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Gaganyaan Mission: India’s Leap into Space Exploration with ISRO’s Astronaut Odessey
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Gaganyaan Mission: India’s Leap into Space Exploration with ISRO’s Astronaut Odessey

Four Indian Air Force pilots have been shortlisted for the mission: Group Captain Prashanth Nair, Group Captain Ajit Krishnan, Group Captain Angad Pratap and Wing Commander Shubhanshu Shukla. The success of Gaganyaan would mark India as the fourth nation to achieve human spaceflight capability, following Russia, the US and China.The renowned Indian LVM3 rocket, previously utilised for the Chandrayaan-3 mission, will serve as the launch vehicle for the Gaganyaan mission.The human spaceflight programme has many tangible and intangible benefits as it holds potential for scientific research and advancements.The challenges associated with manned missions include optimum space transportation systems, crew safety and training, and the creation of an earth-like environment among others. ...
India-Oman Strengthening Bilateral Relations
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India-Oman Strengthening Bilateral Relations

Whereas there has always been people-to-people interaction between India and Oman, dating back 5,000 years, diplomatic relations were first established in 1955, and in 2008 the relationship was upgraded to a strategic alliance. Oman is expanding its clean energy corporation with India to promote its renewable sector. ACME India Ltd. has also sealed an agreement for the development and commercial production of a green hydrogen and green ammonia production plant at the port of Duqm in Oman.Given that both countries share the Indian Ocean region and have similar strategic objectives regarding trade routes and marine security, an important factor is the type of bilateral diplomacy. The diplomatic projects that both countries have started, signifying the depth and dedication of the relatio...
Transnistria Appeals to Russia For Protection Amid Economic Blockade
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Transnistria Appeals to Russia For Protection Amid Economic Blockade

The Transnistrian appeal to Russia for protection presents the potential for the opening of another European theatre of conflict.Should Russia agree to assist, it would entail further Russian involvement in Europe, a development likely to be met with disapproval from both Brussels and Washington. In the face of an economic blockade enforced by the authorities in Chisinau, the Congress of Deputies in Transnistria, representing all levels of the country, appealed to Russia for support. A resolution appealing to the Federation Council and the State Duma of the Russian Federation was passed by the conference attendees. They emphasised the good effects of the Russian peacekeeping deployment and its position as a negotiator, as well as the fact that over 220,000 Russian people live in...
G20 Under Brazil’s Presidency – A Divided House Impaired by Personal Ambitions
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G20 Under Brazil’s Presidency – A Divided House Impaired by Personal Ambitions

While Brazil positions itself to raise the issues of Global South, President Lula has ambitions that can be considered a red flag for passing any resolution when the main summit convenes. It is crucial for the chair of a prominent international organization, seen by some as an alternative to the United Nations, to avoid extreme positions. The G20, following its progress in Delhi last year, is now facing discontent under a leadership seemingly more focused on personal ambition than recognizing the aspirations of others. Though leaders like Lula aspire to lead the global South, it is India that has taken the lead and continues to be a responsible and reliable player in the challenging geopolitical landscape. Last week, the foreign ministers of the G20 nations met for a discussion whi...
Indian Geopolitics in the ‘Amrit Kaal’ – A Roadmap for Harmony, Prosperity, and Collaboration among All Nations
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Indian Geopolitics in the ‘Amrit Kaal’ – A Roadmap for Harmony, Prosperity, and Collaboration among All Nations

While the idea of an "Amrit Kaal" presents an aspirational outlook, achieving such a state of global harmony would demand substantial political determination, cooperation, and unified action from the international community. Achieving the goal of becoming a developed nation in 25 years requires sustained commitment, long-term planning, and collaboration across sectors and stakeholders. India is now in a position of being ‘Ajaatashatru’ of the developing and developed world forging friendships on different but equal terms. The term "Amrit Kaal" from Indian spirituality translates to "Era of Nectar" or "Golden Age." Within geopolitics, referencing the principles of geopolitics through the lens of an "Amrit Kaal" suggests a vision of an epoch marked by harmony, prosperity, and collab...
Russia-Ukraine War Enters 3rd Year – Years of Conflict and a Decade of Turmoil
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Russia-Ukraine War Enters 3rd Year – Years of Conflict and a Decade of Turmoil

