Strategic Patience Could Solve the China Conundrum

China has always been something of a conundrum for India. This is partly because the Chinese are somewhat inscrutable and often enough their interlocutors can spend hours in trying to decipher the underlying message or hint or signal that is being conveyed. But partly it is also because somehow India and China have never quite managed to have any kind of strategic convergence despite not having any fundamental, much less a civilizational, conflict, with each other. Of course there is the baggage of the 1962 border conflict.

India's Seoul Exercise

India's activist diplomacy to secure entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) has been criticised in some quarters in India consequent upon China's having foiled it. The main arguments propounded by the critics are that such activism was unwarranted as NSG membership is unimportant, that India would be a second class member, and that the setback faced by it constitutes a major embarrassment for the nation.

The aforesaid arguments are completely ill founded.

भारत की स्कूल शिक्षा व्यवस्था में सुधार

पिछले दिनों पूरे देश का ध्यान अपनी ओर खींचने वाले और उसकी अंतरात्मा को झकझोर देने वाले बिहार राज्य शिक्षा बोर्ड घोटाले ने निस्संदेह राज्य के शैक्षिक माहौल की दुर्गति से पर्दा उठा दिया है। उसने व्यवस्था का घिनौना सच दिखाया है, जहां वाजिब कीमत (आपको जो श्रेणी चाहिए, उसके आधार पर तय होती है) देकर बोर्ड परीक्षाओं में (जिन पाठ्यक्रमों को नहीं पढ़ा, उनके लिए भी) अंक और प्रमाणपत्र खरीदे जा सकते हैं। साल भर पहले बिहार में ही परीक्षा भवन की दीवारों पर स्पाइडरमैन की तरह चढ़ते और भीतर परीक्षा दे रहे छात्रों को नकल की पर्चियां देते लोगों की तस्वीरें देखकर पूरा देश सन्न रह गया था। इस बार की ही तरह उस समय भी

CM Mehbooba Mufti - Has She Finally Arrived?

Winning the By-Election is only the beginning

In India, traditionally a by-election to the State Assembly to technically endorse the constitutional legitimacy of an incumbent Chief Minister’s continuance in office, normally does not evoke a great deal of political interest. Statistically speaking also, there might have been possibly only a couple of instances in the history of Indian democracy where the incumbent Chief Minister would have failed to obtain such an endorsement.

Gun Violence at Pulse in Orlando in United States: The American Response to Gun Running and the Jihadi Dimension

The Pulse mass shooting in Orlando is a horrendous and atrocious event which beats the American nation, its establishment and its people at their famed homeland security management. One perception contends that Orlando has been attacked by a well groomed but heretic ISIS functionary who is hiding under the arc of being a derelict as narrated to the larger world by his family after his demise at the hands of the security forces.

China’s Second Great Wall

Over the last year or so, but more so over the last month, a view has been doing the rounds of China building another “Great Wall”. References to this Chinese Great Wall have been made by the US Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter when he spoke about China erecting a “Great Wall of Isolation” at the US Naval Academy graduation ceremony in May 2016 and subsequently at the Shangri-la Dialogue 2016. Admiral Harry B. Harris Jr., the commander of the U.S.

मुश्किल में कश्मीर

1947 में विभाजन से पहले के दिनों में जब उत्‍तर पश्चिम भारत का ज्‍यादातर हिस्‍सा सांप्रदायिक उन्‍माद से ग्रस्‍त था, उस समय पड़ोसी राज्‍य जम्‍मू-कश्‍मीर में किसी भी प्रकार के सांप्रदायिक तनाव का कोई संकेत नहीं मिला। इससे महात्‍मा गांधी को सांत्‍वना मिली, जिन्‍होंने अपनी आत्‍मकथा में लिखा, ‘‘जम्‍मू–कश्‍मीर में मुझे उम्‍मीद की किरण नजर आती है।’’ कश्‍मीर सदियों से शांति एवं सांप्रदायिक सौहार्द की मिसाल रहा था। मुगलों के समय से ही कश्‍मीर को ‘धरती का स्‍वर्ग’ कहा जाता था। अपने प्राकृतिक सौंदर्य, सूफी संस्‍कृति और सांप्रदायिक मेलजोल के कारण वास्‍तव में यह स्‍वर्ग ही था। अपराध की बहुत कम दर के साथ शाय

Japanese Polity Weighs on Abenomics

The next round of elections to the Upper House of Parliament, the Diet in Japan will be held on 10 July. The Diet, divided into an Upper House or the House of Councilors and a Lower House, the House of Representatives, has a varying schedule of elections. The House of Councilors has 242 members, who are elected for six-year terms. Elections are held for half of all upper house seats every three years and will now be held for 121 seats.The members of the House of Representatives are elected for a four-year term.

Southeast Asia Can’t Get Enough of Israel’s Weapons

Present-day Israeli foreign policy is giving considerable attention to the Southeast Asian countries, namely Vietnam, the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore and Myanmar. In the past few years, there has been a heavy traffic of high-level defense-oriented visits from both sides; as a result, military cooperation has received greater importance.

बातचीत के बदले हक है आतंकवाद?

पाकिस्‍तानी प्रधानमंत्री के विदेशी मामलों के सलाहकार सरताज अजीज ने पिछले दिनों एक साक्षात्‍कार में हास्‍यास्‍पद आरोप लगाया कि भारत आतंकवाद को पाकिस्‍तान से बातचीत नहीं करने के बहाने के तौर पर इस्‍तेमाल कर रहा है। उन्‍होंने धूर्तता के साथ यह दावा भी किया कि पाकिस्‍तान ने पठानकोट आतंकी हमले के मामल में भारत का सहयोग किया है और पाकिस्‍तान पर पर्याप्‍त प्रयास नहीं करने का आरोप लगाना सही नहीं है। सरताज अजीज के साक्षात्‍कार से कम से कम इतना तो साफ है कि वह भारत को इशारा कर रहे हैं कि भारत में पाकिस्‍तान की सरकार के समर्थन वाले और उसके समर्थन के बगैर काम करने वाले तत्‍व, जो सरकार समर्थित तत्‍वों के स