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WWII military parade: Ambitious China, divided Asia, uncertain India (C.Rajamohan ,IR ,GS paper 2 )

The spectacular military parade in Beijing on Thursday was ostensibly about Beijing’s commemoration of the Second World War and the successful resistance against Japan’s imperial occupation of China during 1937-45.  That China organised such a military parade for the first time, however, suggests that this very special event was as

For India, the uphill task to get talks going at UN General Assembly has just begun (GS paper 2 ,Indian Express )

India on Monday described as a “significant development” the UN General Assembly’s decision to adopt text-based negotiations for the Security Council reforms that is expected to provide momentum to the talks on the long-pending process. “This is a significant development as after more than two decades, we can now commence

Raja-Mandala: A bridge to Sri Lanka (Indian Express ,C. Raja Mohan ,GS paper 2 , Foreign Policy)

Call it the “Ram Setu” or “Hanuman Bridge”, the stretch of low-lying banks that connect India to Sri Lanka across the Palk Strait is very much part of the subcontinent’s Ramayana lore. Lord Ram, the story goes, built this bridge with the assistance of Hanuman’s monkey army, walked into Lanka