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Contemporary World Affairs (CWA)
Young Voices on Global Politics

CWA Commentaries are primarily authored by young scholars who are a part of the course on Global Politics.

The objective is to provide a platform for the young voices on contemporary world affairs, and also equip them with effective communication skills.

Conflict Reader

Nagorno-Karabakh: Rekindled fighting, Causalities and a Ceasefire

December 2020 | CWA # 407

Abigail Miriam Fernandez

Conflict Reader

Thailand: For the pro-democracy protests, it is a long march ahead

December 2020 | CWA # 406

Aparupa Bhattacherjee

Conflict Reader

Hong Kong: Slow Strangulation of Protests, Security Law and China's victory

December 2020 | CWA # 405

Mallika Devi

Conflict Reader
December 2020 | CWA # 404

Brexit: A year of the UK-EU transition talks and finally, a Deal 

Harini Madhusudan
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Conflict Reader
December 2020 | CWA # 402

Ethiopia: The conflict in Tigray and the regional fallouts

Apoorva Sudhakar
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Conflict Reader
December 2020 | CWA # 401

India and China: A tense border with compromise unlikely

Teshu Singh
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The World This Year
December 2020 | CWA # 398

The Americas: Top Five Developments

Aparaajita Pandey
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The World This Year
December 2020 | CWA # 397

Europe: Top five developments

Teiborlang T Kharsyntiew
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The World This Year
December 2020 | CWA # 396

East Asia: Top Five developments in 2020

Sandip Kumar Mishra
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The World This Year
December 2020 | CWA # 395

The Brexit Endgame: A Trade deal, but it is yet to be over for the UK-EU

Sourina Bej
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The World This Year
December 2020 | CWA # 394

Outer Space in 2020: Missions, Privatization, and the Artemis Accords

Harini Madhusudan
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The World This Year
December 2020 | CWA # 393

China and the US in 2020: Year of Continuing Confrontation

Gunjan Singh
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The World This Year
December 2020 | CWA # 392

5G, Huawei and TikTok: Four trends in 2020

Sukanya Bali
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The World This Year
December 2020 | CWA # 391

COVID-19: How the world fought in 2020

Sumedha Chatterjee 
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Workshop Report
December 2020 | CWA # 390

The World This Year: What happened, What paused and What failed

GP Team
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The World This Week
December 2020 | CWA # 389

The Year of COVID, Protests and Elections

GP Team
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Conflict Weekly 50
December 2020 | CWA # 388

Hot on the Conflict Trails: Top Ten Conflicts in 2020

IPRI Team
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The World this Week
December 2020 | CWA # 387

India-Bangladesh reset and China's Chang'e-5 success

GP Team
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US and the Middle East
December 2020 | CWA # 384

Trump legacy leaves negligible space for any policy changes

Rashmi Ramesh
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The World this Week
December 2020 | CWA # 382

UK Vaccine approval, China-Australia spat, and an intra-Afghan agreement

GP Team
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COVID-19
December 2020 | CWA # 381

The Vaccine Rush: Expectations vs Realities

Harini Madhusudan
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Global Politics
November 2020 | CWA # 379

Open Skies Treaty: The US should not have withdrawn, for five reasons

Harini Madhusudan
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The World This Week
November 2020 | CWA # 378

The Joshua Wang trial in Hong Kong, and a worsening conflict in Ethiopia

GP Team
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The TIKTOK Tango
November 2020 | CWA # 376

Three reasons why the US wants to restrict, but China wants to promote it

Sukanya Bali
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US Elections
November 2020 | CWA # 373

Kamala Harris makes history

Savithri Sellapperumage
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Conflict Weekly 44
November 2020 | CWA # 371

A peace agreement in Nagorno-Karabakh and a brewing civil war in Ethiopia

IPRI Team
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Indo-Pacific
October 2020 | CWA # 367

Australia joins the Malabar exercise. However, the Quad has a long way to go

Harini Madhusudan
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Global Protest Movements
October 2020 | CWA # 366

