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The Right of Eminent Domain: Revisiting the Proposed Land Acquisition Bill
The Constitution of India prescribes the basic framework within which government is to function and also mandates that government will promote a welfare state which will have its moorings in socialism. This is given in the Preamble to the Constitution. There is also Part IV of the Constitution which contains the Directive Principles of State Policy. Article 38 requires the State to secure a social order for the promotion of welfare of the people.
“…We are fighting for Tibetan Dignity, Tibetan Identity, Tibetan Freedom, and what we are seeking is Equality…”
Thank you very much Ajit Dovalji for your very kind and generous introduction and Mr. T.C.A. Rangachari and others for organising the Conference today. It is a great honour to be in the presence of so many esteemed guests and I would like to begin by saying that I am truly humbled by the invitation to be here.
A Government in Tatters
India has a federal structure in which, unlike the United States of America, the Provinces were an artificial creation of the British for administrative convenience, which gained semi autonomous status under the Government of India Act, 1935. The Provinces became part of India or of Pakistan as per the Radcliff Commission’s recommendations and in India in 1950 after adoption of the Constitution they were renamed as States.
Impressions from a Young Professionals’ Workshop on Future Direction of Indo-Bangladesh Relationship
The conclusion of Indian Prime Minister’s two day visit to Dhaka has offered an opportunity to scholars, analysts and academicians to debate and discuss about future direction of India-Bangladesh relationship. Success and failure of the visit is measured in terms of whether this has further widened and deepened bilateral ties after Mrs. Sheikh Hasina’s visit to Delhi in January 2010. The excitement and apprehensions were discussed at a forum where young Indian and Bangladesh professionals gathered for almost 10 days.
Revitalising India’s ‘Look East’ Policy
It has been two decades since India launched its much-vaunted ‘Look East’ policy. The recent conclusion of free trade agreements with Malaysia and Japan, which follows in the footsteps of similar agreements with Singapore and South Korea, has reaffirmed New Delhi’s ability to move beyond the realm of an aspiring East Asian player by strengthening substantive linkages with the region that have traditionally been embedded in the rhetoric of shared cultural, religious and historical bonds.
The Emerging Situation in Afghanistan and Indo-Afghan Relations
The Indo-Afghan relations cannot but be seen in the context of the evolving situation in Afghanistan. Many regional and extra regional players have been involved in the Afghan imbroglio for over a decade and some for even over three decades. Intervention by the US and western forces in Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11 attacks was supposed to get rid of Taliban and Al Qaeda but it cannot be said that the western forces have been entirely successful in their mission.
India’s Options in Afghanistan
Geo-Political perceptions of Pakistan’s role in Afghanistan Before one can dwell on India’s options in Afghanistan, it may be better to examine the Pakistan’s role in this country. The geo- political perceptions of Pakistan in Afghanistan should be examined in the light of Pakistan’s persistent effort for establishing a pliable and subservient regime in Afghanistan. It seems Pakistan has been advocating the necessity of strategic depth in Afghanistan to mask its territorial ambitious and its aim of expanding its strategic frontiers towards west and Central Asian regions.
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