiple pitfalls the path is strewn with would not only demonstrate their leadership skills but also establish the negotiating template. More importantly, it would demonstrate the joint integrity of intent and purpose.
26/01/2016 8:15 AM IST
Research has substantively established an inter-linkage between countries that embrace innovation and, thus, change, and economic prosperity. Governments and the bureaucracy in emerging or developing economies, on the other hand, tend to suffer from an acute disavowal of all that challenges existing paradigms. New ways of seeing worry them. Consequently, our schools and colleges are unable to respond to the rapidly changing educational needs of a knowledge economy. This has serious consequences.
31/12/2015 8:29 AM IST
Both Prime Ministers are acutely aware that should the negotiations conclude successfully, they would be guaranteed a place in history. In the eyes of the international community and in their respective domestic constituencies, it would be seen as an extraordinary achievement that could transform the region. However, for a successful outcome this time around, negotiating strategies need to be reimagined.
29/12/2015 8:15 AM IST
It is extraordinary how quickly we believe smart slogans. Advertising and marketing is based precisely on the ability to win subscribers and getting them hooked through language and packaging. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has understood this all too well. When he spoke of <em>acchhe din</em>, he struck an immediate chord through the contrast with the previous four years. Similarly, his call for "Swachh Bharat" and "Digital India" resonated across socio-economic classes. People were hooked. This was political marketing at its best. His "Make in India" was cast in a similar mould.
28/10/2015 8:27 AM IST
A couple of weeks ago, we caught up over dinner at an Australian friend's place in Mumbai. Inevitably, the discussion veered to whether Indians were safe in Australia. About five years after the spate of attacks on Indian students, especially in Victoria, anxieties persist with regard to safety standards and whether there is an inherent animosity that many Australians feel towards Indians. The Australian case is an example of brand damage and a failed attempt at brand repair.
31/08/2015 8:26 AM IST
It was my assessment that proposing a development round was to win friends and influence governments in poor countries. This was nothing short of deception at the highest level. After all, a genuine development round meant that trade would lie at the heart of the development agenda with the developed world unilaterally opening-up to products from poorer countries.
05/08/2015 12:08 PM IST
While a direct causal linkage between workplace stress and suicide is difficult to establish, no one pays much attention to professional physical and mental depletion until there is a tragedy. The business world has simply not understood the importance of ensuring the personal well-being of their employees.
19/07/2015 8:16 AM IST
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