Commentaries & Articles
India- Nepal and the issue of Lipulekh
Who owns Lipulekh pass and Kalapani? From where does the river Mahakali originate? What is the strategic importance of Kalapani? These are certain questions that have come to the forefront since Nepal raised objections to India’s inauguration of metalled road to Lipulekh pass in April 2020. Why did Nepal raise such a shrill response to a road that is inside India’s territory?
India-China Standoff and Stability in the Indo-Pacific
Recent violent clashes near the Line of Actual Control (LAC) between Indian and Chinese army units, resulting in large number of casualties in the Galwan region, has caused significant alarm in the wider Indo-Pacific region. While the nature of the clashes has added a new dimension to the growing fragility of the environment, the Chinese approach and aggressive actions can be seen as continuation of a trend that has been evident during the last few years.
Hydroxychloroquine: Pandemic, Parasites and Politics
In this six month long mercurial quest for the treatment of SARS-CoV-2 infected patients, winners are far from declared. Among the various antiviral treatments tested or deployed to inhibit the viral growth, hydroxychloroquine has had an unparalleled head-turning effect across countries. The confidence of its propagators has remained undeterred despite the overriding focus on the adverse effects of this treatment on patients. Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are the two synthetic derivatives of the first ever anti-malarial agent quinine -recognized 100 years ago.
The Islamic Reception of Yoga
The history of the Muslim world’s engagement with Yoga spans at least about a millennium. The purpose of this essay is to briefly recount some high points in this history, which will help put in perspective the historical interactions between Islam and Hinduism, especially its branch called Yoga.
FDI in Defence: Some Thoughts
When our Finance Minister announced the raising of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) limit in the defence sector under the automatic route from 49% to 74%1 it was reported as a ‘big push’ for Make in India. It was simultaneously reported that it will encourage multinationals to set up manufacturing bases in India or acquire local companies but will hit hard the local companies who do not have any access to technology or government orders. Almost one month has passed and the only sound is of silence on this front. Even defence experts have not discussed this issue.
An Assessment of China’s 13th National People’s Congress – May 2020’
Summary The 3rd Plenum of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC) was held in Beijing from May 22 to 28, 2020, in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic with restrictions on expenditure and social interaction. The state-owned CCTV sought to refurbish the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s image that had been dented by months of criticism by the people. It said (May 21) CCP members had donated 8.36 billion RMB (US$ 1.18 billion) for the fight against the coronavirus in the past three months.
India gets Elected as a Non-permanent Member of the UNSC: A Busy Agenda Ahead
On 17 June, India wascomfortably elected to the non- permanent seat of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the period of two years starting January 2021, receiving the endorsement from 184 out of the 192 countries who voted. In its last bid for the UNSC seat in 2010, India has secured 187 votes. Each year the General Assembly elects five non – permanent members (out of 10 in total) for a two-year term.
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