Climate Change Protests: Now moving out of the COVID-19 shadow

Rashmi Ramesh
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Global Politics
October 2020 | CWA # 365

China is against the Quad. Five reasons why

Mallika Devi
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Science Diplomacy
October 2020 | CWA # 362

Space of Tomorrow: The Need for Space Security

Srikumar Pullat
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The Middle East
October 2020 | CWA # 356

Bahrain and the UAE have normalized ties with Israel. Five reasons why

Lokendra Sharma
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Southeast Asia
September 2020 | CWA # 353

Indonesia and the South China Sea: Between the Nine-Dash Line and an EEZ

Nancy Pathak
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East Asia
September 2020 | CWA # 351

Abe's Indo-Pacific legacy: Will the new PM follow it up?

Kamna Tiwary
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East Asia
September 2020 | CWA # 350

Japan: New Prime Minister, Old Challenges

Tamanna Khosla
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Conflict Weekly 36
September 2020 | CWA # 348

Al Qaeda module in India, Naga Peace talks and the Polio problem in Pakistan

IPRI Team
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GLOBAL PROTEST MOVEMENTS
September 2020 | CWA # 346

Not just regime change: Women and protest movements in Sudan

Vaishali Handique
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GLOBAL PROTEST MOVEMENTS
September 2020 | CWA # 345

Technology in contemporary global protest movements

Sneha Tadkal
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GLOBAL PROTEST MOVEMENTS
September 2020 | CWA # 344

Rise of the middle class: Independence protest movements in Catalonia

Unnikrishnan M J
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GLOBAL PROTEST MOVEMENTS
September 2020 | CWA # 343

#FridaysforFuture: The global protests against Climate Change

Rashmi Ramesh
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GLOBAL PROTEST MOVEMENTS
September 2020 | CWA # 342

Looking Inwards: The anti-government protests in Iran

A Padmashree
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GLOBAL PROTEST MOVEMENTS
September 2020 | CWA # 341

#NiUnaMenos: Women and protest movements in Latin America

Oviya A J
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GLOBAL PROTEST MOVEMENTS
September 2020 | CWA # 340

Solve economic crisis: Indigenous movements in Latin America

Harini Sha P
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GLOBAL PROTEST MOVEMENTS
September 2020 | CWA # 339

Students as agents of change: Protest movements in Zimbabwe

Chavindi Weerawansha
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GLOBAL PROTEST MOVEMENTS
September 2020 | CWA # 337

“Unveiling”: Women and protest movements in the Middle East

Anju Annie Mammen
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Global Protest Movements
September 2020 | CWA # 336

‘The Revolution of Our Times’: Protests in Hong Kong

Harini Madhusudan
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GLOBAL PROTEST MOVEMENTS
September 2020 | CWA # 335

‘The yellow vests will triumph’: The middle and working class protests in France

Sourina Bej
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The Middle East
September 2020 | CWA # 333

Will the Abraham Accord lead to peace, or is it the end of Palestine state?

Lakshmi V Menon
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The Middle East
September 2020 | CWA # 331

Lebanon: Can Macron's visit prevent the unravelling?

Samreen Wani
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Japan
September 2020 | CWA # 328

The Legacy of Shinzo Abe. It is Complicated.

Harini Madhusudan
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Conflict Weekly 33
September 2020 | CWA # 326

Anti Racist Protests in the US and the Floods in Pakistan

IPRI Team
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Huawei and Europe
August 2020 | CWA # 318

Despite the UK ban, it is not over yet for China. For three reasons.

Sourina Bej
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MIDDLE EAST
June 2020 | CWA # 304

Yemen and Oil, MBS’s two-path destruction in Saudi Arabia

Padmashree A
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China
May 2020 | CWA # 293

Two Sessions in Beijing

Boa Wang
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South Asia's COVID-19 Strategies
May 2020 | CWA # 288

For Bangladesh, it was Nationwide Lockdown, Checking High Inflation & Critical Social Media 

Adnan Aziz Chowdhury
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South Asia's COVID-19 Strategies
May 2020 | CWA # 287

For Nepal, it is effective local governments, educative media, and India-Nepal health diplomacy

Mahesh Bhatta
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From detection to containment
May 2020 | CWA # 286

How China fought the COVID-19 

Boa Wang
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On Conspiracy Theories
May 2020 | CWA # 285

Is COVID-19 a Bio-weapon from China?

