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Chabahar Port - A Rethink is Needed
Russian, Chinese, American and Pakistani representatives met in Beijing on the 10th and 11th of July to discuss the situation in Afghanistan. This was the third such consultation between Russia, China and the US, and the first in which Pakistan participated. The four party talks, as they were called by the US Department of State, once again exposed the view of the major powers that India has limited significance in shaping the eventual outcome in Afghanistan while Pakistan is inherently important. This is not entirely incorrect.
The Spirit of Indian Federalism
The issue of India’s federal nature has been both a subject of reiteration and conflict between the ruling party and the opposition. There have been instances when the opposition parties accused the Centre of violating the federal spirit through political and economic means, and there have been cases when the Centre alleged that the State regimes did not adhere to it.
बिम्सटेक - एक सुरक्षा ढांचे की तरफ
प्रधानमंत्री नरेन्द्र मोदी के दूसरी बार जनादेश पाने के भारत के घरेलू और विदेश नीति दोनों के लिए अनेक गहरे निहितार्थ हैं। नई दिल्ली में, प्रधानमंत्री के शपथग्रहण समारोह में बे ऑफ बंगाल इनिश्एिटिव फॉर मल्टी-सेक्टोरियल टेक्निकल एंड इकोनॉमिक कोऑपरेशन (बीआइएमएसटीईसी/बिम्सटेक) नेताओं की उपस्थिति इस क्षेत्र में भारत की प्रतिबद्धता और इसकी अब तक अनप्रयुक्त क्षमता दोनों को परिलक्षित करती है। 2014 में प्रधानमंत्री मोदी के पहले कार्यकाल के लिए हुए शपथग्रहण समारोह में आसियान नेताओं की मौजूदगी ने भारत की खुली एक्ट ईस्ट पॉलिसी और दक्षिण-पूर्व एशियाई अर्थव्यवस्था के साथ पिछले दशक में उसकी मजबूती से बढ़ती संल
Challenges for the New President of European Commission
Sixty year-old, Ursula von der Leyen, the German defense minister, has been nominated by the national governments of the European Union (EU) to be president of the European Commission (EC). If the nomination is approved by EU Parliament, Leyen will become the first woman president of the EU Commission in its existence of more than 60 years. Leyen has had a chequered track record as Germany`s defence minister, in which she has been in overall and effective control of her country`s defence policy and programmes.
Burhan Wani and the Rise in Militancy in South Kashmir
In the continuing trend of Kashmiri youth joining militancy, five youth from five villages under the jurisdiction of Srigufwara and Bijbehara police stations in Anantnag district went missing in the last week of June. They showed up on social media soon after, holding AK-47 rifles. The trend is not new. It continues unabated since 2015 when a 15-year-old Burhan Wani dropped out of Class X and joined the Hizbul Mujahideen. He posted his unmasked pictures on social media that showed him carrying an AK-47.
Fortnightly Notes from the South Asian Sub-Continent
Bangladesh: No justice in extrajudicial killing After a murder accused was killed in an encounter with the police earlier this month, Bangladesh’s apex court made clear that it did not approve of such ‘extrajudicial’ killings. The judges said, “We do not like extrajudicial killings. Maybe the law enforcement at times has no alternative but to carry this out in order to save themselves. But the law enforcement including the police must be more careful in this regard. The rights given by the law must be ensured.”
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July 19, 2019
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