International Relations

Neoliberal virus

26th March – Neoliberal virus

The age of neoliberal virus The coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 disease is the first neoliberal virus in the world. To say so is to criticise how it has been confronted by most governments across the world. This even applies to the better social welfare capitalist States of Europe — such as Denmark. Retreating social …

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UNSC

12th March – India at UNSC

At the UNSC, a three-point agenda India’s singular objective as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in 2021-22 should be to help build a stable and secure external environment. In doing so, India will promote its own people’s prosperity, regional and global security and growth, and a rule-based world order. It …

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US-Taliban peace deal

9th March – US-Taliban peace deal

US-Taliban peace deal After 18 months of negotiations, the US-Taliban signed the troop withdrawal deal (US-Taliban peace deal) in Doha on February 29 in the presence of representatives from 30 countries and international organisations, signalling the end of the 18-year old war in the country. Details – The troop withdrawal agreement was signed by the …

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Blue Dot

7th March – Blue Dot Mechanism

Blue Dot Mechanism During the recently concluded India visit of US President Donald J. Trump, a key issue that featured in the discussions between him and Prime Minister Narendra Modi was that of the “Blue Dot” Network. Background – Launched in November 2019 at the Indo-Pacific Business Forum in Bangkok, by Japan, Australia, and the …

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30th January – Curbing palm oil imports from Malaysia

India has recently curbed palm oil import from Malaysia due to Malaysian Prime Minister’s criticism of India’s internal policy decisions such as the revocation of special status for Jammu and Kashmir and the new citizenship Act. Malaysia is also sheltering the Islamic preacher Zakir Naik since 2017 who is wanted by India on charges of …

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22nd January – Reciprocating Territory

Recently, the Ministry of Law and Justice issued an Extraordinary Gazette Notification, declaring the United Arab Emirates to be a “reciprocating territory” under Section 44A of the Civil Procedure Code, 1908. The notification also declared a list of courts in the UAE to be “superior Courts” under the same section. What is a ‘reciprocating territory’ …

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11th December – Climate treaty at a tipping point

The annual Climate Summit, with increasing levels of concentration of greenhouse gases, raises questions on global climate policy. Issue – The policy problem is that the Climate Treaty considers symptoms (emissions of greenhouse gases), rather than the causes (use of natural resources). What drove climate change? Three shifts in natural resource use have taken place …

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12th November – Kalapani, a small area in India map that bothers Nepal

The new political map of India, recently released by the government to account for the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir, has triggered fresh protests over an old issue in Kathmandu. Details – Mapped within Uttarakhand is a 372-sq km area called Kalapani, bordering far-west Nepal and Tibet. While the Nepal government and political parties have …

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9th November – MoU on Feni river between India and Bangladesh

On Wednesday, the Union Cabinet approved an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Bangladesh on the withdrawal of 1.82 cusecs (cubic feet per second) of water from the Feni river by India for a drinking water supply scheme for Sabroom town in Tripura. Feni river and dispute – The Feni river, which forms part …

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22nd October – Icy challenge : Distrust towards Chinese interference in Arctic an opportunity for India

India, as we know, is not an Arctic nation, or even a ‘near-Arctic’ one, but China has designated itself to be one. India seems to have little business interest in the resource-rich area, and the proposed sea and land routes that are strategically emerging in the region with the melting of the sea ice, are …

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