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29.08.2018 - 12:10 [ The Wire ]

A State That Fears the Constitution

Where the ritual of voting has remained necessary in “open” societies for the legitimation of political power, nothing is more inimical to the security of that power than knowledge among the masses and the marginalised of the substance of democracy. Thus, peasants, workers, Adivasis, Dalits, women, the minorities – in short the bulk of the population of India – are expected to believe that their democratic right remains limited to voting once every five years. They are not expected to acquire knowledge about the rights the constitution furnishes them as citizens, rights that bear the potential of becoming instruments of momentous transformation. The acquiring of such knowledge clearly carries vast implications for those who are privileged, and therefore for the rearrangement of assets among the population at large. Given that such people rarely have access to the judicial system, their quiescent ignorance of the provisions of the constitution is the best guarantor of the continuance of dominant economic, social, cultural and political power.

17.08.2018 - 02:45 [ Trend.az ]

Uzbekistan intends to expand uranium supplies to India

Uzbekistan intends to expand the supply of uranium concentrate to India in the near future, Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Sukhrob Kholmuradov said opening the meeting of the eleventh Uzbek-Indian intergovernmental commission, Uzbek media reported Aug. 16.

04.08.2018 - 09:20 [ Oilprice.com ]

India’s Oil Imports From Iran Jump To Record-High In July

Ahead of the return of the U.S. sanctions on Iran, India’s state refiners boosted their Iranian oil purchases, pushing up Indian oil imports from Iran by 30 percent from June, to a record 768,000 bpd in July, Reuters reported on Thursday, citing preliminary tanker arrival data it had obtained from trade sources.

15.07.2018 - 18:18 [ Press TV ]

India OKs plan for Iran bank to set up Mumbai branch

In the wake of US sanctions, India might explore the possibility of reviving a mechanism to settle oil payments involving Iran’s Rial and India’s Rupee that was in place between the two countries in the past.

18.06.2018 - 13:09 [ Daily Pakistan ]

The Xi-Trump Partnership: Can North Korea Denuclearization Be Replicated in South Asia?

To be sure, unlike the two Koreas, Pakistan and India are two different nations, with two different histories and national stories, and some shared attributes like all other neighbors. But the Pak-India conflict offers some similarities to the Korean conflict in terms of complexity and insolvability. Both conflicts involve emotions, ideologies, and nuclear weapons. China and the United States are important outside players in both cases; both conflicts appear impossible to resolve, and both have wider implications for the region and the world.

15.06.2018 - 19:37 [ Diplomatic Courier ]

Indo-U.S. Relations Dilemma: CAATSA

The Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj has made it clear that India only follows UN sanctions and does not recognize the unilateral sanctions by the United States.(…)
The push for a waiver by the U.S. Secretary of State might be a face-saving grace as America’s reliability as a global power and the unpredictable nature of the current U.S. administration is questioned.(…)
Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Russia and Mrs. Swaraj meeting with her counterpart from Iran is not necessarily a shift but adhering to India’s unequivocal stand on not relenting to these unilateral sanctions directly or indirectly.

11.06.2018 - 11:27 [ theHimalayanTimes.com ]

‘Nepal-India-China trilateral understanding possible’

Former prime minister and Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Co-chairperson Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that forging understanding for trilateral development cooperation between Nepal, India and China is possible. Dahal’s statement has come ahead of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s visit to China.

06.06.2018 - 12:29 [ Pepe Escobar / Asia Times ]

Why India is ignoring US sanctions and sticking with Iran

Pay very close attention to what India’s External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj, said after meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif earlier this week in New Delhi: “Our foreign policy is not made under pressure from other countries … We recognize UN sanctions and not country-specific sanctions. We didn’t follow US sanctions on previous occasions either.”

06.06.2018 - 08:00 [ Times of India ]

Foreign secy, China minister discuss SCO meet agenda

The government said in a statement that the two sides reviewed the follow-up action on the understandings reached at the Wuhan Informal Summit and discussed the agenda for bilateral engagement in the coming months, including the preparations for the forthcoming Modi-Xi meeting at the SCO Summit in Qingdao on June 9-10, 2018.

05.06.2018 - 11:41 [ Times of India ]

India balances US energy ties with $25 billion Russian gas deal

India on Monday started receiving long-term gas supplies from Russia’s Gazprom + , the world’s top publicly-listed natural gas company, under a $25-billion deal that indicates New Delhi’s quest for newer routes towards energy security and balancing ties with Washington and Moscow.

29.05.2018 - 14:15 [ teleSUR ]

India Rejects US Sanctions, Continues Venezuela, Iran Trade

„We don’t make our foreign policy under pressure from other countries.” The minister also commented that India recognizes restrictions from the United Nations (UN) on Caracas or Tehran but not those issued by the United States. “India follows only UN sanctions, and not unilateral sanctions by any country,” Swaraj said, adding that India would continue to trade with Venezuela, in spite of any challenges.

18.05.2018 - 11:45 [ GlobalTimes.cn ]

China supports India’s economic overture toward NK’s reform, opening-up

The Indian Minister of State for External Affairs Gen VK Singh made a surprise trip to North Korea earlier this week as India sought to revive its ties with the isolated country. The visit sent a good signal for the Asian economy.

Singh was the first Indian minister received by the North Korean government in the country in nearly two decades, which added to evidence that Pyongyang will be willing to seek better ties with the international community.

17.05.2018 - 12:16 [ CNBC ]

India looks to enhance ties with North Korea with ministerial visit

Indian Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh arrived in Pyongyang this week in the first high-level visit from the Asian giant to the rogue state in nearly two decades.
„Now that the environment around North Korea is changing, India may feel like it’s an opportune moment to reach out, perhaps in potential anticipation of the country opening up,“ said Harsh Pant of the Observer Research Foundation.

16.05.2018 - 10:20 [ Global Times ]

Putting aside mutual suspicion can help China, India cooperate to aid Africa

India has for the first time embarked on an initiative to build convention centers in 21 African countries, India’s Economic Times reported. Strategic suspicion has prompted some people to read too much into China and India’s respective cooperation with Africa. But if suspicion can be set aside, China and India can form an alliance with other parties to write new stories in Africa.

08.05.2018 - 11:15 [ Yomiuri Shimbun ]

INSIGHTS into the WORLD / What the ‘Indo-Pacific’ means for Japan

The Australian government adopted the “Indo-Pacific” term in 2012 as a pivotal idea in its diplomacy. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe used the same term for the first time in August 2016 during the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI), held in Nairobi, when he unveiled a “free and open Indo-Pacific strategy.”

12.04.2018 - 05:40 [ Kreml ]

Telephone conversation with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi at the Indian side’s initiative.

The two leaders had a constructive and friendly discussion of several current issues related to developing the privileged strategic partnership between Russia and India.

They agreed to continue contacts.