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Interaction with Prof. Daya Thussu on Leveraging India’s Soft Power

‘Soft Power’, a term coined by Joseph Nye in the late 1980s, has been gaining increasing salience in foreign policy debates the world over. While in India, the use of soft power as part of Indian diplomacy

A Talk on ‘Freebies and Good Governance’ by Mr. B. P. Singh, Former Governor of Sikkim

While freebies are considered among the surest and fastest means of providing succor to the needy poor, these come at a heavy cost to the national exchequer

Roundtable Discussion on China-Pakistan Nexus: Challenges and Response

The VIF held an internal Round Table Discussion on 12 August 2016, necessitated largely by the fact that China-Pakistan axis, which has remained India’s Achilles heel for long, has begun to manifest

Interaction with a Delegation from China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR)

A delegation of China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR), led by its President Prof. Ji Zhiye, including Mr. Han Liqun and Mr. Hu Shisheng, among others, visited the VIF on 5 August 2016

Seminar on “India-EU Relations: Opportunities and Challenges”

The Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF), in collaboration with Finland Future Research Centre (FFRC), held a day-long seminar on ‘India-European (EU) Relations: Opportunities and Challenges’ on 1 Aug 2016.

Big Business and Small Families

Throughout sixties/seventies advertisements in print and visual media in the west projected “happy” families consist of husband /wife one boy one girl may be a dog. Happy family will not have mother-in-laws or sisters-in-laws, leave alone aged parents.

Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN): Caution Should be the Key Word

A New Regime of Taxation

Goods and Services Tax (GST) is a broad-based, comprehensive, single indirect tax which will be levied concurrently on goods and services across India. It will replace most of the Central and State indirect taxes such as Value added Tax (VAT), Excise Duty.

Fortnightly Review & Analysis – Indo-Pacific, Japan and East Asia (Vol 1 Issue IV)

(August 1-15, 2016)


Exercise Maitree 2016: Joint Indo - Thailand Military Exercise Culminates

Fortnightly Review & Analysis - USA, EU and Eurasia (Vol 1 Issue IV)

(August 1 - 22, 2016)


Donald Trump's campaign underwent a major staff shake-up with less than three months to Election Day. Donald Trump added two new officials to top posts overseeing his struggling campaign and signaling a shift toward campaigning as an outsider who has come with refreshing ideas – a move it is hoped would see his ratings go up.

Sedition versus free speech: The conflict goes on

A clamour to repeal the law dealing with sedition gains ground every time the police somewhere in the country files a case under the provision. The most recent example of this has happened in Bengaluru, when the Karnataka police

Fortnightly Review & Analysis - Neighbourhood Studies (Vol 1 Issue IV)

(August 1-15, 2016)


Diplomatic Gauntlet Thrown Over Kashmir

Pakistan has decided to go on a diplomatic offensive against India to resurrect the Kashmir issue and agitate the international community on this issue. This was apparently also the recommendation made during a three day

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