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  • Iran will continue its quest for strategic space in South Asia0

    By Amitava Mukherjee Although Hassan Rouhani, the reformist incumbent Iranian President, has been reelected with a thumping majority in the May 19 presidential poll leaving behind Ebrahim Raesi, his nearest conservative rival, by more than 19 percent margin, it is almost certain that Iran will follow its ongoing aggressive policy in the Middle East as

  • Pakistan’s War on Terror: Treat the cause not the symptoms0

      A few years in to the Pakistani National Action Plan’s (NAP) bid to comprehensively cleanse the country of terrorism, with the finish line still far ahead, there is a dire need of a clear and consistent policy to solidify the envisioned goals of this exercise. The counter terrorism military operations from “Zarb e Azab”

  • The Saga of Kashmiri Pundits: Need of Rehabilitation0

    INAMUL HAQ The valley of Kashmir known as Heaven on Earth. The Delhi poet Amir Khausro stated that Agar fir doors baraoai zameen asto, humi asto humi asto humi ass (if there is paradise on earth it is here it is here it is here). These lines sung by Jahangir on his visit to Kashmir

  • India and West Asia: Cultural Roots and Contemporary Relevance0

    In fact, the cultural roots between India and West Asia point towards some of the stark similarities between them because no other country in the Asian continent have had as long and sustained historical engagement with the West Asia as that of India and that underlines the significance of present day relevance of their mutual

  • Of Cultural Nationalism, Media and Cinema: Contesting Baahubali0

    “The shifts in the Indian film Industry from soft love and social stories to Nationalist Movies have significantly harmed the ethos of cultural and religious harmony in society.” Nation and Nationalism are and has always remained a foremost discourse in Hindi films. In fact, from 1950 onwards Hindi cinema has played a significant role in

  • President Putin calls for Eurasia integration!0

    Dr. Abdul Ruff The loss of a mighty Soviet empire stills haunts Russians, their leaders. Russian President Putin has not made any secret of his anguish and anger over the sudden disintegration of Soviet Union that made Russia a less important super power. Initially, Putin worked hard to rebuild the Soviet state but could not

  • Two conferences spotlight Muslim world’s struggle to counter militancy0

    By James M. Dorsey Two conferences this week spotlight the Muslim world’s struggle to come to grips with extremism and militancy. The conferences, the Arab-Islamic-American summit in Riyadh and a gathering in East Java of youth leaders of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the world’s largest Muslim movement, laid bare the difficulty of reforming cultures in the

  • Injustice of Kashmir: Exposing Fallacy of India’s Democracy0

    Tooba Gardezi We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights,  that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights,  governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of

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  • The pain is doubled when the government keeps saying Bangladesh has democracy2

    Sheikh Hasina has choked her grip on the citizens of Bangladesh using all kinds of rules and regulations. Bangladesh passport bill is the latest one. This law can refuse issuance or renewal of anyone’s passport if the government suspects someone to be anti-state. Mixing up the state with the government, anyone can be accused of

  • Ambassador Nikki Haley Is Completely Clueless0

    Ambassador Nikki Haley Is Completely Clueless United States’ Nikki Haley. Photo Credit: Office of the President-elect, Wikipedia Commons. By Daniel McAdams February 26, 2017 Just when we thought the great national embarrassment of a UN Ambassador Samantha Power was over, we are suddenly faced with a new US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley,

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