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Book Review: The Unwomanly Face of War by Svetlana Alexievich: Penguin Classics, 2017-

Paper No. 6568 .  Dated 19-July-2019

By Prof. Charles Ponnuthurai  Sarvan:

Alexievich, born 1948, is an internationally recognised writer; winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2015.   She’s an ‘oral historian’, one who records the verbal testimony of those who participated in or were directly affected by historical events.

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PAKISTAN: PM Imran Khan’s Visit to US July 22, 2019 Aanalysed

Paper No. 6567                 Dated  17-July-2019

By Dr Subhash Kapila

US President Trump would be “welcoming” Pakistan PM Imran Khan for “official working visit” on July 2019 at the White House. How does one read President Trump’s invitation to Pakistan PM as only about a year ago he was severely castigating Pakistan for undermining US interests in Afghanistan? Intriguing question that arises contextually is whether this is an US ‘invitation’, or a US ‘summons’ to the Pakistan PM.

Indian Cultural Imprint in Thailand:

Paper No. 6566 .                   Dated 15-July-2019

By Prof. V. Suryanarayan

Myanmar: All round Pressure on the Rohingya Issue:

Paper No. 6565                  Dated   14-July-2019

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

A month ago, the International Criminal Court (ICC) said that it plans to initiate pretrial proceedings in what could be termed as a ‘legal action’ against the top Myanmar Military leadership including its chief.  It is the contention of the United Nations that driving away the Rohingyas now numbering over 1.1 million amounted to “Ethnic Cleansing” with a genocidal intent.

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South East Asia's Cultural Indebtedness to India:

Paper No. 6564                Dated 13- July-2019

By Prof. V. Suryanarayan

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The UN International Water Courses Convention 2014:

Paper No. 6563                   Dated 13-July-2019

By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan.

In the July 10 Issue of Foreign Policy in focus, Conn Hallinan has made a strong case that the World needs a Water treaty and has suggested that the International Water Courses Convention that came into effect on August 2014 following the endorsement of the treaty by Vietnam should be a good starting point in any dispute/conflict/cooperation among the member countries.

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Nepal: PM Oli’s Many Challenges:

Paper No. 6562                 Dated 12-July-2019

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

Despite having an overwhelming majority in the House, Prime Minister Oli appears to be facing many challenges-

The breakaway faction of the Maoists led by Netra Bikram Chand continues to be active and is gaining ground.

The Trigger happy Police force supported by his Home Minister appear to be a law unto themselves. 

Bills are being introduced without proper scrutiny or adequate preparation for implementation. 

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