Yale SOM Announces New Global Leaders from India MBA Scholarship Program

The Yale School of Management has launched the Global Leaders from India program, which will dedicate up to five merit scholarships in its full-time MBA program in the coming year to students from India. The scholarships each will cover a minimum of half of tuition, valued at approximately $75,000 to $150,000 over two years. The scholarships will be awarded to the strongest candidates based on academic and professional accomplishments, as well as leadership potential.

All citizens of India who apply to the Yale School of Management MBA program will be considered for the Global Leaders from India scholarship; no additional step is required. Ambitious students with work experience in any sector who are interested in developing their leadership abilities are encouraged to apply. The application is available online and is currently open.

https://som.yale.edu/news/2018/10/yale-som-announces-new-global-leaders-from-india-mba-scholarship-program

 

India’s Skillful Posturing With the US

 US secretaries of defense and state meet counterparts in Delhi; Prime Minister Narendra Modi embraces Russian President Vladimir Putin

Relations between the United States and India have gradually improved, but the world’s largest democracy has an independent streak as seen in two recent cases: First, India signed a multibillion deal to purchase a Russian air-defense missile system thereby risking sanctions approved by the US Congress in 2017. Second, the United States withdrew from the international agreement to limit Iran’s nuclear weapons program, and India is second only to China in purchasing Iranian oil. India hopes for an exemption on sanctions with both cases. “With the S-400 deal, India has ensured that Russia will remain the main supplier of high-tech defense equipment for the foreseeable future while challenging Washington on an issue now regarded as the primary national security challenge by many in the United States,” explains Harsh V Pant, professor of international relations and director, Studies at Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi. He adds that sanctions for either case would be counterproductive. The US-Indo relationship has matured, he concludes, and the two countries continue to work on agreements that the United States signs with close defense partners for the sale of high-end technologies. – YaleGlobal

Pakistan’s Civil-Military Relations

Sewing a crazy tribal quilt: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan with fellow Pashtun fighters at another time, and Baloch rebels surrender weapons to the Pakistani government

Pakistan’s civilian government has little control over the country’s powerful army which stands out as a most trusted institution, with more than 80 percent public approval, compared to 36 percent approval for government. Weak institutions that fail to address Pakistan’s challenges have allowed the army to become more assertive, explains Riaz Hassan, research professor and director of the International Centre for Muslim and Non-Muslim Understanding, and he argues that demography has a role: “The most striking aspect of Pakistan’s demography is that it is made up of six ‘nations,’ each divided between two or, in the case of Balochis, three countries,” he writes. “All are predominantly Islamic, but also endowed with their own distinct, historically grounded cultural identities.” Despite governmental failings and difficult civil-military relations in Pakistan, public polling indicates strong support for democracy, at 80 percent, rather than for a military dictatorship. – YaleGlobal

Ravish Kumar: What is national about India’s national media?

Senior Executive Editor, NDTV India
October 23, 2018 – 4:30pm
What is national about India’s national media?
Luce Hall Auditorium See map

34 Hillhouse Ave.

Co-sponsored by South Asian Studies Council

The talk will be delivered in Hindi – a translation of his entire lecture will be available in the form of handouts.

About the Ravish Kumar

Ravish Kumar is an Indian TV anchor, writer and journalist who covers topics pertaining to Indian politics and society. He is a senior executive editor at NDTV India, the Hindi news channel of the NDTV news network and hosts a number of programmes including the channel’s flagship weekday show Prime Time, Hum Log and Ravish Ki Report. Kumar has authored two books, Ishq Mein Shahar Hona (Rajkamal Prakashan [Hindi], 2008) and The Free Voice: On Democracy, Culture, and the Nation (Speaking Tiger, 2018).

He received the Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Award for Hindi Journalism and Creative Literature for 2010 from the President of India (awarded in 2014). Kumar was honoured with the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award for the Journalist of the Year in 2013 and 2017 for the broadcast category in Hindi language. He was included in the list of 100 most influential Indians 2016 by The Indian Express and named the best journalist of the year in 2015 by Mumbai Press Club. In March 2017, Kumar was honoured with the first Kuldip Nayar journalism award for his contribution to the field of journalism.

Rethinking Belt-and-Road Debt

Transport trouble: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad criticizes China’s “new colonialism” at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, and Chinese-built railway connects parts of Africa

More than 75 nations participate in China’s Belt and Road Initiative, launched in 2013 to develop trade and connect Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe with ports, roads and railways. But some countries worry about adding to already heavy debt burdens, and some projects have become an issue in local politics. Among the most vocal critics is Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad who has warned about a “new colonialism,” explains veteran journalist Philip Bowring. Mahathir questions infrastructure costs and strategic purposes relating to contentious issues like control over the South China Sea. Many emerging economies can certainly benefit from the infrastructure investment, explains Bowring, but cautious leaders also recognize the value of assessing project purposes and priorities. China, wanting to avoid heavy losses or criticism at home about wasteful spending, has launched a publicity campaign to promote benefits of the Belt and Road Initiative. – YaleGlobal

Student research: From Yale to Bhutan looking for the rare nest of endangered White-bellied Heron

Indra Acharja in the field in Bhutan.

The White-bellied Heron is a critically endangered heron species found only in Bhutan, Northeast India, and Myanmar. Fewer than 60 confirmed White-bellied Herons exist in the world today. While there are few records of occurrence of the bird from the range countries, nests of this species have remained one of the rarest in history. Before 2000, only two nests had been found which were presumed to be of this bird; one was reported in Darjeeling, India, before 1890 and another in Myanmar, before 1930. With lack of breeding evidence, the bird was assumed to have vanished during late 1900 until a new nest was found in Bhutan in 2003. Since then, two to five active nests have been identified in Bhutan from where two to eight new chicks fledge annually. However, the population has remained critically low and the trend is further declining.

https://macmillan.yale.edu/news/student-research-yale-bhutan-looking-rare-nest-endangered-white-bellied-heron