Putin vs The West

Vladimir Putin is one of the most interesting man alive today. In 2007, he was Time magazine’s “Person of the year”. In 2015, he held the #1 spot on the Time magazine’s “Most influential people” list. He has enjoyed very high approval rating in the Russian federation, throughout his career. Putin’s relations with the West,…

The European Refugee Crisis

After the Islamic State’s attacks in Paris in November and in Brussels in March, European concerns that terrorists could be arriving as refugees have taken on new importance, especially as more migrants arrive. The Pew Research Center, an organization based in Washington DC, interviewed more than 11,000 people in May and June across 10 European…

Pray For AN 32

The search for Indian Air Force’s AN-32 aircraft which went missing on July 22 with 29 personnel onboard entered the fifth day today. The Navy, the Coast Guard and the Air Force are running a joint operation to locate the aircraft which has been termed as the workhorse of the IAF though many argue that…

What do MUNs stand for these days?

 What do MUNs stand for these days? “Values of diplomacy” one says. “International regulations” another bellows. These conferences were initiated to understand today’s world – how it runs, what choices are made, what alliances mean and what keeps us from burning each other alive. With every passing conference, we get five new numbers and a whole lot of alcohol in…

The Myanmar Operation Revealed

There has been a lot of news about the recent Indian special forces operation in Myanmar. Here is a glimpse of the operation: The attacks mentioned have been claimed by the National Socialist Council of Nagaland – Khaplang (NSCN-K), Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL) and an organization which is a member of the United Liberation…

The Greek Economic Crisis

In 2001, Greece adopted the euro as its currency with aspirations for a brighter future. However in subsequent years, the foreign deficit grew exponentially. There seems to be a pattern of severe irregularities, with Portugal and Spain among others following the suit. Is the EU at crossroads.

Article 377

On 26 June, the Supreme Court of the United States passed a judgement legalising gay marriage in all the 50 states. The verdict was followed by an enormous public outburst and public statements from political leaders across the globe. Over a dozen time zones away in India, nothing much has changed. Same sex activity continues…

THE ROUTE TO TAPI

On July 12, Mr. Narendra Modi issued a joint diplomatic statement with Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow. The statement highlighted the importance of the TAPI pipeline project – a project to construct a gas Pipeline from Turkmenistan to India, via Pakistan and Afghanistan, for the purchase of natural gas. The pipeline would enable India to purchase…

TPP Decoded

The 12 countries – US, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Brunei, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Chile and Peru just signed the Trans Pacific Partnership deal. The pact is aimed at deepening economic ties between these nations, slashing tariffs and fostering trade to boost growth. But, the TPP is far more complex than what it appears…

Socials: The Beach Party

Food, drinks and surrounded by your friends at the beach. This is as close to paradise as you can get here on planet Earth. Bogmallo is a small beach-side village in Goa. It is situated in a small bay with around a mile of curving sandy beach. Prepare for a night with snacks, drinks, insane…

THE PANAMA PAPERS

At 2.6 terabytes, the ginormous leak of highly classified documents now known as the Panama Papers, converges into offering a depth of complications and gives us a glimpse at the worldwide net of corporate finance, corruption, and tax evasion. The core of the story isn’t all that complicated though, as it just involves boxes of…

IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL: DECODED

On July 14, Iran signed a historic agreement over their nuclear programme with permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany. Primary talks on the deal began in 2006, and after 9 years of negotiations, Iran has finally seceded to the restriction and monitoring of its nuclear programme. Presenting the key points of the…