INDIA, JAPAN, CHINA IN A NEW DEVELOPMENTAL AXIS
Published 01-11-2018 10:51 GMT-0000
Gone are the days when the US sneezes, Japan gets a cold. Today, Japan can say ‘No’ to US. Despite USA’s grave concern over the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative, the recent visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to China shows Japanese willingness to justify Chinese President Xi Jinping’s initiative. This will make a turning point in the Sino-Japan bilateral relations, which were shackled by age-long political hostility. The volte-face of Japan is viewed a silent negation to Trump’s protectionism. To this end, Modi’s visit to Japan, on the close heels of Abe’s visit to China, showcases a new pattern of trilateral relationship between the three leaders in Asia.
TALKS BETWEEN BRITAIN, EU MAKING NO REAL PROGRESS
Published 01-01-2018 11:29 GMT-0000
With British Prime Minister Theresa May unable to handle effectively the Brexit issue and the Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn emerging as the most favoured candidate for the top job, a section of the Labour leaders opposed to Corbyn’s entry into the office of the prime minister have launched a sinister campaign against him.
CLAMOUR FOR GREATER DEMOCRATISATION
Published 19-12-2017 10:32 GMT-0000
African National Congress’s five day national conference, currently underway, will end on December 20 with the nomination of the next head of ANC replacing Zuma. The conference attains much importance for the simple reason that whoever gets elected will be the nominee in the 2019 presidential elections, the most important general elections in post-apartheid South Africa.
RULING NATIONAL LIBERATION MOVEMENTS HAVE TO REINVENT THEM
Published 05-12-2017 10:10 GMT-0000
The resignation of Robert Mugabe last month from the Presidentship of Zimbabwe after ruling the country uninterrupted for 37 years since the liberation from the Britishers, has many lessons for the ruling national liberation movements in other parts of Africa. Mugabe was one of the tallest leaders of the African liberation movements against apartheid and colonialism and he played an important role in voicing the aspirations of the newly liberated African nations in the initial stages after coming to power. But when he was forced to resign by the Zimbabwe army leaders with full support from his Party ZANU-PF, he was a pale shadow of the fiery revolutionary that he was during the liberation struggle. He was alienated from the progressives in his Party and he was surrounded by a coterie led by his wife Grace whose actions angered both the ruling Party and the army leadership. At 93, Mugabe was not in full control of his mental faculty also and he was persuaded to take many measures which led to rampant corruption in the country.
BREXIT DIVORCE DRAMA SEALS PM’S FATE
Published 14-11-2017 12:43 GMT-0000
As the clock ticks down on Britain’s exit from the European Union, one could not go far wrong casting British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn as the hopeful Miranda in Shakespeare’s Tempest: “How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world that has such people in’t.” And Conservative Party Prime Minister Theresa May as Lady Macbeth: “Out damned spot, out, I say!”
LOOMING CHINESE SHADOW OVER NEIGHBOURS BIGGEST COMPULSION
Published 10-10-2017 13:45 GMT-0000
Last week, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was in Dhaka on a three-day visit to sign a $4.5 billion letter of credit to Bangladesh. The decision in this regard was announced last April during Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Delhi visit. India’s aid package to Bangladesh has increased steadily. This is the third LoC India has signed with Bangladesh. The first one was for $862 million, while the second one was for $2 billion. The latest deal is more than double the size of the second. Indian assistance has been primarily for the development of Bangladesh’s infrastructure sector.
COMMEMORATIONS ARE ON IN LATIN AMERICA
Published 10-10-2017 13:41 GMT-0000
Half a century ago, on October 9 1967, Ernesto “Che” Guevara, was assassinated by Mario Teran, a Bolivian army officer, following orders from the CIA. The Argentinian-born Cuban revolutionary hero died leading a guerilla struggle against the US-backed Bolivian military regime of Rene Barrientos, eight years after playing a leading role in the Cuban revolution.
SPANISH GOVT AND EU ARE SINGING SAME TUNE
Published 07-10-2017 11:01 GMT-0000
The Catalonian independence referendum last Sunday is a watershed in Europe, just not in Spain. The repression ordered by right-wing Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy immediately summoned up memories of the brutality of the years of the Francisco Franco dictatorship, which ended following his death in 1975 and a transition to parliamentary democracy.
INDIA: INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
NORTH EAST COULD BE POISED FOR BIG DEVELOPMENT
Published 04-09-2017 17:37 GMT-0000
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first visit to Myanmar (September 5-7) generates a great deal of euphoria from the perspective of his Act Asia policy and paves the way for North East –Myanmar connectivity. Myanmar is the only nation in ASEAN that has both road and sea borders with India. The two share a land border of 1,643 kilometers.
LEAVING EUROPEAN UNION DRAG ONUK ECONOMY
Published 05-08-2017 09:57 GMT-0000
Some senior lawmakers from Tory as well as Labour parties are seriously contemplating to initiate a move to undo the Brexit. Their move is based on the peoples’ perception that Brexit has failed to do good to Britain instead it has simply complicated the economic and employment scenario prevailing in the UK.