Nitin Pai

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Hong Kong's battle for freedom is a little too late

Hong Kong's battle for freedom is a little too late

Rediff.com25 Jun 2019

Even if the extradition bill has been suspended, Beijing will eventually impose its system on Hong Kong, observes Nitin Pai.

Let us stop taxing women!

Let us stop taxing women!

Rediff.com8 Mar 2018

Double tax exemption on wages paid to women can encourage companies to hire, retain and compensate women better, argues Nitin Pai.

Why India must be tough with Myanmar

Why India must be tough with Myanmar

Rediff.com24 Dec 2017

'If Myanmar falls to China, let it.' 'Sooner or later the rulers of the country will have to call New Delhi.'

India's coming conflict with China in the Indian Ocean

India's coming conflict with China in the Indian Ocean

Rediff.com28 Aug 2017

'Despite the current tension at Doklam and the risk of escalation on the Himalayan land frontier, it is the Indian Ocean we need to worry about more,' says Nitin Pai.

Reading India's OBOR boycott right

Reading India's OBOR boycott right

Rediff.com9 Jun 2017

We must see New Delhi's position as a signal of competition to the Chinese grand design for the 21st century world, says Nitin Pai.

China has moved from assertive to aggressive

China has moved from assertive to aggressive

Rediff.com19 Apr 2017

'The men in black suits and hair dye in Beijing have not only completely blown the cover story of "peaceful rise," but have managed to antagonise regional powers in the Indo-Pacific.'

Don't look now but China's military is changing!

Don't look now but China's military is changing!

Rediff.com17 Mar 2017

In a few years from now, India will be looking at an entirely different type of military adversary across the borders, in our waters, in the air, in space and in our communication networks, says Nitin Pai.

OROP: The logic ex-servicemen are missing

OROP: The logic ex-servicemen are missing

Rediff.com17 Aug 2015

The demand for OROP has been projected as an unambiguous issue but a good policy argument must have a sound economic element.

India can't even buy rifles for its troops!

India can't even buy rifles for its troops!

Rediff.com6 Jul 2015

What should concern the Indian citizen is not the fact that the world's biggest assault rifle purchase was scrapped. What should is the fact that the tender was for a type of rifle that has never been produced, says Nitin Pai.

Let the women fight

Let the women fight

Rediff.com8 Jun 2015

Given how the armed forces struggle to attract talent, they cannot rule out hiring half the population, says Nitin Pai

How much does India really spend on defence?

How much does India really spend on defence?

Rediff.com27 Apr 2015

No one really knows what proportion of the nation's wealth and income are available for defence

Why Sri Lanka's need for China will continue

Why Sri Lanka's need for China will continue

Rediff.com19 Jan 2015

Colombo's enduring interests suggest the relationship between the Sri Lanka and China will only strengthen, says Nitin Pai.

Power centre Delhi holds key to Modi's India revival dream

Power centre Delhi holds key to Modi's India revival dream

Rediff.com22 Dec 2014

Modi government must push reforms at a fast pace to restore growth.

It's a good time to position India as a manufacturing hotspot

It's a good time to position India as a manufacturing hotspot

Rediff.com27 Oct 2014

Though growth in China is unlikely to slow down soon, India should prepare to take advantage of a shifting of gears there.

Economic ties with China? Modi must move closer with caution

Economic ties with China? Modi must move closer with caution

Rediff.com15 Sep 2014

New Delhi can strengthen its leverage by having better relations with the two than they have with each other.

49 pc FDI in defence: A leap in the right direction, but not far enough

49 pc FDI in defence: A leap in the right direction, but not far enough

Rediff.com14 Jul 2014

Full liberalisation of the defence industry is necessary for both combat-readiness and security of long-term supplies, says Nitin Pai.

Iraq and the outer ring of India's security

Iraq and the outer ring of India's security

Rediff.com16 Jun 2014

It is time to throw an outer ring around India's national security by proactively engaging in areas immediately outside our neighbourhood. Such a ring will not only insulate India from emerging threats, but also create new leverage in securing our own neighbourhood, says Nitin Pai.

Confronting a new world order

Confronting a new world order

Rediff.com19 May 2014

India has some ability to influence what the world order will look like, but it needs to make structural changes to the ministries of external affairs and commerce, and evolve formal coordination mechanisms with the ministries of finance and home, says Nitin Pai

MH370 and three worrying 'ifs'

MH370 and three worrying 'ifs'

Rediff.com17 Mar 2014

Kuala Lumpur's delay in roping in India to help track the missing aircraft is an indicator that New Delhi must redouble its diplomacy and capacity demonstration in East Asia, feels Nitin Pai

Don't leave diplomacy to diplomats

Don't leave diplomacy to diplomats

Rediff.com20 Jan 2014

The perfunctory management of external affairs has left India's foreign policy establishment largely unprepared to manage the consequences of dramatic international developments, says Nitin Pai.

The Saudis, the Iranians and us

The Saudis, the Iranians and us

Rediff.com19 Nov 2013

Further deterioration of the US-Saudi relationship will have geo-economic and geopolitical effects, says Nitin Pai.