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Goel’s visit indicates RAW’s bid to revive past links with Oli
A visit by a top or senior ranking official of the Indian intelligence agency RAW to Nepal will normally go unnoticed. It could either be because of the frequency of such visits, or because their activities on vital issues including internal affairs of Nepal are not so 'covert'.
Many Indian and Nepali authors, some of them insiders, have brought out graphic details of the role the Research and analysis wing (RAW) played in planning and executing the radical political change in 2006 that involved collaborating with the Maoists, a Nepali insurgent group that the government of India called ‘terrorist’, to get the Monarchy abolished to keep the Chinese away.
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Communal and ethnic politics could cripple Indian film industry
Before independence and for the first three decades after independence, the Indian film industry was thought to be a unifying and progressive factor in nation-building. But since the liberalization of the Indian economy and the parallel rise of Hindutwa from the 1980s onwards, the industry began to retreat from the old values and pass into hyper-nationalism, ethnocentrism and communalism besides crass commercialism.
Bhutan to review hydropower policy and act
The government is in the process of reviewing the national policy as well as legislation on hydropower development to align national priorities with the Constitution of the Kingdom of Bhutan, the vision of His Majesty the King, and overall national interests.
The policy for the development of hydropower emphasises 100 percent government ownership, inter-governmental bilateral arrangement with partner countries, and sub-regional and regional arrangements with full ownership resting with the government of Bhutan.
Has Bangladesh’s economic rise taken the wind out of the NRC narrative?
Nativist politics that targets immigrants is a regular feature of rich, developed Western countries such as the United States or Great Britain. However, this is much rarer in a poor country of India’s income level. Assam’s politics, where there are fears of mass economic migration from a richer country, might thus be unique.
The final NRC data has thrown the BJP into a tizzy with the party now scrambling to change the final list. To add to that, with Bangladesh now approximately as rich as India – and growing much faster – Indian politicians might find the narrative of a massive influx of economic refugees more difficult to push.
Emerging contours of the US-Indian military alliance
The American analysts lavishly compliment our External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar as the mechanic who is assembling the QUAD, keeping his head below the parapet. Some Indian analysts have tended to see the 2+2 on Monday just a week before the November 3 in the US election as a rushed event. But they fail to comprehend the great deliberateness about the timing of the 2+2 meet.
'Deep down, he's a terrified little boy': Bob Woodward, John Bolton and others on Trump
There is an atmosphere in Washington of high anxiety. Trump is melting down, to put it charitably. His campaign has been about lashing out, about wanting his former political opponents – President Obama and Joe Biden, who’s now running against him, of course – to be indicted then charged. Then there was his announcement that he is not necessarily going to accept the electoral result against him. The idea that the president would put in doubt the basic process of democracy and voting is not only unacceptable, it is a nightmare.
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