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Gandhi and Mandela - Timeless Legends
On the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and 100th birth anniversary of Nelson Mandela, it is significant to look into the lives of these two prominent leaders. In addition, their interaction with people in Africa deserves special attention.
Celebrating Gandhi and his Principles
The 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth is an extraordinary moment for our people most of whom did not witness his towering presence, his multi-faceted work, or hear him speak on a variety of diverse issues many of which are still alive. It needs therefore to be appropriately celebrated by recalling and reflecting on his ideas and messages that are still relevant, transformative and ideally suited to be the guiding principles for the ‘New India’ we all want to see.
Saudi Arabia Drone Attack: Sign of Changing Character of Hybrid War
The Houthi militants carried out an audacious "large-scale" attack with 10 drones targeting Saudi Aramco oil facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais.1 Even in the past Houthi rebels had attacked Saudi Arabia but the precision and scale of the attack has not been so enormous.
Neighbourhood First: India’s Policy towards Nepal
The Mothihari-Amlekhgunj pipeline was jointly inaugurated on 10th September 2019 by Prime Ministers of both nations through a video link. The 69 km pipeline multiproduct pipeline is a government to government (G2G) project. It is built jointly by state-owned Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) and can supply petrol, diesel, kerosene and aviation fuel. It will be supplying only diesel in its first phase. The pipeline was constructed in record 15 month’s time.
India and Mongolia – The Spiritual Neighbours
Ironically, when one thinks of Mongolia the utter winter, cold climate, distance and exotic nature claim the mind-space. This is one country where Indians are loved probably due to the Buddhist connection and Himalayan heritage of the Mongolian people. The warmth and hospitality that the Mongolians extend is simply amazing. Greeting of sain-bai-noo reverberates the beauty of close proximity, simplicity and infectious loving smiles envelop you whenever you meet and interact with them. They have China and Russia as neighbours and were virtually a satellite state of the then Soviet Union.
The Attack on Saudi Oil: What Next?
The world learnt with tremendous shock, surprise, and a degree of distress about the attack on Saudi oil facilities at Abqaiq and Khurais, bringing down the Saudi oil giant Aramco’s oil production by 5.7 million barrels a day. The attack occurred on 14th September and we still do not know who carried out the attack and from where the missiles and drones were launched. Nor do we know of the full measure of the United States (U.S.) response. However, enough time has elapsed to come to some tentative conclusions.
Contrasting Visions of Modi and Imran Khan
The two speeches delivered by Prime Minister Modi and by Mr Imran Khan at the UN General Assembly on 27 September 2019 are studies in contrast. Both prime ministers spoke about their visions and their countries. Modi showcased India as confident, progressive nation whereas Imran Khan projected Pakistan as one on whose soil terrorism flourished, as victim of West’s ‘discriminative’ policies, and as a country mired in debt and poverty.
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