As the conflict enters its third year, both sides have stuck their guns, unwilling to cede ground.Russia, buoyed by recent victories, shows no inclination to end the conflict on anything but its terms.Ukraine finds itself at a critical juncture, urgently needing military support. With no peace in sight, finding a middle ground becomes crucial for ending the crisis. In February 2014, 10 years ago, Kyiv became ground zero for an unconstitutional coup, that triggered all the events around Ukraine and its now former regions ever since. It marked the culmination of the Euromaidan demonstrations, a series of public protests held between November 2013 and February 2014, organised with the involvement and support of Western countries.  On February 21, 2014, a day before the coup, U...
Armenia’s Shifting Foreign Policy: Balancing Relations Between Russia and the West
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Armenia’s Shifting Foreign Policy: Balancing Relations Between Russia and the West

PM Pashinyan has a personal interest in the European dream; he wants Armenia to come closer to the West, particularly the USA and France. The final blow to the relationship between Armenia and Russia came during the second Nagorno-Karabakh war in September 2023 when Artsakh finally fell into the hands of Baku. PM Pashinyan has held Russia responsible for this crisis.It is critical to recognise that Russia, a regional powerhouse, has an impact on Armenian security either directly or indirectly. In recent months, Armenia has been at the centre of speculation regarding its shifting foreign policy dynamics, particularly concerning its relationship with Russia and potential alignment with Western powers. Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian's government has made notable gestures indicating a ...
Understanding Japan’s Economic Quandary and Its Effect on India
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Understanding Japan’s Economic Quandary and Its Effect on India

Japan's economy is plagued by demand deficiency that has persisted due to various factors, including low consumer spending and restricted credit flow stemming from banking sector troubles. The reluctance of Japanese economic policymakers to embrace aggressive monetary measures can be attributed, in part, to lingering trauma from past economic bubbles and subsequent busts. As a key trading partner and investor, Japan's economic slowdown could potentially dampen demand for Indian exports across vital sectors like automobiles, electronics, and machinery. Japan's recession could also possibly lead to a reduction in its investments in India, thereby impacting job creation and economic growth.  Japan encountered an unexpected economic setback, slipping into recession due to weak domestic...
The Strategic Significance of Avdiivka’s Fall: A Turning Point in the Donetsk Conflict
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The Strategic Significance of Avdiivka’s Fall: A Turning Point in the Donetsk Conflict

The fall of Avdiivka marks a decisive turning point in the ongoing conflict in Donbas, with profound implications for the Russia-Ukraine conflict. With Avdiivka under their control, Russian forces now possess greater leverage in negotiations and can exert pressure on Kyiv to accede to their demands. The loss of Avdiivka deprives Ukrainian forces of a crucial logistical hub, complicating their ability to sustain operations in the region. Since the outbreak of conflict in Eastern Ukraine in 2014, Avdiivka has stood as a formidable stronghold, epitomizing Ukrainian resistance in the region. Its fall to Russian forces marks a significant shift in the dynamics of the ongoing conflict, with far-reaching implications for both sides.  Avdiivka, located near Donetsk, has been a key ...
Alexei Navalny’s Death – Another Stick to Beat For The Sanctimonious West!
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Alexei Navalny’s Death – Another Stick to Beat For The Sanctimonious West!

Navalny's death will bring new forms of aggression from the West, swiftly followed by expected responses from Russia which, many hoped, would be interested in a compromise. The death of the Wagner Chief Prigozhin invited blanket condemnation from the West which once viewed him as a terrorist but soon after his death portrayed him as a rebel for a glorious cause.In the next few days, there will be many more attempts made by the Western media and governments to change public perception of the public against the Russian President and the Kremlin. One of Putin's optically highlighted opponents Alexei Navalny has suddenly died in the prison he was held in. Authorities in Moscow claimed he suddenly fell ill and died while being given medical help. It's sudden because only yesterday he h...