Commentaries & Articles
Floods in China: Yet another critical test for Xi Jinping
Floods in China are an annual phenomenon. This year’s flood comes at the time when China is already battling the COVID-19 which has hit 27 out of 31 provinces of China. Since June, torrential rain in China has broken all records. It is the most devastating flood after 1998. The water level of 433 rivers in China has risen over the danger mark, mainly in the basins of the Yangtze and Taihu lake. China had to blast a Dam on the Chuhe River in Anhui Province to release the surging water behind it.
West Asia Round Up: July 2020
China-Iran deal announced earlier this month continued to reverberate through the continent and elsewhere that has been dictated by the enhanced US-China and US-Iran rivalry. The proposed 25 years Agreement , which has been in the offing since 2016 visit of Xi Jinping to Tehran, Riyadh and Cairo) that encompasses trade, energy supplies, infrastructure, telecommunications and wide ranging defence cooperation involving nearly $400 bn in investments through the BRI corridor.
Modi Heralds a New Narrative for India
Prime Minster Modi’s seminal speech on the occasion of Ram Mandir Bhumi Poojan at Ayodhya on 5 August 2020 had several messages which need to be understood and analysed. The start of the construction of the Ram temple is a watershed moment in independent India’s history. It will set the tone for future political and social developments in the country. Bhoomi Poojan brings to closure a movement for the construction of the Ram mandir temple, which had claimed several lives.
परमाणु हथियार की ईरान की चाहत पर लगा ग्रहण
ईरान के नतंज़ परमाणु केंद्र पर पिछले 2 जुलाई को हुए विस्फोट से ऐसा लगता है कि उसके महत्त्वपूर्ण सेंट्रिफ़्यूजों को भारी नुक़सान पहुँचा है जिसकी वजह से उसके परमाणु कार्यक्रम में दो वर्ष की देरी हो सकती है। इससे पहले, ईरान के परचिन सैनिक अड्डे पर मिसाइल सुविधा केंद्र पर विस्फोट हुआ था। इस विस्फोट के लिए किसी ने ज़िम्मेदारी नहीं ली है और ईरान ने भी आधिकारिक रूप से अभी तक किसी को इसके लिए ज़िम्मेदार नहीं ठहराया है। हालाँकि, ये विस्फोट ऐसे समय में हुए हैं कि षड्यंत्र देखने के आदी हो चुके लोग इसमें अमरीका-इस्राइल की भूमिका बताते हुए उनकी ओर उँगलियाँ उठाएँगे जिनकी गुप्तचर एजेंसियाँ ईरान के परमाणु क्ष
Now the Blasts in Beirut
On 04 August twin blasts rocked the Beirut skyline shattering the buildings and property around. The sound of the blasts was heard in Cyprus some 200 Kms away. According to the Lebanese authorities 78 people were killed and over 4000 injured and the counts may unfortunately rise as the rubble is cleaned. Lebanese government is already embattled by Covid-19 surge and continued economic down turn as well as public discontent and demonstrations for months together. This disaster added to the plight.
Indonesia and the Growing Influence of Islam
Indonesia is the world’s largest Muslim country but is not an Islamic State. It is governed by its doctrine of Pancasila enshrined in the Constitution1. Besides its belief in One God, the Constitution also recognises six religions in Indonesia viz. Islam, Protestantism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism. Their official status is recognised through the Ministry of Religious Affairs. Indonesia is known to be a peaceful state where religious issues are concerned. However, in recent years Islamic activities have occurred which challenge this image of Indonesia.
EU Budget and Special Economic Package to Fight COVID-19
The EU adopted a Euro 1.074 trillion dollar budget for a seven-year budget cycle from 1921-27 last month. This was combined with a Euro 750 billion package to assist the Member States to recover from the impact of COVID-19 on their economies.1 While the former is part of the regular budget exercise, the latter is a one-off facility. The budget comes from the contributions of the Member States. The special funding programme also called ‘Next Generation EU’ (NGEU) will be financed by the European Commission’s borrowing from the market. This is first of its kind.
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