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The Line of Control which Never Was
Claude Arpi | 04 Oct , 2020 0 comments

  China has recently triggered a controversy about an imaginary Line of Actual Control of 1959, which never existed. If one goes through the Notes, Memoranda and letters Exchanged and Agreements signed between The Governments of India and China, Part 2, (September – November 1959), also known as White Papers 2, where the entire correspondence...

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India’s tactics against China: A game theory perspective
Akshat Mittal | 03 Oct , 2020 0 comments
India’s tactics against China: A game theory perspective

Ever since a clash took place between Indian and Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley earlier this year, leaving casualties on both sides, a wave of anti-China sentiment has swept across India. We have seen this mainly in the form of protests to boycott Chinese goods, as well as calls for India to modify its trade policy to reduce dependence...

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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 Probably that’s why even though he superseded four Generals who were senior to him, his elevation was well-received as it portended at least a decline, [if not an end] to the...

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