N. Manoharan
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The Neo-Luddites and the Conspiracy Theory
May 2020 | CWA # 284

Is there an overlap of 5G Networks and COVID hotspots?

Prof PM Soundar Rajan
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United against COVID-19
May 2020 | CWA # 281

Will COVID-19 provide a new agenda to the NAM?

Rashmi Ramesh
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COVID-19 fundraising
May 2020 | CWA # 280

EU, minus the US, leads the global cooperation for the vaccine

Sourina Bej
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One year after the Easter Attacks in Sri Lanka
April 2020 | CWA # 276

Healing needs Forgiveness, Accountability, Responsibility and Justice

D. Suba Chandran
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NIAS Space Log
April 2020 | CWA # 275

Iran's New Military Satellite: Does it violate the UNSC 2231?

Harini Madhusudan
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Perspectives on Violence
April 2020 | CWA # 274

One year after the Easter Attacks in Sri Lanka: Have the Islamists Won?

La Toya Waha
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We all fall down
April 2020 | CWA # 273

Epidemics through History

Jenice Jean Goveas
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One year after the Easter Attacks in Sri Lanka
April 2020 | CWA # 270

Preventing hatred and suspicion would be a bigger struggle

Sanduni Atapattu
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One year after the Easter Attacks in Sri Lanka
April 2020 | CWA # 269

A majority in the minority community suffers, for the action of a few

Chavindi Weerawansha
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One year after the Easter Attacks in Sri Lanka
April 2020 | CWA # 268

The Cardinal sermons for peace, with a message to forgive

Chrishari de Alwis Gunasekare
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One year after the Easter Attacks in Sri Lanka
April 2020 | CWA # 267

Who and Why of the Perpetrators

Aparupa Bhattacherjee
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One year after the Easter Attacks in Sri Lanka
April 2020 | CWA # 266

In retrospect, where did we go wrong?

Natasha Fernando
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One year after the Easter Attacks in Sri Lanka
April 2020 | CWA # 265

Build the power of Co-existence, Trust, Gender and Awareness

Ruwanthi Jayasekara
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One year after the Easter Attacks in Sri Lanka
April 2020 | CWA # 264

New ethnic faultlines at macro and micro levels

N Manoharan
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One year after the Easter Attacks in Sri Lanka
April 2020 | CWA # 263

A year has gone, but the pain has not vanished

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera
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Women, Peace and Twenty Years of UNSC 1325
April 2020 | CWA # 262

In Nepal, it is a struggle for the women out of the patriarchal shadows

Kabi Adhikari 
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Women, Peace and Twenty Years of UNSC 1325
April 2020 | CWA # 261

In India, the glass is half full for the women

Jenice Jean Goveas
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Women, Peace and Twenty Years of UNSC 1325
April 2020 | CWA # 260

In Afghanistan, there is no going back for the women

Fatemah Ghafori
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Report Review
March 2020 | CWA # 251

The decline in terrorism in Pakistan in 2019

Lakshmi V Menon
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The NIAS Arctic Series
March 2020 | CWA # 250

The EU and the Arctic: The interest is not mutual. Why?

Rashmi Ramesh
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The NIAS Arctic Series
March 2020 | CWA # 249

Iceland, Denmark and Norway: Small is Big in the Arctic

Rashmi Ramesh
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The NIAS Arctic Series
March 2020 | CWA # 248

The Non-Arctic powers: Interests of Japan and South Korea

Harini Madhusudan
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Southeast Asia
March 2020 | CWA # 247

Malaysia: New PM, Old Challenges

Aparupa Bhattacherjee
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Perspectives on Violence
March 2020 | CWA # 242

The Bar Shooting in Germany: Just an act of a crazy individual?

