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US-Pakistan Relations after Imran Khan’s Visit
Media attention and domestic praise aside, Imran Khan’s visit to the US has not really changed Pakistan’s fundamental challenges; its coffers remain depleted and economy stagnant, the country still remains on the UN Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Grey List, and the military’s dominance over society – coupled with the weaknesses bred by it - continues unabated.
मोदी सरकार का दूसरा कार्यकाल: पाकिस्तान की तुलना में स्पष्ट दृढ़ता
मोदी सरकार को दूसरा कार्यकाल मिलने के बाद पाकिस्तान के साथ निपटने में पूरी दृढ़ता दिखाने के लिए भारत की सराहना करनी होगी। बातचीत बहाल करने के पाकिस्तान के बार-बार के इशारों को एकदम सही आधार पर नकार दिया गया है कि आतंकवाद और बातचीत साथ नहीं चल सकते। इस सैद्धांतिक नजरिये के कारण ही सरकार ने मोदी के शपथ ग्रहण समारोह में पाकिस्तान को नहीं बुलाया और 2014 में की तरह दक्षेस देशों के बजाय बिम्सटेक देशों को न्योता दिया।
Pakistan: Recurrence of Terrorist Violence
Imperceptibly, violence, both terrorist and separatist, is rearing its head in Pakistan again. Following several operations like Zarb-e-Azb and Radd-ul-Fasad, the army had claimed that the situation had been brought under control. Recent events indicate, however, that such a conclusion may be premature. While Punjab has not escaped the violence, it is Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) and Balochistan that are facing the brunt of the attacks. The figures speak for themselves. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
अल्पसंख्यक कौन हैं?
केंद्र की नरेन्द्र मोदी सरकार ने अल्पसंख्यक समुदाय तक अपनी पहुंच और बढ़ा कर देश में एक स्पंदन पैदा कर दिया है। उसने अल्पसंख्यक समुदाय के छात्रों को अगले पांच वर्षो में पांच करोड़ की राशि छात्रवृत्ति में देने का ऐलान किया है। खास बात यह है कि इसमें बड़ी तादाद में मुस्लिम छात्राएं भी होंगी। मदरसों को भी गतानुगतिकता से निकाल कर आधुनिक विषयों; मसलन इंग्लिश, विज्ञान और कम्प्यूटर की शिक्षा देने के लिए संसाधनों से लैस किया जाएगा। यहां के छात्रों को उच्च शिक्षा ग्रहण के लिए ब्रिज कोर्स चलाया जाएगा, जो इन दोनों पढ़ाइयों के बीच बने बड़े अंतर को पाट देगा। कई सारे निष्पक्ष विश्लेषकों ने सरकार के इस सकारात
Recent Maritime Incidents in the South China Sea
The last few weeks witnessed two maritime incidents in the South China Sea. The first involved the Philippines and China, and the second between Vietnam and China. The incidents have once again drawn attention to the complication arising out of disputed territorial claims in the South China Sea and Chinese aggressive posture. The parties at the receiving end- the Philippines and Vietnam have dealt with China's actions differently, which demonstrates the appropriateness of reactive measures - what may work and what could not.
Linking the Events from the Strait of Gibraltar to the Strait of Hormuz
On 4 July 2019, the United Kingdom’s Royal Marines seized an Iranian oil tanker, Grace I in the Strait of Gibraltar on the charges that Iran was breaching the European Union’s (EU) sanctions by supplying 2 million barrel of oil to a Syrian government-owned Banyas refinery.1 According to Lloyd’s List, a specialist shipping website, the vessel with Panamanian flag originated from Iran which took the longer route by traversing around Africa instead of the more direct Suez Canal to avoid detection.
2019 Hong Kong Protests: A Series of Contending Perspectives
The 2019 Hong Kong (HK)’ protests were one of the biggest street protests in the last three decades. The protests were against the Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation (Amendment) Bill 2019, also known as Extradition Bill
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