Author: Chandrashekar TS

M.AM.PhiL/(PhD SNU South Korea)
China hobnobs with Taliban through Pakistan: Is this the emergence of the new ‘Axis of Evil’?
Analysis, Asia, Featured

China hobnobs with Taliban through Pakistan: Is this the emergence of the new ‘Axis of Evil’?

Sudden international political developments are happening in South Asia which has bilateral, regional and global ramifications, especially India . Until a few days back Taliban were pariah’s of the world but now are getting recognized and legitimized by few nations for their narrow political interests. World knew when in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Osama Bin Laden was […]

Unrest in South Africa: A Coordinated Strategy of Chaos
Africa, Analysis, Featured

Unrest in South Africa: A Coordinated Strategy of Chaos

The situation worsened when violence broke out after Former President Jacob Zuma began serving a 15-month sentence for contempt of court. He had refused to comply with a court order to testify at a state-backed inquiry investigating allegations of corruption while he was president from 2009 to 2018. The other charge was corruption in a $2 billion dollar arms deal. When President Zuma was in power, an Indian corporate house (now in exile in Dubai) allegedly close to them was charged with corruption and undue influence over the functioning of his government.

Towards a Secure, Peaceful and Stable Jammu & Kashmir
Analysis, Featured, National

Towards a Secure, Peaceful and Stable Jammu & Kashmir

After the removal of Article 370 ‘Dilli ki Doori’ as well as ‘Dil Ki Doori’ have been successfully bridged with massive support of Kashmiris for Constitutional integration of India. Insurgency had ruined the normal functioning of the state, and had forced New Delhi to notify the erstwhile state of J&K as a “disturbed area” and […]

Japan and Australia Team up to counter unilateral attitude of China: Should India sign similar Reciprocal Access Agreements?
Analysis, Featured, Oceania

Japan and Australia Team up to counter unilateral attitude of China: Should India sign similar Reciprocal Access Agreements?

China has created unrest in the world due to its authoritarian military dictatorship and unilateral actions. It has directly attacked, threatened and ordered its neighbors and has changed land, air and water boundaries unilaterally. It has neither accepted international conventions nor respects international freedom of navigation.  Every neighbor of China feels threatened by its acts. […]

China Technological Breakthroughs: Should the World be elated or concerned?
Analysis, Asia, Featured

China Technological Breakthroughs: Should the World be elated or concerned?

China has taken a bold step forward with the recommendation of 178 technology innovations of centrally administered state-owned enterprises (SOEs). China’s Centrally administered SOEs have rich resources, top talent, and sufficient capital. At any given time they can organize all kinds of market elements to improve the efficiency of tech R&D design. State-owned enterprises (SOEs) are important components of the Chinese economy.

The Great Game over Rare Earth Minerals in Afghanistan
Analysis, Asia, Big Block of 4, Featured

The Great Game over Rare Earth Minerals in Afghanistan

United States Geological Survey geological survey estimates that Afghanistan may hold 60 million metric tons of copper, 2.2 billion tons of iron ore, and 1.4 million tons of rare earth elements (REEs) such as lanthanum, cerium, neodymium, and veins of aluminium, gold, silver, zinc, mercury, and lithium.
The USGS estimates the Khanneshin deposits in Helmand province will yield 1.1.-1.4 million metric tons of REEs. Some reports estimate Afghanistan REE resources are among the largest on earth.
China has won exploration rights for copper, coal, oil, and lithium deposits across Afghanistan, and there are reports that Beijing won the rights to develop a copper mine by bribing Afghan mining officials.

China’s Digital Currency: Purpose and Implication for the World
Analysis, Featured

China’s Digital Currency: Purpose and Implication for the World

China has a big weakness and that is its wish to dominate the World. It wants to be a super power and control land, air, sea and even space. After becoming the Cheap Factory of the World, from Telecommunications, High End Manufacturing revolution in Automotive, to IoT, AI, Robotics, China is making its presence felt […]

Assassination Attempt on Mohamed Nasheed – Can India and the World ignore the rise of Militant Islam in the Maldives?
Analysis, Asia, Featured

Assassination Attempt on Mohamed Nasheed – Can India and the World ignore the rise of Militant Islam in the Maldives?

On 6 May 2021, an assassination attempt was made against Maldivian speaker of the People’s Majlis and former president Mohamed Nasheed near his home in Malé.  A homemade explosive device planted on a parked motorcycle exploded injuring Nasheed and four others. The explosion occurred while Nasheed was getting into his car. He sustained injuries and […]

Chip Shortage in the World and Its Effect on India – Can India achieve Self-Sufficiency in Chip manufacturing?
Analysis, Featured, National

Chip Shortage in the World and Its Effect on India – Can India achieve Self-Sufficiency in Chip manufacturing?

Semiconductors are used in all modern electronic devices and technologies.
Any disturbances in the supply chain of hardware including chips can have a great effect on the electronics industry in India.
The world is facing a new threat due to a shortage of semiconductors or chips as Taiwan which is home to two-thirds of the world semiconductor manufacturing is severely affected by the worst drought in half a century.
Governments across the world are subsidizing the construction of semiconductor plants to reduce the dependence on Taiwan for supplies.
India has developed expertise in chip designing and in delivering technical services around microchip design but a lot needs to be done to achieve self-sufficiency.
Even defence PSUs such as BEL rely on having the fabrication done abroad and not in India as India does not have the required facilities.
However, Government of India is making all the effort to start chip plants in India. It is estimated that it would cost roughly $5-$7 billion to set up chip fabrication units in India.
India is willing to offer companies concessions, including waivers on customs duty, research and development expenses, and interest-free loans.
India aspires to have $400 billion of electronics manufacturing by the year 2025. Who can miss seizing this business opportunity?

US Vaccine Nationalism and India’s Vaccine Diplomacy – Risking lives versus Saving lives
Analysis, Featured, World

US Vaccine Nationalism and India’s Vaccine Diplomacy – Risking lives versus Saving lives

The US that positions itself as the policeman of the world, has restricted even the export of key raw materials for the manufacture of COVID-19 vaccine to India, let alone dispatching vaccines to needy countries. The supplies of raw materials, which is in high demand globally and sought after by major Indian manufacturers are being […]