La Toya Waha
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Pakistan Reader
March 2020 | CWA # 238

Pakistan is ecstatic about the US-Taliban deal in Doha. Five reasons why

D. Suba Chandran
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The FATF Meeting, February 2020
February 2020 | CWA # 235

Pakistan to remain “Grey”; North Korea and Iran in “Black”

Lakshmi V Menon
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India and the US
February 2020 | CWA # 234

Trump's India Visit: Optics, Substance and Rhetoric

Rashmi Ramesh
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Nepal and the US
February 2020 | CWA # 233

The controversial MCC Nepal Compact

Kabi Adhikari 
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Strategic Forecast 2020
February 2020 | CWA # 232

ISIS post Baghdadi: Will there be another Caliphate in 2020?

Malini Sethuraman 
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Strategic Forecast 2020
February 2020 | CWA # 231

Climate Change: The Economy of the Indian Ocean Region in 2020

Aarathi Srinivasan
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Strategic Forecast 2020
February 2020 | CWA # 230

Climate Change: The New Refugees Paradox in South and East Asia in 2020

Roshni Sharma
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Strategic Forecast 2020
February 2020 | CWA # 229

Addressing Climate Change: Calamities, Risks and Protests in 2020

Rashmi Ramesh
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Strategic Forecast 2020
February 2020 | CWA # 228

India-Pakistan Relation: Will it get worse in 2020?

Dhruv Ashok
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Strategic Forecast 2020
February 2020 | CWA # 227

Israel and the Middle East: The New Alliance Plans in 2020

Prathiksha Ravi
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Strategic Forecast 2020
February 2020 | CWA # 226

The US in the Middle East: Flux or Status Quo in 2020?

Aswathy K
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Strategic Forecast 2020
February 2020 | CWA # 225

Middle East: The Return of Russia in 2020

Padmini Anilkumar
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Strategic Forecast 2020
February 2020 | CWA # 224

Sudan and Algeria: Road to Democracy in 2020

Abigail Miriam Fernandez
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Strategic Forecast 2020
February 2020 | CWA # 223

Syria: ISIS Decline, US Retreat and the Return of Russia in 2020

Lakshmi V Menon
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Strategic Forecast 2020
February 2020 | CWA # 222

The Pangs of BREXIT: UK's Tough Transition in 2020

Sourina Bej
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Strategic Forecast 2020
February 2020 | CWA # 221

The Belt and Road Initiative: A New Global Connectivity Map in 2020

Sukanya Bali
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Strategic Forecast 2020
February 2020 | CWA # 220

The US-China Trade Dispute: Towards further disruptions in 2020

Harini Madhusudan
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Strategic Forecast 2020
February 2020 | CWA # 219

The US under Donald Trump: The Fall of an Empire in 2020

Parikshith Pradeep
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The Middle East in 2020
January 2020 | CWA # 208

After Soleimani assassination: Options for the US 

Vivek Mishra
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The Middle East in 2020
January 2020 | CWA # 207

Iran, Iraq and the US: Who wants what?

Sukanya Bali
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Myanmar in 2020
January 2020 | CWA # 206

Old problems to persist with no solutions in the near term

Aparupa Bhattacherjee
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The Himalayan Triangle
January 2020 | CWA # 205

Indian and Chinese investments in Nepal: Managing asymmetry

Aashiyana Adhikari
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GP Column: Blue Economy
January 2020 | CWA # 200

Blue Economy and India: An Introduction

Shailesh Nayak | Director, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS)


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PR Chari                                   General Dipankar Banerjee

This initiative is a tribute to Mr PR Chari and Gen Dipankar Banerjee, who provided a vital breakthrough for many young scholars, gave them a space to grow and made the budding academics to believe in themselves. "Capacity Building" was their belief; they practised the same in the multiple institutions they served and built. Many leading scholars across the world today, penned their first essay under the mentorship of these two legends.

Mr Chari and Gen Banerjee, we owe you. And we will continue the tradition that you have set.

D. Suba Chandran
Professor and Dean, NIAS