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मालदीव: लोकतंत्र की जीत
चुनाव अचंभे में डालते ही हैं। मालदीव में 23 सितंबर, 2018 को हुए राष्ट्रपति चुनाव इतिहास में ऐसे चुनावों के रूप में दर्ज हो जाएंगे, जिन्होंने बड़े अचंभे में ही नहीं डाला बल्कि ऐसा जबरदस्त उलटफेर भी कर दिया, जो लोकतंत्र की स्थापना के इस देश के प्रयासों की प्रक्रिया नए सिरे से आरंभ कर सकता है।
Public Call for Independence - What it Means for Taiwan
It would be an understatement to say that a lot has happened and is happening across the Taiwan Straits. The relationship between Taiwan and China has been strained since the election of the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) Tsai Ing-wen as the President in May 2016 and her refusal to acknowledge the 1992 consensus.
Pakistan: The Aasia Bibi Case and its Aftermath
The controversy surrounding the blasphemy case of Pakistani citizen Aasia Noreen, better known as Aasia Bibi of village Ikkawali in Sheikhpura, Punjab, has drawn attention to the culture of extremism in Pakistan and showed the government and the army in a very poor light. It is only the Supreme Court that has come out with flying colours. The Case
The Middle East and the Israeli Gains – Bridging the Diplomatic Divide
Gloom in Middle East
The Middle East has been wrenching and reeling under an unprecedented pressure during the last decade. In recent times, this has been further accentuated by self-inflicted goals and self-defeating regional diplomatic outreach and senseless military interventions.
Relevance of India's Nuclear Triad
It may be recalled that India's 1999 Draft Nuclear Doctrine had stated that its nuclear forces would be based on a triad of aircraft, mobile land-based missiles and sea-based assets. The summary of the official Nuclear Doctrine of 2003 also mentioned about maintaining a credible minimum deterrence, a posture of 'No First Use' and that any nuclear retaliation would be massive.
Moscow Regional Consultations on Afghanistan: Can India Play a Role?
On 9 November 2018, Moscow organised regional consultations on Afghanistan which were attended by the Taliban’s Qatar office and the representatives of the Afghan High Peace Council. This was the first time that the Taliban and the representatives of the Afghan government were brought together under the Moscow format of regional consultations. The consultations scheduled for September had to be cancelled because of serious objections from President Ghani who had insisted that any reconciliation should be Afghan-led.
Bangladesh Elections: Growing Influence of ‘Hefazat’
The announcement on October 26th at a party forum by Sheikh Hasina that the two foremost hard-line fundamentalist groups, viz. the Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) and the Hefazat-e-Islam(HeI), should be treated differently, was closely followed by the long delayed Election Commission notification on October 29th cancelling the registration of Jamaat as a political party.
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December 4, 2018
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December 14, 2018
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