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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. ...
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...
The Escalating Saudi-UAE Rivalry: Implications for the Middle East and Beyond
Middle East, World

The Escalating Saudi-UAE Rivalry: Implications for the Middle East and Beyond

The key battleground in the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and UAE is the economic investment and assistance to neighbouring countries. The rivalry extends to strategic sectors such as transportation and energy, where both countries seek to enhance their regional influence. As both countries compete for dominance across economic, political, and strategic domains, the region faces heightened tensions and uncertainty. In recent years, the Middle East has become a battleground for escalating geopolitical tensions between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This rivalry, spanning economic, political, and defence spheres, poses significant implications for the region's stability and global affairs. Both Riyadh and Abu Dhabi are vying for dominance, leveraging their economic ...
Understanding Putin’s Perspective: Insights from the Tucker Carlson Interview on the Ukraine Conflict
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Understanding Putin’s Perspective: Insights from the Tucker Carlson Interview on the Ukraine Conflict

Putin's decision to engage with Tucker Carlson demonstrates Russia's will to challenge mainstream Western narratives and present its side of the story to a wider audience. Putin's characterisation of the conflict as a "special military operation" underscores Russia's framing of the situation, challenging mainstream Western narratives that often depict it as an invasion. Putin's claims resonate with narratives of Western interference that are prevalent in Russian media and political discourse. The interview with Carlson provides a nuanced understanding of Russia's motivations and grievances in the Ukraine conflict, emphasizing the need for dialogue and diplomacy in resolving the crisis. The interview between Tucker Carlson and Russian President Vladimir Putin provides a comprehensi...
Analyzing India-France Relations In Light of Macron’s Visit
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Analyzing India-France Relations In Light of Macron’s Visit

The Indo-French partnership has reliability, continuity and synergy, resulting in not just strategic cooperation, but also strong socio-cultural ties between the two. The power dynamics in the Indo-Pacific are a matter of grave concern, as both India and France are well aware that it is the increasing presence of the Chinese, which is posing a serious threat to the freedom of navigation in the region. France is concerned about the threat to its EEZ by which its supply chains lead to inevitable Chinese dependency. However, with the Indian assurance of scaling up the scope and efficiency of its indigenous supply chain mechanisms, the Chinese monopoly can collapse over some time. India needs to keep in mind that France, is neither Russia nor the USA, as it has limited strategic influence...
Volatile Geopolitics of Sahel – A Story of Greed and Global Capriciousness
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Volatile Geopolitics of Sahel – A Story of Greed and Global Capriciousness

The Sahel region's geopolitical landscape is experiencing a notable transformation, transitioning from a unipolar order dominated by France to a more competitive scenario. As major global powers vie for influence, Sahel remains a crucial focal point, hinting at a renewed global rivalry and the potential for a second "fight for Africa." While the region fights food insecurity, poor governance and a failing economy, the international powers are more interested in its minerals than rectifying the fundamental issues. In recent years, the Sahel region in Africa has witnessed significant transformations, marked by political upheavals, geopolitical shifts, and emerging challenges. This article provides a detailed examination of the evolving landscape in the Sahel, encompassing historical ...
US-Taiwan-China Conundrum And The Limits of the American Global Power
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US-Taiwan-China Conundrum And The Limits of the American Global Power

The notion of American hegemony and predominance in geopolitical power games is steadily declining, as witnessed in its capitulation to China's diktats in recent times, including on Tawain. Biden’s strong reassurance of its One China Policy, aimed at not upsetting the Chinese establishment has raised eyebrows on the real depth of the strategic commitment of the USA towards Taiwan. With the world order experiencing a constant churn, time and again, a golden opportunity has been given to the Chinese, on a platter to take precedence as “the” global hegemon. The recently held elections in Taiwan have created turbulent waves and irked-up sharp reactions from China. The ruling party in Taiwan, the Democratic Progressive Party, has made a comeback with a thumping majority. Its new preside...
President Lai Ching-te’s Triumph: A Dual Impact on Taiwan’s Economy and Regional Geopolitics
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President Lai Ching-te’s Triumph: A Dual Impact on Taiwan’s Economy and Regional Geopolitics

President Lai Ching-te's victory holds immense significance for Taiwan, both economically and geopolitically. Navigating economic challenges, reducing reliance on a single market, and strategically engaging with global partners are pivotal for Taiwan's economic resurgence. Simultaneously, Lai's approach to cross-Strait relations and collaboration with the United States will shape the geopolitical landscape in the Asia-Pacific Region. Lai Ching-te, the ruling-party candidate, secured a win in Taiwan's presidential election. His opponents gracefully conceded after a closely contested three-way race, setting the course for the island's relations with China in the coming four years. The outcome carries significant implications for the peace and stability of the narrow str...
Defend or Succumb: What’s at Stake in the 2024 Taiwanese Presidential Election?
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Defend or Succumb: What’s at Stake in the 2024 Taiwanese Presidential Election?

China has intensified its efforts to influence the election in Taiwan and its influence operations extend beyond disinformation campaigns.Trade and business links are leveraged to sway Taiwanese businesses operating in China, showcasing the multifaceted strategies employed to influence the election outcome.Opinions on how to respond to China's influence vary widely. While the DPP stresses being defiant and deepening alliances with the West, the KMT advocates for non-provocation and communication with Beijing to build trust. As the world gears up for a year filled with elections, one of the earliest and most closely watched contests is unfolding in Taiwan. The January 13 election is turning out to be a nail-biter, with significant implications for global powers, especially the Unite...
Strategic Imperatives: Fortifying Lakshadweep for Regional Security and Development
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Strategic Imperatives: Fortifying Lakshadweep for Regional Security and Development

The geographical proximity to the Maldives and Sri Lanka heightens the risk of political turmoil affecting Lakshadweep. The growing Chinese presence in the Indian Ocean Region and persistent piracy issues add to the potential security concerns. A thoughtful and comprehensive defence-centric strategy could be the key to addressing the multifaceted challenges faced by this picturesque archipelago. Lakshadweep, a stunning cluster of 36 atolls known for its biodiversity, found itself in the spotlight amid PM Modi's recent visit to this strategic island. The archipelago, located 400 km west of Kerala, comprises 36 islands with only 10 inhabited. Covering a mere 32 sq km of land, it boasts a vast Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of 400,000 sq km. With a 96% Muslim population cultura...