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  • India: Elections reaffirm TN as a Dravidian fort0

    N Sathiya Moorthy  25 May 2019  With DMK’s M K Stalin coming into his own, and the rival AIADMK too leaving no space for third parties, Tamil Nadu will remain a Dravidian stronghold for a long time, says N Sathiya Moorthy. If election 2019 is anything to go by, Tamil Nadu will continue to be a

  • Bangladesh enforced disappearances; Accounting for those gone missing0

    Whose responsibility is it? The Daily Star 26 May 2019 Between 2009 and 2018, since the Awami League government came to office, 507 people have become victims of enforced disappearances, according to the International Federation for Human Rights. This is an extremely disconcerting statistic, especially because most of the families of those who have been

  • Unruly waters; Water, rivers have shaped Indian history and climate change0

    by Sunil Amrith January 23, 2019 To understand why Asia is the part of the world most vulnerable to climate change, why south Asia in particular stands at the front line, we need to turn to the history of water. Across the heartland of Asia—from Pakistan in the west, through India and southeast Asia, to

  • Bangladesh’s disappeared families demand release of detainees0

    Human rights groups say more than 400 people have disappeared in the last nine years, some have been found dead. by Hoda Abdel-Hamid 25 May 2019 For video click https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/05/bangladeshs-disappeared-families-demand-release-detainees-190525161110573.html Demonstrators in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka have gathered to protest against forced disappearances. They are calling on the government to release activists and members of

  • Modi’s Agenda 2.0 for the Middle East0

    P.R. Kumaraswamy is Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. May 24, 2019 The resounding re-election of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a blessing for India’s relations with the countries of the Middle East. With Sushma Swaraj not contesting in these elections, India will be looking for a new External Affairs

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  • BRI and a more just new international order0

    Rehman Sobhan Dhaka Tribune May 24th, 2019 China and its neighbours have much to gain from making the BRI into a more inclusive enterprise As we moved into the 21st century, a new more sustainable set of opportunities for the Third World to construct a more just and balanced global economic order has presented itself.

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  • 21 years of Nuclearization of South Asia: Current Doctrinal Trends0

    By: Haris Bilal Malik 26 May 2019 Since the nuclearization of South-Asia in 1998, the region’s security dynamics have changed considerably. This has had a profound and irreversible impact on regional and extra-regional politics, the security architecture of South Asia and the international nuclear order. India had carried out its nuclear tests between 11-13 May

  • U.S. Peace strategy in modern Afghanistan0

    by Dr. Rajkumar Singh 26 May 2019 The situation on the ground in Afghanistan has only gotten worse in recent months, with escalating violence and an increasingly unstable government. The National Unity Government has been paralyzed by infighting and division ahead of presidential elections scheduled for April 2019. Results from parliamentary elections held in October

  • Indian Politics: — Modi Returns!0

    by Nilofar Suhrawardy 25 May 2019 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s stunning victory in Indian parliamentary elections marking return of Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister have raised apprehensions of it spelling danger signals for Indian secularism as well as democracy. Undeniably, Modi’s term, from 2014 to present, has been marked by saffronization of certain institutions

  • IMF and Critical Issues Facing Pakistan0

    by Fawad Kaiser 24 May 2019 Critical issues facing Pakistan today are the lack of transparency and accountability in government. From buying influence to spending public funds on personal interests, corruption is eroding public trust in fragile democratic processes, the rule of law, and public institutions. Many Asian countries today are tackling critical challenges that

  • Unforgettable Zia, As I Knew Him0

    By R Chowdhury 23 May 2019 Following my escape from Pakistan Army in 1971, I was posted to Z Force of Colonel Ziaur Rahman in the eastern theater of the Bangladesh liberation war. The nearly 20-day journey took me from Lahore to Khem Karan to Rajoke to Ferozepur to Delhi to Kolkata to Agartala and

  • Women’s Studies from Colonialism to Neo-Colonialism in India0

    Dr. Firdous Azmat Siddiqui 22 May 2019 Let me begin with one main commandment of animalism from George Orwell’s Novel ‘Animal Farm’ that ‘All animals are equal.’ Concept behind women’s movement was a fight for gender equality, a fight for justice that resulted into an academic discipline. Women’s Studies as an academic discipline in India,

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  • Indian Politics: — Modi Returns!

    by Nilofar Suhrawardy 25 May 2019 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s stunning victory in Indian parliamentary elections marking return of Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister have raised apprehensions of it spelling danger signals for Indian secularism as well as democracy. Undeniably, Modi’s term, from 2014 to present, has been marked by saffronization of certain institutions

  • 2019 Election and the Debate Around the Issue of India’s Identity: A ‘Hindutva’ India or ‘Sarvadharma Sambhava’ India?

    By: Rajit Das 22 May 2019 The world’s largest democracy is going through with elections to elect the new prime minister of India. After five years of rule under the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) under the leadership of Narendra Modi, the citizens of India are making their voices heard by practicing their democratic franchise of

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