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United Nations: Cash Strapped? Op-Eds

United Nations: Cash Strapped?

The Financial Crisis On 08 Oct 2019, Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary-General (SG), speaking at the Budget-setting meeting of the 5th Committee (Administration & Budget Committee), said the…

Lebanon-The Mirror of Middle East Op-Eds

Lebanon-The Mirror of Middle East

Is Lebanese Society Imprisoned by History? Lebanon located at the crossroads of the Mediterranean Sea and the Arabian hinterland has a rich history and a special cultural identity of religious and…

Hong Kong: Where is the violence leading to? Op-Eds

Hong Kong: Where is the violence leading to?

Current Situation On 02 October 2019, in a clash with civilian protesters, a Hong Kong police officer shot an 18-year old secondary school student. The student was shot from point-blank range, while…

Drones: New Weapon In The Terrorist's Arsenal Op-Eds

Drones: New Weapon In The Terrorist's Arsenal

On Saturday 14 Sep 2019, in a pre-dawn strike, Saudi Arabia’s large ARAMCO oil refineries at Abqaiq and Khurais were attacked. The precision attacks crippled the kingdom’s oil production capacity by…

The S-400: Russia's Winner Op-Eds

The S-400: Russia's Winner

The S-400 Triumph, manufactured by Russia’s state-owned Almaz–Antey Corporation, is an Air Defence Weapon System. It is designed to destroy aircraft, cruise & ballistic missiles, as well as…

An Antidote to Economic Slowdown Op-Eds

An Antidote to Economic Slowdown

There’s been much ado about food company Parle’s falling biscuit sales. But for the Mumbai-based company and others like it, the cookie does seem to be crumbling. As Parle’s rival Britannia…

Ladakh: The New Union Territory Op-Eds

Ladakh: The New Union Territory

What were the strategic reasons for a separate Union Territory?  Ladakh, for the most part, is a sparsely populated, semi-arid, high-altitude desert. It lies in the Himalayas, between the Zanskar and…

The Removal Of J&K’s Special Status Op-Eds

The Removal Of J&K’s Special Status

Why Was Article 370 Introduced in the First Place? The Shadow of War  When India and Pakistan gained Independence in 1947, the Princely state of J&K had not joined either country. On 22 October…

Escalation to super-power conflict? Op-Eds

Escalation to super-power conflict?

What is the South China Sea Dispute?  The dispute is between six maritime nations, who share shorelines with the South China Sea. The conflict is over territorial claims and economic zone rights. The…

Towards Next Steps in India-Pakistan Strategic Stability Op-Eds

Towards Next Steps in India-Pakistan Strategic Stability

Strategic stability is normally assumed to mean deterrence stability. This assumption is simplistic as the term signifies much more than merely the prevalence of nuclear deterrence between two…

Can BoJo mojo repair broken Britain? Op-Eds

Can BoJo mojo repair broken Britain?

It’s now official. Yes. Boris Johnson will be reincarnated as an olive. A man who only a few years ago described his chances becoming the PM as likely as being reincarnated as the Mediterranean fruit…

A Timely Act Op-Eds

A Timely Act

The unprecedented rise of China and several other Asian nations has led to a global transformation. While this has a positive impact on much of the world, it has also unsettled a few leading powers…

Nagaland: North-East's hidden gem Op-Eds

Nagaland: North-East's hidden gem

Nagaland is situated at a crucial junction between India and Myanmar, accentuating its importance as a border state. Despite its geostrategic importance, the state has not experienced the same amount…

Odisha: prepared for the future Op-Eds

Odisha: prepared for the future

Odisha has arguably been the country's most disaster-ready state for the past twenty years, and the rest of the country could learn to emulate its highly effective evacuation strategies. However,…

Dare to Disrupt, as a value for corporates Op-Eds

Dare to Disrupt, as a value for corporates

Disruption & Transformational Change 1.         When I was a child, my father invested in an Encyclopedia. Recently, I asked one of our younger employees, if they knew what an Encyclopedia was.…

Meghalaya: Its raining opportunities! Op-Eds

Meghalaya: Its raining opportunities!

Meghalaya receives the country's highest rainfall yet there seems to be a drought of development. Much like how the monsoon rain brings in relief for most of the country, Meghalaya's time in the sun…

Maharashtra: the Sweet smell of success Op-Eds

Maharashtra: the Sweet smell of success

Maharashtra is arguably India's most prosperous state with the highest per capita income and strong performances in key HDI indicators. So, what is a threat to the state? Natural phenomenon arising…

Manipur: Imphal's development impasse Op-Eds

Manipur: Imphal's development impasse

For decades, Manipur has been fighting active separatist movements which demand succession from the Union of India. In the extensive crossfire, the state has lost crucial revenue generation as well…

Mizoram: distance from development Op-Eds

Mizoram: distance from development

Mizoram has a highly literate population but there is no robust employment generation nor is there any sign of rapid economic development. Carved out of Assam and been subjected to violent…

Madhya Pradesh: India's beating heart Op-Eds

Madhya Pradesh: India's beating heart

India's geographic centre is reflective of the many problems the country faces. Despite the sustained, fast-paced economic growth, key human development indicators remain unimpressive and represent a…