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COVID19 Second Wave in India – A Doctor’s Perspective
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COVID19 Second Wave in India – A Doctor’s Perspective

As the second wave rages on, could we have avoided this. Being a very opinionated society, we read a lot of opinions and conjectures. There are broadly two types of messages – one compares the cases and deaths per million population of India with the western countries. This is to reiterate that India is in […]

How reliable is the Western Media Coverage of India’s Covid19 surge?
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How reliable is the Western Media Coverage of India’s Covid19 surge?

Most of the news posts of international media houses only target either the Prime Minister or BJP
No other substance is covered in these articles other than attacking the government
The highest number of cases have so far been counted from those states which are not ruled by BJP
Pandemic showed how the state governments struggled to uphold their constitutional responsibility of public health management
The Covid cases and death rates in Europe and North America are sizeably larger than India given its population
India has donated or exported over 66 million doses of Covid vaccines. Will the global media acknowledge this fact?
Hope these factors act as a guide for global media to ensure appropriate news reporting.

India Assembly Election 2021 Results – Key Takeaways and Implications
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India Assembly Election 2021 Results – Key Takeaways and Implications

Kerala is the only state where the Communist Party has managed to stay politically relevant. BJP simply lacked the organization or political capital in the state
DMK has managed to win regardless of the margin of victory but it has taken a dangerous step towards a family-run enterprise. BJP got a much needed foothold in the state
BJP has managed to win in Assam comfortably thereby giving a strong footing to the party in the northeast
West Bengal promised to be a close fight but ended up in a one-sided victory. But BJP has managed to make great inroads in the state
Although PM Modi remains the most popular leader in India there seems to be a limited influence of his persona in assembly elections.
Congress has completely lost the plot and is in no position to be even an effective opposition party
The rise of regional parties has been the highlight of the recent elections

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

Rare Earth Elements – It’s importance and influence on Geo-politics
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Rare Earth Elements – It’s importance and influence on Geo-politics

Rare earth is used in the manufacturing of important parts in electronic devices.
China has 36.7% of all the rare metal deposits followed by Brazil with 22%, Vietnam with 18%, and Russia with 10%.
Till 2010 China had a virtual monopoly over the supply of rare metals with 90% of the market share.
The US was also affected by the monopoly of China. During the recent trade war between the US and China, the latter tried to use its leverage to gain an advantage.
India in this regard isn’t at an overwhelming disadvantage as it has around 5% of the world deposits.
Despite its vast deposits, India managed to produce only 1% of the rare metals in the world in 2020.
India must clear the monopoly of the public sector and make room for private players to invest and produce.

UN has failed to execute India’s complaint over POJK for 73 yrs. Time to directly instruct Pakistan to vacate?
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UN has failed to execute India’s complaint over POJK for 73 yrs. Time to directly instruct Pakistan to vacate?

The then Representative of India to United Nations Organisation had on 01-01-1948 filed a complaint before President of Security Council in terms of the instructions and text of the said complaint received by him through telegram from Government of India Dominion ( Government of India). The brief of para -1 of the complaint went like […]

Australia scrapped Victoria’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) agreement with China. Here’s why?
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Australia scrapped Victoria’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) agreement with China. Here’s why?

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has scrapped the controversial Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) deal between China and the state of Victoria, calling it “inconsistent with Australia’s foreign policy”. The Morrison government’s decision to scrap Victoria’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) agreement with China was based on Australia’s new Foreign Relations Act, which says the […]

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

France did nothing to stop the 1994 genocide while the world looked away, says Rwandan report
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France did nothing to stop the 1994 genocide while the world looked away, says Rwandan report

Earlier this week, a report commissioned by Rwanda said the French government “bears significant responsibility for having enabled a foreseeable genocide” in 1994. The report said: “From its knowledge of massacres of civilians conducted by the government and its allies to the daily dehumanization of the Tutsi…the French government could see that genocide was coming. […]