• Leveraging on the Pandemic: Can Modi Succeed?1

    By Parama Sinha Palit 28 May 2020 SYNOPSIS India is capitalising on the COVID-19 pandemic to exert leadership in South Asia to deflect negative perception of its populist and protectionist policies in domestic politics. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is striving hard to apply his tech savviness in social media and videoconferencing to score diplomatic advantages,

  • In Bangladesh, Tanneries in Trouble2

    The Asia Foundation May 27, 2020 By Md. Sadat S. Shibli and Md. Taherul Islam The leather sector is one of the oldest industries in Bangladesh, and tanneries are the dominant employer, accounting for 92 percent of all leather workers. As a source of national export earnings, leather is second only to ready-made garments, and

  • United States: Freedom House Applauds Passage of the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act2

    Washington  –  May 27, 2020 —  In response to Congress passing S.3744, the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act, which would require reporting on human rights abuses in the Xinjiang province of China and impose sanctions on Chinese officials found to be involved, Freedom House issued the following statement: “We applaud Congress’s action to address the horrific human rights


  • India, China go toe-to-toe in New Cold War1

    New border tensions revive 1962 China-India war memories but this time US firmly in Delhi’s camp by Bertil Lintner May 28, 2020 When Chinese President Xi Jinping ordered his People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to “think about worst-case scenarios” and “scale up battle preparedness” in order to “resolutely defend the country’s sovereignty”, it was an unusually

  • Eid in Kashmir; 20201

    By Dr. Reyaz Ahmad Ganaie  28 May 2020 This year at the end of the fasting month of Ramzan when the state sponsored Ruet-e-Hilal Committee in neighbouring Pakistan, announced the sighting of Shawal moon, as a routine late night announcements were made on loudspeakers in the local Masjids, extending greetings to the people. However the


    By: Barrister Pirzada Aurang Zaib 27 May 2020 ‘You are free to go to your temples; you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place of worship in this state of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed that has nothing to do with the business of

  • Prospects of globalisation and Covid-193

    by Dr. Rajkumar Singh 26 May 2020 The outbreak of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, that began in Wuhan, China, has a far-reaching historically significant global change. More than 200 countries have confirmed cases of the virus, with the wide nature of the transmission mechanism remaining unclear. Pandemics are not just passing tragedies of sickness and

  • Youm-e-Takbeer: When A Responsible Nuclear Power Was Born1

    By Anaya Shahid 26 May 2020 Youm-e-Takbeer is a day of greatness when Pakistan already a responsible country was transformed into a strategically mature regional power. It sensibly understood the management and liability of having nuclear weapons for security. Ever since independence, Pakistan is neighbor to a hostile state – India, ruled by extremist Hindutva

  • 22 Years of Nuclearization of South Asia: Current Doctrinal Postures2

    By: Haris Bilal Malik 26 May 2020 May 2020 marks the 22nd anniversary of the overt nuclearization of South Asia. The evolved nuclear doctrinal postures of both India and Pakistan have been a key component of their defence and security policies. During this period; India has undergone gradual shifts in its nuclear doctrinal posture. The

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  • Indian Navy benefits from Pentagon paranoia over China

    US government in a hurry to get new sub-hunting helicopters into the hands of the Indian Navy by Dave Makichuk May 20, 2020 To say the Pentagon is concerned about China’s military expansion would be an understatement — just ask the Indian Navy. According to a report by Paul McLeary for Breaking Defense, the US

  • Dispute between Nepal and India Worsen over Territory of Kalapani

    by Hari Prasad Shrestha 23 May 2020 In his address to the House of Representatives, Prime Minister of Nepal, KP Sharma Oli, in response to the opposition lawmakers’ queries about the government’s annual policy and program, he remembered the motto of India’s state emblem, “Satyameva Jayate” (“Only truth triumphs”), and the four-head lion figure of

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