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Maldives on the “Boil”-Yameen Declares Emergency to avoid Court Orders

Paper No. 6346                                 Dated 06-Feb-2018

By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan

A Surprise and path breaking judgement, an evasive and defiant President who is a tyrant and an enthusiastic and jubilant but angry population- these describe the current situation in Maldives.

Myanmar: Update- Rohingya issue continues to take the Centre Stage:

Paper No. 6345                        Dated 4-Feb-2018
By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan
The Rohingya issue continues to take the Centre stage thus distracting the administration to look into other pressing issues like the cease-fire process, economy etc.

Nepal: Nepal-India Relations: India’s Course Correction should be Welcomed: Update No. 359.

Note No. 795                                     Dated 31-Jan-2018
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan
The impending visit of Indian Foreign Minister to Nepal even before the new government is formed should be welcomed.  This visit was preceded by two calls from Indian Prime Minister inviting K.P.Oli to visit  India  and the response of Oli is very encouraging. In turn,  Oli invited the Indian PM to visit Mukthinath and Lumbini and significantly not Janakpur!

South East Asia: United States & India Convergent Strategic Interests 2018

Paper No. 6344                                    Dated 31-Jan-2018

By Dr Subhash Kapila

United States recent primacy to Indo Pacific security in its National Security Strategy 2018 and India’s primacy to its Act East Policy are implicitly focused on checkmating belatedly, China’s hegemonistic control over South East Asia, and this leads to increasing strategic convergences between the US and India

Bangladesh: Getting Ready For Elections: The BNP’s Dilemma

Paper No. 6343                               Dated 24-Jan-2018
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan
It is now getting clear that towards the end of this year, Bangladesh will be having general elections. Both the main parties the Awami League and the BNP have begun preparations for the elections.

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017- (Triple Talaq bill)

Paper No. 6342                                   Dated 23-Jan-2018

By R. Upadhyay

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on December 28, 2017 to make the practice of instant triple talaq prevailing in Indian Muslim society a criminal offence with three years imprisonment and fine to the accused husband.

Israel-India Strategic Partnership 2017 “Seizing the Future” Strongly Reaffirmed in 2018: Analysis

Paper No. 6341                               Dated 22-Jan-2018

By Dr Subhash Kapila           

The January 2018 visit of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has strongly reaffirmed the Israel-India Strategic Partnership signed in mid-2017 and which the Israeli Prime Minister had then very aptly described it as “Seizing the Future” and which was analysed in detail in my SAAG Paper No.6277 dated 10 July 2017 and so


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