Civil Services Chronicle May 2019

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China’s Belt and Road Initiative and its Global Implications

Background In 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced the launch of both the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. It is essentially a state-financed, state-backed, infrastructure initiative to build infrastructure across Central Asia and other parts of the Indo-Pacific. Subsequently, both of these initiatives got subsumed within .... Read More
Election Commission of India

Does it need Transformation? India is ready to gear up for its biggest festival, the festival of world’s biggest democracy-17th Lok Sabha elections 2019. India’s democracy has its cornerstone on independence, neutrality and integrity of its Statutory and Constitutional bodies. To maintain and preserve this democracy India conducts elections every five .... Read More
New Cold War

Security, Trade & Investment and Technology Recent developments around the world highlight the faint occurrence of dissensions and splitting up of the world into blocs. Issue: The US and Russia have pulled out of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty recently. Impact: This step could lead to renewed nuclear arms race between .... Read More

Renewed Arms Race Russia and US have recently pulled out of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, a decision which could trigger the nuclearisation of US and the European continent. The new National Security Strategy announced by US in December 2017 declares the “revisionist” China and Russia as a threat .... Read More
Trade and Investment

Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) China is challenging the US global economic hegemony through its BRI which seeks to weave the economies of Asia, Europe and Africa into a common network of development and infrastructure projects. Rather, China seeks to take other countries into its sphere of influence supported by its .... Read More

Huawei Dispute: Huawei has taken a global lead in development and patenting of 5G technology leaving US far behind. Huawei CFO’s arrest is an indirect way of stifling and containing China’s technological rise and global dominance. Digital Surveillance: China is a surveillance state and it has been selling its blueprint, including .... Read More

India’s Digital Infrastructure & Its Progress

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