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Q. Ashok Kumar asked: What are the politico-strategic impact of China's Special Economic Zone in Kyaukphyu in Myanmar and the China-Myanmar Economic corridor on India? Why is India not able to establish such strategic advantages in Myanmar?

Replied by VIF :
Both the projects in Kyaukphyu, consisting of three projects: a deep-sea port, an industrial park, and a residential area and a deep-sea port and the building the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC), are been considered key for the Belt and Road Initiative. The Kyaukphyu project is poised to be a trade route with India and towards the West, and will give China access to the Indian Ocean and the deep-sea port will support the oil trade through the Shwe oil-gas pipeline. The China-Myanmar Economic corridor will connect Yunnan and three important economic centers in Myanmar, including Mandalay, Yangon New City and the Special Economic Zone in Kyaukphyu. Besides pr..

Q. Nagoor Raju asked: Recently mehabooba Mufti said that if India removes article 370, Kashmir will become palistine .she compared this as a Israel conflict.Is she trying to involve Arab world as what palistine did?how can we see this comparison?

Replied by VIF :
The analogy of Palestine completely ignores history. Part of Palestine under Israeli control was occupied by Israel in 1967 war. Legality of accession of J& K to India was never in doubt and has been accepted even by the Security Council. Article 370 is a provision of the Indian Constitution, and hence part of our domestic jurisdiction. Its future has to be decided in accordance with our democratic processes, in which different parties may have different views. The fate of Catalan movement in Spain and Kurdish movement in Iraq shows there is no international support for secessionist movements in independent States.
Posted on April 10, 2019

Q. Sridhar Ayothiraman asked: How will Pakistan involve China during any Indo-Pakistani conflict?

Replied by VIF :
A direct Chinese involvement during an Indo-Pak conflict seems highly unlikely in any scenario. India's own ties with China have high economic stakes involved and both are keen to keep the borders calm. However, China has more than compensated for this cold peace with India by developing a strong strategic relationship with Pakistan at the expense on India's security concerns. Irrespective of a conflict, the underlying factor driving the Sino-Pak strategic cooperation is the need to undercut Indian preparedness. On the naval front, Pakistan is set to receive Chinese warships and submarines. The Pakistan Air Force operates Chinese JF-17 and Chengdu F-7 Fighter je..

Q. Rajan Kumar Mishra asked: What is protectionism?

Replied by VIF :
Protectionism is the economic policy imposed by governments to protect their domestic businesses and industries from foreign competition. Protectionism has a broad definition that encompasses a number of different economic policies designed to restrict trade and boost domestic manufacturing. This is essentially imposed to promote fair competition. The main aim of protectionism is to cushion domestic businesses and industries from overseas competition. The interplay of free market forces of supply and demand is inhibited through policy of protectionism. Some of the most popular protectionist policies include:
  • Import tariffs–Taxing imported goods increa..

Q. Samarjit Chowdhury asked : What is your assessment of Kartarpur Corridor ? Has Pakistan opened the corridor to reorganize the Khalistani terrorists and reactivate them from across the border ( which was seen in recent time)? How will India responds to such Pakistani policies ?

Replied by VIF : The Khalistan movement dates back to 1960s and 70s when Pakistan was able to tap diasporic elements that also found a domestic constituency due to ongoing linguistic and provincial politics. Operation Blue Star and insurgency in Punjab have indeed caused deep suffering to the Sikh community but stability in the state since late 1990s demonstrates the success of governmental efforts as well as strong commitment on part of the Sikh community. With the recent announcement of Kartarpur Corridor, the long standing demand of the Sikh community to be allowed visit the shrine was fulfilled. Since the initiative rose to prominence after the bonhomie displayed bet..

Q Bhanoji Rao Vadlamani asked : I would like to know in brief, the core ideas and message of Swami Vivekananda.

Replied by VIF :In accordance with the ancient teaching of India called Vedanta, Swami Vivekananda taught about the potential divinity of man. His teaching of serving God in man is a direct corollary of this truth. At the same time, Swamiji emphasized on the need to be bold and strong. Below are the salient points of some of Swamiji’s teaching; 1. “Each soul is potentially divine. The goal is to manifest this divinity within…” 2. "The older I grow, the more everything seems to me to lie in manliness. This is my new gospel." 3. “I want bold, daring, adventurous spirits to help me.” 4. “…stand up, be bold, be strong. Take the whole responsibilit..

Q Samarjit Chowdhury asked : It is being predicted that Africa is the next growth story from 2050 with its market and young age population. What is India doing to trap the virgin market of Africa for future? I believe Chinese are already started to penetrate the African market though their various policies including providing loans to the African nations.

Replied by VIF :India-Africa have successfully developed a close partnership in terms of bilateral, regional and multilateral engagements, thus in the recent past, their relationship has scaled new heights. But India is not alone in the continent to deepen its engagement with Africa. China is Africa’s first trading partner and India stands third (after the USA). Moreover, China has extended its reach in areas like agriculture, banking, insurance, housing, information, and communication technology (ICT), and transport and logistics, where it is expected that the returns will be high and investment will be more than double in the coming years. A new beginning in India’s..

Q. Praveen Mangal asked :why china intrude into Ladakh when they already illegally occupy aksai chin? What they want now?

Replied by VIF : China claims much more of Indian territory well to the West of Aksai Chin, right upto the Karakoram Ranges, and may be even beyond. China shirks from stating its claim lines so that it can, if opportunity comes, expand its claims further. Intrusions are aimed at keeping the claim alive. The additional territory is meant to make China's Western flank - the strategically significant hub of Pamir - secure, particularly from a supposedly aggressive India. China has decided that India must be tied up in guarding its territories and so stagnate to the extent that it cannot challenge China's supremacy. These ideas sprout from the legendary, self-centric 'Ch..

Q Jibin Jiju Abraham asked : What are the implications towards Saudi-India relationship if its found that Saudi Crown Prince was indeed behind the murder of Jamal Khashoggi?

Replied by VIF :Saudi Arabia has condemned the heinous murder of Khashogi. The Kingdom has launched its own investigation. We need to await completion of the Saudi domestic process. India has traditionally friendly relations with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. There is a large Indian diaspora present in the country. The two countries enjoy strong ties in political and economic fields. The Indian government will have to take a view once the Saudi judicial processes are completed. It will be premature to speculate on the outcome at this stage. Posted on December 28, 2018..

Q. Alok SHARMA asked : My question is "Should we not improve our education system & inculcate Indian Values, ethos, history & culture rather than continuing with british bavarian system of education as today's youth are unaware of great historical warriors, men & women who gave sacrifices for our country & were involved in development work in India & abroad ? Eg- Angkor wat temples made by tamilian kings in Cambodia.

Replied by VIF : India as a modern progressive country has invested in making its education system compete with the world’s best. Indians has thus over the years contributed to scientific innovations and technology development, medical sciences and social sciences in India and elsewhere. Some of its higher education institutes are recognised as one of the best and has attracted students from across the world, while Indian students have been able to access various distinguished universities and Institutes of learning due to their basic grounding in Indian educational systems. Its education curriculum has also included teaching Indian history its values and ethos. There is ..

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