Central Asia is a region that has recently seen the emergence of a growing rivalry between Russia and China. The latter seems to want to extend its influence on the area both at the institutional level, with initiatives such as the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and also through economic-infrastructural projects[Read More…]
A recent computer simulation by the author showed that 95 per cent of possible space attacks could be completed within 24 hours, which is before any reactions on the ground can be contemplated, approved, or executed. Thus, one of the conclusions of these outer space warfare studies is that space[Read More…]
Did you know 95% of Indian households invest their hard earned money in physical assets like real estate and gold, primarily because of the following reasons: These are tangible assets which we can feel and be happy about holding We invest with a long term view assuming these are safe[Read More…]
The increase of COVID 19 cases and deaths are indicative of exponential rise of COVID 19 in India. But is it a situation to become pessimistic? I am afraid not. There are dangers, but if tackled properly we can ride the dragon and get the Indian elephant to outclass it. For this we must seize the opportunity that the world is presenting before others grab it. Amongst all the nations in the world that are affected, if we look at the total cases and deaths per million people, India with figures of 51 cases per million (10 lakhs) and 3 deaths per million fares way down. The detractors quote low testing for these figures but for their information even in other countries testing is done of cases that report to hospital or are suspected of being infected with corona. In fact even the routine deaths in India have come down. So technically if India was badly infected we should have seen rise in number of deaths, which has not happened.
Inarguably, Covid-19 is the most momentous crisis that has afflicted the globe — striking at the very roots of globalization which, despite hiccups in recent years, had generally been the constant refrain of most nations of the world since the end of the Cold War. The League of Nations, which came into being after World War I, had failed to produce remarkable results towards collective security and disarmament. However, UN appeared to be doing a shade better although, with no disciplinary powers, it lacked the competence to whip errant nations into line, this impotence being exacerbated by the brazen and often unethical and immoral use of veto powers. However, it still commanded respect and benefitted from voluntary contributions in terms of men, money and material from member nations as well as donations from private entities.
The world after Corona (Covid-19) will not be the same. Its shape and configuration are bound to change fundamentally. World economy and its agencies are also going to be altered. The fundamental rubric of nation-states through which world politics move, will also have to readjust with new realities and symmetries.[Read More…]
The last few years have witnessed a change in America’s status as the global leader, which it enjoyed since 1991 with the down fall of the Soviet regime. It is now challenged by new bi-lateral or multi-lateral alliances with common interests. Some strategists tend to dismiss such alliances as marriages[Read More…]