Commentaries & Articles
Shooting the ‘Messenger’: How India is tackling the Weaponisation of Social Media
A recent publication of a distorted map of India by Twitter (under its career section “Tweep Live”) sparked a huge controversy.1 After severe backlash, the map was hurriedly taken down, but FIRs have been lodged against Twitter India chief Manish Maheshwari and one other top official, regardless.2 Amidst this, while it is Twitter that has become the focal point of the controversy at hand, a larger issue has failed to grab due attention – the rampant weaponisation of social media for setting narratives; and these narratives in turn being exposed to the wide user bases that
The Divergences in the Gulf Have Their Own Dynamic
West Asia has an unusual knack of keeping the watchers and analysts on feet most of the times. On the one hand ongoing conflicts and hotspots in Yemen, Libya, Syria and Iraq keep one frustrated. And on the other simmering cinders of the Arab Spring keep the Arab Street charged up from Algeria to Lebanon to Sudan let alone the harbingers of the movement in Tunis and Egypt.
India-Central Asia Relations: Issues and Prospects
Despite close historical and cultural connection that India shared with Central Asian region, the bilateral relations have remained below the potential. The key reason is the lack of connectivity. However, in 2015, with PM Modi’s visit to this region, India’s outreach in Central Asia has gradually increased. Join Amb D P Srivastava and Dr. Pravesh Kumar Gupta for a discussion on the issues and prospects of the india-Central Asia relations.
Pakistan remains under the scrutiny of FATF
Amidst the changing regional and geopolitical dynamics, Pakistan remains mired in complexities and uncertainties. It continues to remain under the scrutiny of the terror-financing watchdog Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and is under immense pressure to prove the effectiveness of its measures related to money laundering and counter-terror financing. From 21-25 June 2021, review meetings of the FATF were held to take a call on whether to keep Pakistan on the terror financing watchdog’s ‘grey list’, remove it from the list or push it into the ‘black list.
Japan’s Four-day Workweek Proposal Unlikely to Work
Japan and Japanese are known for their famously workaholic corporate culture. There are cases in which companies have forced employees to put extra hours, thereby driving some to commit suicide and giving rise to the word karoshi or “death from over-work”, a term coined in the 1970s. There are also cases where employees voluntarily put extra hours of work for their companies to demonstrate their loyalty and commitment for the company’s welfare, thereby dying of stress, sometimes in offices itself.
BIMSTEC in a Changing World
In the current geopolitics, the Indo-Pacific region has gained significance. Within this, BIMSTEC as a sub-regional organisation has an imminent place, as it connects two regions-South Asia and Southeast Asia. Dr. Sreeradha Datta has taken the initiative from the VIF, to edit a book on “BIMSTEC: The journey and the way forward” with the contributions of 23 scholars and experts. Join Amb Hemayet Uddin and Cchavi Vasisht to discuss the book and the significance of the BIMSTEC in current geopolitics.
‘Great Rejuvenation’ of the Chinese Nation to Continue: Xi’s Message at the CCP Centenary Celebrations
The Chinese Communist Party celebrated its 100th birth anniversary. CCP General Secretary Xi Jinping delivered a much anticipated speech on the occasion. Being a centenary speech, it had obvious political significance. It sums up the state of affairs of what the “leader at the core” feels about the past, present and future. Taken together with other speeches, Xi announced that China would continue to build a prosperous socialist society, modernise the socialist economy, build its technological capacities, make the PLA stronger and deal with the world on its own terms as a confident nation.
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