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French Legislative Elections 2022 : A Flash Report

French Legislative Elections 2022 : A Flash Report

Multidimension desk Written by: Parshi Barua Photo: Shutterstock.com In the legislative elections, the French voters elect 577 representatives to sit in the National Assembly, the lower house of the French parliament, for 5 years, which forms the legislative power with the upper house, The Senate. These two control the government and they propose, study et vote bills to make laws. The first round of legislative elections took place on June 12, 2022. Polling stations were open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (8 p.m. in major cities). The rate of abstention was all time high at 52.49% compared to 51.29%…
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French Presidential Elections 2022 : Towards A New Era Of Political Cohabitation?

French Presidential Elections 2022 : Towards A New Era Of Political Cohabitation?

From Director's Desk: Written by: Jayanta Chakrabarty Photo: Shutterstock.com The first round of 2022 presidential elections took place on April 10. There were twelve candidates in the contest including the current president Emmanuel Macron, Marine Le Pen, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, Eric Zemmour, Yannick Jadot, Valérie Pécresse, Jean Lassalle, Fabien Roussel, Anne Hidalgo, Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, Philippe Poutou and Nathalie Arthaud. The results were announced at 8 pm. Emmanuel Macron topped the list with 27.84% of votes, Marine Le Pen came second with 23.15% of votes followed closely by Jean-Luc Mélanchon with 21.95% of votes. After the announcement of the results, Jean-Luc Mélenchon…
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War for Warning or Warning for War? : Understanding Russia-Ukraine Crisis

War for Warning or Warning for War? : Understanding Russia-Ukraine Crisis

Written by : Dr. Pratip Chattopadhyay Photo : Shutterstock.com Summary: Russia has invaded Ukraine and it is the most devastating ‘war’ Europe has witnessed in recent times and this should be enough warning to the United States and NATO forces for further advancement towards the East. Russia has not unleashed a ‘war’ on Ukraine but has ‘warned’ the NATO and United States about possibility of serious ‘threat’ of war in case of unwanted approach towards Russia. These are two contrasting views that has covered the analytical discourse since Russia orchestered attacks in Ukraine from February 24th 2022. In between these…
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Are we Copping out ?

Are we Copping out ?

Written by : Dr. Ananya Mukherjee Photo : Shutterstock.com If you don’t completely understand what constitutes climate change, let me help you out- global CO2 levels have risen to 417ppm, a 43.5ppm jump from the year 2000, sea levels have risen 3.4mm per year, arctic sea ice has fallen to 13% since 1979 and we have had 19 warmest years since 2000. If this doesn’t sound ominous to you then you are probably not grasping the full extent of damage that we have caused and continue to cause the planet. To prevent causing irreparable damage, every year world leaders and…
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Drishyam 1 and 2: Why Jeethu Joseph’s films are not the  average cat-and-mouse chase

Drishyam 1 and 2: Why Jeethu Joseph’s films are not the average cat-and-mouse chase

Written by : Shreya Seth What happens when the life of an ordinary person living a normal life with his family, tucked in a remote corner of someplace, is suddenly disrupted one day? To what extent can he go to protect his family, especially when they are being interrogated by the mighty and powerful administration and police who pledge to not give up until they prove them guilty? Writer- Director, Jeethu Joseph, is a master storyteller for a reason, and his films ‘Drishyam’ (2013) and its sequel ‘Drishyam 2: The Resumption’ (2021) bear testimony to that. When Drishyam (meaning to…
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French Presidential Elections in 2022 : A Perspective Report

French Presidential Elections in 2022 : A Perspective Report

Written by : Rabbani Khan Photo credit : Shutterstock.com Still unknown a few months before the 2017 presidential elections, Emmanuel Macron emerged victorious by crushing Marine le Pen in the second round. His arrival as the head of the State has allowed him to write a new story in French politics. Indeed, he managed to break out of the "right or left" political divide and establish himself as someone "neither right nor left". Manuel Valls, former prime minister of the left, Jean Yves le Drian, former minister of the left, Jean Paul Delevoye, former minister of the right, Alain Madelin,…
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Olipath, Centrality and Trust Issues: India-Nepal Muddled Neighbourhood Friendship

Olipath, Centrality and Trust Issues: India-Nepal Muddled Neighbourhood Friendship

Written by : Dr. Anup Shekhar Chakraborty. Photo credit : Shutterstock.com Comrades in Alliance: House of Cards The Left-wing politics in Nepal has obliterated Rajshahi (Monarchy) and associated caste-class social hierarchies, yet Samajwad (Socialism) remained a statist utopia. Nepal’s uniqueness is that it tends to present trends in deviation from global experience. While globally communists and communist ideology are in life-support, and communist parties have dwindled, let alone be in determining political positions, Nepal post-2018 presents a case in contradistinction. In 2018 the electoral alliance of the two main communist parties in Nepal won a nearly two-thirds majority in Parliament.…
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From Kabul to Quad: In Which Way World Politics is Heading?

From Kabul to Quad: In Which Way World Politics is Heading?

Written by : Dr. Pratip Chattopadhyay Abstract: The year 2021 began with renewed enthusiasm of the United States of America and its strategic partners in the Indo-Pacific viz. Indian, Japan and Australia to reenergise the Quad forum with the first meeting (virtually) of member countries’ political head taking place in March 2021. However since July the focus of attention of US and India in particular and of world politics in general shifted to Afghanistan where usurpation of power by Taliban is underway to fill up the vacuum created by withdrawal of US troops after two decades from the country. The…
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Family Man – Season 2 : A distorted notion of History for Generation Z

Family Man – Season 2 : A distorted notion of History for Generation Z

Written by :Simran Saini You must have heard the term pop music? Well, with the advent of innumerable OTT platforms, and the wide range of content available to the public, we are now welcoming the age of ‘pop’ series/dramas. These platforms offering pocket-friendly subscription packages and multi-user access, host a wide range of dramas, movies and documentaries. Although there is so much content available on these platforms, a few of them become so popular that they go viral for all the right or wrong reasons. These are the series people cannot stop tweeting, instagramm-ing and whatsapp-ing about. These are the…
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There’s a new spectre in town. And it’s here to crack you up.

There’s a new spectre in town. And it’s here to crack you up.

Written by : Anuja Dutta There’s a new spectre in town. And it’s here to crack you up. ‘Rudyard Funn runs a funeral home in the village of Piffling Vale. It used to be the only one. It isn’t anymore.’ Death has a way of triggering within us a sense of discomfort one can sometimes associate with old and extremely embarrassing childhood memories: we know them to be true yet can’t ever seem to come to terms with the full thrust of its meaning and aftermath. In many ways, we learn to survive (and not embrace) the event of death…
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