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Yoshihide Suga’s Tryst with India
When Prime Minster Abe Shinzo laid down his office in August 2020 rather suddenly it sent shock waves of anxiety among most Japan watchers, policy planners and the political elite in India. Everyone wondered as to what could be the future of this burgeoning India-Japan relationship and what legacy Abe was leaving behind? Indeed, it is not always realized that Abe has left the most valuable legacy in the persona of Yoshihide Suga as his successor. Apart from their political orientation, policy perspectives, etc., Abe and Suga shared a rare phenomenon in Japanese political history.
चतुष्टय (क्वाड) को लेकर ट्रंप से लेकर बाइडेन तक बदलता अमेरिकी परिप्रेक्ष्य
“जो समुद्र पर प्रभुत्व रखता है, वह कारोबार पर दखल रखता है; जिसका दुनिया के व्यवसाय पर नियंत्रण रहता है, समूचे विश्व की सम्पदाएं उसके अधीन रहती हैं और तदनंतर, वह पूरी दुनिया पर राज करता है।” -सर वाल्टर रैले, 17वीं शताब्दी
Eastern Ladakh: NTR - ‘Trust but Verify’ Information!
Apparently, and correctly, there is a reportage fatigue on Eastern Ladakh, because of the intensification and severity of pandemic and as post 11th Round of Talks at Moldo, in military coinage, there is NTR (nothing to report). Sporadic articles quoting ‘sources’ or analyses often tend to enliven the debate and bring the issue to fore.
Explained: Suga-Biden Summit - Strengthening Alliance
Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga was the first foreign leader to travel to the US on 16 April in this time of pandemic to meet the US President Joe Biden. This was also Suga’s first visit to the US as Prime Minister though he had earlier visited two Southeast Asian countries demonstrating Japan’s concern and commitment to be in sync with the friendly countries on issues of regional security and commitment to engage in the Indo-Pacific region.
To Friends in the United States: Ease Global Vaccine Manufacturing
The current public health crisis in India is devastating. On April 22, 2021, India recorded 332,921 COVID-19 cases and over 2,000 fatalities. It is unlikely that the second wave of the pandemic will level out anytime soon. The desperate need for oxygen, medical supplies, and hospital beds has overwhelmed public and private health facilities. Clearly, the state machinery will need to be mobilized in this war against the fast-spreading disease that appears to mutate in different ways and forms at a shattering speed.
Strengthening India through Women-centric Policy Interventions
One day, Sage Durvasa offered Indra a garland of flowers. Indra annoyed by the bees surrounding the garland threw it to the floor which enraged Goddess Lakshmi. The Goddess of wealth upset with Indra left the Devaloka and the gods started losing power to asura (demons) as they no longer had her presence and blessings in the form of fortune. Indra approached Lord Vishnu in desperation to ask for ways to regain blessings of Lakshmi and defeat the asuras. Lord Vishnu suggested the churning of the ocean in order to extract the elixir of life.
भारत-बांग्लादेश मिताली (मैत्री) यात्रा
मिताली एक्सप्रेस ढाका (बांग्लादेश) और जलपाईगुड़ी (भारत, पश्चिम बंगाल) के बीच चलेगी। इसका विधिवत शुभारंभ प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी और बांग्लादेश की प्रधानमंत्री शेख हसीना 27 मार्च की सुबह करेंगे। प्रधानमंत्री 26-27 मार्च 2021 को दो दिवसीय दौरे पर ढाका में मौजूद रहेंगे। यह दौरा न केवल इस वजह से विशिष्ट है कि प्रधानमंत्री मोदी कोविड-19 के पूरे विश्व में प्रकोप होने के बाद पहली बार किसी विदेश दौरे पर जा रहे हैं, बल्कि यह तिथि इस लिहाज से अधिक खास है कि आज से 50 साल पहले इसी तारीख को बांग्लादेश आजाद हुआ था, जो 1971 के पहले पाकिस्तान का पूर्वी हिस्सा हुआ करता था। यह दौरा न केवल बांग्लादेश मुक्ति स
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