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Evolution of Parliamentarism in Post-Soviet Russia

Evolution of Parliamentarism in Post-Soviet Russia

Author: Arun Mohanty

Axis Publications, New Delhi, 2009

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State of Russian parliamentarism has been in the centre of an intense academic debate ever since soviet disintegration. This book traces the origin of   Russian parliamentarism which goes back to the Veche institute of Novgorod principality in the 11th century. This work attempts to debunk the myth that Russia never had any parliamentary tradition in its history at all, which is why Russia cannot have a sound parliamentary democracy. Russia has all the parliamentary institutes that exist in developed western democracies though they are essentially weak and need to be further developed. The author throws light on the evolution of parliamentarism in Russia. The book aims at enriching the understanding about Russian parliament, its role and place in the evolving political system of the country. The research provides a comprehensive account of parliamentary developments starting from the peak of perestroika in late eighties to the end of Putin’s presidency. It captures development of multiparty system in post-Soviet Russia through practice of parliamentary democracy by providing a detailed analysis of all five Duma elections held so far after Soviet breakup.

   

 

Russian Civilization

Russian Civilization

Editors: Ajay Patnaik, Arun Mohanty, N.S. Kirabaev, M.M. Mchedlova

F K Publications, New Delhi, 2007

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This volume is produced through joint collaboration between Centre for Russian and Central Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Centre for National Glory of Russia on the occasion of Russian President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin’s official visit to India in January, 2007.

 

 

 

 

Old India: Notes on Voyage Beyond Three Seas

Old India: Notes on Voyage Beyond Three Seas

Author: Ivan Minayev

Translated to English by Arun Mohanty

Eurasian Foundation, New Delhi, xxxx

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Contemporary Kazakhstan: the Way Ahead

Contemporary Kazakhstan: the Way Ahead

Editors: Arun Mohanty, Sumant Swain

Axis Publications, New Delhi, 2009

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Dedicated to the official visit of the Kazakh President Nursultan A. Nazarbayev to India in January, 2009.

Kazakhstan, located in the heart of Eurasia continent, is a country where diverse cultures and ethnicities have synthesized over centuries. Kazakhstan, the 9th largest country in the world in terms of territory with a population of 16 million, is a highly industrialized nation where one finds nomadic lifestyle co-existing alongside the sophisticated space programme. Kazakhstan like   India practices the principle of unity in diversity and firmly believes in cultural pluralism, secular values. Kazakhstan is located at the cross road of civilizations – Islam, Christianity and Buddhism, which makes it the right place for dialogue of civilizations.  

Kazakhstan is rich in vast natural resources. The entire periodic table of Mendeleyev can be found beneath the surface of the country. It is set to be among top ten oil producing countries and plans to be among 30 most competitive economies of the world in few decades. Kazakhstan ranks 7th in terms of oil deposits and 6th in terms of gas reserves in the world.

Independent Kazakhstan has emerged as a powerful economy from the ruins of disastrous   post-Soviet market reforms with a per capita GDP of   8500 USD   that makes it the   largest economy in Central Asia and second largest in CIS. Kazakhstan’s economy    accounting for 70% of the total GDP of Central Asia, is the driver of economic development and integration in the region. In the post-independence period, thanks to its prudent policies, Kazakhstan has attracted 80 billion $ in FDI which accounts for 80% total investments in Central Asia.

Kazakhstan pursues a predictable, consistent and peace-loving multi-vector foreign policy. Kazakhstan significantly contributed to world peace and international security by voluntarily abandoning its nuclear arsenal, the fourth largest in the world at the time of its dismantling and made major contribution in transforming Central Asia into a nuclear weapons free zone. Kazakhstan is a founding member of Sanghai Cooperation Organization and initiator of CICA.

Central Asia, part of our extended neighborhood, has profound significance for India because of its strategic location, huge natural resources, first of all, its hydrocarbon resources.         

India, one of the first  countries  to recognize  Kazakhstan’s  independence incidentally became  the first  foreign nation  to be visited  by President Nazarbaev, signifying  India’s central place  in that country’s  foreign policy agenda. The current volume, specially prepared to commemorate President Nazarbaev’s historic visit to India in January, 2009 when he was chief guest in our Republic Day celebrations contains 24 original articles contributed by eminent scholars and diplomats from both countries.

 

 

Indo-Russian Relations: from Yeltsin to Putin

Indo-Russian Relations: from Yeltsin to Putin

Author: Arun Mohanty

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Contemporary Odisha: Realities and Vision

Contemporary Odisha: Realities and Vision

Editors: Arun Mohanty, Nihar Ranjan Das, Sumant Swain

Axis Publications, New Delhi, xxxx

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