Another FATF Reprieve for Pakistan

October 22, 2020 admin 0

The ever-blustering foreign minister of Pakistan, Mahmood Qureshi, had declared just ahead of the three-day (October 21-23) plenary of FATF in Paris that it would see Pakistan pulled out of the grey list that carries the opprobrium of terror financing and money laundering. His boast was duly magnified by the Read more ………

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Mekong Partnership Vs. Chinese Debt Trap

October 19, 2020 admin 0

By Mervyn Piesse The United States announced a new Mekong-US Partnership at a virtual summit hosted by Vietnam on 11 September. An initial US$153 million ($210 million) will be made available to Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos to encourage collaboration on a number of projects. It includes grants for Read more ………

Enough! Says Bollywood

October 13, 2020 admin 0

By Tushar Charan After suffering disgusting, relentless attacks from pro-Modi TV channels for over three months, the Indian Hindi film industry seems to have decided to show its spine and take on the most powerful Enlish language TV channels in the country and four of their top anchors-cum-editors. Four Bollywood Read more ………

Listen to Farmers; Address their concerns

October 9, 2020 admin 0

By Hari Jaisingh* Agriculture is the lifeline of India’s economy, and so, I strongly believe the country ought to have a consensus approach on matters concerning a healthy and faster growth of farms, as well as the well-being of farmers. However, looking at the acrimonious atmosphere seen in both houses Read more ………

India needs a new proactive policy to deal with China

October 8, 2020 admin 0

By Hari Jaisingh* Even after External Affairs Minister S. Jaishanker’s meeting with his counterpart in Moscow and agreement on a five-point mantra, one cannot be sure of Beijing’s behavior pattern in Ladakh before winter sets in. Neither the joint statement, nor the respective notes issued, bear a specific mention of Read more ………

Whither Congress…?

October 5, 2020 admin 0

By Hari Jaisingh* Will India’s grand old Congress party be able to revive itself? This is a million-dollar question that cannot be answered instantly. The Congress, under its interim president Sonia Gandhi – backed up by her children Rahul and Priyanka – is today a mere shadow of its glorious Read more ………

Decoding Chinese Strategic Intent in LAC Standoff

September 29, 2020 admin 0

by Major-General S. B. Asthana, SM, VSM Key Points 1. The Sino-Indian military posturing and muscle-flexing in Ladakh continues, along with diplomatic efforts to reduce tensions between the two. 2. The People’s Liberation Army’s locus of military operations is eastern Ladakh and its build up along the rest of the Read more ………