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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.

Nepal: The Grand Leftist Alliance and its Aftershocks: update No. 353

Note No. 788                                      Dated 24-Oct-2017
 
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan
 
The Grand Leftist Alliance forged on October 3 by the two major Communist Parties and the newly formed Naya Shakti of Baburam Bhattarai took the political circles by surprise. 
 

China: Towards the 19th Party Congress

Paper No. 6313                                         Dated 17-Oct-2017

By Bhaskar Roy

The 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is scheduled to start on October 18.  The date was announced well in advance, indicating everything has been set, including personnel changes in the Politburo (PB) of the Central Committee, as well as its Standing Committee (PBSC).  This suggests that power broking by heavy weighs, especially former senior leaders, have been reduced or eliminated by Xi Jinping.  There are no contemporaries of Xi who can  question him.

Bangladesh: A Judgement Gone Awry!

Paper No. 6312                                  Dated 16-Oct-2017

By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan

On many parameters Sheikh Hasina’s government is doing extremely well.  The economy is moving at around 6 percent growth.  There was a proud moment for Bangladesh when the first span of 6.15 Kilometer Padma Bridge was installed on 1st October- a project financed and executed indigenously.

Nepal: Political Earth Quake- Nepali Congress Shocked and Surprised- Update No. 352

Note No. 787                                      Dated 10-Oct-2017

By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan

On 3rd October, the three leftist parties, the UML, Maoist Centre led by Dahal and the Naya Shakti led by Baburam Bhattarai agreed to contest the next two tier elections under the same political banner and eventually form a single communist party.  This happened despite the fact that Dahal’s Maoist Centre continued to be a coalition partner of the present government led by the Nepali Congress.

Pakistan September 2017: State of the Nation & its Regional Implications

Paper No. 6310                                    Dated 07-Oct-2017

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Pakistan in September 2017 perceptionaly appears in an existential crisis wherein all major pillars of state stand engulfed in a systemic failure likely to endanger regional security and a crisis from which Pakistan cannot retrieve itself without a change of existing mindsets by Pakistan’s policy establishment.

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.

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