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Academic Freedom: Some Unpleasant Considerations
Among the left-liberal intellectuals, this has been a frequently used term in India for quite some time. The people, who use it, find it generally convenient not to explain its connotation. This way they enjoy the advantage of suggesting that a dreadful attempt is being made to choke the voice of the intellectual class but do not feel the necessity to examine if the case is really of the suppression of academic freedom or merely a gambit to harass or bring bad name to, the ruling power, especially if that power is not showering it with favours.
पुस्तक समीक्षा: “फॉर्गाटन कश्मीर: दि अदर साइड ऑफ दि लाइन ऑफ कंट्रोल” लेखक : दिनकर पी. श्रीवास्तव। प्रकाशक : हर्पर कोलिन्स। प्रकाशन वर्ष : फरवरी 2021। पृष्ठ : 304। मूल्य : 699
“फॉर्गाटन कश्मीर” किताब हालांकि पाकिस्तान के कश्मीर में किये गये आक्रमण को स्पर्श करती है और कश्मीर के लोगों के संदर्भ में आत्मनिर्णय के अधिकार के मसले को मुख्य रूप से पाकिस्तान के कब्जे वाले कश्मीर (पीओके) पर फोकस करती है, जिसमें तथाकथित आजाद कश्मीर और गिलगिट-बाल्टिस्तान दोनों को ही समाहित कर लिया गया है। पाकिस्तान द्वारा अवैध तरीके से कब्जाये गये इस क्षेत्र को अनेक किताबों में केवल सतही तौर पर छुआ गया है और सामान्यत: उस तथ्य पर ध्यान ही नहीं दिया है। इसलिए यह किताब इस महत्वपूर्ण अंतराल को पाटने का सार्थक काम करती है। इसका महत्व इससे भी अधिक है क्योंकि यह किताब जिस तरीके से तथाकथित आजाद कश्म
Climate Change Summit: India Should Invest in Climate Action but Resist Western Pressure
Coinciding with Earth Day, President Biden will be hosting a summit of world leaders to discuss climate change on 22-23nd April 2021. The purpose of the summit is to persuade the leaders to undertake ambitious goals to cut the greenhouse emissions and keep the global temperature rise to within 1.5°C above the pre-industrial levels. Prime Minister Modi is expected to participate in the summit.
China-Pakistan Strategic Nexus: Implications for India
The growing China-Pakistan nexus raises the threat to India. Their strategic and territorial interests have been cemented by the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). With the flow of Chinese military power into Pakistan, China veritably straddles India, with its armed forces present on our northern, eastern and western borders. This not only raises the real spectre of a ‘two-front’ war, but positions China to play a role in Kashmir and the region. Both countries must therefore be viewed as potential threats.
लीबिया का पुनरावर्तन
एक अंतरराष्ट्रीय मान्यता प्राप्त फायेज अल सराज की सरकार (जीएनए) का हस्तांतरण हो गया। प्रधानमंत्री अब्द अलहामिद दबीबा (दबीबेह) तथा मोहम्मद मेनफी की अध्यक्षता वाली तीन सदस्यीय प्रेसिडेंसी कॉउंसिल के नेतृत्व वाली एक स्थानीय एवं अंतरराष्ट्रीय मान्यता प्राप्त अंतरिम गवर्नमेंट ऑफ नेशनल यूनिटि (जीएनयू) ने मार्च के दूसरे हफ्ते में तोब्रुक में शांतिपूर्ण और सहज तरीके से सत्ता संभाल ली। दरअसल, यह अत्यंत ही शीर्ष स्तर का घटनाक्रम है।
Russia-Pakistan Relationship is a Red Herring
Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov’s visit to India on 5-6 April 2021 was devoted to the preparation for President Putin’s visit to India later this year for the regular summit with Prime Minister Modi. Undoubtedly, India Russia relations are deep but they are subject to the tides in international relations. The military-technical cooperation is deepening. Bilateral relations will get a further boost with the establishment of Sputnik vaccine manufacturing facilities in India which will manufacture 750 million doses of Russian vaccine.
Jordan’s Royal Challenge
Palace Intrigues are an integral part of the Royalty and history is replete with it. One hundered years old Hashemite Kingdom is no exception. Discontentment, embedded ambitions, unsolicited external interests, and interference add to the spice especially when due to extraneous conditions a country’s economy and employment situation as well as its security place a question mark on the governance structures. Normally in monarchies King can do no wrong. But in the modern-day Middle East public has at least heard of, if not tasted the fruits of the Arab Spring.
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