Commentaries & Articles
Iraq Protests and the Problem of Ethno-Sectarian Balancing
Iraq has been witnessing widespread protests that began in Baghdad on 1 October 2019 and spread throughout the state to express frustration about the deteriorating economic situation, corruption, unemployment, poverty, poor quality of services etc. The demand for reform quickly escalated to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi regime and a complete overhaul of the political structure. The protests that cut across ethnic and sectarian lines were spontaneous in nature and not coordinated by any political group.
The New EU Guidelines on 5G: Some Lessons for India
In September 2019, the European Union (EU) came up with a set of guidelines1 for the introduction of 5G communication technologies in the member countries. The guidelines are considered essential for security of 5G networks. Cyber security is key for ensuring the “strategic autonomy” of the Union, say the newly launched 5G guidelines.
The day paradise was lost
It is vital to sensitise people, especially the Kashmiri youth, who may not be aware of the history of the event and of the brutality their forefathers were subjected to at the hands of Pakistan. Silence is no longer an option.
Modi-Xi and the Chennai Connect: From Home Town Diplomacy to Civilizational Diplomacy
Chinese President Xi Jinping visited India on the invitation of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the second informal summit. The previous one was held at the Wuhan in 2018. It was the 19th meeting between the two leaders at various multilateral and bilateral including the informal summits. He was accompanied by 90 member delegation and drove in Hongqi from Chennai to Mahabalipuram. Both leaders visited the iconic monuments of the Arjuna’s Penance, Pancha Rathas and the Shore Temple. This was followed by a cultural programme at the complex of the temple.
Sectarian Divide in Islam and Fall Out in Pakistan
Sectarian dissonance in Islam can be traced back to the death of Prophet Mohammad in 632 AD. The anointment of the successor to Prophet did set the stage for an eternal conflict which witnessed its violent calcification in 680 AD with the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Husain, the Prophet Mohammed’s grandson at Karbala1. The spasms of inter-sect violence are neither new nor spatially isolated to the Middle East. However, the only locus of sectarian conflict being depicted presently is the turmoil in Yemen.
Can the Integrated Battle Groups Reinforce India’s Conventional Deterrence?
In a significant decision last month, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has officially cleared the proposal for launching the first Integrated Battle Group (IBG) under the Indian Army’s 9 Corps, which will be deployed along India’s Western Border.1 The 9 Corps has been test-bedding the concept of IBG ever since it was officially enunciated in Indian Army’s new military doctrine announced in December last year.
Sheikh Hasina Visit to India: Fostering Development, Connectivity and Security
India and Bangladesh are emerging economies with a combined GDP of 3000 US billion dollars (2018).1 These two big economies have forged a very strong relationship in recent years and the ties between both the countries have been on an upswing in the last decade. India and Bangladesh are one of the closest neighbours in the South Asia region and there has been regular high-level visit between both the countries. Prime Ministers of both the countries met each other on the sidelines of 74th United Nation General Assembly (UNGA) in September.
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