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Concentration: An Important Component in Swami Vivekananda’s Idea of Education
Tomes have been written on Swami Vivekananda’s concept of education. Pages have been filled with his quotations related to education. But have any of them been worked out on the ground? There could be individual or local instances, but we do not yet know of any national-level effort. The release of the National Education Policy was one of the chief highlights of the year 2020 in India, and is an opportunity for Indians to resuscitate the debate on education. How can Swamiji’s ideas on education be better integrated into our education “system”?
An Authoritative Chinese Assessment of How China Views India
Far from any signs of an end to the military stand-off between India and China, or that tensions between the two will ease, China’s mood towards India is hardening. There are indications that China sees the current confrontation as the beginning of a period of sustained, protracted pressure on India. The military confrontation in the Himalayas is likely to escalate, with a high possibility of clashes occurring periodically commencing from Spring this year. These could include sharp, swift military actions.
शिंजो अबे का “वृहत्तर एशिया” और भारत जापान संबंध
जापान के उत्तर-युद्ध काल के राजनीतिक इतिहास में, उसका कोई प्रधानमंत्री वैश्विक मीडिया, राजनीतिक, राजनयिक और आम जनता के आकर्षण का इतना केंद्र नहीं रहा है, जितना कि शिंजो अबे अपने कार्यकाल और विशेष रूप से अपना पद अकस्मात छोड़ने के बाद भी सभी के आकर्षण का केंद्र बने हुए हैं। और यह उस महान पुरुष के प्रति सभी का बिल्कुल स्नेह-आदर का भाव है, जिसने न केवल जापान की बीमार अर्थव्यवस्था को अच्छी तरह चंगा कर बेहतरी की तरफ अग्रसर कर दिया बल्कि जापान को एक ऐसे प्रक्षेपण पथ पर ला खड़ा किया जिसने जापान को अन्य राष्ट्र-बिरादरी के बीच पुनर्प्रतिष्ठित किया; बल्कि विकासशील बहु-ध्रुवीय अंतरराष्ट्रीय की संरचना
Fifth Generation (5G) Cellular Communication: Technology and Geopolitics
What Makes 5G Wireless Communication So Different? The steady growth from first to fourth generation mobile communication was smooth, rapid and vastly beneficial to the Information, and Communication Technology (ICT) related industries. This dramatic technological growth was devoid of any major political debate or trade wars. The5G wireless communication has triggered multifaceted conflicts within and among nations not experienced earlier. Why is this so?
Nepal: Year 2020 in Retrospect-Nepal Communist Party Causes a Political Storm
The intra-party feud within the ruling Nepal Communist Party has brought about a political crisis in the country. Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli dissolved the Parliament, declared the dates for next elections, and those opposing the dissolution have approached the Supreme Court questioning the constitutional validity of the move.
West Asia – 2020 in Retrospect
Year 2020 will go down in the history not only for the adverse impact of Covid-19 on global and regional economies, lower oil prices, budget deficits, health hazards but when the West Asia region nearly came to a catastrophic war between Iran and USA apart from the intensification of other conflicts and hotspots.
Afghanistan: What Lies Ahead in 2021?
After a violence-ridden 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Afghanistan is looking ahead at a more turbulent new year as the United States plans for a full troop withdrawal from the country by May 2021. The intra-Afghan dialogue that began in Doha in September 2020 opened a narrow window of opportunity to achieve sustainable peace. However, after four months of negotiations, the Afghan government's negotiating team and the Taliban have only worked out the disagreements on the talks' procedural rules.
VIF News Digests
Global Developments And Analysis: Weekly Monitor
January 19, 2021
Global Developments and Analysis: Weekly Monitor, 11 January - 17 January 2021

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China Daily Digest
January 22, 2021
China: Daily Scan, January 22, 2021

Xinhua Commentary: Pompeo's announcement only a piece of wastepaper: Xinhuanet January 22, 2021 Former U.S. Secretary of...

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Neighbourhood News
December 14, 2020
VIF Neighbourhood News Digest: December 14, 2020

PAKISTAN PM blames PDM for endangering lives as PTI exults at ‘flop show’: DAWN Soon after the Pakistan Democratic Movement...

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International Development
December 28, 2020
VIF News Digest: International Developments (US, Europe and Russia), 1-15 December 2020

I. United States Politics and Society U.S. Tightens Visa Rules for Chinese Communist Party Members, 3 December 2020 The...

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Defense, National Security and Terrorism, VIF Alerts
January 22, 2021
VIF News Digest: International Developments (US, Europe and Russia), 1-15 January 2021

I. United States Politics and Society US and Iran ratchet up military activity as concerns increase ahead of Soleimani...

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Myanmar Round Up
January 14, 2021
Myanmar Round Up : December 2020

The election controversies continued to prevail in December 2020. Over 240 complaints were filed with the Union Election...

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West Asia Round Up
January 15, 2021
West Asia Review: December 2020

Abstract: As the Iranian regime retained the strategic patience avoiding escalation beyond the threshold over the calls...

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