Articles and Commentaries

Elections 2019: Battle for the Soul of India

On 10 March 2019, India’s Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora announced the much awaited poll dates for elections to the 17th Lok Sabha, in seven phases from 11 April to 19 May. With this, the model code of conduct came into force and the biggest democratic exercise of the world was set in motion. Over…
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Soft Power: An Important Aspect of Foreign Policy

Soft power has been defined as the ability of nations to shape the preferences and influence the behaviour of other nations through appeal and attraction as opposed to coercion. It consists of three major categories - a nation’s culture, its political values and its foreign policy. These categories affect the image and perception of the…
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Soft Power: Building Confluence of Civilizations

The concept of ‘soft power’ formally emerged and took concrete shape only after the disintegration of the Soviet Union. In a way, it could largely be described as a post-Cold War phenomenon, which is now an established aspect of the contemporary discourse on international relations. The very timing of the formal emergence of the term…
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India and Soft Power

The recent rapid growth of the economy has positioned India more seriously than ever as a major power in world politics, and it is often paired with China as part of the vibrant rise of Asia. But how should India understand and invest in its growing power? Traditionally, power in world politics was seen in…
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