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The Diplomacy of Awards
Arguably, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Damoderdas Modi is the most decorated Head of Government by several foreign governments, and that too in a short period of less than five years. The most recent one was announced only last week by President Putin of the Russian Federation when PM Modi was awarded the highest civilian honour of ‘Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle’ for the distinguished achievement in the development of special and privileged partnership between the two countries.
The Inevitable Security Dilemma of the Space
The space age began with the launch of Sputnik in 1957 by the erstwhile USSR and transpired to be an eminent infrastructure to back the nuclear and conventional military capabilities of the two super powers in the cold war era, as it assuaged the mistrust between the opposing parties by supporting their intelligence. It was confined to be a super power feat at its genesis, although is now shared by the technologically competent and matured nations as the very basic “infrastructure of infrastructure” to support their subsistence1.
On The Eve of the Doha Round - Afghan Women Claim Their Space in the Peace Talks
This is an exceptionally confusing and exciting time in Afghanistan, and (we hope) a turning point in the history of the country. The US and the Afghan government representatives, together with civil society representatives are due to sit across the table for talks with the Taliban in Doha on April 19. For the first time, there will be women representatives in the Afghan and Taliban delegations. Fifty-four prominent and strong women’s voices are listed in the delegation from the Government of Afghanistan. It could end in a ceasefire (we hope).
India-Maldives: Strengthening Partnership
With the Indo-Pacific region vying for greater international attention, the Indian Ocean has assumed a greater criticality for the regional powers. Inevitably, India and China competing for greater influence in the common waters has lent the region with greater complexities and greater possibilities for increasing their activities and mark their presence. In this backdrop the recent developments in the island nation of Maldives augurs well for India and a stable regional landscape.
Supreme Court on Rafael Papers
The political slugfest that erupted after the Supreme Court rejected the Centre’s objections on a bunch of Rafael papers published in the media and relied upon by petitioners demanding a probe into the deal, has unfortunately obliterated the larger and more significant issues related with the order. Opposition parties claimed vindication while the Union Government maintained that no aspersion had been cast on the government to government agreement for the purchase of the fighter aircraft. Let’s simplify the development for a better understanding.
Pakistan’s Nuclear Bluff
Current Perspective 14 February 2019 was a clear day for movement of vehicles on the Jammu-Srinagar highway. It was after a long spell of road closure that the highway was opened. Viewing the frequent road closures, there was a need to move troops back into the Valley from Jammu. Militant in a car loaded with explosives from the terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed attacked a bus forming a part of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy. The resultant explosion led to 40 personnel being martyred and some were critically wounded.
Future of Kazakhstan after Nazarbayev: An Assessment
In a historic announcement on 19 March 2019, President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev declared his resignation through a state television message. He stated that this decision was not easy, but he wanted to pave the way for the young generation of leaders into Kazakhstan’s politics. With this, he has become second Central Asian head of state conceding peaceful transition after Kyrgyz President Atamabayev.
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