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The Resurrection of Xi ‘Zedong’
The Resurrection of Xi ‘Zedong’

In 1981, five years after Mao Zedong’s death, China adopted an official verdict on his life. It called Mao a great revolutionary whose contributions outweighed the cost of his mistakes (Zhisui Li). Literature and history of later years have, however, suggested otherwise. Mao, through his purges, social upheavals, and programmes—during the...

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About Borders
Claude Arpi | 01 Oct , 2020 0 comments

  For centuries, the subcontinent was separated from the Tibetan plateau by the most formidable natural barrier, the Himalaya. This border has been remarkably peaceful from time immemorial. It is only since the early 1950s, once Tibet, a State with all the legal attributes of an Independent Nation, was occupied by Communist China, that the...

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Are Pakistan’s Opposition Parties ‘Dragging’ the Army into Politics?
Nilesh Kunwar | 30 Sep , 2020 1 comment
Are Pakistan’s Opposition Parties ‘Dragging’ the Army into Politics?

When Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa was appointed Pakistan Army Chief in November 2016, the general consensus was that the scales tipped in his favour since he was apolitical. Probably that’s why even though he superseded four Generals who were senior to him, his elevation was well-received as it portended at least a decline, [if not an end] to the...

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A genocidal China and an apathetic United Nations
A genocidal China and an apathetic United Nations

US President Donald Trump told the United Nations on September 22 that China must be held accountable for unleashing the coronavirus “plague” on the world and failing to contain the virus that has killed nearly one million people across the world, including 200,000 Americans. China’s reaction was that the issue is being unduly...

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Skilling Gaps in Defence Production
Prakash Nanda | 28 Sep , 2020 0 comments
Skilling Gaps in Defence Production

In accordance with its “Atmanirbhar Bharat” policy,the Government on August 10 announced a ban on import of 101 weapons, platforms and equipment. Later, none other than Prime Minister Narendra Modi surprised the participants at a Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry-event by his “unscheduled address”, in which he...

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