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Role of Civilizational Dialogue in Countering Terrorism and Radicalisation
Since the latter half of 20th century radicalisation and acts of terrorism have become a global challenge. Non-state actors often supported by “Evil” states cause an incalculable damage on the civilised and peace-loving societies. Political ends and use of religion to subvert the legitimate and even autocratic regimes have become far more common. Studies suggest that the well-known terrorist groups across the spectrum have developed fiefdoms, natural boundaries and across the board territorial ambitions.
भारत-बांग्लादेश : द्विपक्षीय संबंधों के आगे की बात
द्विपक्षीय संबंध नई ऊँचाइयों को छुए इसके लिए किस बात की ज़रूरत होती है? हाल की स्थितियों को देखते हुए दक्षिण एशिया के अगर कोई दो पड़ोसी अपने संबंधों को नया आयाम दे सकते थे तो वे भारत और बांग्लादेश थे। अगर चाहें तो वे अभी भी ऐसा कर सकते हैं।
Five ‘T’s of China-India ties
Following the two informal summits between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping in Wuhan (2018) and Chennai (2019) the important question that is being asked within the academic circles in China is what could be the possible template for better ties between the two countries. Within China there have been apprehensions with regard to India joining the US Indo-Pacific strategy and becoming an indispensable member in the Quad initiative.
Agricultural Sector Reform
With the current narrative in the national consciousness dominated by issues such as the citizenship amendment Bill, the National Register of Citizens and the amendment to the SPG Act, an important initiative to reform the agricultural sector has missed the headlines. The Union government has proposed a new Seeds Bill, 2019, that seeks to expand upon the availability of quality seeds to farmers. The proposed legislation hopes to replace the The Seeds Act of 1966 and bring in measures that will empower the farmers in accessing high-value seeds for their crops.
London Bridge Attack: An Islamic State-Inspired Knife Terror Attack
“We are resolute, we stand United in the face of terrorism, and we will not allow anybody to divide us”. - Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London. On 29 November 2019, a 28 years-old British terrorist identified as Usman Khan—a British citizen, carried out an attack using a kitchen knife and wearing a fake explosive vest, in central London. In this attack, two people were killed and other three were injured. At the time of attack, Usman Khan was on licence1 from jail where he was convicted for his previous terrorism offences in 2012.
The US-China Naval Balance in East Asia
The United States of America and the People’s Republic of China are locked in what the Trump administration calls “strategic competition” in trade and technology, China’s diplomatic overtures to change the existing East Asian order, and military build-up. The Chinese believe that rapid military modernisation will help undermine the U.S dominance in the region, improve its comprehensive national power and upstage the regional security order.
Myanmar Round Up: November 2019
November saw Myanmar come under coordinated international legal offensive with three cases filed against it in a span of four days, centered around the Rohingya crisis. Internally, the peace process remains stalled and the skirmishes between the Arakan Army (AA) and Tatmadaw (Myanmar Army) continued unabated. The capture and release of five Indians by the AA, one of whom unfortunately succumbed to a heart attack, was a landmark event. The capture of a Member of Parliament (MP) from Chin State was a major achievement for the AA. The MP is still in AA custody.
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