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Shubhra Ranjan

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07-Apr-2020 17:31:57 PM

Henry Kissinger’s Diagnostics and Remedy for Covid-19

In an editorial written for The Wall Street Journal , Henry Kissinger says, “The Coronavirus Pandemic Will Forever Alter the World Order”. He further says,"A global retreat from balancing power with legitimacy will cause the social contract to disintegrate both domestically and internationally." Have a look.


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06-Apr-2020 18:46:37 PM

How should India open-up post lockdown?

"It is correct to claim that the pandemic has to be fought on a war footing; however, without data and without protective equipment, it is like fighting a war blindfolded and without weapons." Source: ORF

useful link: https://www.orfonline.org/expert-speak/what-india-needs-on-14-april-64134/

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04-Apr-2020 18:00:59 PM

Indian Foreign Policy in the 'Modi Era'

"When it comes to foreign policy, I would focus more on woods rather than on trees.", says Dr Jaishankar. Such realism has been displayed in Modi Era Diplomacy. Here is an analysis.


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01-Apr-2020 14:31:25 PM

Dr Jaishankar explains - How west used the Goldilocks principle on India?

There is no doubt about the exceptional insight that Dr Jaishankar has in India's global engagements . Here he claims that unlike China, India suffered "Two centuries of Humiliation". He also explains how the west has kept India limited to that Goldilock zone wherein India is not allowed to exceed the western design. But he also asserts that in this new world order, the principle stands obsolete.

useful link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUtbsPOE944&t=782s

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31-Mar-2020 18:35:18 PM

For Autocrats, Coronavirus Is a Chance to Grab Even More Power

An excellent piece in the New York Times , wherein the author looks at the Corona Pandemic from a different angle. How this crisis can help autocrats to tighten their grip in their respective countries.

useful link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/30/world/europe/coronavirus-governments-power.html

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30-Mar-2020 11:30:26 AM

"The virus is faster than our bureaucracy."Is it?

In this time of global crisis, each country cannot afford to "reinvent its own wheel".We need to learn from the failures and success of others. Here is an analysis of Italy's experience, published on a very reputed platform - Harvard Business Review (HBR).


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28-Mar-2020 21:06:59 PM

Why India needs to follow the Mahanian maxim?

Without the necessary investments in its hard-power capabilities, India’s vision of a “safe, free, and open Indo-Pacific” will remain unfulfilled. India must take necessary steps to increase investments in its navy as it looks to counter growing Chinese influence in the IOR.


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21-Mar-2020 09:37:05 AM

A quote very much relevant to our fight against Corona Virus

If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.
Sun Tzu, The Art of War
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 on 04-Apr-2020 01:50:06 AM
Well said

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20-Mar-2020 15:21:22 PM

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"The origins of hot wars lie in cold wars,and the origins of cold wars are found in the anarchic ordering of the international arena..... Theorists explain what historians know: war is normal.      

     By - Kenneth N. Waltz,1988

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19-Mar-2020 09:09:52 AM

The Big Question: Should judges stop accepting post-retirement jobs offered by govt?

In this excellent piece, the writer dives deep into the question – Whether Judiciary members should accept the post-retirement jobs? He gives the constituent Assembly debates; previous examples and the recommendations of the Law Commission on the issue. He also gives an example which could be a model to follow for judiciary members. Courtesy: Indian Express

useful link: https://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/former-chief-justice-india-ranjan-gogoi-rajya-sabha-nomination-bjp-6319321/

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16-Mar-2020 15:00:14 PM

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"Happy is the nation without history" - Cesare  Beccaria

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16-Mar-2020 10:03:29 AM

The personal data protection bill 2019: Recommendations to the Joint Parliamentary Committee

The article discusses Personal Data Protection Bill 2019 (PDP Bill), particularly two key questions : (a) the Central Government’s power to exempt agencies from the Bill’s provisions; and (b) the government’s access to anonymised and/or non-personal data gathered by data fiduciaries and processors. Courtesy: Observer Research Foundation

useful link: https://www.orfonline.org/research/the-personal-data-protection-bill-2019-61915/

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14-Mar-2020 09:38:14 AM

The Nuances of Geopolitics in the Arctic

Due to the combination of a great variety of factors, the Arctic has gained a lot of global attention and interest. Here is an analysis about the response of various nations including that of India.


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09-Mar-2020 11:20:36 AM

Refusing to defend an accused goes against the professional ethics of lawyers.

Thomas Erskine, Attorney General for the Prince of Wales,defended Thomas Paine (charged with treason).
He defended Paine saying: “… If the advocate refuses to defend from what he may think of the charge or of the defence, he assumes the character of the Judge…".
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09-Mar-2020 11:13:56 AM

The US Taliban Peace Deal

The deal was no surprise. Dr. Jaishankar aptly describes it as watching ‘Pakeezah’ after 17 Trailers. That's true for the content of the deal. Yet the future prospects of the deal opens up the debate about the elusive peace in this 'Great Games' country.


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07-Mar-2020 11:43:36 AM

EAM Dr. Jaishankar's speech at the 4th Ramnath Goenka Lecture, 2019

A nation that has the aspiration to become a leading power someday cannot continue with unsettled borders, an unintegrated region and under exploited opportunities. In this excellent piece , Dr Jaishankar calls for an unsentimental audit of Indian foreign policy.


