Saturday, 2 July, 2022

Topic: Geopolitics

Why Turkey’s rise in Russia-Ukraine war is a masterclass in balancing, hedging strategy

Maintaining close defence ties with Ukraine while engaging with Russia to achieve foreign policy goals shows Turkey's balancing act has lessons.

Ukraine shows war is always about greed & hatred. Not Christianity vs Islam ‘Clash of Civilisations’

Post Cold War, Muslim World was seen as rising to challenge the Christian West. The war now is in Europe, within the same race, faith, civilisation.

Russia has already lost the war in Ukraine. It’s a result of failing globalisation

What we are witnessing in the Ukraine-Russia conflict is the failure of the world to manage the politics of globalisation while enjoying its fruits.

Press junkets, ads in foreign newspapers — China wants to build ‘new world media order’

In ‘Smokeless War’, Manoj Kewalramani writes that public opinion has been Xi Jinping’s highest priority, with special focus on online media.

Modi’s India plans to be ‘vishwaguru’ but forgets soft power is useless without hard muscle

In ‘India and Asian Geopolitics’, Shivshankar Menon writes that being a vishwaguru plays well with Modi’s Hindu constituency but is hardly a realistic goal when India is a net importer of knowledge.

China’s economy and military can overtake US, but it still won’t become global superpower

China has the money, the weapons and the might. But it can’t overthrow US from world hierarchy yet.

When WHO understates coronavirus risk, you know China’s geopolitics is at play

Politics is well underway even as countries cooperate to tackle coronavirus. And lest you think China is being cornered, remember what it is doing to Taiwan.

Like steam engine & atom bomb, 4th Industrial Revolution tech is creating a new world order

Four trends will help shape the geopolitics of our era even as communities and countries struggle to negotiate a new relationship among the state, enterprises and citizens.

For a place in new world order, India must reverse over-securitisation of its foreign policy

The choice before India is not dissimilar to the one made by Chinese leaders on the eve of their reform and opening up four decades ago.

India need not fear Rajapaksa’s win and Sri Lanka’s embrace of China

New Delhi must be watchful but not necessarily too concerned about China angle in Sri Lanka. Colombo has the rationale, reason and space for engaging both.

On Camera


Kanhaiya Lal Teli’s body being taken for last rites in Udaipur on 29 June 2022 | Photo: ThePrint | Manisha Mondal

India’s blasphemy beheadings have a new audience—and they’re sitting behind smartphones

Videos on social media have become a key feature of blasphemy killings. Each inspires communal competitors to stage a more macabre act of revenge.
The Reserve Bank of India logo | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

RBI intervenes with multi-pronged strategy in battle against rupee fall

The Reserve Bank’s challenges include crashes in forward dollar premiums to rising open interest in futures that adds to pressure on the currency.


File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Egyptian president Abdel Fattah Al Sisi on the latter's first visit to India | Photo: Twitter/@narendramodi

India and Egypt work towards building strategic relationship with focus on defence & security

From holding joint military exercises to exporting wheat as Russia and Ukraine stop supplies, New Delhi and Cairo are redrawing their relationship as geopolitical tensions rise.    

Moral, political & ideological questions on Maharashtra: 1st is simplest to answer, 3rd trickiest

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.