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Remembering Swami Vivekananda's Concept of Universal Brotherhood on Africa Day
In the history of mankind, there have been rare instances where the introductory words spoken by a person have electrified the whole audience as much as Swami Vivekananda’s groundbreaking speech to the 1893 World’s Parliament of Religions. Beginning with the words “Sisters and Brothers of America,” the speech managed to not only eliminate the difference between Swamiji’s status as a person belonging to a different nation and religion, but also made the audience realise that they were in the audience of a great personality, who could really show them the path of universal brotherhood.
Russia-China: The Unequal Relationship and its Implications
A brief background of world events will help set the context for assessing this relationship. Without delving into why Russia did what it did in Ukraine, over the past few years we have witnessed major powers attempting to consolidate or expand their territory – as in the case of China – or their areas of influence.
Challenges that Confront South Korean President Yoon Suk-Yeol
Yoon Suk-yeol assumed the office of South Korea’s new President on 10 May and had barely settled into his new role when he found himself at the centre of an ongoing tug of war between the US and China. In a smart move, China sent Vice-President Wang Qishan to Yoon’s inauguration. But Biden was smarter as he travels to South Korea and Japan from 20-24 May 2022, two allies in Asia, to solidify US alliances and keep Chinese influence at bay. What makes the visit significant is that it came at a time when much of the world’s focus is on the Russia-Ukraine crisis.
In Aid of a Troubled Maritime Neighbour: India and the Sri Lankan Financial Crisis
India’s neighbourhood is in a churn with both Pakistan and Sri Lanka reeling under severe economic and political crises. While Pakistan, obstinately continues to inflict pain unto itself with its self-defeating obduracy, Sri Lanka finds itself at the precipitous end of the options trail as it faces its biggest economic crisis since its independence in 1948.
Uncertain Future of Women Rights in Afghanistan
The world is in a state of flux. Ukraine crisis is triggering cascading risks globally. However, while the world attention is diverted to the Ukraine conflict, the crisis in Afghanistan remains sidelined. The country faces confluence of multiple crises. Economy is in doldrums, there is political uncertainty and an unprecedented humanitarian crisis is leading the country to a precipice of unmitigated disaster. It is seen that nearly one third of the country is grappling with emergency levels of food insecurity. Adding to the misery is the worst drought recorded in 27 years.
Learning to Win Wars, Not Just Battles!
The Russo-Ukraine War 2022 has clearly indicated that warfare is changing at dramatic rate and scope and historical similarities might not provide any guidance to the future ones. Our experience of past wars would be divorced from realities of 21st Century and make us infer lessons that may be way off the mark! Lessons of Russo-Ukrainian war will continue to be evaluated for long time and will certainly lead to rethinking by many nations and militaries. India has structural fault-lines with two adversarial neighbours and contested borders.
China is Edging over the US: Upcoming Ramifications
The US politically turning against China has been a defining interruption in China’s great power rise. It has led to a concerted effort to challenge China for its every misdemeanor, by leveraging on group dynamics. The friendly international ambiance that China enjoyed has now become plagued with suspicions, anti-rhetoric, and relentless scrutinizing by a legion of China watchers across the world. But this obstruction comes when China is edging over the US in many quantifiable parameters that cannot be overturned or wished away.
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