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07-Mar-2020 08:24:10 AM

Shiv shankar Menon quotes Abba Eban in his book "Choices"

"Men and nations behave wisely when they exhaust all their alternatives"

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06-Mar-2020 09:47:57 AM

A quote on significance of economic interdependence.

“When goods do not cross borders, soldiers will.”? Frederic Bastiat

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06-Mar-2020 09:42:23 AM

How BJP’s one-party dominance differs from Congress

In the past two decades, Indian politics has been undergoing a significant transition, which includes rapid changes in the demographic composition of Indian electorate and voters , alongside advancement in information and communication technology, which meant a larger population now consumes mass media. Courtesy: The Print

useful link: https://theprint.in/opinion/how-bjps-one-party-dominance-differs-from-congress-it-co-opts-local-elites-and-opponents/371702/

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05-Mar-2020 10:25:20 AM

The Evolution and Dynamics of India-US Relations

Once described as ‘Estranged democracies’ ( Dennis Kux), Inda and USA are now being seen as "Engaged Democracies".Here is an analysis of how the relation has evolved in Post World War era ; the determinants of the relationship and future prospects.


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03-Mar-2020 09:00:53 AM

Key Implications of the US-Taliban peace deal

An insight into the Doha Accord by Maj. Gen. (Retd.) Ashwani Kumar Siwach, Defence and Strategic Expert,Meera Shankar, Former Ambassador,Prof. A.K. Pasha, Centre for West Asian Studies, JNU, Courtesy:"The Big Picture" show of Rajya Sabha TV

useful link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ji68iGwOAAg&list=PLVOgwA_DiGzoqQsGjmamTu6f453RWpm_I&index=2

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20-Feb-2020 18:26:51 PM

Why trade with the US matters to India?

Although much is happening in the defence and security domain, India's trade relationship with US has become a weak link in the bilateral dynamics. Here is an analysis of the significance of the India-US trade relations.

useful link: https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/india-us-trade-free-trade-agreement-donald-trump-visit-6276553/

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20-Feb-2020 13:37:00 PM

The significance of the term ‘secular’

Concerning the PSIR syllabus (Paper 1) under the topic - Caste, Religion and Ethnicity in Indian Politics. An insight by Rajeev Bhargava on - Why European model of secularism is not only incongruous in Indian context, but also loosing utility in current European socio-political landscape.


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18-Feb-2020 10:31:57 AM

EAM Dr. S. Jaishankar at Munich Security Council Discussions

A session on "Westlessness in the world : Multilateralism in a changing world order" wherein India's EAM Dr. S. Jaishankar responds to US Senator Lindsay Graham as - "Dont worry senator. One democracy will settle it (Kashmir), and you know which one!"

useful link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0In57pOK1Pk&t=31s

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17-Feb-2020 11:58:54 AM

International Relations - Interview related Discussion by Shubhra Ranjan

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16-Feb-2020 18:19:17 PM

Coronavirus : A Challenge to China’s credibility

With huge debt overhang of nearly 300% of its GDP and large surplus capacity in real estate and construction sector, steel and cement. A faltering China may be as big a challenge as an ascendant one.


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12-Feb-2020 20:53:37 PM

5G and the underlying Geopolitics

5G is coming online at a time when western companies no longer dominate the global technology landscape. Chinese companies are playing an increasingly influential role.Thus boycotting Huawei is a political and not a technical issue


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10-Feb-2020 09:46:18 AM

A weak rebuke: It’s unfortunate EC didn’t punish hate speech in Delhi campaign

These offences of hate speeches violate not only the MCC but also the Representation of People Act (1951) and Indian Penal Code, 1860, writes S Y Quraishi

useful link: https://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/a-weak-rebuke-delhi-assembly-elections-ec-notice-campaigning-6256658/

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07-Feb-2020 06:28:56 AM

Is China-Myanmar Economic Corridor turning out to be another CPEC?

China's CMEC project is certainly going to decrease the diplomatic bandwidth that India currently has with Myanmar. It calls for deep reflection and comprehensive consultations with the finest minds in the country.

useful link: https://www.wionews.com/opinions-blogs/is-china-myanmar-economic-corridor-turning-out-to-be-another-cpec-275688

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05-Feb-2020 17:04:32 PM

Recent Developments in India-Brazil Relations

PM Narendra Modi and Brazilian President Jair Messias Bolsonaro held wide-ranging talks with a focus on boosting bilateral ties in key areas .


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03-Feb-2020 20:02:46 PM

Trump’s Middle East Plan

A brief summary of the Trump’s Plan on Israel – Palestine Issue along with it’s immediate repercussions .


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03-Feb-2020 19:52:56 PM

The four phases of constitutional interpretation

The judiciary is beginning to interpret the Constitution in line with its revolutionary and transformative potential. The summary of an analysis by Chintan Chandrachud (Author of ‘The Cases that India Forgot’)


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 on 26-Mar-2020 13:20:32 PM
If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.

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24-Jan-2020 16:48:37 PM

ORF Special Report (Looking Back, Looking Ahead : Foreign Policy In Transition Under Modi)

useful link: https://www.orfonline.org/research/looking-back-looking-ahead-foreign-policy-in-transition-under-modi-53332/

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24-Jan-2020 11:51:05 AM

South-South Co-operation


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