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Bhutan: Refugee Issue-all but forgotten?

Paper No. 6573                 Dated 26-July- 2019

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan.

On the World Refugee Day on June 20th, a few articles appeared in the media about the Bhutanese refugees still remaining in the camps in Nepal and about the ordeals faced by the Refugees before they were settled in third countries.

US can Ill-afford to send Confusing Signals on South Asia to India in 2019

Paper No. 6572                   Dated      23-July-2019

By Dr Subhash Kapila

The United States in 2019 stands geopolitically and strategically challenged by China in Indo Pacific, Iran in the Middle East and Russia in Eastern Europe, Northern Tier of the Middle East and has a strategic nexus with China. The US can therefore ill-afford to send confusing signals to India in 2019 on sensitive issues like Kashmir when India is the only Asian Power with Major Power national attributes is friendly to United States.

Bhutan: Potential Impact of an Earthquake:

Paper No. 6571                     Dated 22-July-2019

By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan

Is Bhutan ready for a major earthquake of a magnitude of over 7 in the Richter Scale as it happened in Nepal in 2015?

This is the basis of a study made by a group of Researchers in Bhutan and they have come out with a report titled “Reliance Strategies and Perceptions of the Potential Impacts of Earthquake to Bhutan. 

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Next Dalai Lama: Must be Chosen within China: India Warned Not to Interfere:

Paper No. 6570            Dated 20-July-2019

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

Wang Neng Sheng, Director General of the Government of Tibet Autonomous Region told a group of Indian journalists on 14th July that successor to the 14th Dalai Lama has to be decided within China and “any interference by India on the issue will impact bilateral ties”. 

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Myanmar: Charter Amendment Proposals Submitted despite Army’s Objections:

Paper No. 6569              Dated  20- July-2019

By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan

The 45-member Parliamentary Committee formed to examine and recommend proposals for Constitutional amendments submitted its report on 15th of July.

This Committee represented 14 political parties, some independents and surprisingly included the Army’s representatives too. The Army Representatives did not however give any proposal while its party the USDP made some ten proposals

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Book Review: The Unwomanly Face of War by Svetlana Alexievich: Penguin Classics, 2017-

Paper No. 6568 .  Dated 19-July-2019

By Prof. Charles Ponnuthurai  Sarvan:

Alexievich, born 1948, is an internationally recognised writer; winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2015.   She’s an ‘oral historian’, one who records the verbal testimony of those who participated in or were directly affected by historical events.

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PAKISTAN: PM Imran Khan’s Visit to US July 22, 2019 Aanalysed

Paper No. 6567                 Dated  17-July-2019

By Dr Subhash Kapila

US President Trump would be “welcoming” Pakistan PM Imran Khan for “official working visit” on July 2019 at the White House. How does one read President Trump’s invitation to Pakistan PM as only about a year ago he was severely castigating Pakistan for undermining US interests in Afghanistan? Intriguing question that arises contextually is whether this is an US ‘invitation’, or a US ‘summons’ to the Pakistan PM.

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