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Myanmar Round Up: September 2019
“…it is clear that China will never be an honest broker capable of mediating a peace process that can bring lasting peace to Myanmar. Rather, China conducts a peace process guided by its own interests—one that goes nowhere.” - Joe Kumbun1 Increased tensions, violence, claims and counter claims dominated the month and ensured that the fog of war hung low and heavy on the Myanmar nation. Disparate democratic initiatives ensured that the discourse continued on its long journey to a ‘true’ democracy. Continued Violence
India and China: Third Millennia of Culture and Commerce
The Prime Minister of India, Sh. Narendra Modi and the President of China, Mr. Xi Jinping, meeting in Mahabalipuram exchanged mechanism for shaping future, unveiling dreams, deepening and strengthening relations, forging partnerships, establishing peace and prosperity with a collective approach. They have opened fresh avenues of cooperation, friendship and harmony following the ideals of life passed on to us by the sages looking at the world as one family and wishing well being for all. Hand-shake by the two leaders will unite hearts and minds for the benefit of both the great nations.
Radical Islam in the Maldives: Hotbed for al-Qa’ida and Islamic State
In his address at the Indian Ocean Conference (IOC) in Male city, the Republic of Maldives (hereafter Maldives) on 04 September 20191, former Maldivian President—Mohamed Nasheed highlighted concerns over the emerging threat posed by radical Islamist group in the Maldives. He called it the biggest challenge faced by nations spanning over the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).
अस्थायी अनुच्छेद 370 और ज़बरन लाए गए अनुच्छेद 35ए का ख़ात्मा
जो लोग अटकलें लगा रहे थे कि मोदी सरकार अनुच्छेद 370 और अनुच्छेद 35A पर मुश्किल भरा फैसला कर पाएगी या नहीं, उन्हें 5 अगस्त को जवाब मिल गया। सरकार ने न केवल दोनों प्रावधानों, जिनमें पहला अस्थायी था और दूसरा पिछले रास्ते से चुपचाप आया था, को खत्म किया बल्कि उसने दो कदम और आगे बढ़ा दिए। उसने जम्मू-कश्मीर के दो टुकड़े कर दिए और दो अलग केंद्रशासित प्रदेश बना दिए। इस तरह जम्मू-कश्मीर अब विधानसभा वाला केंद्रशासित प्रदेश होगा और लद्दाख बिना विधानसभा का कंेद्रशासित प्रदेश होगा। चूंकि दोनों प्रावधान केवल जम्मू-कश्मीर से जुड़े थे, इसलिए राज्य की दो बड़ी क्षेत्रीय पार्टियों नेशनल कॉन्फ्रेंस और पीपुल्स डेमोक्रे
West Asia Round Up: September, 2019
The Middle East continued to worry the world especially in the wake of drone attacks on the two Saudi oil facilities that reduced the Saudi oil output by almost half. It displayed the vulnerability of crucial Saudi assets and the vital installations, as well as the limitations of the American shield and the latest arms and equipment in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).
The Chennai Connect in Sino Indian Relations: Assessing the Second India-China informal Summit at Mamallapuram, 11-12 October 2019
The optics of the second Sino-Indian informal summit held at the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) World Heritage site Mamallapuram in Tamil Nadu was great. Chinese President Xi was given a warm welcome by Prime Minister Modi and taken on a tour of the stunning rock cut 7th century shore temples of Mamallapuram, depicting the scenes from the Mahabharat. Modi also presented President Xi a Kanjeevaram silk cloth bearing Xi’s portrait. President Xi said that he was ‘overwhelmed’ by the warmth and hospitality of the host.
Will DaMo help NaMo and Xi at Mahabalipuram?
It is strategic civilisational diplomacy at its symbolic best. Narendra Modi found that his second informal summit with Xi Jinping at Mahabalipuram in 2019 had been fixed 1,500 years ago by a prince of the Pallava dynasty, which ruled Mahabalipuram from Kanchipuram. The Pallava prince from Kanchipuram renounced the throne, became a Buddhist monk, known as Bodhi Dharma in India and DaMo in China, almost like how prince Siddhartha became Buddha. His guru asked him to go to Zhen Dan- today’s China.
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