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Leveraging India’s Civilisational Ethos
Less than a month after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s second swearing-in, the ongoing celebrations for the fifth iteration of the International Yoga Day1 (IYD) offer an excellent opportunity to consider how the grand narrative that he unveiled in 2014 will continue to drive his foreign policy over the next five years. IYD was one of the earliest and among the most significant of Modi’s diplomatic successes from his first term.
Xi’s visit to North Korea: what did it achieve?
The visit by Xi Jinping to North Korea on June 20-21, 2019 is significant because a Chinese President reached Pyongyang after 14 years. This year also marks the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the neighbours. Xi made the trip with his wife Peng Liyuan, foreign minister Wang Yi, the top Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi and head of the National Development and Reform Commission, He Lifeng.1
Changing Paradigm in India-Bhutan Relations
Bhutan is an important neighbour and recently appointed India’s External Minister S. Jaishankar chose to visit Bhutan for two days (7th-8th June) as his maiden bilateral visit. This visit facilitated the tradition of regular visits and exchange of views at the highest level between the two countries. PM Narendra Modi in his earlier tenure introduced the ‘Neighbourhood First Policy’ and had also chosen Bhutan as the destination of his first foreign visit in 2014. In 2018, the newly elected Prime Minister of Bhutan Dr.
Moreh-Tamu: An Unfulfilled Potential
For India, Myanmar is a vital neighbour, located at a cusp connecting the region of South Asia to Southeast Asia. In the wake of India’s increasing engagement with the Southeast Asian neighours including the ASEAN countries, the Myanmar connect is rather significant. From strategic partnership to trade to cultural links, the connections have increased over time. Indian outreach has been both through the regional platform as well as bilateral framework and the tiers of meetings and trade figures bear testimony to that commitment.
Deepening Challenges for the Ghani Government
The second round of intra-Afghan talks was concluded on 29 May 2019 in Moscow on the centenary of Russia-Afghanistan diplomatic relations during which the Taliban has once again refused the demand for a ceasefire.1 The courting of the Taliban in the recent times by all the major countries such as US, Russia, China, as well as other gulf and European countries has come as a harsh blow to the democratically elected government in Kabul.
What does recent sentencing of its officials tell about the Pakistan Army redefining the contours of ‘nationalism’?
Two former senior army officials and a civilian working for what the army termed as "sensitive organization" were awarded rigorous sentences under the Pakistan Army Act and Official Secrets Act on charges of espionage. While Lt. Gen (Retd) Javed Iqbal was handed over life imprisonment of fourteen years, Brigadier (Retd) Raja Rizwan and Dr. Wasim Akram were handed death penalties.1 Unconfirmed reports of their arrests began trickling in since this February, but it took more than three months for the army to confirm this. Since Lt.
भारत के लिए रूस अब भी इतना अहम क्यों है?
भारत एक स्वतंत्र विदेश नीति का अनुसरण करता है। किंतु भू-राजनीतिक वास्तविकताओं के खिंचाव और दबाव को देखते हुए स्वतंत्र विदेश नीति पर चलना आसान काम नहीं है। भारत में प्राय: अमेरिका और जापान पर ही अपने को केंद्रित करने और रूस को उपेक्षित कर देने की प्रवृत्ति देखी जाती है। ऐसा करना एकदम अनुत्पादक होगा। भारत इस तथ्य को झुठला नहीं सकता कि रूस परमाणु और ऊर्जा क्षेत्र में एक प्रमुख प्रारम्भिक ताकत है और रहेगा; कि वह आने वाले लम्बे समय तक संयुक्त राष्ट्र सुरक्षा परिषद का स्थायी सदस्य बना रहेगा। भारत को अपनी रक्षा एवं ऊर्जा-आवश्यकताओं की पूर्ति के लिए भविष्य में रूस पर निर्भर रहना पड़ेगा। चूंकि विश्व ते
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