Pranay Sharma | Author at https://www.outlookindia.com
Qatar ended the year by hosting the FIFA World Cup 2022 football championship—a competition that critics the world over described as one the greatest in the game’s history.
The decision to roll back many of the Covid-19 restrictions that had been in place for three years, including long spells of total lockdowns in major cities like Shanghai, came in the wake of unprecedented protests in cities and university campuses in large parts of China.
Imran continues to be the most popular political leader in Pakistan now. If early elections are held, he is likely to sweep the election. The Sharif government on the other hand, has become extremely unpopular by removing subsidies on gas and electricity in the face of rising inflation.
The Iranian football team’s daring act of refusing to sing the national anthem at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, successfully brought international attention to the protest at home.
In the run-up to the G20 summit in Indonesia, there was a raging debate among the members whether Russian President Vladimir Putin should be invited or boycotted by the G20. But Indonesian President Joko Widodo prevailed over the detractors and managed to remain neutral by inviting both Russia and Ukraine to the summit.
'Resolving the Taiwan question is a matter for the Chinese, a matter that must be resolved by the Chinese,' Xi said, asking outsiders not to interfere in the affairs of the island.
A shadow of uncertainty always hangs because neither India nor China knows where the Line of Actual Control is in these sensitive areas
Developments along the LAC, where a face-off continues between Indian and Chinese soldiers, has somewhat affected the Modi government’s success at the diplomatic front.
India, whose views are sought by others on the key challenges facing the world, can now hardly be expected to fall back on another country to resolve an issue that it sees essentially as a bilateral one.
Barring 1962, when the neighbours went to war, not a single bullet has been fired across the Sino-Indian border since 1975
With the Chinese soldiers having clearly intruded a few kilometres into India-held positions, how can the stand-off be resolved without either side having to eat the humble pie?
The build-up at the border—triggered by aggressive posturing and ‘transgressions’ by soldiers of the PLA into the Indian side of the LAC—coincides with a marked rise in anti-China feelings in India in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.
How politics in Nepal might pan out in the coming days may not be in India’s control. But Delhi must reclaim the primacy of place it enjoyed for decades among the Nepali political leaders, as well as the people of the country.
The possibility of a substantial loss in remittance in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic is real. In 2018-19, India received the highest remittance in the world -- $ 79 billion!
Afghanistan is one of the poorest countries. With healthcare structure in shambles, peace talks involving the Taliban and the United States are unlikely in the near future
The American President has been showing signs of growing nervousness in the face of widespread criticism on the COVID-19 issue in an election year.
Sanders’ radical list of demands, like writing off trillion dollars’ worth of student and medical loans, had set off alarm bells through much of the Democratic party establishment.
The decision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to share the drug with other countries in a crisis-situation like this, wherein a large number of people are dying every day, is commendable, writes Pranay Sharma.
The US is the worst hit country with nearly 300,000 cases and 8000 deaths, over 3,500 of them in New York alone.
The G20 Summit, held for the first time over video conferencing, admitted the globe faced the biggest challenge it has since World War-II over 70 years ago
Experts feel Delhi should not bring back the minority Sikh community as it would only demoralise the Afghan government and further polarise the fractious society.
The move to blame China for the current mess the world finds itself in began in the United States with President Donald Trump’s critical public utterances.
This is not a panic reaction to any particular development in the country or a comment on the government’s handling of the situation. It is a global exercise on the instruction of the US State department.
With the United States getting into exit-mode to leave the country and paving the way for an eventual Taliban-take over, India seems to be the last viable backer for the Afghan government of Ashraf Ghani.
Engaging in blame-game at this juncture could only lead to division at a time when there is a collective attempt to face the biggest challenge a globalised world has faced so far.