Author: Shreyas Goutham

#PakistanElections Choosing Between the Devil and the Deep Sea!
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#PakistanElections Choosing Between the Devil and the Deep Sea!

In its 75-year history, there is seldom an example of a free and fair election in Pakistan. Even in the previous election, there were multiple reported incidents of booth capturing by the army. The arrest and detention of Imran Khan didn't reduce his popularity or demoralize the cadre as the army had assumed. On the contrary, it just infused his cadres and supporters to fight with much more enthusiasm. With around 220 million people in politically unstable situations, easy availability of weapons and desperate economic situation is a recipe for anarchy. It will be a disaster not only for itself but for the neighbouring countries as well. 2024 is the election year for the whole world. The majority of the democracies enter the pool with India and US being in focus. Nearly 1 billion p...
Foreign Aid Allocation: A Peek at Modi’s Foreign Policy Through Economic Assistance 
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Foreign Aid Allocation: A Peek at Modi’s Foreign Policy Through Economic Assistance 

Among all the aspects of the budget, foreign aid can give some key insights towards the priorities of the government regarding its foreign policy. Bhutan is set to be the top recipient of foreign aid with ₹2068.5 crores followed by Nepal with ₹700 crores. This is in continuation with the current government's neighbourhood-first policy. While Sri Lanka and Africa have seen an increase in their share of aid, there is a marked decrease in the economic assistance provided by India to the Maldives and Afghanistan. Interim budget for the year 2023-24 was announced by Nirmala Sitharaman. Being a year of general elections, this is just a stopgap budget, with the full budget announced by the next elected government. Interim budget is a budget that has been more often misused by most governm...
From ‘Hey Ram’ to ‘Jai Sri Ram’: Evolution of Bharat from Self-Condemnation to Self-Confidence!
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From ‘Hey Ram’ to ‘Jai Sri Ram’: Evolution of Bharat from Self-Condemnation to Self-Confidence!

The 'Pran Pratistha' of Ram Lalla in the Ayodhya Ram Mandir shows the long journey Indians have travelled to reach the path of acceptance of their historical and cultural identity. Successive governments have been very vulnerable to the comments and perceptions of Western media on India. Their unfair and unreasonable comparison was not effectively countered.Bharat is today a nation that is accepting of all cultures yet not changing its roots; a nation that is no longer embarrassed about the ideals of Shri Ram. In 1951, when Dr. Rajendra Prasad was invited to the Somnath temple ceremony. Nehru the then Prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru went so far as to pass a cabinet resolution to desist him from attending the ceremony. Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the then president ignored all these obstru...
Evolving As A Major Sporting Nation
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Evolving As A Major Sporting Nation

The success of hosting international events such as the G20 and the World Cup is sure to have a positive effect on the soft power of a nation and also influences the opinion of people in other nations. However, despite having a population of around 1.4 billion and a favourable demography, India is not a major competitor in important sporting event like the football world cup, Tour de France, Olympics or any other global sports or tournaments. There is a huge financial incentive for the countries hosting sporting events as with the increased number of travellers, the domestic economic activities in the region also increases.India must pick up the momentum as this is the right time for the rise of sports in India and to assume its rightful place on the world stage. Indian cricket fan...
Israel Terror Attack and the Lessons for Bharat
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Israel Terror Attack and the Lessons for Bharat

Today a terrorist may rejoice in killing Jews in a holy war, tomorrow it could be any other community that might find itself in a situation similar to the one the Kashmiri Pandits were in the 1990s.The foot soldier of Islam can easily be directed in any way his master wants, one who will serve his own interests and this becomes extremely dangerous when the abettors are sovereign nations.Bharat's confused self-image along with the twisted understanding and the crude imitation of the concept of European secularism has led to many unspeakable injustices carried out in the country, which is not the case with Israel which proudly identifies itself as a Jewish state. "Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself."- Eleanor Roosevelt As the co...
Islamic Terrorism and the Israel-Palestine Conflict
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Islamic Terrorism and the Israel-Palestine Conflict

The attack of Hamas must not be perceived by any means as an independence struggle by the people of Gaza. Instead, it must be seen as it is - an attack by an Islamic terrorist group and nothing else.Unless the world sheds political correctness and narrow-minded motives, there can be no long-lasting solution for terrorism and such inhuman attacks. Although the clashes between Hamas, a designated terrorist organisation and Israel are not new, the scale this time is unprecedented in recent history. With the development of technologies, the scale of destruction has increased exponentially. So, although the famous Iron Dome managed to protect them from most of the thousands of incoming rockets, the ones that managed to sneak through caused significant destruction and loss of life in Isr...
India, that is Bharat – Origins and the Debate
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India, that is Bharat – Origins and the Debate

From the early scriptures like Rig Veda to the historical epics like Mahabharata to the later works of Chanakya and poems of Kalidasa, every major work has recognised the nation as Bharata. In spite of the horrifying atrocities it suffered, Bharat signifies the defiance and will of people standing their ground enduring and unwavering on the basis of truth and Dharma. Vested interests have used the issue to divide the nation but we cannot continue with the historical blunder and must take up the task of addressing the wrongs of the past for a better future. Article 1 of the constitution, “India, that is Bharat is a union of states...”.  It is declared in the constitution that the name of this country is Bharat. Recently controversy surrounding the invitation sent to the...
Music: Panacea for Mental Health Issues
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Music: Panacea for Mental Health Issues

Music is one of the potent cures available to look for solutions to the mental health problems afflicting our population, especially the younger generation. Stress, anxiety, depression and other mental health issues are becoming dangerously common in India, specifically in the metros and large cities.Lack of awareness coupled with the general prejudices surrounding mental health problems are brushed under the carpet which later develops into an unmitigated disaster. Many scientific studies conducted all over the world including India show the positive effect of music on the mental health of humans. India has a rich collection of stories and music that have been passed down from one generation to another. These not only include the historical grand creations of epics like Ramayana a...
Geopolitics of Football: Churning in Global Football and the Role of India
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Geopolitics of Football: Churning in Global Football and the Role of India

Not many sports can boast of being a global phenomenon irrespective of culture or geography like football. The impact football has on tourism has been recognised by countries across the world as increased tourism brings an economic boom. In India, The sorry state of affairs in football can be attributed to corruption, lack of accountability, and complete lack of vision. Filling the Football boards with dynamic people who are passionate about the game, popularising the sport at the grassroots level, and bringing European football clubs to set up their training academies are some of the steps to increase the role of India. From Lionel Messi's shocking decision to go to MLS to Killian Mbappe's saga with PSG, this has been a crazy transfer window in European football. Most cu...
Pakistan | Why an IMF Loan Cannot Assure Recovery of a Failed State
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Pakistan | Why an IMF Loan Cannot Assure Recovery of a Failed State

Pakistan was recently given an IMF bailout of $3 billion as a short-term relief to avoid bankruptcy. This 23rd bailout package in its 75 years history since the partition from India, meaning that the country has gone to the brink of disaster around every 3 years on average. This is a concern that a country of around 200 million populations and with so many natural resources and geographical advantages cannot sustain itself. This is in addition to the grants and loans given by other countries such as the United States of America, Saudi Arabia and recently China. Sanctuary for Terrorism The USA had a vested interest in the stability of Pakistan as it needed a firm military foothold in the region for its misadventures in Afghanistan. This was very well exploited by Pakistan, which ...