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West Bengal Govt.’s order on Idol Immersion- Vote Bank Politics Again?

Paper No. 6316                               Dated 24-Oct-2017

By R. Upadhyay     

The West Bengal Government’s intervention in the ritual of the immersion of Goddess Durga idol on the day when it coincided with the Moharram procession of Muslims and subsequent orders of the Kolkata High Court countermanding it shows that the minority politics (read vote bank politics) is growing strong even in a progressive State like West Bengal.

Nepal: The Grand Leftist Alliance and its Aftershocks: update No. 353

Note No. 788                                      Dated 24-Oct-2017
 
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan
 
The Grand Leftist Alliance forged on October 3 by the two major Communist Parties and the newly formed Naya Shakti of Baburam Bhattarai took the political circles by surprise. 
 

US-India Dynamic Strategic Partnership 2017: Geopolitical Imperatives Analysed

Paper No. 6315                                 Dated 23-Oct-2017

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Geopolitical imperatives generated by China’s aggressive bid for global dominance in 2017 has prodded the United States to make the game changing offer of transforming the US-India Strategic Partnership into a dynamic predominantly security-centric relationship catering for Indo Pacific security.

Myanmar: Rohingya Crisis: Denigrating Suu Kyi does not Help

Paper No. 6314                                   Dated 21-Oct-2017
 
By Dr. S.Chandrasekahran
 

China: Towards the 19th Party Congress

Paper No. 6313                                         Dated 17-Oct-2017

By Bhaskar Roy

The 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is scheduled to start on October 18.  The date was announced well in advance, indicating everything has been set, including personnel changes in the Politburo (PB) of the Central Committee, as well as its Standing Committee (PBSC).  This suggests that power broking by heavy weighs, especially former senior leaders, have been reduced or eliminated by Xi Jinping.  There are no contemporaries of Xi who can  question him.

Bangladesh: A Judgement Gone Awry!

Paper No. 6312                                  Dated 16-Oct-2017

By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan

On many parameters Sheikh Hasina’s government is doing extremely well.  The economy is moving at around 6 percent growth.  There was a proud moment for Bangladesh when the first span of 6.15 Kilometer Padma Bridge was installed on 1st October- a project financed and executed indigenously.

United States Strategic Over-Evaluation of Pakistan (Saag Paper No.313 of 11.09.2011) Revisited 2017

Paper No. 6311                                  Dated 16-Oct-2017

By Dr Subhash Kapila

The United States has taken sixteen years down the line and numerous speed-breakers in US-Pakistan relations to realise that Pakistan was not only not delivering on US security interests but also undermining them. Sadly, this Paper of mine (Reproduced as Annexure) was coincidently published on the very morning of the Pakistan facilitated, financed and ISI trained Islamic Jihadi assaults in New York.

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