Commentaries & Articles
The Death of a ‘Progressive’ and ‘Secular’ Ancient Indian Historian
The death of a retired professor of ancient Indian history of Delhi University and a card-carrying member of the Communist Party of India, D. N Jha, generated a lot interest in the media. The reason of this media attention, which is unusual in view of the concerned person being an ordinary academic, exemplifies very well the current status of ancient Indian historical studies and also what exactly is wrong with it.
Analysing Biden’s Interim National Security Strategic Guidance
The US has come out with an Interim National Security Strategic Guidance on 03 March 2021 that will not only form the basis for Biden administration’s National Security Strategy but also would find its reflection in the forthcoming US Budget and especially so in the allocations for the Defence Budget.
Crisis Deepens in Nepal Even After Restoration of Parliament
Even amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) was engaged more in internal power tussle rather than addressing the issues related to controlling the disease. In such a moment, President Bidya Devi Bhandari, at the recommendation of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, stunned the whole nation when she not only dissolved the House of Representatives (HoR), the Parliament on December 20, but also announced the date of mid-term polls for April 30 and May 10, 2021.
हालिया प्रदर्शनों में हाईब्रिड युद्ध का उपक्रम
21वीं सदी में, परम्परागत युद्धों का दौर बीत गया है। उसके नये-नये रूपों जैसे कम घनत्व वाले युद्धों,सूचना युद्धों और हाईब्रिड युद्ध उभर कर सामने आए हैं। हाईब्रिड युद्ध राजनीतिक, आर्थिक, सामाजिक, सूचना और संरचनागत परिदृश्य के पार राष्ट्रीय भेद्यताओं के विरुद्ध लक्षित सरकार की सत्ता को मंद करने या किसी चुनी गई सरकार को पलट देने के लक्ष्य के साथ एक इच्छुक पक्ष द्वारा की गई एक व्यवस्थित तथा गुप्त पहल है। इसकी कार्रवाई से पहले या बाद में लगाये जाने वाले किसी आरोप से बचने के लिए इसमें ऐहतियातन गोपनीयता और रहस्यमयता बरती जाती है। हाईब्रिड युद्ध पूरी तरह सक्रिय होने और लक्ष्य को नुकसान पहुंचाने के पहले
An Update on Political Situation in Myanmar
It’s been a month since the Myanmar military seized control and in today’s episode, we will talk about the latest updates on the political situation in Myanmar and international reactions. Democratically elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi faces additional charges despite mounting protests and demonstrations. On 03 March, Myanmar witnessed its most violent day of protest with nearly 40 killed as military quelled protests in several towns and cities. Internationally, there have been mixed reactions.
Mangal Within Reach: A Woman’s Perspective
In 1897, The War of the Worlds by HG Wells was published in instalments in the Pearson’s magazine in the UK and the Cosmopolitan in the US. It is a classic of the science fiction genre, about an unequal clash between us and invaders from Mars. But today, it isn’t the Martians who are landing on Earth but us Earthmen who are looking to establish colonies on Mars. Today interplanetary travel is no longer a figment of the imagination. Fact from fiction? And women are in no small measure contributing to these epic voyages to Mars.
Afghanistan: Status of Doha Agreement and the Way Forward
To mark one year of the Doha Agreement between the US and the Taliban, signed on 29 February 2020 in Doha, the Vivekananda International Foundation in collaboration with a prominent Kabul based think tank, Afghans Institute for Strategic Studies (AISS) organized a dialogue involving a set of well informed and knowledgeable Afghan and Indian interlocutors on 27 February 2021.
VIF News Digests
Global Developments And Analysis: Weekly Monitor
March 9, 2021
Global Developments and Analysis: Weekly Monitor, 01 March - 07 March 2021

Economic Chinese stocks enter correction territory The Chinese stock market dropped further on March 08, taking the decline...

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China Daily Digest
March 8, 2021
China: Daily Scan, March 08, 2021

Foreign trade rises 32.2% in first 2 months: China Daily March 8, 2021 China's foreign trade soared by 32.2 percent on a...

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Neighbourhood News
December 14, 2020
VIF Neighbourhood News Digest: December 14, 2020

PAKISTAN PM blames PDM for endangering lives as PTI exults at ‘flop show’: DAWN Soon after the Pakistan Democratic Movement...

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International Development
January 22, 2021
VIF News Digest: International Developments (US, Europe and Russia), 1-15 January 2021

I. United States Politics and Society US and Iran ratchet up military activity as concerns increase ahead of Soleimani...

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Defense, National Security and Terrorism, VIF Alerts
March 5, 2021
VIF News Digest: National Security - Defence Studies & Terrorism, 16-28 February 2021

DEFENCE Bangladesh Navy Ship Prottoy Visits Mumbai. Border Road Organisation(BRO) Budget 2021-22. Union Cabinet approves...

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Myanmar Round Up
March 9, 2021
Myanmar Round Up : February 2021

On 01 February 2021, Myanmar military seized control of the country and arrested Aung San Suu Kyi and other government...

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West Asia Round Up
March 8, 2021
West Asia Review: February 2021

ABSTRACT; West Asia remained in focus as President Biden’s Administration saddled up in its first month and showed...

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