Faulty policies hinder India’s SEZ’s progress

modimerkelBy Amitendu Palit

COMMENT: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s signature ‘Make in India’ initiative — which aims to transform India into a global manufacturing hub — specially mentions the importance of special economic zones (SEZs) in attracting foreign investors. But despite the strong pitch, these export-oriented enclaves have struggled to draw investments. Continue reading


Sri Lanka constitution should ‘integrate’ not ‘assimilate’

srilankaBy M.A.M.H. Barry

COMMENT: The Constitution of any State is the organic and the supreme law of that State. It explicates, regulates and articulates relationship and cohesiveness between the State and its people, people and people, State and institutions, institutions and people and also it directs and governs the State’s relationship with the rest of the world.  Continue reading


Bangladesh transforms despite its vicious politics

BangladeshpoliticsBy Tom Felix Joehnk and Forrest Cookson

COMMENT: Bangladesh’s social, economic and political development is one of the great success stories of the past 25 years. But today it is Bangladesh’s politically dysfunctional ‘battling begums’ — Sheikh Hasina of the ruling Awami League (AL) and Khaleda Zia of opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) — that hold the country back. Continue reading


Further reforms needed if India is to grow

Narendra_ModiBy Raghbendra Jha

COMMENT: On the back of expanding global trade and buoyant exports the Indian economy managed to grow at more than 9% annually between 2005–6 and 2007–8. But following the global financial crisis, and subsequent sluggish world output and trade trends, economic growth in India has been lacklustre and remains well below potential. Continue reading


Sri Lanka’s year for democracy and reconciliation

srilankaflagBy David Brewster

COMMENT: It is no exaggeration to say that 2015 will be remembered as a major turning point for Sri Lanka as a nation.

The Sri Lankan people made a decisive choice towards democracy and good governance, towards communal reconciliation and for moving the country back towards its traditional foreign policy orbit. Continue reading