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Japan-India Special Strategic Partnership Needs Added Special Robustness

Paper No. 6414.       Dated 26-Aug-2018

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Perceptively missing and noticeable in the last one year is that the Japan-India Special Strategic & Global Partnership is progressing routinely without the fizz that should be attendant on it by two powerful Asian giants and pillars of Asian stability. This perceptiion  arises from India positioning this ‘Vital Partnership’ in Indian prism of relations with China and Chinese sensitivities on India’s proximate strategic relations with Japan.

Bhutan: Gearing up for National Elections

Paper No. 6413 .      Dated 25-Aug-2018

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

The Second National Assembly of Bhutan was dissolved in the afternoon of 1st August 2018 as mandated by Article 19 of Bhutan Constitution.

By a Royal Order, an interim government under the leadership of the Chief Justice has been formed with nine Advisers.  In distributing the portfolios, the Chief Justice- now called Chief Adviser has retained the two important  portfolios namely Home and Foreign Affairs.

Sri Lanka: A Tamil Reading of Albert Camus 'The Plague'

Paper No. 6412      Dated 20-Aug-2018
By Prof. Charles Sarvan
Colombo Telegraph (14 October 2017) reported that in Mullaitivu there’s one Sinhalese soldier for every two Tamil civilians. It added that this ratio does not include personnel belonging to the navy and air-force. Elsewhere too, demographic realities are being systematically and forcibly changed. (I gather that soon, if not already, there will be more Chinese in Tibet than Tibetans.)
 

Pakistan New PM-Imran Khan: Nothing Changes

Paper No. 6411                          Dated 20-Aug-2018

By Dr Subhash Kapila

PM Imran Khan, Pakistan’s twenty second Prime Minister sworn on August 18 2018 was not swept into office with a thumping political majority but a cobbled coalition of sorts. Hovering over PM Imran Khan emerging as Prime Minister was an unsavoury reputation that PM Imran Khan’s emergence as PM was scripted and facilitated by the new power duopoly of Pakistan Army-Supreme Court Judiciary.

Myanmar: Remembering Pro democracy Movement in Aug- 1988:

Paper No. 6410                      Dated 19-Aug-2018
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan.
 
“What we demanded in 1988 was democracy and the downfall of dictatorship.  Today the domination of the dictatorship largely remains and the democracy we have got is half real and half sham.”
 

India's China Policy- Reset: Strategiclly inadvisable without clear bench marks:

Paper No.6409            Dated 16-Aug-2018

By Dr Subhash Kapila

(paper No. 6370 dated 23rd April, 2018 Revsited)

Misgivings on India’s surprise China Policy Reset in March 2018 marking a U-turn from India’s standing tall against China’s military provocations and intrusions in Dokalam analysed in the above referred Paper have largely materialised as evidenced by China’s unceasing buildup at Dkalam and repeat of Dkalam Standoff confrontation in Ladakh in end-July 2018.

MALDIVES- INDIA Relations Going Downhill?

Paper No. 6408 .          Dated 15-Aug-2018

By R.M. Panda

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