The Neighbourhood/World
Busting myth around the Bajwa Doctrine - Ashok K Mehta, Pioneer
The much-bandied Bajwa Doctrine is a misnomer. At best, it’s a storm in a teacup. Either a journalist in Pakistan has coined this term or it is the work of the Inter-Services Public Relations’ intrepid Major General Asif Ghafoor. It makes anyone feel larger than life having a doctrine named after him. No other Pakistan Army Chief, who is de facto ruler of the country, has a doctrine attributed to him; though General Raheel Sharif did have posters and graffiti in Lahore and other places, reading “we love you Raheel Sharif”.
China's craving for mad old dreams - Claude Arpi, Pioneer
Chinese scientists continue to work on grandiose dam projects which are bound to do more harm than good. But these megaprojects may not quench the locals' thirst for freedom. China is thirsty. What can the Middle Kingdom do to quench its thirst? Simple, have said the Chinese experts for decades, divert the rivers from Tibet to the Mainland and to Xinjiang.
Pakistan's cruel ploy on Hafiz Saeed - Balbir Punj, Pioneer
Only the uninitiated and gulible would have been shocked following a Pakistan Court order last Thursday, directing the Government not to ‘harass’ Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) founder Hafiz Saeed and to allow him to continue his “social welfare activities”. Ironically, the court’s order came just three days after the US declared the Milli Muslim League (MML), the political party formed by Saeed, as a foreign terrorist organisation.
IS and its disastrous influence in Afghanistan - Jai Kumar, Pioneer
After uprooting from Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State (IS) is trying to establish itself in Afghanistan and Pakistan as both these countries are totally radicalised and, hence, it will be easier for them to set their bases over there.
Making China great again - Samir Saran, Times of India
“The superior man,” says the Analects of Confucius, “cannot be known in little matters but may be entrusted with great concerns.” As an ardent scholar of Confucianism, it appears that President Xi Jinping has taken this advice to heart.
The many faces of Putin - Ruchir Sharma, Times of India
There was never much suspense about whether Vladimir Putin would win the election on Sunday, but there is some question about which Putin will show up for his fourth term. It’s forgotten now, but Putin was once a classic economic reformer. He took over as president in 2000, after a decade in which Russia was devastated by financial crisis, twice.
All hail the Tsar - Pioneer
Imperial Russia, the state formed after the rise of the Romanov dynasty, never had a Tsar Vladimir. However, modern post-Soviet Russia clearly does have a new Tsar. Vladimir Putin was just elected to his fourth term in office, including his time as Prime Minister where he ran things for President Dmitry Medvedev before the rules over term limits were changed.
Restore democracy in the Maldives - Economic Times
Maldives turning down India’s invitation to participate in the Indian Ocean naval exercise Milan puts the spotlight on China’s growing influence in the region. The Maldives government cited the ongoing state of emergency in the country as the reason behind its decision.
Xi Jinping’s 3rd term may hit China’s global ambitions - Kanwal Sibal, Economic Times
The move by the Chinese Communist Party (CPC) to amend the constitution to give a third term to President Xi Jinping has several implications, largely negative. When the Politburo Standing Committee was reconstituted at the 19th National Congress of the CPC in October 2017, it was suspected that this might happen because, contrary to past practice, no potential successor to Xi was identified.
The face of terror in Bangladesh - Joyeeta Bhattacharjee, Pioneer
Bangladeshi militant organisation, Neo-Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), has once again hogged the limelight following a recent incident of knife attack on an Australian citizen by a Bangladeshi woman who travelled to Melbourne on a student visa. This incident has once again brought the global attention on the terror outfit.
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