Commentaries & Articles
Pakistan: Civil-Military Relations1
Whatever be the constitutional position, one thing is clear that in the final analysis, political sovereignty in Pakistan resides … where the coercive power resides… which is the ultimate authority in the decision-making process in Pakistan. They decide when to abrogate the Constitution; when it should be held in abeyance; when elected governments should be sacked; and when democracy should be given a chance. Behind the scenes, they also decide whether an elected prime minister shall live or die.2 —Roedad Khan
Janakpur-Jaynagar Railway Line: A New Milestone in Nepal-India Relations
People in Nepal and India were shocked when Nepal’s only Janakpur-Jaynagar Railway that connected Janakpur, the holy city of Nepal with Jaynagar, the border town in Bihar, India was closed almost a decade ago. But those people are in rejoicing mood now as India helped Nepal to run the railway train service with modern amenities on this route. Because of this development, people-to-people connectivity apart from the transportation of goods between the two countries is likely to gain further momentum.
How Turkey Succumbed to China on the Uighur issue?
“We have kin in every corner in the world. From the Balkans to Central Asia, from Crimea to North Africa. All incidents, which take place in every single region, directly concern us. So claims about China’s pressure on our siblings in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region lead to sensitivity in our public”1 -President Erdogan on Uighur issue (2015)
अयोध्या में राम मंदिर: नेपाल के हिंदुओं ने कैसे मनाया इसका जश्न?
प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी ने 5 अगस्त, 2020 को उत्तर प्रदेश की अयोध्या नगरी में राम मंदिर के निर्माण की आधारशिला रखी। मंदिर 235 फुट चौड़ा, 300 फुट लंबा और 161 फुट ऊंचा होगा, जिसमें पांच मंडप होंगे। मंदिर कुल 84,000 वर्ग फुट भूमि पर होगा, जिसमें प्रार्थना कक्ष, प्रवचन कक्ष, अतिथिगृह और संग्रहालय भी बनाया जाएगा। सबसे अद्भुत बात यह है कि मंदिर निर्माण में लोहे का प्रयोग बिल्कुल भी नहीं किया जाएगा और मंदिर कम से कम 1000 वर्ष तक खड़ा रहेगा। मंदिर निर्माण के लिए भारत के विभिन्न भागों और विदेश से श्रद्धालुओं ने 2 लाख ईंट जमा कर दी हैं, जिन पर "श्री राम" लिखा है।
West Asia Roundup September 2020
Jordan was the last Arab country in 1994 to have normalised relations with Israel. Even though over the years Israel has tried to informally engage with the Arabs especially GCC countries the formalisation of relations with UAE and Bahrain
United Nations at 75
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his speech to the 75th UNGA session mentioned that the form and structure of the UN reflect the world of 1945. These are inadequate to face the challenges of the 21st century. He also highlighted India’s contribution to the world body, including UN peacekeeping. He stressed that India with 18 % of the world population must be included in the decision-making structures of the UN. This was a reference to the need to expand the permanent members’ category of the UN Security Council and accommodate the world’s largest democracy.
Gandhi’s Contemporary Relevance
Gandhi was born on 2 October 1869. It is remarkable that even after 150 years people read and study Gandhi in the hope that they will find answers to contemporary problems. This is testimony to the universalism of Gandhi’s ideas. On Gandhi Jayanti, we should reflect on the state of the world and the relevance of Gandhian ideals. Can, the core of Gandhian philosophy, truth and nonviolence, make the world more peaceful, safer and happier?
VIF News Digests
Global Developments And Analysis: Weekly Monitor
October 19, 2020
Global Developments and Analysis: Weekly Monitor, 12 October- 18 October

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China Daily Digest
October 23, 2020
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Xi Focus: Xi chairs leadership meeting on 13th Five-Year Plan implementation: Xinhuanet October 23, 2020 The Standing...

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Neighbourhood News
October 23, 2020
VIF Neighbourhood News Digest: October 23, 2020

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International Development
October 20, 2020
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I. United States Politics and Society US silence on Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict reflects international disengagement, 4...

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Defense, National Security and Terrorism, VIF Alerts
October 20, 2020
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