What did Shangri-La Dialogue 2017 achieve?

Sunday, 11 Jun 2017 | Rajaram Panda | in Backbone

While it acknowledged the seriousness of new security challenges faced by many nations in the region, it failed to find solutions on how to cope with them, says Rajaram Panda The Asian Security Summit, also known as the Shangri-La Dialogue, is a unique meeting of ministers and delegates from over 50...

Hope for Code of Conduct on South China Sea

Sunday, 28 May 2017 | Rajaram Panda | in Backbone

The legally binding document is expected to address reducing the risk of clashes in one of the world’s most strategic maritime territories, writes Rajaram Panda The oceanic space of the South China Sea (SCS) has emerged as a major flashpoint in the Asia Pacific region as there are several claimants to...

A Liberal triumphs: New beginning for S Korea

Sunday, 14 May 2017 | Rajaram Panda | in Backbone

Moon’s victory in the Presidential poll puts an end to the conservative rule and signals a departure from recent policy towards nuclear-armed N Korea, writes RAJARAM PANDA South Korea went to the polls on May 9 to elect a President after Park Geun-hye was impeached following corruption and bribery scandal. As...

Security key issue as S Korea goes to polls

Sunday, 07 May 2017 | Rajaram Panda | in Backbone

The election results would put to an end to political turmoil that has plagued South Korea since last autumn and ensure stability, writes RAJARAM PANDA Even when tensions build up in the Korean Peninsula following sabre-rattling by North Korea and with US President Donald Trump toughening his stance, South Korea’s domestic...

BJP, RSS send clear message against Hindu vigilantism

Sunday, 30 Apr 2017 | Hari shankar vyas | in Backbone

Both the BJP and RSS are worried over the unruliness in the name of Hinduism. They have sent a strong signal against organisations that are involved in violence in the name of vigilantism, who get into brawls over the National Anthem, and create unnecessary controversies over food preferences. Sources say that...

Declining population worries South Korea

Sunday, 30 Apr 2017 | Rajaram Panda | in Backbone

Though immigration is a sensitive issue for all societies, the new President shall be well advised to open this frontier to counter the population decline, writes RAJARAM PANDA First, South Korea followed Japan’s path of registering rapid economic growth in the 1960s to the 1970s. And emerged as one of the...

Congress’s depleting coffers

Sunday, 05 Mar 2017 | Hari shankar vyas | in Backbone

It was apparent that the grand old party was grappling with resource crunch when it faced defeat in the Maharashtra and Odisha local body elections. In Odisha, party treasurer Motilal Vora gave `20,000 and the State committee gave Rs 5,000 to each candidate. That means one Congress candidate fought the...

Reconfigurations in Congress’s organisation likely

Sunday, 31 Jan 2016 | Hari shankar vyas | in Backbone

Sonia Gandhi thinks that when Rahul Gandhi officially takes charge as the Congress president, only then will he be taken seriously against Narendra Modi. Presently, there is more focus on Nitish Kumar and Arvind Kejriwal in comparison to Rahul. But, it is also being said that Rahul is still...

Govt gears up for Budget Session, while Cong gets ready to disrupt it

Sunday, 17 Jan 2016 | Hari shankar vyas | in Backbone

Government managers have tried to convey to the Opposition kshatrapas that the Congress is not allowing Parliament to function peacefully only to establish Rahul Gandhi, and hence regional parties should not support this politics of the Congress The Central Government is gearing up for the Budget Session, and this time the...

With Left and JDU backing, Cong stands tall in Parliament

Sunday, 09 Aug 2015 | Hari shankar vyas | in Backbone

The managers of the Congress have been successful in their strategy of uniting the Opposition to stand with the party in Parliament. The party’s Parliamentary strategy was basically similar to its strategy in the States. Sources say that party leaders followed the politics of Bihar and West Bengal in Parliament,...


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