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Afghanistan at an Inflection Point
With stalled peace talks in Doha and raging violence in the country, Afghanistan is yet again at an inflection point. The critical question is: whether the Afghans and the international community will be able to find a sustainable and peaceful solution to the conflict that has been raging for over 40 years? Or would the streets of Kabul once again experience the same bloodshed that has already consumed an entire generation? A missed opportunity for peace would push the country towards another generational conflict.
पाकिस्तान से आतंकवाद का खुलासा
पाकिस्तान के विज्ञान एवं प्रौद्योगिकी मंत्री फवाद चौधरी ने 29 अक्टूबर को नेशनल असेंबली में शेखी बघारते हुए कहा कि फरवरी 2019 में जम्मू-कश्मीर के पुलवामा में हमले को इमरान खान सरकार ने अंजाम दिया था। गौरतलब है कि पुलवामा में अर्धसैनिक बलों के काफिले पर हुए आतंकवादी हमले में 40 जवान शहीद हो गए थे। फवाद ने कहा,“पुलवामा में जो हमारी कामयाबी है, वह इमरान खान की कयादत में कौम की कामयाबी है। उसके हिस्सेदार आप भी सब हैं, उसके हिस्सेदार हम भी सब हैं।”1
Love Jihad: Loving for religion
Jihad means any effort to promote Islam. Can love (marriage) be integral to promoting Islam? Neutral and Islamic sources say ‘yes, it can be and is’
मालाबार नौसैन्य अभ्यास में ऑस्ट्रेलिया का शामिल होना, चतुष्टय को और मजबूत करेगा
मालाबार में सालाना होने वाले नौ सैन्य अभ्यास में 13 साल के अंतराल के बाद ऑस्ट्रेलिया को शामिल होने का न्योता देने का भारत का निर्णय एक अर्थवान रणनीतिक उपक्रम है, जिसका इस क्षेत्र की रणनीतिक लैंडस्केप पर गहरा प्रभाव पड़ेगा। इसका यह मतलब है कि चतुष्टय (क्वाड) में शामिल जापान, अमेरिका, भारत और ऑस्ट्रेलिया इस क्षेत्र के सुरक्षा मामलों में एक पेज पर रहेंगे। इस समूह के सदस्य देशों के जो आलोचक चतुष्टय को कोरी गप्पबाजी का अड्डा मानते रहे थे, वह धारणा अब समाप्त हो जाएगी।
Elections in Myanmar: The Return of NLD
The National League for Democracy (NLD) led by State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi has received the largest mandate in the national parliamentary elections in Myanmar’s latest election held on 8 November 2020, winning 396 of the 498 contested seats in the bicameral parliament. This win was larger than the 2015 election with NLD garnering 258 (out of 330) in the Pyithu Hluttaw (lower house) from its previous 255 seats, and 138 seats (out of 168) in the Amyotha Hluttaw (upper house) from its previous 135.1
RCEP Puts New Life in APEC
The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), has rolled back to life with the 2020 virtual Summit chaired by Malaysia on 17 November. There was no Summit last year as the host, Chile, suffered from internal political problems making it impossible to host the Summit. In 2018 the Summit was held in Papua New Guinea but due to discord among the members no final communiqué was issued. This year, Covid-19 facilitated a virtual Summit and set an ambitious agenda for itself.1
Pakistan: the Dossier Charade
On 14 November 2020, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar in a joint press conference unveiled a dossier allegedly containing ‘irrefutable evidence’ of India's sponsorship of terrorism in the country.1 The underlying message was that India had become a rogue state and was indulging in state terrorism. India had four supposed objectives: putting obstacles in Pakistan's progress towards peace, economic instability, creating chaos and political instability in the country.
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