Foreign Policy

The Russian envoy to Turkey, Andrey Karlov was shot dead at a photo exhibition event by a gunman at Ankara on November 19th. The Turkish off-duty gunman, Mervut Mert Altintas, a member of Ankara riot-squad, was immediately neutralized after assassination. With this Turkey foreclosed an opportunity of finding the reason behind the killing.

As I started to write about the Korean Scandal, I realized that not many of us would know the history of Korea and the context in which the scandal happened. To address that we take a brief look at Korean history, their mega-conglomerates, shamanism and the actual scandal along with its potential implications.

India and Indonesia on the eve of the President Joko Widodo’s (Jokowi) first state visit have deepened ties and strengthened cooperation in areas of common interest. Described as a valued neighbor, both countries reached agreements on fostering defense cooperation, maritime ties and resolved to fight the terror together.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has seen it all. In the past, she has been a witness to military-led Myanmarese government being castigated internationally for human rights abuses. Lot of water has flown in the Irrawaddy since then. However, one thing seems to have remained a constant. Suu Kyi finds Myanmar being accused of human rights abuses yet again.

The two day long sixth Heart of Asia- Istanbul Process (HoA-IP) conference concluded in Amritsar yesterday. Chaired and co-chaired by India and Afghanistan respectively, the conference was a stupendous success in terms of the hassles it eloquently identified.

The tide of refugee crisis has been on rise in the 21st century. The ongoing wars in the Middle East, dictatorial regimes in North Africa, decades long war in Afghanistan, ethnic conflicts in Myanmar resulted in forcible displacement of millions of hapless individuals from their native countries.

Modi’s bonhomie with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe touched new pinnacles of bilateral Indo-Japanese bilateral engagement during the third annual summit at Tokyo. Right from the days when he was Chief Minister of Gujarat, Modi had a special relationship with Japan.

The Streets of Jakarta saw violence on the last Friday night following a protest rally against the governor of the city. The violence followed by a rally of around 150,000 people protesting against the governor’s alleged insult of Koran claimed one life, and left several injured.

The China Pakistan economic corridor (CPEC) is a $46 billion, infrastructure development project between the two countries, a part of Chinese one-belt-one-road initiative. This project includes rail and road connectivity, gas pipeline network, power plants and development of transit corridor facilities.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the joint conference at 17th Indo-Russian summit said in Russian “an old friend is better than two new ones” in an apparent reference to the current geopolitical scenario. The remark was aimed at Russia’s drift towards Pakistan to reposition itself in the South Asia region.

Indians constantly need to stay alert and assess each and every development in Pakistan to ensure a safe and secure environment because a lot of Pakistan’s terror activities are driven against India. India remains Pakistan’s primary obsession and an openly declared enemy.

Buddhist monks of Tibet cannot write letters to world leaders or the UN unlike the Muslims clerics in Palestine and South Asia. The Tibetan monks also cannot get the media attention that some of the Islamic terrorist groups get, which perpetrate heinous crimes in Israel and India.

In the wake of current developments and all the tension between India and Pakistan, much is being spoken about “The Indus Water Treaty”, remember it’s the Indus that makes Kashmir the jugular vein of Pakistan. 

Let’s look into the history of this treaty for a bit-

21st century is termed as Asiatic century. Marking the resurgence of the Asian continent, Tiger economies of the South East Asia gave a head start to the economic aspirations. Emerging as burgeoning commodity markets with unsatiated appetite, Asian countries registered phenomenal growth and attracted investments from developed nations.

The high octane diplomatic activity between India and US culminated in signing of Logistics Exchange and Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) one of the four “foundation agreements” between the countries taking the strategic partnership to the next level.

PM Narendra Modi twice in August 2016 announced India’s support to Balochistan and intention of reclaiming POK (Pakistan Occupied Kashmir) from Pakistan. This is a well studied and planned move by the Indian Government. It is a change and a new direction to Indian foreign policy in engaging two difficult neighbors Pakistan and China.

The agenda for the second Indo-US Strategic and Commercial Dialogue, commencing on August 30, 2016 in New Delhi, suggests that though the focus of the discussions will primarily be on geo-political, geo-economic, and geo-strategic issues of mutual interest, India is also likely to strongly urge for an early conclusion of the Totalisation Pact or the Social Security Agreement (SSA) with the US.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was on a three-day long visit to India last weekend to carry out strategic deliberations with India to ensure India’s support for its stance on the South China Sea.