• Sri Lanka: Ban Comes Calling Again: Banking On, Or Banging At Govt. This Time?0

    • Blog
    • September 12, 2016

    Like in the past, Sampanthan’s Matara visit was not adequately covered by the self-styled national media, but then the post-war second Sri Lanka visit of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also deflected attention from the unprecedented peace-cum-political initiative by any moderate Tamil in his mould and leadership. The Sri Lankan nation as a whole needs to

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  • WHAT STAND ON TIBET FOR  U. S.  PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES?

    WHAT STAND ON TIBET FOR U. S. PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES?0

    When President Obama received the Dalai Lama through the back door in his office a few months back, many eyebrows were raised. Many people justifiably thought that President Obama lacked the courage of conviction to receive the Dalai Lama correctly, in a manner befitting his stature and reputation as a man of peace. Apparently, President

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  • Beginning of Triangular Dominance in Modern Afghanistan

    Beginning of Triangular Dominance in Modern Afghanistan0

    • Blog
    • September 5, 2016

    1.1 Foundation and Big Powers’ Rivalry The beginning of modern Afghanistan can be dated back to 1747 when the Afghans in Nadir Shah’s army returned home after his death. Their leader, Ahmad Khan Abdali, entered Kandahar and is elected King of the Afghans in a tribal assembly. He took the title Durr-i-Durran meaning ‘pearl among

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  • India in post-war Sri Lanka: Demands untold

    India in post-war Sri Lanka: Demands untold0

    After 30 years of war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Sri Lanka is currently engaged in some postwar negotiations and is especially pushing for close political links with its “big brother”, India. Due to the pro-China lobby operating in Sri Lanka during the decade-long tenure of former President Mahinda Rajapaksha, India’s ability

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  • Modi Throws Down Gauntlet To Pakistan And China

    Modi Throws Down Gauntlet To Pakistan And China0

    Since India won its independence from Britain in August of 1947, the ramparts of the majestic Red Fort in Delhi have served as a backdrop to an annual address by the prime minister. Prime Minister Narendra Modi marked India’s 70th Independence Day anniversary by announcing a major change in foreign policy. Well into an address

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  • Suu Kyi’s China Visit: Not A Point Of Strategic Worry

    Suu Kyi’s China Visit: Not A Point Of Strategic Worry0

    • Blog
    • September 4, 2016

    State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung Sang Suu Kyi’s recent visit to China from 17-21 August 2016 signalled the importance which Myanmar continues to attach to its ties with Beijing. During the visit Suu Kyi met Chinese President Xi Jinping and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to promote bilateral relations and friendship. She also met with Zhang

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  • Checks And Balances: Tussle Between Indian Executive And Judiciary On Judges’ Appointments

    Checks And Balances: Tussle Between Indian Executive And Judiciary On Judges’ Appointments0

    • Blog
    • September 4, 2016

    The maximum numbers of high courts in India are working with approximately half the sanctioned strength of judges and, in a few cases, even one-third of the standard strength. For the last eight months, no new judges have been appointed to the higher judiciary as the Supreme Court is reviewing the validity of a new

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  • Grim Reminder about CTBT on International Day against Nuclear Tests- 29th August

    Grim Reminder about CTBT on International Day against Nuclear Tests- 29th August0

    Dr. Kenneth T Bainbridge was the physicist who directed the first atomic bomb test and “Trinity” was the codename given to the world’s first nuclear explosion by Dr. J Robert Oppenheimer, known as the ‘father of atomic bomb’ for leading the World War II Manhattan Project that produced the first atomic bomb. His reaction to

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  • Preserving Environment, Energy Security & Sustainability in South Asia

    Preserving Environment, Energy Security & Sustainability in South Asia0

    Restraining environmental degradation, ensuring uninterrupted energy supply and sustaining development are interrelated aspects of overall growth process whose mutual interplay considerably affect the environment and ecological balance in nature. Unfortunately South Asia, which like many other regions, is also affected by degradation of the environment and consequent loss of ecological balance, has severely been suffering

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  • A 21st Century Approach in Empowering Women and Minorities in India

    A 21st Century Approach in Empowering Women and Minorities in India0

    Former Austrian Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik agreed: “It’s not just China and India — it’s women who are the emerging power of the 21st century!” Introduction Equality of men and women are a question of human rights and a prerequisite for social justice. The Government of India had ushered in the new millennium by declaring

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  • Political Participation of the Indian Diaspora in the United Kingdom

    Political Participation of the Indian Diaspora in the United Kingdom0

    Emigration is a worldwide trend. According to the latest reports published by the United Nations, around 244 million people, i.e., 3.3% of the total population of world has emigrated to some other countries. The strength of Diaspora has been increasing more rapidly than the population itself. If migrants were a nation then they would have

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  • WHAT STRATEGY FOR MODI GOVERNMENT IN KASHMIR?

    WHAT STRATEGY FOR MODI GOVERNMENT IN KASHMIR?0

    Indian media reports events in Kashmir these days, as if it is describing a cricket match, counting the death score every day. What is conspicuous is while the media reports the death score of the agitators, it is silent as far as the sufferings and death amongst the personnel in Kashmir police and Indian army

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  • Maldives: Re-evaluating and re-positioning Maumoon Gayoom

    Maldives: Re-evaluating and re-positioning Maumoon Gayoom0

    Reports that at least seven or eight of the 53-member ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM)-Maldives Development Alliance (MDA) combine in the 85-seat Parliament defied President Abdulla Yameen leadership’s whip to vote in favour of some controversial legislative measures in recent days should make Maldivian-watchers sit up. After two instances of alliance-partner Gasim Ibrahim’s Jumhooree

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  • Maldives: Recalibrating ‘India first’ policy?

    Maldives: Recalibrating ‘India first’ policy?0

    In his maiden overseas visit after becoming the Maldives Foreign Minister, Dr. Mohamed Asim said that the choice flowed from his nation’s India first policy. A career diplomat with a PhD in Politics and International Relations from Australian National University (ANU), Asim was Maldives’ High Commissioner to Bangladesh before President Abdulla Yameen named him the Foreign Minister

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