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the upcoming Assembly elections in Mizoram and the political dynamics of the state. It provides....

The upcoming Assembly elections in Mizoram and the political dynamics of the state. It provides insights into the unique nature of politics in Mizoram, where civil society plays a significant role, and the key issues and challenges faced by the ruling party and its opponents.

  • Mizoram is set to have a three-cornered battle in the upcoming Assembly elections in November.

  • The ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) is facing competition from the Indian National Congress and the Zoram Peoples' Movement (ZPM).

  • The MNF is also dealing with desertion from its ranks, with the Speaker joining the Bharatiya Janata Party.

  • Chief Minister Zoramthanga has played the ethnic card to gain support from the Mizo electorate by championing the cause of the Kuki-Zo people.

  • The MNF's strong positioning on the issue has given it an advantage.

  • Civil society organizations in Mizoram have shown solidarity with the Kuki-Zo people, which has resonated with the Mizo electorate.

  • The ZPM is focusing on the MNF's record on development and its good performance in the Lunglei Municipal Council polls.

  • The Congress is leading an alliance of parties, including the People's Conference and the Zoram Nationalist Party, in the rural areas.

  • Inflation is a key concern in Mizoram, even compared to the rest of India.

  • Mizoram is a small state with potential for economic growth in the services and tourism sectors.

  • Mizoram is an important border state and a gateway in India's 'Act East' strategy, but progress on infrastructure and projects connecting Mizoram to Myanmar has been limited.

  • The multi-party contest in Mizoram will raise consciousness of development and ethnic solidarity.

The recent Gaza war and its impact on Israeli efforts to normalize relations with Arab states, particularly Saudi Arabia. It highlights the conditions and obstacles for the normalization deal between Israel and Saudi Arabia and the lack of consideration for Palestinian interests in these discussions.

  • Hamas launched lethal attacks on Israel on October 7, which has disrupted Israeli efforts to normalize relations with Arab states without addressing the Palestinian issue.

  • The Gaza war has dealt a blow to Saudi Arabia's efforts to normalize ties with Israel.

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu showcased maps at the United Nations General Assembly, highlighting peace agreements with Arab neighbors including Saudi Arabia.

  • Netanyahu applauded the normalization process with Saudi Arabia and emphasized that the Palestinians should not have a veto over the process.

  • There has been a flurry of diplomatic activity between the United States, Israel, and Saudi Arabia to push for diplomatic relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia.

  • American and Israeli officials have stated that the broad contours of the agreement have been finalized.

  • Two Israeli Ministers have visited Saudi Arabia for international conferences, indicating growing friendship between the two countries.

  • Saudi Arabia placed three conditions for normalisation with the U.S.: approval for a civilian nuclear programme, an "iron-clad" security guarantee, and sales of advanced weapons.

  • U.S. politicians opposed giving security guarantees to an authoritarian state and were concerned about Saudi Arabia developing its own nuclear programme.

  • Obstacles to U.S. sales of advanced weapons included Saudi Arabia's poor human rights record and insistence on technology transfer.

  • Palestinian interests and concerns were not considered in the normalisation discussions.

  • Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu showed no interest in addressing Palestinian aspirations or freezing settlements in the West Bank.

  • Israel's religious zealots and settlers increased violence against Palestinians during this time.

  • Saudi-Iran ties have already been normalized under Chinese mediation

  • Saudi Arabia recognizes that peace and stability in the region require addressing Palestinian interests

  • The Saudi Foreign Office has condemned the abuses by the Netanyahu government towards Palestinians

  • Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman pledges support for the Palestinian people and their legitimate rights

  • The focus now is on concrete action to serve Palestinian interests and activate a credible peace plan for a two-state solution.

  • Saudi Arabia has pursued its foreign policy independently without U.S. involvement in the past three years.

  • The kingdom rejects the U.S.'s interest in forming an anti-China coalition globally and an anti-Iran alliance regionally.

  • Saudi Arabia will not accommodate the U.S. on oil prices or weaken its strategic ties with China.

  • The kingdom aims to establish diverse and substantial ties across Asia.

  • Promoting the Palestinian cause will be an important aspect of Saudi Arabia's foreign policy approach.

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