Southern Asia

Indian Capital Invaded by Tractors on Republic Day

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So, the question posed earlier by the NEO кegarding the prospect of farm tractors participating in the parade on the occasion of India’s national holiday of Republic Day has been answered. However, this answer has proven rather contradictory. In one sense, it could be a “yes,” that is, the “tractor drivers” were allowed to come to the capital of their country on its major holiday. However…

Where does the Policy of Balancing out Major Players Lead India?

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Multidirectional policies have become a characteristic feature of Indian foreign policy in recent years. New Delhi actively seeks to establish relations with China, normalize relations with its main regional adversary, Pakistan, maintain ties with Russia and develop relations with Israel, the United States, Iran and the Arabian…

India: Tractors at the Republic Day Parade?

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“Republic Day” is one of the three national holidays celebrated annually in India on January 26, marking the enactment of the country’s Constitution on that day in 1950. Not to be confused with another holiday, “Independence Day,” which is also celebrated annually, but on August 15 on the occasion of the enactment of the “Indian Independence Act”, passed…

On Indo-Pacific Cooperation Between India and Great Britain

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In mid-December, the political and geographical category “Indo-Pacific Region” was discussed twice and in different aspects by Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, who drew on well-known facts in order, first, to emphasize the importance of this particular region in the current stage of the “Great World Game” and, second, to mark the increasing…

The Future of Economic Cooperation between Russia and India as Pandemic Continues to Abate

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It is a well known fact that the COVID-19 pandemic, which began at the end of 2019, has resulted in a global economic downturn and a fall in trade between nations, including the Russian Federation and India. The two countries have been partners for a long time. Economic ties, in strategic spheres…

On Reforming the Agricultural Industry of India

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Future researchers on the political processes occurring in modern-day India will designate September 27, 2020 as an extremely significant date. On this day the parliament, followed by the country’s president, passed and ratified three laws that launch a process involving radical reform in agriculture, which employs more than half of India’s working-age population but produces…

Russia and Pakistan: the Fifth Year of “Friendship”

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The changing political situation in the world, and the growing threat of terrorism, require that the world’s powers periodically expand the areas in which they cooperate at an international level, and this includes defense. As far as Russia goes, what is interesting is how it is gradually developing the scope of its interaction with the Islamic Republic of Pakistan (IRP)…

Update on the Issue of Gilgit-Baltistan in the Context of the “Kashmir Problem”

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The former principality of Kashmir was among several hundreds of territories with varying degrees of autonomy on the Indian subcontinent, and in its environs, that became part of British India in the 19th century, the de facto heir to which is modern-day, completely independent Republic of India. But in terms of territory, the latter…

RCEP Agreement Signed; Without India

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Contrary to the skepticism of the author a year ago, on 15 November of this year, during one of the (video) summits based on ASEAN (Association of South-East Asian Nations that include ten countries), the Agreement on the creation of a Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) was signed. This completes the long-term process of forming…

India and ASEAN to Create a B&R Alternative?

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Chinese Belt and Road Initiative (BRI or B&R), a global transport and economic project, is well known world-wide. While some countries endorse it, many others consider it a form of Chinese expansion designed to subordinate the economies of other countries to China. India, for one, shares this opinion towards B&R. In order to minimize China’s influence on neighboring…

With an Eye on China, India Cuts Iran Loose & Embraces the US

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India, tied as it to the US apron strings, has suffered a major strategic set-back in Iran where not only has it potentially lost exclusive development rights and control of the strategically important port of Chabahar, but has also been kicked out of Farzad-B gas field project. This has potentially meant a physical death of the ambitious…

The United States and India: Another Meeting in a “2+2” Format

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From 26-27 in Delhi, the third US-Indian meeting was held in the “2+2” format, which involved the ministers and secretaries responsible for foreign affairs and defense from both countries. The meeting before the last one, which was held in September 2018, was a milestone for both nations in the process of fostering US-Indian relations…


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