How are we to look at the latest disengagement process between India and China in eastern Ladakh?
India joined Australia, Japan and the United States a couple of weeks back for a ministerial meeting of the quadrilateral grouping – the Quad – which underscored its commitment to “to upholding a rules-based international order, underpinned by respect for territorial integrity and sovereignty, rule of law, transparency, freedom of navigation in the international seas and peaceful resolution of disputes.”
The recent coup orchestrated by the Tatmadaw (military) in Myanmar has attracted deep concerns and condemnation from all around the world, with countries calling it a “serious blow to democracy”. In the aftermath, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing is in control of the country, civilian leaders have been detained, the internet has been shut down, and a state of emergency has been imposed for a year.
Last week, American President Joe Biden hit the reset button on the US’s relationship with Saudi Arabia and its arch-enemy Iran upending his predecessor’s Middle East policy.
The pact, one of the very many signed between the two nations during Minister Jaishankar’s visit, provides for India building a dockyard at Uthuru Thila Falhu, for use by the host-nation’s coast guard.
The breathless excitement, even optimism, with which even seasoned observers of the India-Pakistan relationship received the news of the latest ceasefire agreement between the militaries of the two countries was surreal.
India is the largest producer of pulses, accounting for 25 percent of the world’s output yet 70 percent of Indians are protein deficient