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To the Moon and Beyond: Time for India to Strengthen its ‘Space’ Muscles
Lunar exploration missions date back to the very beginning of space exploration itself. In over a year’s time following Sputnik, the advances in aerospace technologies were made to enable forays into our closest neighbour in outer space. The desire to out-compete each other drove the two super powers of that era to devise lunar expeditions then not so much to discover anything new about the Moon, but to impress the world of their technological prowess. While the United States, in shock after Sputnik, pledged to place human on the Moon, the (then) USSR concentrated on unmanned lunar craft.
China-Taiwan Conundrum
Chinese approach towards Taiwan has becoming increasingly assertive since Tsai Ing-wen became the President of Taiwan in 2016. Her position on not accepting the 1992 consensus has not gone down well with Beijing. She has adopted a very ‘independent foreign policy’ for Taiwan and this has further complicated the relationship with Beijing.
The ongoing Political Struggle in Kyrgyzstan: Who is Responsible?
Kyrgyzstan is a small Central Asian Republic which has perceived political turmoil since it became independent after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. It is the only Central Asian republic which has been practicing democracy; however, it has not been politically stable and has witnessed two popular revolutions which have toppled sitting Presidents at that time. The threat of instability has arisen from two prominent factors, first, growing ethnic divide among the political elites and local population and second regional divide between Northern and Southern Kyrgyzstan.
भारतीय संघवाद की भावना
भारत की संघीय प्रकृति की बात बार-बार की जाती रही है और यह सत्तारूढ़ पार्टी तथा विपक्ष के बीच टकराव का विषय रही है। ऐसे मौके आए हैं, जब विपक्षी पार्टियों ने केंद्र पर राजनीतिक और आर्थिक तरीकों से संघीय भावना का उल्लंघन करने का आरोप लगाया और ऐसा भी हुआ है कि केंद्र ने राज्य सरकारों पर संघवाद का पालन नहीं करने का आरोप लगाया। एक मुख्यमंत्री ने प्रधानमंत्री से फोन पर बात करने से इनकार कर दिया, दूसरे मुख्यमंत्री ने केंद्रीय जांच एजेंसी को अपने राज्य में काम करने देने से रोक दिया, केंद्र ने अनुच्छेद 356 का इस्तेमाल किया (या उसे लागू करने की धमकी दी) - ये सभी पिछले कुछ साल में संघवाद के मसले पर केंद्र
2019 Japan-South Korea Tensions: Why the ‘Past’ took Precedence over the ‘Future’?
Since late last year, East Asia has been uneasy with wariness over the growing tensions between South Korea and Japan. Though, historical legacies and war memories of Imperial Japan continue to emerge as recurrent factors in the regional politics, they have not interfered with its economic or security interfaces. The region has come a long way since the end of World War II, and emerged as world’s de-facto largest economic bloc without formal economic integration.
Deadlock in Afghanistan
In a dramatic turn of events, the US President announced in a tweet on September 7 that he has called-off the secret meeting with the Taliban leaders at Camp David, and ended the peace talks with the armed group.1 Further, keeping alive the whimsicality of his administration, President Trump fired John Bolton, his National Security Advisor (NSA), who was also a prominent voice within the Trump administration against any deal with the Taliban.2 While citing the reason for the cancellation of talks, President Trump tweeted “in order to build false leverage, they (the Taliba
Visit of Indian Prime Minister to Vladivostok
Indian Prime Minister, Sri Narendra Modi, visited Vladivostok in Far East of Russia for two days; 04-05 Sep 2019. The PM had two main agenda points: First, to attend 20th Summit Level talk with the Russian President, Mr. Vladimir Putin; and second, as the Chief Guest of the 5th Eastern Economic Forum. During his visit, 15 agreements/MoU were signed. The im-portant ones were as follows:-
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