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Contextualising the US-Iran Tensions
The recent stand-off between Iran and the United States (US) is rooted in US President Donald Trump’s announcement to withdraw from Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on 8 May 2018, arguing that Iran was violating the spirit of the deal by working against the US interests in the region and supporting terrorism and exporting violence. The US assessment is that maximum pressure and re-imposition of sanctions would force Iran to agree with the US demands. Iran, on the other hand, intends to demonstrate its capability that it would not cow down to the US pressure.
अमेरिकी प्रतिबंध, ईरान की प्रतिक्रिया और तेल की बिगड़ती स्थिति
राष्ट्रपति हसन रूहानी ने 8 जुलाई को राष्ट्रीय टेलीविजन पर अपने भाषण में ऐलान किया कि ईरान परमाणु समझौते या संयुक्त व्यापक कार्य योजना (जेसीपीओए) के तहत किए गए वायदों को कुछ समय तक पूरा नहीं करेगा। इसका मतलब समझौते से पीछे हटना नहीं है। रूहानी ने कहा, “यह काम समझौते को बरकरार रखने के लिए किया जा रहा है, उसे खत्म करने के लिए नहीं।” ईरान का यह कदम जेसीपीओए से अमेरिका के बाहर होने के ऐलान के एक वर्ष बाद आया है। अमेरिकी राष्ट्रपति डॉनल्ड ट्रंप ने वह ऐलान ईरान द्वारा सभी वायदे पूरे किए जाने और अंतरराष्ट्रीय परमाणु ऊर्जा एजेंसी (आईएईए) द्वारा उन्हें प्रमाणित किए जाने के बावजूद किया था। हाल ही में अमे
Minorities
The Modi government has created a flutter by its recent outreach to the minority community. It has announced scholarships to five crore students over the next five years, with a substantial number of them being girls; extended help to madrassas to equip them to teach modern subjects such as English, science and computers; and offer bridge courses to madrassa students to enable them gain higher education. Most non-partisan observers have welcomed the government’s affirmative decision and hoped that the scheme would be effectively implemented.
Al Qaida Affiliate AGuH Leader Zakir Musa Killed in J&K - What Lies Ahead?
On 23 May 2019, while all the prime time news channels in India were intensely pre-occupied with news and analysis of the Parliamentary Election 2019, a few of them found time and space to flash a piece of a very significant security related news from the Kashmir Valley- the killing of Zakir Musa aka Zakir Rashid Bhat, chief of Al-Qaida’s Kashmir unit Ansar Ghazwat ul-Hind (AGuH), in the course of a joint counter-terror Cordon-and-Search Operation (CASO) carried out by Indian Army’s 42 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) Battalion, Special Operation Group (SOG) of the J&K Police and personnel belongi
Tiananmen Square Incident @ 30
The year 2019 is very special in the calendar of China as it marks some of the most important anniversaries. But the one anniversary which Beijing refuses to acknowledge is the thirty years since the Tiananmen Square Incident. On June 3 and 4, 1989 hundreds of students, workers and journalists had protested against the increasing corruption and made calls for a more democratic China.
Has ‘Sab ka Saath ..’ Ended the Political Trick of ‘Divide and Rule’?
“An election is coming. Universal peace is declared and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry”, - T S Eliot Politics in ‘New India’
प्रधानमंत्री मोदी के दूसरे कार्यकाल में भारत की पाकिस्तान नीति कैसी हो
विलियम शेक्सपियर ने कहा था, “अनईजी लाइज द हेड दैट वियर्स द क्राउन” यानी राजमुकुट कांटों से भरा होता है। नरेंद्र मोदी ने जश्न के बीच एक बार फिर पांच वर्ष के लिए पद संभालने की शपथ ली। चूंकि वह पूर्ण बहुमत के साथ सत्ता में लौटे हैं और यह उपलब्धि 48 वर्ष में कोई नहीं दोहरा पाया था, इसलिए देश और दुनिया को उनके निर्णायक नेतृत्व से काफी उम्मीदें हैं। पहले 100 दिन अहम होंगे, जब उनकी नीतियों की लकीरें मोटे तौर पर खींची जाएंगी। भारत की पाकिस्तान नीति ऐसी ही लकीर होगी, जिसे बहुत सावधानी के साथ खींचना होगा।
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