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Publisher and CEO Blog - Pawan Agrawal Blog

Multilateral Cooperation:Key To Peace and Progress

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From Brexit to vicious trade wars, geopolitics has acquired an enervating flux worldwide. Even as Europe which coalesced around the idea of a European Union since the 1950s and became the epitome of multilateral cooperation and an example to be emulated for the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi- Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP) and Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), there are signs of a deliberate attempt to break any momentum towards multilateral cooperation.

Prominent among the failures caused by deliberate attempt to be disruptive is the South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation. Led by a barely camouflaged militocracy, Pakistan has blocked east-west air traffic with the specific intention of making it difficult for India and Afghanistan to add substance to their centuries old trade, culture and geopolitical relations. Terrestrial connectivity too has been a casualty of Pakistani intransigence.

Frustrated by this, India has moved to synergise a sub-regional coalition in BIMSTEC interweaving the nations that share the Bay of Bengal waters (India, Myanmar, Thailand, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka) and landlocked entities like Nepal and Bhutan in a network of mutually beneficial cooperation. The inability of SAARC to foster regional cooperation led to a search for viable options, in which the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) has emerged as the frontrunner. With a clear vision to cooperate on the technical and economic cooperation, it is quite possible that there will be more active exchange programmes among all the member-States untrammeled by roadblocks and denial of access.

Pakistan has been a member-State of SAARC right from its inception. Instead of forging mutually beneficial relations among the members, Pakistan has sought to use Afghanistan as the cornerstone of its ‘strategic depth’ policy visà- vis India. Afghans have resisted and they have had to taste State-sponsored terrorism encouraged by Pakistan. It is unlikely that expulsion from SAARC would do the association any good given Pakistan’s penchant to use terror as State policy with the specific intent of hurting India through a concept of a “thousand cuts”. It is bent on using its geography to the detriment of India.

This edition, dear reader, is focused on the SAARC and our subject experts, our spine, have tried their best to explain the logic, challenges and possible solutions for an effective role of SAARC in the region. I am sure that you will find it a very important edition to retain for your future usage.

Jai Hind!

 

Fly High

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"Fly Fly Fly High And Higher: Not just like birds but like IAF” This is what every kid, teenager and the young mind in India thinks and wants to imitate after the Balakot air strike conducted by the Indian Air Force a few months back. I personally feel that after the Kargil War, it is the first time that so much has been in the media on the air strike that everyone salutes our IAF and its officers who conducted this under the guidance and vision of the senior policy and decisionmakers in the Indian government. This is probably for the first time that every common man including the young minds talks about this air strike which has added spice and has pepped up the debate on defence and security related issues.

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US-Iran Clash: Another Oil Crisis For India?

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After the attainment of independence, India has been pursuing a multi-dimensional development game plan to bring happiness and prosperity to its people. For macro development, the most important was to provide the best roads and automobile industrialisation within the country. To keep the nation moving smoothly forward, it was necessary to explore for oil within the country all the while ensuring that demand for fuel was supplemented by supply by imports from extant oil-producing nations like Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, USA, Iran, Iraq and Venezuela among others. The growth of the economy depended largely on how that demand-supply chain was managed when both pricing and supply were disrupted by geopolitical upheavals.

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A Longstanding Menace: Naxalism

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In an era when Marxist-Leninist-Maoist Communist ideology suffered a grievous body blow by the collapse of the Soviet Union in the last decade of the 20th century, in India what has come to be known as Left Wing Extremism, has grown and expanded its influence across a huge swath of territory extending from the north down to the south.

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Sri Lanka Attacks Need For Joint Action Plan

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For the past few decades the entire globe has been afflicted by the twin curses of global warming and global terrorism. While scientists are trying their best to find out the reasons for and solutions to counter the global warming phenomenon, the entire world’s policy and decisions-makers in the governments, police and security forces are occupied in finding the connections and nexus between the fountainheads and sleeper cells in the many global terror networks. Unfortunately, there has been a drastic and rapid change in the operations and the strategies and formations of the newer terrorist outfits across the globe

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