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Xi Jinping’s New Security Satraps
China’s powerful security apparatus has become even more important for Xi Jinping as he makes a bid for a third term at China’s helm at the upcoming 20th Party Congress in 2022. The unease and dissatisfaction simmering just below the surface make it imperative that the security establishment is unquestioningly loyal to Xi.
Compulsions behind Japan Arming Itself
Japan’s security posture seems to be heading for a dramatic overhaul as it feels compelled to respond to the emerging challenges in the altered security environment in its neighbourhood. China’s belligerence in territorial issues and North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests have awakened Japan to think seriously about safeguarding its own security. It may be recalled that when North Korea fired missiles in the recent past, they flew over Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, exposing Japan’s vulnerability and to external security threats.
Understanding Indian Heritage: Shedding the Colonial Past
The Indian subcontinent was largely colonised by the British Empire for almost two centuries and an official establishment for archaeology was introduced by Alexander Cunningham, a British army engineer. He was the founder of the Indian Archaeological Survey and Director of Survey until 1885.[1] The focus of a lot of sites tended to bend towards the Greek and Roman influences over the Indian subcontinent.
उत्कृष्ट होता सोशल मीडिया : विवादों के बीच फेसबुक से मेटा तक
अक्टूबर महीना सोशल मीडिया के दिग्गज फेसबुक एवं उसके व्हाट्सएप, इंस्टाग्राम और मैसेंजर सहित परिवार के लिए अच्छा समाचार नहीं था। 4 अक्टूबर को जब इसकी गंभीर आलोचना हुई तो फ्रांसेस हौगेन नाम की एक व्हिसलब्लोअर, जिन्होंने इसके पहले फेसबुक के आंतरिक शोध-अनुसंधान दस्तावेजों को लीक कर दिया था, उन्होंने एक साक्षात्कार में अपनी पहचान का खुलासा करते हुए फेसबुक पर जनता के मानसिक स्वास्थ्य को नकारात्मक रूप से प्रभावित करके उनकी "सुरक्षा की कीमत पर अपने लाभ" को प्राथमिकता देने का आरोप लगाया था। [1] फेसबुक की पहले से ही संकटग्रस्त स्थिति
Bangladesh- Journey of Fifty Years
16 December 1971 is a historic day for Bangladesh. This day has been celebrated as the Victory Day to mark the defeat of the Pakistani forces and its emergence as an independent Bangladesh. This year is especially significant as it marks the golden jubilee year of that momentous event. The 1971 Liberation War of Bangladesh continues to evoke high emotions embedded in the determination and sacrifice by men and women who withstood in the face of huge repression and genocide of humungous proportions perpetrated by West Pakistan on its Eastern wing.
The Re-election of Gambian President Raises Hope for Justice
On 4th December 2021, The Gambia, the smallest country in mainland Africa, held its presidential election. The present election can be viewed as a strong statement in support of successful transition towards a democratic society. To recall, in the last election which took place five years ago, the people of Gambia rejected their authoritarian leader Yahya Jammeh through a democratic election. Thus, the present election happened to be the first one in 27 years when the name of the ousted and exiled dictator Jammeh was not present on the Gambian ballot.
The external dimensions of India-Russia relations
In the two decades since India and Russia declared a new strategic partnership, the global geopolitical landscape has undergone major transformations. While the partnership retains a strong strategic content, its course has inevitably been impacted by shifting equations between major global powers. This aspect is likely to figure prominently on the dialogue agenda of President Putin and Prime Minister Modi on December 6.
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