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‘Project Mausam’ – India’s answer to China’s ‘Maritime Silk Road’

India will soon launch “Project Mausam”, a PM Narendra Modi government’s utmost noteworthy foreign policy project for answering China’s rising impact in the Indian Ocean region. After the astonishing triumph of China’s “Maritime Silk Road” scheme, India plans to soon takeoff its own Project Mausam, a transnational program aimed to restore its ancient maritime routes and cultural links with republics in the region.

Titled “Project Mausam”: Maritime Routes and Cultural Landscapes crossways the Indian Ocean, the project emphasizes on the natural wind phenomenon, particularly monsoon winds used by Indian sailors in ancient times for maritime trade, that has formed relations amongst nations and groups linked by the Indian Ocean. Project Mausam purposes to determine the versatile Indian Ocean “world” — expanding from East Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, the Indian subcontinent and Sri Lanka to the Southeast Asian archipelago.

Though India is also amongst the nations asked to join China’s maritime silk route plan, India has been worried by the curiosity displayed by Sri Lanka and Maldives in the Chinese offer, which supposedly looks to restore ancient economic links.

India government will try to pull on its ancient connections with nations in this region as it proposes an alternative, which could counter-balance the maritime silk route of China. India also faces the difficult job of matching China’s stress on building landmark infrastructure in the region, including ports in Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Whereas the facilities are held to be civilian, India doubts China obtaining operational control of these.

Dating to AD 500-1000, a sailors’ trading map to constructed on wind patterns, displaying India as the pivot

Natutal Wind Phenomenon

Pakistan’s Army General intervenes to tackle political crisis

Pakistan Government has appointed its Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif as mediator to neutralize the ongoing political crisis in the country. The decision to seek COAS’ help was taken after both Imran Khan, chief of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Tahir-ul-Qadri, the chief of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) refused to end their protests demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign.

Background:

The current political turbulence in Pakistan was caused after the former additional secretary Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Afzal Khan claimed that the general election in which Nawaz Sharif registered an overwhelming victory was rigged. The country is in turmoil owing to political impasse for two weeks. Anti-government protests have gripped the capital Islamabad.

Earlier, Pakistan’s military had chosen not to intervene in the political crisis. But now, with the direct involvement of the General, there are apprehensions that military could use this opportunity to exercise its influence over a democratically-elected civilian government.

Resolution urging government to resume Indo-Pak talks passed in J&K Legislative Council

J&K Legislative Council passed a resolution urging the government to resume the talks with Pakistan. Chairman of the Council Amrit Malhotra moved the resolution on behalf of the house. The resolution also suggested state government to take steps for the relief and rehabilitation.

The resolution may stir controversy as the constitution of Jammu and Kashmir clearly says that Foreign Affairs are not under the purview of the state government.

Pakistan’s squash legend Hashim Khan passed away

KhanPakistan’s first-ever world champion in any sport, squash star Hashim Khan (100) passed away in the US. Former players paid homage to the legend of the sport.

Khan had clinched the sport’s premier title- the British Open seven times between 1951 and 1958.

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