Commentaries & Articles
The Palestinian Dilemma
After a prolonged disjunct and competition between Hamas ruling Gaza and Al Fatah (PLO) ruling out of Ramallah the two had agreed to bury their differences so that the next elections could be held in May 2021. Last elections were held in 2006when the deep seated political and principled differences and the international politics undermined any chances of a unity government or even a broad workable mechanism. A division among the major Palestinian factions obviously defeats any chances of resolution of the festering plight of the Palestinians.
COVID-19 Pandemic and Indian Armed Forces
The traditional Tamil treatise, Thirukkural, written over 2,000 years ago had defined a nations’ characteristics, "Pini inmai Selvam Vilaivinbam Emam, aniyenba Nattirkiv vainthu," implying that, "the important elements that constitute a nation are: being disease free; wealth; high productivity; harmonious living and strong defence." The nation is facing the gravest of national security crisis, the pandemic, with the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic from March 2021 causing unprecedented devastation in India.
Covid: Missing facts, misdirected discourse
"One-fifth of Indian districts have not reported any Covid-19 cases for the last seven days. We seem to have flattened the Covid curve,” declared Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan two months back, on February 15. By then the daily infections that had peaked to 90,000 cases last year, were down to less than 9,000. But things changed dramatically into an unprecedented disaster in April (see table). The grim situation called for a huge national resolve to deal with the crisis.
Tehreek-e-Labbaik (TLP) Protests in Pakistan
Tehreek-e-Labbaik (TLP) a politico-religious party is resorting to unprecedented rampage across the country. The protests escalated to unmanageable levels post the imposition of a ban on the party and arrest of its Emir (leader), Saad Hussain Rizvi. The latest unrest in Pakistan led by TLP has brought to limelight existing contradictions in Pakistan. Join Mr Tilak Devasher and Aakriti Vinayak as they discuss the current internal political and security crisis in Pakistan.
Myanmar’s Return to Tragic Past, Set for a Long Haul
At a time when Myanmar was leapfrogging to give a sound footing to its nascent experiment of democracy after decades of military rule, the military takeover on 1 February put the clock back to where it was with debilitating consequences. The junta remains unmoved to the global outcry and killing of the civilian protestors. After the military takeover, the National League for Democracy (NLD) leader Aung San Suu Kyi was detained on spurious charges together with other democratically elected leaders.
तिब्बत बड़े बदलावों की ओर अग्रसर
पीपुल्स डेली ने 25 मार्च 2021 को चे डलहा के 3975 शब्दों का एक विशालकाय लेख प्रकाशित किया था। चे तिब्बत स्वायत्तशासी क्षेत्र (TAR/टार) के अध्यक्ष हैं। अपने इस महत्वपूर्ण आलेख, जिसमें चे ने चीनी राष्ट्रपति शी जिनपिंग का 9 बार उल्लेख किया है, वह निश्चित रूप से तिब्बत में हो रही गतिविधियों पर केंद्रित है, लेकिन यह स्पष्ट है कि तिब्बत एक कठिन दौर की तरफ बढ़ रहा है।
Action Plan for Handling the Covid-19 Threat-Second and Subsequent Waves
Vivekananda International Foundation conducted a webinar on 01 May 2021 on the challenges arising from the second phase of the Covid-19 pandemic. Leading specialists from various fields participated in the webinar and included Members of the National Defence Management Authority (NDMA), senior medical personalities, healthcare professionals, representatives of CII and experts from the field of logistics management. The recommendations for the optimum management of the current crisis, based upon the intensive discussions at the webinar, are given below.
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