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West Bengal Govt.’s order on Idol Immersion- Vote Bank Politics Again?

Paper No. 6316                               Dated 24-Oct-2017

By R. Upadhyay     

The West Bengal Government’s intervention in the ritual of the immersion of Goddess Durga idol on the day when it coincided with the Moharram procession of Muslims and subsequent orders of the Kolkata High Court countermanding it shows that the minority politics (read vote bank politics) is growing strong even in a progressive State like West Bengal.

US-India Dynamic Strategic Partnership 2017: Geopolitical Imperatives Analysed

Paper No. 6315                                 Dated 23-Oct-2017

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Geopolitical imperatives generated by China’s aggressive bid for global dominance in 2017 has prodded the United States to make the game changing offer of transforming the US-India Strategic Partnership into a dynamic predominantly security-centric relationship catering for Indo Pacific security.

China & India: Inconceivable for Elephant and Dragon to Dance together

Paper No. 6309                                 Dated 04-Oct-2017

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Post-Dokalam Standoff in which China defused the confrontation as a political expedient to save the BRICS Summit in Beijing in September 2017, the new Chinese flavour of the season advocated by the Chinese  Ambassador to India  is that China believes that the “Elephant and the Dragon Can Dance Together”—totally inconceivable.

US-Japan-India Trilateral Ministerial Dialogue September 2017 Analysed

Paper No. 6308                                  Dated 26-Sept-2017

By Dr Subhash Kapila

 Geopolitically, in the context of a threatening Asian security environment, the Second US-Japan-India Trilateral Ministerial Dialogue of the Foreign Ministers of the three nations was held in New York on September 18 2017 on the side-lines of the UNGA Session acquires added significance.

ROHINGYA CRISIS – Rooted to its religio‑ethnic Issues

Paper No. 6307                                  Dated 23-Sept-2017:

By R.Upadhyay

The Government’s affidavit in Supreme Court that Militant elements among Rohingyas in India have links with ISI and IS and its determination to deport them is being widely debated in Indian media.

Who in China Instigated Doklam Stand – off? And Why?

Paper No. 6306                                 Dated 21-Sept-2017

By Bhaskar Roy

After over two month long military stand-off, the soldiers of India and China on the Doklam Plateau (claimed by Bhutan and also by China), disengaged almost simultaneously, both capitals would have heaved a huge sigh of relief.

Is there a need for an “All India Muslim Board”?

Paper No. 6304                                  Dated 14-Sept-2017

By R. Upadhyay

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), an outfit of fundamentalist Sunni group of Indian Islamists that primarily represents Deobandi sect of Sunni Muslims was formed only to protect Muslim Personal Laws rigidly on the basis of Sharia. Its sole agenda was to push back their community to medieval era. It does not even include Shias and Ahmadias.

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