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Neighbourhood Focus- Ananta Center

Source:  Ananta Center, Delhi AFGHANISTAN   China donates $7m in food aid to Afghan flood victims Afghanistan Times | 20 th  September China has donated foodstuff including wheat and rice to the flood-affected people in Afghanistan, Afghan officials said. Bahauddin Jilani, state minister for disaster management, said that totally 5,266 tons of wheat and rice were donated at a cost of 550 million Afs. He said that the foodstuff was on the way and would arrive in Afghanistan before winter. Jilani emphasized that the foodstuff would be certainly distributed to the needy people. Wang Yu, Chinese ambassador to Kabul, said that his country would remain committed in cooperation with the people and government of Afghanistan. World Urges Humanitarian Ceasefire, Halt to Civilian Casualties Daily Outlook Afghanistan | 22 nd  September On International Peace Day, the global community has urged a humanitarian ceasefire and end to the ongoing bloodshed that has been claiming innocent lives in Afghan

Insights from the Past: Thucydides on Great Power Competition

Andrew Novo     September 22, 2020 Source: Strategy Bridge Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War is more than an account of conflict between Greek city states. It is a thoughtful analysis of one of history’s earliest recorded great power rivalries. The U.S. Department of Defense is openly recalibrating American national security to focus on great power competition.[1] In that context, Thucydides remains a source of enduring utility. Convinced of the immutability of human nature, Thucydides believed the events he described could “happen again at some time in the same or a similar pattern.”[2] A successor, the Greek historian Polybius, echoed this sentiment, writing that any lesson removed from history “is of no enduring value for the future.”[3] This article identifies five insights from Thucydides to help us understand enduring lessons about great power competition. First, great powers are constantly looking for new partners and fear losing existing friends and allies. Second, w

A List of All the False Claims Made in Sudarshan TV's 'UPSC Jihad' Show

The aired episodes have used misinformation to legitimise dangerous conspiracy theories, finds Alt News. Sep 24, 2020 | Pooja Chaudhuri         A promotional teaser of the UPSC Jihad programme on Sudarshan TV, focusing on the hearings. Photo: Twitter/@SudarshanNewsTV On September 11, Sudarshan News broadcast its controversial show on Muslim ‘infiltration’ in the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examination after the Supreme Court overturned a Delhi high court order staying the programme. The SC refused a pre-broadcast ban on the show. A bench headed by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud is now hearing a plea against the provocative show and  on September 16, 2020, the top court temporarily restricted the channel  from airing the remaining episodes. “The Supreme Court staying something is like a nuclear missile. But we had to step in because nobody was taking any action,” Justice Chandrachud said. Sudarshan News editor-in-chief Suresh Chavhanke hailed the show as ‘investigative journalism’

From Caste on Tinder to Love Jihad, the Complex Facets of Love in India

BY  ESHE SEPTEMBER 15, 2020 By Neha Kirpal How many love marriages do we know of between Brahmins and Dalits? Why are independent, single women only presented as unhappy spinsters in popular culture? These and other questions are raised by author, editor and columnist Dr Debotri Dhar in her latest book of essays,  Love is Not a Word: The Culture and Politics of Desire  (Speaking Tiger, 2020). Debotri teaches women’s studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. With a Master’s in women’s studies from Oxford University and a PhD from Rutgers University, she has authored both non-fiction and fiction titles such as  Postcards from Oxford: Stories of Women and Travel  and the novel  The Courtesans of Karim Street . In this interview, she talks about her book and the many facets of love – personal, social, cultural and political. How did you think of putting together a book about the different facets of love and its evolution over the years? Love, as a word, is so ubiquitous in our live