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MODERNISATION OF INDIAN MADRASAS- Why this convergence of the Muslim Elites and the Mullahs?

Paper No. 5829                                  Dated 26-Nov-2014

By R. Upadhyay

The subject of this paper is to examine whether the proposed modernisation of the Madrasas in conformity with the national educational mainstream is an anti-thesis of Muslim politics? Will it de-radicalise the Muslims? Will it dispel the haze of medievalism from the minds of the common Muslims?

Madrasa education to be mainstreamed?

Making Sense of Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Protests

Paper No. 5828                                 Dated 25-Nov-2014

By D. S. Rajan

As on today (24 November 2014), the current wave of Pro-Democracy protests in Hong Kong, one of the biggest   to be organized since the People’s Republic of China (PRC) attained its sovereignty over the former British Colony in 1997, is seven weeks old.   

China and Pakistan- India’s Strategic Choices

Paper No. 5827                                 Dated 23-Nov-2014

By D. S. Rajan

Pakistan and Russia Sign Defence and Military Cooperation Agreement

Paper No. 5826                                 Dated 21-Nov-2014

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Pakistan and Russia signed a ‘Defence and Military Cooperation Agreement’ on November 20 in Rawalpindi during the significantly first-ever visit of a Russian Defence Minister to Pakistan in the changing security environment.

MYANMAR: Elections 2015 and Constitutional Amendments – Disappointments Galore!

Paper No. 5825                                   Dated 20-Nov-2014

By C. S. Kuppuswamy

Introduction

Establishment of NDB and AIIB: Shifting Economic Base from West to East

Paper No. 5824                                           Dated 20-Nov-2014

Guest Column by Hari Bansh Jha

The recently established New Development Bank (NDB) by BRICS member countries and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) by 21-member Asian countries with their headquarters in China herald a shift in economic power from the West to the East. It is speculated that these two monetary institutions would dwarf the size of West-supported World Bank (WB) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Bhutan: Smooth Transition and commendable Governance by Tobgay: Update No. 107

Note No. 728                                     Dated 18-Nov-2014

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

In August this year, while listing the achievements of his government, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay claimed that the fact that his government did not indulge in any witch hunt was itself an indication that democracy is getting strengthened in Bhutan.

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