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TNA-Sri Lankan Government Negotiations: An Update
The decades old Tamils' demand for a share in the power and equal rights in Sri Lanka remains unfulfilled. At this juncture, it is imperative to assess to what extent the ongoing negotiations between Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and Sri Lankan government have progressed in the direction of arriving at a political solution to address the Tamil national question.
Myanmar-North Korea: Military Alignment
If a survey of the history of relationship between Myanmar and North Korea is ever undertaken, then it would be appear that the association between the two in the past has been anything but rosy. There was no diplomatic relations during the years that followed Myanmar’s independence from Britain in 1948, and indeed Myanmar even endorsed the UN Security Council’s declaration of July 1950 terming North Korea as the aggressor during the Korean War.
Developmental Onslaught in Inner Mongolia
Rampant sacrifice of hapless marginalised section of the society at the altar of ideology of development is too common to stir commotion in human sensitivity. The grotesque death scene of Mongol nomad Mergen whose head was crushed to pieces under the wheel of a 100-ton coal hauler in the steppes of West Ujumchin in Shilingol prefecture of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region (IMAR) on 10 May is however symbolic for plenty of reasons.
Naoto Kan Government’s Handling of the Nuclear Crisis
Much has been written about Kan government’s handling of the nuclear crisis which hit Japan in the wake of the earthquake and the resultant tsunami in early March this year. Two opinion polls conducted by Kyodo News agency in late March and late April show declining faith in PM’s leadership in handling of the crises. The opinion polls reflect increasing disapproval of Kan’s cabinet.
How India Deals with Pakistan and China
It might be interesting to analyse our diplomatic handling of China and Pakistan on a comparative basis. These two countries pose the most difficult and complex foreign policy challenges to us. Is our approach to both countries similar, or there are differences in the way we engage them? Are the weaknesses of our policy making towards Pakistan reflected in our dealings with China too? Does public opinion have greater influence on policy making towards one country or the other?
Pakistan’s Trajectory: Beginning of the end?
Hardly anyone will dispute that May 2011 has been a mensis horribilus for Pakistan.
Is India Not a Nation?
Most of the British and European nationals who came to India in the 18th and 19thcenturies were simply dismayed at its vast geographical dimensions, it’s cultural diversity and religious plurality. They could not believe that all thee could co-exist within one nation. It was not their fault. In its entire history Europe has witnessed, repeatedly, wars for the division of landmass and for redrawing of the boundaries defining nations on the basis of racial purity, religious considerations, cultural identity, language, petty political aspirations, and so on.
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