The International Court of Justice has spoken out loud and clear.
Today it instructed Pakistan not to execute Kulbhushan Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer convicted of alleged espionage and terrorism and subsequently sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court (functioning under deep secrecy), till the ICJ pronounces its final decision on New Delhi’s petition to annul the death sentence.
The President of the UN’s highest court in The Hague said: “Pakistan shall take all (...)
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French Presidential Elections 2017: Macron’s Victory offers a Much-needed Reprieve against Narrow Nationalism20 May
by Harsh Kapoor
In the April 23 first round of the French elections, the established parties were eliminated, leaving two final contenders in the final round of May 7—one was Emmanuel Macron (a former Economy Minister/a cosmopolitan political novice) representing his newly created movement called ‘En Marche’ [On the Move] and the other was Marine Le Pen, the leader of the forty-year-old Front Nationale (FN) [an anti-immigrant and anti-European party of the far Right]. Two opposing conceptions (...)
What a relief! The French have indeed signalled that all’s not over! The election of Emmanuel Macron has actually relayed that sane and responsible governance will flourish in France. Lesser levels of discriminations and biases and hounding of the hapless.
Macron’s win has inflicted a huge dent to the Right-wing fascist politics on the international scene. In fact, till the French election results trickled in, there were fears that the Right- wing’s Marine Le Pen could cash in on her (...)
Whether stone-pelting in Kashmir is at the behest of Pakistan or it is a response to the fundamentalists’ call, the fact remains that the Valley is disturbed. Scores of schools have been burnt and there is a fear in the mind of students that they would be punished if they were to attend classes. The separatists are said to be leading a movement to boycott the studies.
The result is that the students are finding it hard to prepare and appear in exams which the rest of the country is having (...)
From N.C.’s Writings
With all the excitement generated over the Ramaswami impeachement, the Narasimha Rao Government has good reason to thank the Opposition for letting the Budget pass with only a token show of dissent.
This marks a major headway for the government which had to pass quite a few anxious moments when it was reported that the BJP would not hesitate to support the cut motions due to be moved by the National Front-Left combine. The fact of having escaped defeat in the Lok Sabha (...)
by Sudhakar Vaddi
Despite severe economic sanctions, North Korea, officially the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), has conducted five nuclear tests and launched several long-range rockets including the latest Pukguksong-2 in violation of the UN Security Council resolutions.1 To address the nuclear crises, the US, under President Donald Trump, announced a policy of ‘maximum pressure’ towards the impoverished North Korean regime. However, in spite of these harsh sanctions and (...)
This article was written before the presidental elections in France and South Korea. Yet its contents are not yet outdated Here it is being published for the benefit of our readers.
The month of May is going to be momentous for international politics. Three countries—France, South Korea and Iran—are heading for presidential elections and politics in Europe, Far East and the Middle East will be in transition. Sharp ideological clashes characterise all three elections. All three are ‘pivotal’ (...)
‘Wake up, baby, wake up.’
Cradling his infant twins
sobbing Al-youssef uttered,
choking back his tears.
Toxic gas: the silent killer,
had snuffed out their life.
The grieving father realised
bodies in his arms were dead.
At their final resting place,
in a heart-wrenching voice
he mumbled: ‘Say goodbye,
baby, say goodbye.’
Goodbye? Was it to a father
they hardly came to know
or to a world they got no chance
to live in, before they were killed?
Ajit Kumar Das
[The aforementioned poem was (...)
Once again the hardliners and moderates are confronting each other in the coming Iranian elections on May 19. There are over 100 candidates in the field. The moderates are led by Ebrahim Raeisi and the religious conser-vatives are likely to be led by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a former President. The country’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, had tried to prevent a contest by asking Ahma-dinejad not to take part in it. In the 2013 elections, a moderate, Rohani, had been elected the (...)
The first Martha Farrell Awards for Women’s Empowerment were presented recently at a well-organised event in Delhi. These have been instituted to honour Dr Martha Farrell and her ideals. These awards recognise and honour mid-career individual and institutional contributions to gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Dr Martha Farrell (1959-2015) is widely known and respected for her work in the areas of women’s rights, gender equality and adult education including distance education. She had (...)
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