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Hypocrisy emerged at the G-7 Summit in Italy as leaders discussed sanctions, military support and geopolitical strategies to widen global polarisation rather than peace or development.

Geopolitics

Hypocrisy emerged at the G-7 Summit in Italy as leaders discussed sanctions, military support and geopolitical strategies to widen global polarisation rather than peace or development.

The IOC is under scrutiny over silence on demands of banning Israel from the Paris 2024 Olympics while quick sanctions on Russia and Belarus within days over the Russia- Ukraine war.

Can the Gaza peace deal bring lasting peace, or is it just a diplomatic manoeuvre amid growing global pressure?

While the US authorities have been vehemently condemning a prosecutor's request for ICC warrants against Israeli officials for war crimes in Gaza, they had welcomed one such warrant a year ago with much fanfare.

Deep dives

What do early indications suggest about Modi 3.0's foreign policy priorities? Is it going to be a continuation of the previous term's approach?

India and Iran signed a decade-long pact on Chabahar Port — the first overseas port India will manage.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's conspicuous silence on the Israeli aggression in Gaza and selective blaming of Hamas-led Palestinian opposition has jeopardised India's geopolitical interests. Can India's standpoint on the conflict be justified, especially its bitter opposition to Palestinian resistance?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi skipped the recent BRICS extraordinary summit on Israeli war crimes in Gaza and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar attended in his place. In this summit, India remained tight-lipped about Israeli war crimes and didn't demand an immediate ceasefire, unlike other member states. This has exhibited India's intention to stand with Israel despite its rhetoric-mongering in favour of Palestine.

Politics

After India's most powerful political party’s call for 400+ seats out of 543 fell on its face, here are some of the stalwarts who suffered a humiliating defeat.

The left has failed to make its presence felt in Indian polity once again in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has won in three out of five states where assembly elections were held in November and December. The BJP's victory in the assembly elections has posed a serious challenge to the Opposition camp and its INDIA coalition.

The CPI has objected to the Congress fielding Rahul Gandhi from Kerala's Wayanad and asked him to contest against the BJP instead. Can Rahul Gandhi do that?

Economy

While the Russian defence industry experiences production growth due to the special military operations, it's also eyeing dual-use products for the future

After Nepal bans Everest and MDH spices, is it now the EU? The potential of another ban raises concerns about Indian spice quality and impacts domestic consumer trust.

India's exports surged to a record high of $778bn in FY 2023-24 backed by a growth in service exports. Merchandise exports, however, experienced a marginal downfall.

Can the G20 bring forth a global consensus in the future against the unilateral sanctions imposed by the West, which hinder free global trade? Russian experts have different opinions on this issue.

Society

Understanding how Islamophobia has been spread among Kolkata's Bengali Bhadralok community over decades, which bolstered the Hindutva camp in West Bengal.

The Babri Masjid demolition may be a blot for many in India and the secular camp may lament it, however, it has become a blessing for the BJP even after 31 years, as the party aims to sweep the 2024 general elections riding on the Ram Mandir wave.

The Bihar caste survey has become an albatross around the neck of the BJP. It can neither tolerate nor oppose it due to political compulsions.

A scuffle between two groups of students on Independence Day turned into a major incident of communal violence in Bansberia of West Bengal's Hooghly district.

Culture

The conspicuous silence of the celebrities on Gaza genocide contrasts starkly with Met Gala's glamour, sparking online movements to divest their power.

Adipurush is a controversial film that despite scaling heights of success within three days of release, smacks all propaganda.

Legendary filmmaker Mrinal Sen's centenary celebrated in Kolkata's Russian Centre for Science and Culture (Gorky Sadan) by eminent artists.

The West Bengal government banned the film "The Kerala Story", promoted by the BJP, in the state, sparking a slugfest with the saffron party.

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