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China's Super Leaders Unveiled: Tough Road Ahead

Paper No. 5300                                   Dated 19-Nov-2012

By Bhaskar Roy

On the morning of November 15, seven Chinese leaders led by Xi Jinping strode on to the red carpeted podium in the Great Hall of the People. These members of the newly elected members of the Standing Committee of the Politburo (PBSC) of the 18th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Central Committee.

Gaza & Israel: Time For Wisdom

Paper No. 5299                          Dated  18-Nov-2012

By B.Raman

What we are seeing in Israel and Gaza is not just a war. It is not just a ruthless exchange of fire.

It is not just missiles, air strikes and naval barrages.People are dying on both sides.

It is a struggle for survival. One is dying in order to assert one’s right to live.

One is dying in order to assert one’s right to land. It may be just a piece of graveyard.

BHUTAN: Getting Ready for the 2nd General Elections: Update No. 95

Note No. 667                                   Dated 15-Nov-2012

By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan.

Though still a few months away, Bhutan is in the grip of the "election fever." Four new political parties are likely to join the fray. Even candidates for some of the constituencies are being discussed in the media.

What should be worrying the government is not about democracy which is taking deep roots, but the economy that still appears to be in trouble.

Pragmatism will Continue to Guide CPC

Paper No. 5298                                       Dated 16-Nov-2012

By B. Raman

Pragmatism will continue to guide the policies of the new leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC) headed by Mr. Xi Jinping which took over from the outgoing leadership headed by Mr. Hu Jintao on November 15, 2012.

Time to Avoid Romanticisation of Aung San Suu Kyi


Paper No. 5297                                Dated 16-Nov-2012

By B. Raman

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is presently on a visit to India where she grew up and studied as a teen-ager. Her widowed mother was posted as the Myanmar Ambassador to India. She delivered the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Lecture at New Delhi on November 14, 2012. She was interviewed on November 15 by Barkha Dutt of NDTV and Karan Thapar of CNN-IBN. Before her arrival, she gave a detailed interview to Nirupama Subramanian of “The Hindu”.

What can Change in China?

Paper No. 5296                                  Dated 14-Nov-2012

By Bhaskar Roy

The 18th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) opened in Beijing on November 8 amid almost unprecedented security. Sale of meat cleavers and flying of pigeons for sport was prohibited. The capital was almost sanitized. In 2012, the Chinese government allocated $ 105 billion for security, a figure higher than the military budget for the year.

Adding Substance to SAARC: India-Sri Lanka Experience.

Paper No. 5294                    Dated 13-Nov-2012

By Col. (retd) R.Hariharan

[This article includes extracts from the valedictory address delivered by the author at the International Conference on “India-Sri Lanka Relations: Strengthening SAARC” organised by the Centre for Indian Ocean Studies, Osmania University Hyderabad on November 8 and 9, 2012.]


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