Profile of Seema Guha
India has kept up its engagement with the generals for security considerations but now needs to reach out to the pro-democracy leaders.
At the start of the war, there was the fear that the assault on Gaza would lead to a wider conflagration that could engulf West Asia and lead to instability in the region. Unlike in the past, no Arab country will send troops to fight Israel's occupation this time.
The Israeli military is trying to exterminate Hamas and all the innocent civilians in Gaza who come in its way
The response of Western democracies to civilian killings in Ukraine and that of Palestinians in Gaza has exposed their double standards
Those who criticise Israel for its military actions in the Gaza Strip are facing a backlash, especially in the United States, as criticism of Israel is being equated with being antisemitic or pro-Hamas and therefore pro-terrorism.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Awami League party have cracked down on criticism and have been accused by the Opposition and the United States of not respecting human rights. But Bangladesh has also made tremendous strides under her. Will voters keep that in mind while voting?
The easy part for Israel is to eliminate Hamas, but can the military kill the idea of freedom?
The changing contours of India’s relations with Palestine.
Yasser Arafat was familiar with India and its leaders and regarded Indira Gandhi as his sister. Dressed in olive green fatigues with a black and white keffiyeh wrapped Arab-style on the head and thrown across the shoulder, Arafat cut a dashing figure.
In an interview with Outlook’s Seema Guha, Adnan Mohammad Jaber Abualhayjaa, the Ambassador of the State of Palestine to India, termed the Israeli rule as 'apartheid regime' and declared the purported Israeli evidence of children's killings by Hamas as fake.
Hamas wanted to change the rules of the game and break the stalemate on the Palestinian issue. While it has succeeded in bringing focus back on the issue, what this will ultimately yield is uncertain.
The Israel-Hamas military confrontation can plunge the entire region into a vortex of violence and bring Lebanon’s Hezbollah and other militant groups to the fray.
The Hamas offensive is an attempt to stop more Arab nations from normalising ties with Israel. The Palestinian cause has fallen off the international radar for over two decades or so and even Arab leaders have given up their earlier support for Palestine. The Hamas seeks to change that with the offensive.
China has won this round with a pro-China President Muizzu at the helm. New Delhi needs to do some rethinking as China continues to spread its wings in India’s South Asian neighbourhood.
Mahatma Gandhi’s international stature ensures he remains India’s most prized icon globally irrespective of opposition to Gandhi within the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the wider Sangh Parivar ecosystem.
The Canadian allegations, if proved right, could damage India’s reputation but so far nothing is available in public to back the claim. The US and other G7 members are watching with concern.
The acrimony between India and Canada has placed the Biden administration in Washington in a bind. On one side is the close US ally Canada on the other a partner that Washington has been wooing as a bulwark against China’s rise.
While everyone agrees that the India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor (IMEC) has tremendous potential, how it will finally turn out depends on many factors, such as the working out of financing and the continued support in member countries through political headwinds like elections and change of governments.
The Ukraine war has been a deal breaker at every recent multinational forum. So, it was natural that nobody expected that the G20 summit in New Delhi would be any different.
The US is going all out to back India’s presidency of the G20. With the Chinese President opting out of the summit, the effort is to show that the absence will not cast a shadow on the proceedings
India has set the bar high for the G20. But can decisions taken at the summit be translated meaningfully on the ground?
There is uncertainty over Xi Jinping’s attendance at G20 Summit in Delhi. Nobody is certain why. Is it because of testy ties with India? Or is it that an ideological China under Xi, does not regard G20 as an effective instrument of change?
BRICS is a challenge to the established political and economic order in place since the end of the World War II. Despite differences within the bloc, the member countries have come together to expand the bloc that could pose a major challenge to US-led Western political and economic order.
Islamophobia is a way to rile up a majoritarian base and scapegoat a community that is already marginalised
BRICS launched at a time of optimism when emerging economies were the toast of the world has failed to live up to expectations. Apart from the New Development Bank, it has little else to flag.