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Samarth Pathak
Based in New Delhi, Samarth Pathak is a policy analyst and public advocacy specialist currently associated with the Ananta Aspen Centre (Indian partner of The Aspen Institute, US). Pathak was previously engaged with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and ANI-Reuters TV. His experience encompasses policy advocacy, Track II Diplomacy, strategic communication, external relations, news reporting and production, analysis and research on foreign and domestic policy, politics, sustainable development, climate change and human rights. Pathak currently writes for The Huffington Post. His reports and op-eds have also appeared in The Guardian, Reuters Alertnet, Dawn, Hardnews and The Asian Age. Pathak received his M.A. in Human Rights and Duties from the Department of Political Science, Jamia Millia Islamia and B.A (Honours) in Journalism from the University of Delhi. An idealist at heart, Pathak aspires to be a catalyst for social change. Follow him on Facebook/Twitter. Write to him on

Entries by Samarth Pathak

A Goodbye to Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, India's 'Most Loved' President (1931-2015)

(7) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 6:35 PM

As former Indian President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam suddenly collapsed during his lecture at the Indian Institute of Management, Shillong, on Monday evening, the attending students and professors in the audience went numb. Everything became a blur. Anxious and stunned, their heart rates spiked, as Dr. Kalam's declined...

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Boosting India-U.S. Ties: A Regional Imperative?

(1) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 5:21 PM

In the backdrop of U.S. President Barack Obama's historic visit to India, Samarth Pathak gets you fresh perspectives on bilateral ties in a candid interaction with three of India's leading strategic thinkers: Ambassador S K Lambah, Former Special Envoy to the Prime Minister; Ambassador G Parthasarathy, Honorary Research...

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India-Nepal Ties: Energizing the Future

(2) Comments | Posted January 18, 2015 | 8:05 AM

The Indian Prime Minister's visits to Kathmandu have focused on injecting optimism in ties, articulating a vision for the future, reviving old friendships, and exploring new partnerships. But could this prove to be game-changing for India and Nepal?

A Himalayan Odyssey

In his second visit to Nepal,...

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Mexico's Foreign Minister Pushes for UNSC Reforms, Strong Ties With India

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 4:29 PM

Addressing a public program in New Delhi today, Foreign Minister of Mexico, Dr. Jose A. Meade Kuribrena, pushed for reforms in the United Nations Security Council, ahead of the Sixth India-Mexico Joint Commission Meeting(JCM).

"UNSC should be more representative, responsive and inclusive in its structure. The time is ripe...

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India-China Relations: A New Chapter?

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 2:54 AM

In the backdrop of President Xi Jinping's ongoing visit to India, presenting an exclusive free and frank dialogue on bilateral ties with Mr. Jayadeva Ranade, President, China Analysis and Strategy (India); Dr. Srikanth Kondapalli, Professor, Centre for East Asian Studies, JNU (India) and Ms. Haiyan Wang, Co-Author, "Getting China and...

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India-Japan Ties: Investing in the future

(2) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 10:25 AM

Indian visitors to Tokyo are often told about the very special gift that India's first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, presented to Japan in 1949--a baby elephant. In the aftermath of the Second World War, the elephant symbolised the love and friendship of the Indians for the people of Japan, and...

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Fast Track Courts Against Criminal Lawmakers 'Imperative' for Indian Democracy

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 4:29 PM

A wide section of India's politico-legal fraternity has expressed disappointment with the apex court's recent rejection of a proposal to fast track criminal cases against parliamentarians. Though the Court has asked for an alternative plan to expedite the criminal justice process, the question on the table is how effective are...

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Indian PM's Nepal Visit to Boost Energy, Infrastructure Cooperation

(1) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 6:20 PM

The upcoming visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Nepal is set to deepen relations between the two nations in various spheres. This is a win-win scenario for both countries: India's role is crucial for Nepal as it enters a new era of democracy, change and development, while harnessing...

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Sustainable Development: An Agenda for India

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2014 | 6:47 PM

Over the next 18 months, the world is set to witness three major international events that could be potentially game-changing in efforts aimed at addressing global warming. The first would be the UN Summit next September revolving around the post 2015 development agenda; the second would be centered on the...

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India and the U.S.: Rebooting economic relations

(1) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 6:53 PM

Last December, when the Devyani Khobragade row caused significant turbulence in India-U.S. ties, a striking range of opinions came bursting forth from both sides. In India, the reaction on the "unfortunate and avoidable standoff" was extraordinarily passionate, and public opinion--which has traditionally been favourable towards the US--suddenly witnessed a tectonic...

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'Modi Wave' Prevails as BJP Sweeps Indian Elections; Congress Routed

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 12:29 PM

India awoke amid an unprecedented buzz of excitement and anticipation today as the Election Commission began counting the 550 million votes cast in the recently concluded general elections. Millions of Indians tuned into TV debates and radio sets from early in the morning, looking into the various permutations...

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Indian Election Circus: Will Regional Players be the new Ringleaders?

(1) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 3:28 PM

When the curtains finally come down on India's "dance of democracy" on May 12, a whopping 814-million strong electorate would have cast their ballots across 543 constituencies in an explosive nine-phase, five-week long general election. These votes will essentially decide the fates (and in some cases, careers) of major national...

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