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China cash that BJP cannot see

Policy organisations reveal working relationship with Chinese institutions By  Imran Ahmed Siddiqui   in New Delhi Published  28.06.20, 4:03 AM   Updated  28.06.20, 4:03 AM Time was when accepting donations from Chinese institutions was as proper and acceptable as sharing space on a swing. Yet, the BJP, in its haste to divert attention from the Galwan blunder, has forgotten the adage that when you point a finger at someone, you are pointing three at yourself. In this case, at least two fingers are pointing at the BJP ecosystem. The Observer Research Foundation, a foreign policy think tank associated with foreign minister S. Jaishankar’s son, received funding from the Chinese consulate, including that in Calcutta, in 2016. The ORF is supported by Reliance Industries. Another think tank, the Vivekananda International Foundation, has declared on its website that it has working relationships w

Ram Jethmalani on his pursuit of exposing Black Money and BJPs leaders stance on 2 signatures Watch from 11:00   *Watch from 16:00 Reg signatures* Maverick Unchanged, Unrepentant is politician and lawyer beyond excellence Ram Jethmalani's fearless and blatant account of the corruption and deception encircling the current political situation of India. In the book, he talks about many controversial issues such as religion, fanaticism, Islam, Kashmir, black money in foreign banks, etc. and gives his powerful opinion on every topic. As one reads the book, one can identify with a lot of issues that Jethmalani has raised. Even if the reader disagrees with some of the views expressed, he or she cannot help but feel intimidated by the authority with which he has put forward his points. The book has great educative value as it unleashes the darkest political, religious and cultural issues of our country along with the unapologetically bold and unabashedly honest views voiced by the author himself. Maverick Unchanged, Unrepentant is the author's since

Don’t tear down statues

Pervez Hoodbhoy Updated  June 27, 2020 The writer teaches physics in Lahore and Islamabad. WINSTON Churchill was a terrible man. He authorised use of chemical weapons against Afghans and Kurds, called China “a barbaric nation”, spoke of the “great hordes of Islam” and wrote of Indians as “a beastly people with a beastly religion”. When informed of mass deaths in the 1943 Bengal famine, he simply asked: “So is Gandhi dead yet?” Those nostalgic for the Raj love him, as do white supremacists. Zionists adore him for what he told the Palestine Royal Commission in 1937: “I do not agree that the dog in a manger has the final right to the manger even though he may have lain there for a very long time. I do not admit for instance, that a great wrong has been done to the Red Indians of America or the black people of Australia. I do not admit that a wrong has been done to these people by the fact that a stronger race, a higher-grade race, a more worldly wise race to put it that way, has come in a

The Galwan narrative

26 June 2020 VIKRAM SOOD Personal diplomacy has its uses as an icebreaker and a trendsetter for the future. But for this to be achieved in the long term, both sides should have a reason to succeed and adequate mechanisms that function smoothly. In the case of India and China, there was no intention for President of China Xi Jinping to want to succeed unlike Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Xi was and is only interested in acquiring absolute power. There is no other reason for what has happened over the recent weeks in Ladakh. Xi earlier came to Ahmedabad and deeply embarrassed his host by sending his troops to Chumar while he sat on the swing pretending bonhomie with his Indian counterpart. The intruders remained there throughout and even beyond the visit. Modi did not flinch, however much this incident would have angered him and embarrassed the government. This was the  Atithi Devo Bhavo  (the guest is god) syndrome b

Explained Ideas: Why India can’t depend on US & EU to counter China

Pratap Bhanu Mehta on India-China border dispute: The Xi regime's unprecedented global alienation notwithstanding, no other country has a serious stake in the fate of the terrain India and China are disputing. By:  Explained Desk  | New Delhi | Updated: June 26, 2020 6:42:45 pm Indian soldiers keep guard as an army convoy moves on the Srinagar-Ladakh highway at Gagangeer on Thursday, June 18, 2020. (AP Photo) The border stand-off with  China  has made it crucial for India to rethink all its strategic options. Can it use the growing anti-China sentiment across the world to its advantage? The moment seems ripe, writes  Pratap Bhanu Mehta , contributing editor,  The Indian Express ,  in his latest column . “The degree of global alienation with the Xi Jinping regime is unprecedented. But can this be translated into concerted global action to exert real pressure on China?” Many strategic exper

Strategic Resources and Chinese State Capital: A View from Laos

Written On  6 May 2020 . Posted In  Article ,  Forum . Author:  Juliet Lu Made In China:  The Work Of Arts  January–April 2020 The claim at the heart of Ching Kwan Lee’s  The Specter of Global China  (2017) is that Chinese state capital differs from other forms of global private capital. But Lee acknowledges that ‘state capital’ is a complicated category—not all state-owned enterprises share similar connections to the state, and many private companies have robust ties to state support and influence. She is careful to show that not all state-linked firms share the ‘logic of encompassing accumulation’ (the pursuit of goals beyond profit, such as other measures of growth, employment creation, maintenance of social stability, etc.) that sets Chinese state capital apart from other types of investment. In response to the question at the heart of her book—‘Is Chinese state capital a different kind of capi