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A trial balloon is being hoisted by the ruling BJP in India to achieve its objective of holding simultaneous elections to state assemblies and Parliament by opting for an early poll for the Lok Sabha, the lower house of Parliament, along with eight states that will be going to polls in 2018. Parliamentary elections are due only in 2019. This can be achieved as BJP rules all states which have to go to the polls in 2018.

 

Kuwait has called for more transparency in the working of the Security Council and asked its permanent members to refrain from using their veto rights on issues relating to crimes against humanity.

 

As leaders of the 10 countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations gathered in New Delhi this week, India’s ties with ASEAN got a dose of both symbolism and substance.

 

The India-Asean summit centres on the presence of 10 heads of state and government at the Republic Day Parade. This is an optically powerful statement of how much India’s relations with South East Asia have progressed since a Look East Policy was first articulated by Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao in 1992 in Singapore.

 

Any leader asked to address the plenary session of the World Economic Forum at Davos has an opportunity to do two things. The first is to pitch his (or her) country strongly to foreign companies and investors. The second is to build the brand of both the individual and the country by looking at issues and concerns beyond those that just concern his or her country. The world, after all, is sorely lacking in statesmen (and stateswomen) of global stature.

 

Five months after the government claimed the victory of “quiet diplomacy” to bring the 73-day stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops at Doklam to an end, the contours of the actual agreement and events that have followed remain a mystery.

 

Next week Narendra Modi goes to Davos to try and convince some of the richest men in the world that India is open for business. Trying to lure foreign investors to our shores is something he has done his best to do since he became Prime Minister.

 

Almost a quarter century ago, a memoir titled Prozac Nation swept through the United States, referring to the antidepressant pill that helped beat the blues. Now, we are in an age of a global bipolar disorder, with the principal cause of that malady being the 45th President of the United States, Donald J Trump.

 

With a New Year tweet from his handle accusing Pakistan of “lies & deceit” in return for “33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years”, U.S. President Donald Trump ‘appears’ to be radically resetting his administration’s Pakistan policy, with implications for the rest of South Asia.

 

“There is one thing that journalists and lawyers have in common, we both love to gossip!” a senior jurist reminded me a few days ago. In the week since four Supreme Court judges virtually ‘revolted’ against the Chief Justice of India, gossip has often replaced fact.

 


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