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In Tokyo, the Quad will take on the Indo-Pacific challenge

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In Tokyo, the Quad will take on the Indo-Pacific challenge

QUAD is expected to record a forward momentum to strengthen the grouping at the Tokyo summit on Tuesday, despite Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

While QUAD diplomats work to issue a strong statement on both the brutal war in Ukraine and China’s belligerence in the Indo-Pacific, the two theatres and their global consequences will be the main topics of discussion at the Summit.

With the Australian general election today, there’s a good chance the QUAD will welcome a new Prime Minister from Down Under, unless incumbent Scott Morrison pulls off an electoral miracle. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the QUAD’s most senior member, with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida being the most recent newcomer.

Even as the QUAD groupings call for an immediate cessation of hostilities in the Ukraine theatre, with Russia largely controlling the Luhansk-Donbass-Mariupol region, the US, UK, and EU powers have made up their minds to economically and militarily challenge Russia under Vladimir Putin, with new LNG terminals being built in Greece and Italy. By persuading Finland and Sweden to join NATO, the US and EU have opened a new front with Russia that will have long-term consequences.

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Apart from the Ukraine conflict, QUAD’s main focus will be the Indo-Pacific and the threat of a military emergency in Taiwan in the event that the Chinese Communist Party decides to invade Taipei soon, with immediate consequences for Japan. The PLA is flexing military muscle across the Line of Actual Control in Xinjiang and Tibet, just as it has in the South China Sea. In the worst-case scenario, the construction of military infrastructure in Xinjiang and Tibet will allow for the rapid deployment of PLA land forces with support elements. The Indian military has responded to China’s challenge, but India’s democratic polity does not allow for the single-minded focus of an authoritarian state like China, where there is no room for any kind of dissent.

The QUAD democratic grouping, on the other hand, is expected to work together to strengthen maritime and energy security architectures, with a focus on trusted global supply chains and collaboration in critical and emerging technologies.

Apart from the QUAD summit, PM Modi will hold bilateral meetings with US Vice President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Kishida to strengthen economic and energy ties. While Russia and China will be the elephants in the room, the QUAD’s focus will be on emerging as a force for global good and stability in the face of the Ukraine conflict, Indo-Pacific military tensions, and the coronavirus wreaking havoc on small and large economies.

 

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Review of the spy thriller “Heart of Stone”: Alia Bhatt shines.

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Review of the spy thriller “Heart of Stone”: Alia Bhatt shines.

In a realm where intrigue and suspense collide, Bollywood’s beloved star Alia Bhatt has once again proven her mettle in the enthralling spy thriller “Heart of Stone.” Directed by the visionary Raj Mehta, this cinematic marvel takes audiences on a roller-coaster ride through espionage, deception, and unrelenting action, with Bhatt’s luminous performance at its epicenter.

A Glimpse into the Plot

“Heart of Stone” delves into the shadowy world of espionage, where nothing is as it seems, and allegiances can crumble in an instant. Bhatt’s character, Maya Verma, is a compelling enigma—a resolute intelligence operative navigating a labyrinth of covert operations and intricate deceptions. As the layers of the narrative peel away, Maya finds herself ensnared in a high-stakes game where trust is elusive and danger lurks in every frame.

The Resplendent Alia Bhatt

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Alia Bhatt’s portrayal of Maya Verma is nothing short of a revelation. Known for her remarkable versatility, Bhatt imbues Maya with a potent mix of strength and vulnerability. With every expression, every gesture, she breathes life into a character that resonates on both emotional and cerebral levels. Bhatt’s artistry reaches its zenith as Maya grapples with inner demons while outwitting her adversaries—a captivating dance that only an actress of her caliber could orchestrate.

Raj Mehta’s Directorial Panache

Raj Mehta, celebrated for his directorial finesse, orchestrates the tapestry of “Heart of Stone” with masterful precision. Seamlessly weaving heart-thumping action sequences and labyrinthine plot twists, Mehta keeps the audience on the edge of their seats. His meticulous attention to detail manifests in every scene, painting a cinematic canvas that’s as thrilling as it is visually arresting.

Supporting Cast: A Tapestry of Brilliance

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The constellation of talent in “Heart of Stone” goes beyond Alia Bhatt. The ensemble cast, featuring Rajkummar Rao, Aditi Rao Hydari, and Vicky Kaushal, contributes to the film’s tapestry with their impeccable performances. The chemistry between the characters adds depth to the narrative, amplifying the emotional resonance and enriching the overall storytelling.

A Symphony of Cinematic Excellence

“Heart of Stone” is an embodiment of cinematic finesse. The film’s production values, from picturesque locations to evocative cinematography, envelop the viewer in a sensory feast. The musical score, composed with an acute understanding of the narrative’s ebbs and flows, elevates the tension and emotions, further ensnaring the audience in the movie’s spellbinding aura.

A Triumph of Genre Fusion

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Critics and audiences alike have bestowed “Heart of Stone” with effusive praise for its seamless fusion of espionage, action, and drama. The film’s ingenious plot twists, coupled with Alia Bhatt’s extraordinary performance, thrust it into the echelons of standout espionage thrillers. It’s a symphony of storytelling that resonates long after the credits roll.

In a year replete with cinematic treasures, “Heart of Stone” stands tall as an embodiment of brilliance. Alia Bhatt’s luminosity shines with unparalleled intensity, solidifying her place as one of Bollywood’s brightest stars. This cinematic tour de force is a must-watch, an experience that unearths the magic created when remarkable talent converges to craft an indelible cinematic journey.

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