Pulse: India & Pakistan
The US government shutdown is over, but the question of how a wall between the US and Mexico will be funded is unresolved. The threat, or lack of a threat posed by immigrants at the southern border, is a litmus test for US politicians. AMLO, Mexico’s new leader, could achieve what no one has before in terms of eliminating violence and corruption, or he could make things much, much worse and turn his country into the next Venezuela.
This article was originally appeared in the Hindu Business Line and co-authored with Faisal Ahmed, a geopolitical expert and associate professor of international business at FORE School of Management, New Delhi.
As President Xi Jinping emerges stronger, his foreign policy pursuits are now likely to be assertive, not merely persuasive. He joins the league of Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping with the inclusion of his thoughts on socialism in the party constitution.
India’s monsoon rains (June–September) deliver about 70% of the country’s annual rainfall. This is crucial for farmers as only about 45% of farmland has irrigation. The balance 55% has to rely on the kindness of the Rain Gods for their livelihood. The monsoon rains are thus very critical in a country where nearly 65% of India’s 1.3 billion people depend on agriculture for a living.
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