• China Appears to Understand the Risks in Kashmir More Than India or Pakistan0

    Candace Rondeaux Friday, Aug. 16, 2019 It’s too early to say what India’s breach of the status quo in Kashmir will mean for long-term stability in South Asia. There are, of course, many fears of where revoking the semiautonomous status of Jammu and Kashmir could lead—from another retaliatory insurgency by militants in Kashmir backed by Pakistan, or worse

  • Kashmir: Army, Shehla Rashid Lock Horns Over ‘Torture’ Charge0

    While the Army rejected her two specific claims as “baseless,” the activist said she has “details” about the incidents mentioned, which she would be willing to share if the Army were to “conduct an impartial investigation.” The Wire Staff 19 August 2019 New Delhi: Terming them ‘baseless,’ the Indian Army on Sunday rejected two specific claims

  • Iranian Tanker Leaves Gibraltar Over U.S. Objections0

    Release from the U.K. territory could pave the way for Tehran to release a British vessel By Benoit Faucon Aug. 18, 2019 LONDON—The Iranian tanker impounded by Gibraltar sailed out of the British overseas territory on Sunday over the objections of the U.S., a Gibraltar official said, raising hopes that Iran would reciprocate and release


  • Revocation of Kashmir’s Article 370 and a Prognosis0

    by M. Adil Khan 19 August 2019 The backdrop On Monday August 5, 2019, Modi government abrogated Article 370 of the Indian Constitution that gave special autonomy status to Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and bifurcated the state into two Union Territories – Jammu and Kashmir; and Ladakh. The move has led to mixed reactions in

  • Book review: The Wayward Daughter by Shradha Ghale0

    The Wayward Daughter is a compelling read that portrays a Kathmandu girl seeking out love, finding herself and her own life in her family’s journey through many trials and triumphs. By Neha Rayamajhi   19 August 2019 Shradha Ghale’s debut novel is one among many works of literature that pay homage to Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu. Unlike

  • Bangladesh: Imprudence of the Prime Minister at the National Mourning Debate0

    R. Chowdhury 19 August 2019 On August 16, 2019, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was the chief guest at a “forced” Mourning Ceremony in Dhaka organized by her party Awami League. A few absurdities I caught in her speech, if I got them right. 1. The defeated forces in 1971 liberation war “killed” her father Sheikh

  • Bangladesh And The Luxury Of Choice0

    “Choice is an illusion created between those with power and those without.” ~Karl Marx Sabria Chowdhury Balland 19 August 2019 Choices are for the privileged. There is an adage which states, “Beggars can’t be chosers”. In other words, only the privileged, the wealthy and the powerful are entitled to having choices. Hobson’s choice is defined

  • Was India Behind 2009 Border Guards Massacre in Bangladesh?0

    August 17, 2019 B.Z. Khasru Public speculation by many, including the prime minister herself, termed the tragedy as an external conspiracy. One explanation for the mutiny was that the rebel soldiers opened fire on their officers when they dismissed appeals for better pay. The viciousness of the mutiny convinced many Bangladeshis that something more than

  • Will ‘all roads’ to Colombo lead from H’tota?0

    N Sathiya Moorthy 18 August 2019 For Sri Lankans who might have been complaining that under the 10-year Rajapaksa presidency, only native Hambantota got into the news (maybe for the wrong reasons), here is the current catch. Should Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s UNP fields party deputy and Housing Minister Sajith Premadasa, even if reluctantly, then

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  • Kashmir: Revoking Article 370: Why now?

     Ali Riaz 16 August 2019 More than a week has passed since Articles 370 and 35A of the Indian constitution have been scrapped by the Narendra Modi-led BJP government. The complete communication lockdown in Kashmir, imposed in the wake of the abrogation, is still in place; curfew is yet to be lifted in some places; leaders

  • Partition of India: One US Diplomat’s Notes

    August 10, 2019 B.Z. Khasru Was Jinnah Hindu? U.S. Favored United Indi. Muslim League Distrusted Congress. How Nehru Could Prevent Partition. The Partition of India in 1947 by Britain to create two independent countries wreaked havoc in human lives and miseries. It killed two million people, according to various estimates, and displaced 14 million. Its

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