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Troubles Aplenty: Foreign Policy Challenges for the Next Indian Government

Troubles Aplenty: Foreign Policy Challenges for the Next Indian Government ASHLEY J. TELLIS MAY 20, 2019ARTICLE Source: Getty Summary:   The post-election government in New Delhi—which could see Modi’s return to the helm—will have to confront serious regional and global foreign policy challenges. Related Media and Tools Print Page 2 Although Prime Minister Narendra Modi enjoyed a string of foreign policy successes during his term in office, the new government that will be formed in New Delhi—which could witness Modi’s return to the helm—will have to confront serious external challenges both around India’s periphery and farther beyond. Modi has displayed an extraordinary international activism ever since he was elected in 2014. Arguably not since former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s long tenure has India been so engaged in such a wide range of global issues ranging from climate change to strategic realignments—and in so conspicuous a fashion revolving around the sheer persona

How Narendra Modi conquered caste in 2019 elections

Lack of Muslim support for the BJP, Aadhaar-enabled direct cash transfers, EWS quota and the national security pitch contributed to diminished role of caste The BJP starts with a significant disadvantage of lack of Muslim support. While the party is itself responsible for this problem, it nevertheless has to work harder among the rest of the population to win a constituency(Bloomberg) Updated: May 29, 2019 19:38 IST By Kunal Singh, Hindustan Times Narendra Modi’s re-election and its sheer scale has challenged many truisms of Indian politics. The biggest question that has emerged is: Is the role of caste dwindling in Indian elections? It might be too early to answer the question definitively. One will need to observe subsequent assembly and Lok Sabha results to establish a firm trend. However, there are signs that caste played a diminished role in 2019 elections. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has won massive mandates in many states across India. As many as 15 states and the uni

Notes from the AI frontier: Applications and value of deep learning

McKinsey Global Institute Notes from the AI frontier: Applications and value of deep learning April 2018 | Discussion Paper By  Michael Chui ,  James Manyika , Mehdi Miremadi,  Nicolaus Henke , Rita Chung, Pieter Nel, and Sankalp Malhotra Share this article on LinkedIn Share this article on Twitter Share this article on Facebook Email this article Print this articleDownload Resources Share this article on LinkedIn Share this article on Twitter Share this article on Facebook Email this article Print this articleDownload Resources An analysis of more than 400 use cases across 19 industries and nine business functions highlights the broad use and significant economic potential of advanced AI techniques. DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES Discussion Paper (PDF-446KB) Artificial intelligence (AI)  stands out as a transformational technology of our digital age—and its practical application throughout the economy is growing apace. For this briefing,  Notes from the AI frontier: Insights from hu

Mexico airport plans raise serious concerns

Oxford ANALYTICA Thursday, May 30, 2019 Solutions are needed for Mexico City’s airport overcrowding, but the president’s plans are highly questionable Source: Mexico City International Airport; IATA; media reports; Oxford Analytica Outlook Mexico City’s new international airport (NAICM) was contentious due to concerns about costs and environmental impacts, but by scrapping it mid-construction, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) has generated more controversy. Investors mistrust AMLO, while aviation experts are concerned about his three-airport alternative. Challenges include the city’s high altitude, which necessitates long runways, and its topography, with mountains forcing complex flight patterns. An ill-considered hill has already increased costs at Santa Lucia. Having pushed so hard to scrap the NAICM, AMLO faces all of the blame for problems that may arise with his alternative proposals; further overspends and overruns look likely. Impacts Splitting air traffic

Sonia Hates Hindus, says Former President Pranab Mukherjee

*Pranab Mukherjee has disclosed how under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi, Hindus have been implicated in the target. Within a few months of coming to power in November 2004, Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati was arrested in a false case of murder on the occasion of Diwali. At the time of his arrest, he was preparing for 2500 years of pilgrimage to Trikal. After the arrest, he was also shown abusive charges like porn CD and tampering. However, this allegation has never been proved*. *Pranab Mukherjee has mentioned this incident in his book ‘The Coalition Years 1996-2012’. He wrote that “I was very angry with this arrest and in the Cabinet meeting I raised this issue too. I asked  the question, Is the scale of secularism in the country limited to Hindu saints only? Can a state police show the courage to arrest a Muslim cleric on the occasion of Eid?“.* *The book by former President Pranab Mukherjee has raised a major question ahead of the country. The question is who was behind the arr

NO HOLDS BARRED: IT’S TIME FOR THE JEWS TO PROSELYTIZE

Opinion Jpost.com 20:44 | 08/01/16 By SHMULEY BOTEACH HOW MANY potential Jews are in the photo?. (photo credit:" REUTERS) Judaism can be a light unto the nations. Why not give more people an opportunity to not only bask in that light but to join us in projecting it to the world? No matter how you look at the demographic studies, one thing is clear: the number of Jews is not increasing. We continue to lose Jews and potential Jews every day through intermarriage, assimilation and alienation. Birthrates are also being influenced by economic forces; as the population becomes more affluent Jews have fewer children. Even the Orthodox, who are largely seen as the sole engine for population growth, are feeling constrained by the rising cost of a Jewish education. Tuition costs are serving as a natural contraceptive in our community. These trends cannot continue if the Jewish people are to survive and thrive. Today, the world’s 15 million Jews are an infinitesimal percentage of th