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Pakistan: Another Judicial Crisis in the Making?
In 2007 President Musharraf had tried to brow beat the then Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Iftikhar Chaudhry to desist from hearing cases of ‘enforced disappearances’ in Balochistan. This had led to a nation-wide movement of lawyers and ultimately to the ouster of the dictator.
जल-शक्ति नाम से सर्वथा नये मंत्रालय गठन प्रधानमंत्री नरेन्द्र मोदी के नेतृत्व में दूसरी बार गठित सरकार के सर्वाधिक महत्त्वपूर्ण कामों में से एक है। दरअसल, यह पहल भारतीय जनता पार्टी (भाजपा) के चुनावी वादे ‘संकल्प पत्र’ के मुताबिक की गई है। इसमें पानी से संबंधित समस्याओं का समग्रता में और एकीकृत तरीके से निदान की घोषणा की गई थी। नये मंत्रालय को इस सबसे अहम प्राकृतिक संसाधन जल से संबंधित सभी गतिविधियों; पेयजल से लेकर सिंचाई के लिए मैदान, पहाड़ों और जंगलों तक में फैले जल निकायों में पानी का पर्याप्त स्तर बनाये रखने के लिए तालमेल से काम करने का जनादेश मिला हुआ है। अब इसके पूरे एकीकरण में तो समय लगे
Notes from the Sub-Continent
Bangladesh: Optimistic but Unrealistic Budget? On June 13, Bangladesh’s Awami League-government presented the country’s biggest-ever national budget, amounting to Tk 5,23,190 crore. However, most analysts and commentators seemed to agree that while the budget may have been well-intentioned, it was not realistic.
The Universalism of Yoga
When 21 June was first declared as International Day of Yoga (IDY), it was accepted warmly by most countries of the world. However, in India, a small section of the intelligentsia was opposed to the idea. Their understanding was that this was an attempt to ‘Hinduise’ India. Of course, the IDY has met with great acceptance among the common citizens of India.
What Explains the Appointment of Pakistan’s New ISI Chief?
In a recent reshuffle of the Army top brass, Lt. Gen Asim Munir was replaced by Lt. Gen Faiz Hameed as the new chief the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). The change comes barely eight months after Munir was appointed as the spy chief. The fact that the new spymaster Gen Faiz is more familiar to the domestic political circles makes the speculation rife on his upcoming aggressive role in “managing” the opposition and civil rights groups (with special emphasis on the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement) giving hard time to the ruling government and the military establishment.
Modi Government 2.0: Sure Footed Firmness vis-a-vis Pakistan
India, following the re-election of the Modi Government, is to be commended for its sure footed firmness in its dealings with Pakistan. Pakistan's repeated feelers for a resumption of talks have been rebuffed on the eminently legitimate ground that terror and talks cannot go together. In keeping with this principled approach, the Government refrained from inviting Pakistan for Modi's swearing-in ceremony, and by extending invitations to the BIMSTEC countries instead of the SAARC countries as done in 2014.
A Perilous Quadrangle: Iran, United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia
The world is witnessing with increasing alarm the escalating tension in West Asia. We do not know whether there will be a war. But we have reasons to fear that hostilities might break out if there is no de-escalation. We do not see, as yet, any signs of a serious and credible attempt to de-escalate on the part of the contestants or others. Why are we where we are?
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