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Radical Islam in the Maldives: Hotbed for al-Qa’ida and Islamic State
In his address at the Indian Ocean Conference (IOC) in Male city, the Republic of Maldives (hereafter Maldives) on 04 September 20191, former Maldivian President—Mohamed Nasheed highlighted concerns over the emerging threat posed by radical Islamist group in the Maldives. He called it the biggest challenge faced by nations spanning over the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).
अस्थायी अनुच्छेद 370 और ज़बरन लाए गए अनुच्छेद 35ए का ख़ात्मा
जो लोग अटकलें लगा रहे थे कि मोदी सरकार अनुच्छेद 370 और अनुच्छेद 35A पर मुश्किल भरा फैसला कर पाएगी या नहीं, उन्हें 5 अगस्त को जवाब मिल गया। सरकार ने न केवल दोनों प्रावधानों, जिनमें पहला अस्थायी था और दूसरा पिछले रास्ते से चुपचाप आया था, को खत्म किया बल्कि उसने दो कदम और आगे बढ़ा दिए। उसने जम्मू-कश्मीर के दो टुकड़े कर दिए और दो अलग केंद्रशासित प्रदेश बना दिए। इस तरह जम्मू-कश्मीर अब विधानसभा वाला केंद्रशासित प्रदेश होगा और लद्दाख बिना विधानसभा का कंेद्रशासित प्रदेश होगा। चूंकि दोनों प्रावधान केवल जम्मू-कश्मीर से जुड़े थे, इसलिए राज्य की दो बड़ी क्षेत्रीय पार्टियों नेशनल कॉन्फ्रेंस और पीपुल्स डेमोक्रे
West Asia Round Up: September, 2019
The Middle East continued to worry the world especially in the wake of drone attacks on the two Saudi oil facilities that reduced the Saudi oil output by almost half. It displayed the vulnerability of crucial Saudi assets and the vital installations, as well as the limitations of the American shield and the latest arms and equipment in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).
The Chennai Connect in Sino Indian Relations: Assessing the Second India-China informal Summit at Mamallapuram, 11-12 October 2019
The optics of the second Sino-Indian informal summit held at the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) World Heritage site Mamallapuram in Tamil Nadu was great. Chinese President Xi was given a warm welcome by Prime Minister Modi and taken on a tour of the stunning rock cut 7th century shore temples of Mamallapuram, depicting the scenes from the Mahabharat. Modi also presented President Xi a Kanjeevaram silk cloth bearing Xi’s portrait. President Xi said that he was ‘overwhelmed’ by the warmth and hospitality of the host.
Will DaMo help NaMo and Xi at Mahabalipuram?
It is strategic civilisational diplomacy at its symbolic best. Narendra Modi found that his second informal summit with Xi Jinping at Mahabalipuram in 2019 had been fixed 1,500 years ago by a prince of the Pallava dynasty, which ruled Mahabalipuram from Kanchipuram. The Pallava prince from Kanchipuram renounced the throne, became a Buddhist monk, known as Bodhi Dharma in India and DaMo in China, almost like how prince Siddhartha became Buddha. His guru asked him to go to Zhen Dan- today’s China.
Chinese Investments in Nepal in the Context of BRI
All countries, big or small, promote investment as it plays a crucial role in capital formation and in increasing production, generating employment opportunities and boosting exports. Foreign investment is required when the domestic investment proves inadequate in meeting the requirements. In Nepal, a number of policies have been formulated to attract foreign investment.
Indic Statecraft and Indo-Pacific
India’s cartographic delimitation of Indo-Pacific broadly encompasses sea space from the western Pacific Ocean through Southeast Asia to the western Indian Ocean along the east coast of Africa. In this sea space it pursues an ‘eclectic blend’ of ‘constructivism’ and ‘realism’1 and showcases how a civilisational power with a long history of socio-cultural engagement and trade, premises its contemporary diplomacy and economic engagements.
VIF News Digest
Defense, National Security and Terrorism, VIF Alerts
September 26, 2019
VIF News Digest: National Security- Defence Studies And Terrorism (1-15 September, 2019)

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International Development
October 5, 2019
VIF News Digest: International Developments (US, Russia, EU and Africa), 18 September - 3 October 2019

United States Democrats’ plans to tax wealth would reshape U.S. economy: The New York Times, 2 October 2019 Washington —...

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Neighbourhood News
October 15, 2019
VIF Neighborhood News Digest: October 15, 2019

PAKISTAN PM Imran issues orders to control inflation, summons all chief ministers for consultation: Dawn October 15, 2019...

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