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The Islamic Reception of Yoga
The history of the Muslim world’s engagement with Yoga spans at least about a millennium. The purpose of this essay is to briefly recount some high points in this history, which will help put in perspective the historical interactions between Islam and Hinduism, especially its branch called Yoga.
FDI in Defence: Some Thoughts
When our Finance Minister announced the raising of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) limit in the defence sector under the automatic route from 49% to 74%1 it was reported as a ‘big push’ for Make in India. It was simultaneously reported that it will encourage multinationals to set up manufacturing bases in India or acquire local companies but will hit hard the local companies who do not have any access to technology or government orders. Almost one month has passed and the only sound is of silence on this front. Even defence experts have not discussed this issue.
An Assessment of China’s 13th National People’s Congress – May 2020’
Summary The 3rd Plenum of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC) was held in Beijing from May 22 to 28, 2020, in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic with restrictions on expenditure and social interaction. The state-owned CCTV sought to refurbish the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s image that had been dented by months of criticism by the people. It said (May 21) CCP members had donated 8.36 billion RMB (US$ 1.18 billion) for the fight against the coronavirus in the past three months.
India gets Elected as a Non-permanent Member of the UNSC: A Busy Agenda Ahead
On 17 June, India wascomfortably elected to the non- permanent seat of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the period of two years starting January 2021, receiving the endorsement from 184 out of the 192 countries who voted. In its last bid for the UNSC seat in 2010, India has secured 187 votes. Each year the General Assembly elects five non – permanent members (out of 10 in total) for a two-year term.
गुटनिरपेक्षता के 65 वर्ष
अंतरराष्ट्रीय चर्चाओं में गुटनिरपेक्षता के विचार को अंतरराष्ट्रीय चर्चा में अक्सर बाबा आदम के जमाने का बताकर हंसी में उड़ा दिया जाता है और 21वीं सदी की पहचान वाली राजनीति में खास तौर पर ऐसा किया जाता है, जहां क्रूरता भरी ताकत इस्तेमाल की जाती है। बहुपक्षधरता और उसकी संस्थाओं को या तो नया बनाने की या नई दिशा देने अथवा नया जीवन देने की जरूरत है। साठ के फेर में पहुंच चुके उन बुजुर्गों की तरह इनकी जरूरत बहुत कम दिखती है, जिनका जिक्र समाज में किस्से-कहावतों में किया जाता है। बात करने के लिए यह विचार अच्छा है मगर कोई इसे आगे नहीं बढ़ाना चाहता। अंतरराष्ट्रीय चर्चा में पहला मकसद राष्ट्रहित ही रहता है और
Tensions Return to the Korean Peninsula
At a time when the world attention is focussed in battling the Covid-19, two communist nations – China and North Korea – are engaged in different terrains as if to deflect the focus from containing Covid-19. Both are unfortunate developments and would serve no one’s interests.
Modi’s Message: India Can and Will Defend its Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity
The brutal killing of 20 Indian soldiers by the Chinese troops at the Galwan river area on the Indian side of the India-China Line Of Control (LAC) in Ladakh on 15-16th June has led to national outrage in India. The brave Indian Army soldiers were involved in the verification of the “disengagement” exercise that the senior military commanders of the two sides had agreed upon earlier. The nation paid homage to the sacrifice of the Army heroes. The Chinese side, which suffered heavy casualties, has refused to acknowledge its losses and not reveal the figures.
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