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Myanmar Round Up: October 2020
Myanmar is scheduled to conduct the third general elections in November 2020. Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services, during the fifth anniversary of Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) on 15 October stated that election is a necessity in a multi-party democratic system and it is needed to be fair and independent. However, the Human Rights Watch has criticised the upcoming Myanmar elections as fundamentally flawed.1
Assessing Pompeo’s Five-nation Asian Visit
In a rather unusual diplomatic move a week ahead of the important Presidential elections in the United States on 3 November and amid the raging pandemic on a global scale, the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo decided to undertake a five-country tour of Asia, probably the last trip in office to rally support from key Indo-Pacific nations, the significance of which cannot be overlooked. Pompeo visited first India to participate in the third 2+2 ministerial dialogue followed by his visits to Sri Lanka, Maldives, and Indonesia and added Vietnam in the itinerary at the last moment.
Uyghur Forced Labour in China
The availability of cheap workforce has significantly contributed in transforming China into an industrial powerhouse in the present century. The labour force in China however, faces systematic abuses and they are denied protection of workers’ rights including freedom of association, freedom to protest etc. China while formally adopting labour laws over the years has continued its policy of exploitation. Incidents of forced labour, withholding of salaries, restrictions on movement, excessive overtime, abusive living and working conditions etc have been observed throughout the state.
गांधी जी की समकालीन प्रासंगिकता
महात्मा गांधी जी का जन्म 2 अक्टूबर 1869 ईस्वी में हुआ था। यह उल्लेखनीय है कि उनके जन्म के 150 वर्षों के बावजूद लोग-बाग गांधी जी को पढ़ते हैं और इस उम्मीद में उनका अध्ययन करते हैं कि मौजूदा कठिनाइयों से निकलने का वे कोई न कोई हल अवश्य बताएंगे। इस गांधी जयंती के अवसर पर हमें दुनिया के हालात पर नजर डालनी चाहिए और गांधीवादी विचारधाराओं की प्रासंगिकता का अनुभव करना चाहिए। यहां सवाल उठता है कि क्या गांधी जी के मूल दर्शन-सत्य और अहिंसा-इस मौजूदा विश्व को अधिक शांत, सुरक्षित और सुखी बनाएगा?
Second India-Central Asia Dialogue: Major Takeaways
Introduction
Central Asia is considered India's extended neighbourhood. In the absence of direct land connectivity, India-Central Asia relations have been marginalized in the post-Soviet period. India and Central Asian Republics (CARs) share common interests in eradicating extremism, terrorism, illicit trade, and search for better markets and economic opportunities.
Tatmadaw’s Strategic Perspective on the Coco Islands of Myanmar
In the contemporary era, growing strategic competition among major powers and their power projection efforts in the Indo-Pacific region raise the importance of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands in the Indian Ocean. Along with the changing security landscape, Coco Islands, and Preparis Islands which stand at critical geographic locations have now become a vital component in the maritime security sector of Myanmar seas and the region.
Infrastructure Development as a Force Multiplier
Introduction India and China share border of 4056 Km in length (as per Ministry of Home Affairs). Compromised by China’s military aggression in 1962, the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh’s Sub Sector North (SSN) delineates that part of the Indian territory which China has usurped since 1962. The area is a part of the border dispute in which India, based on historical and traditional legacy, does not accept expansionist border alignments claimed by China.
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