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  • U.S. Forces Recover Two Bodies From Plane Crash Site In Afghanistan0

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    • January 28, 2020

    January 28, 2020 By RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan Afghan Residents Doubt Taliban Shot Down U.S. Aircraft WATCH: Afghan Residents Doubt Talibanblob:3649C392-A104-4334-9E7D-4B6D40F0407A Shot Down U.S. AircraftShare Helicopter-borne U.S. forces have recovered the remains of two personnel killed when a military communications aircraft went down in a Taliban-controlled area of Afghanistan’s Ghazni Province, the Pentagon has confirmed.

  • Row over Hindu conversion of tribal Christians in India0

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    • January 28, 2020

    Hindu group Sangh Parivar accused of divide-and-rule tactics in Gujarat Bijay Kumar Minj, New Delhi India January 28, 2020 Church leaders and activists in India have criticized a Hindu group, which claims to have reconverted tribal Christians in Gujarat’s Dang district. As many as 144 members of a tribal community who had embraced Christianity many

  • Reimagining Pashtun nationalism in Pakistan0

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    • January 27, 2020

    By Rahim Nasar 27 January 2020 In Pakistan, agreeing on a single Pashtun-centric narrative is a major dilemma. This is where conflicts of interests and principles begin. The structural interference of powerful institutions and assurance of limited political and electoral interests make nationalist rhetoric even more troubling. As a result, young Pashtuns with political and

  • Republic Day 2020: Join India’s great big constitution party0

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    • January 26, 2020

    Forrest Brown, CNN • Published 25th January 2020 1/22The date is January 26, 1950, a defining moment in Indian and world history. Krishna Menon, India’s high commissioner in London, signs the Oath of Allegiance to a new constitution at a ceremony at India House. This signing marked India’s new status as a republic. And ever since, the

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  • Activists Plan Boycott of US Companies Backing India’s Anti-Muslim Policies0

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    • January 25, 2020

    By Skanda Kadirgamar, Truthout January 25, 2020 Activists from South Asian caste and religious minority communities are coming together to organize against Indian American businesses that support India’s move to strip its 200 million Muslims of their citizenship. On January 19, around 50 protesters gathered in Jersey City, New Jersey, where they marched against India’s

  • Fear in Kashmir as top general talks of ‘deradicalisation’ camps0

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    • January 25, 2020

    Indian general speaks of ‘radicalisation’ of Kashmiri youth, drawing comparison with internment of Uighurs in China. by Akash Bisht 24 Jan 2020 AlJazeera Srinagar/New Delhi, India – India’s newly recruited Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat has courted controversy after he claimed that so-called “deradicalisation” camps are operating in India, drawing a comparison with

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  • A critical moment for US policy in South Asia0

    Michael Kugelman January 25, 2020 These are momentous times for South Asia and the next few weeks could be highly consequential for US policy there. In recent days, Ambassador Alice Wells, the top South Asia official at the US State Department, has held a series of meetings in India and Pakistan. Meanwhile, US-Taliban talks — back

  • Drawing battle lines: Centre-right parties take on civilisationalism0

    By James M. Dorsey 25 January 2020 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spreaker, Pocket Casts, Tumblr, Podbean, Audecibel, Patreon and Castbox. The Centrist Democrat International (CDI), in an attempt to counter the rise of civilizationalist states and leaders, has called for the creation of an alliance

  • Questioning the Novelty of India’s New Normal0

    By Haris Bilal Malik 25 Janaury 2020 In recent years Indian notions of Pre-emption and so-called surgical strikes have been referred to as the ‘new normal’ by many in India. These have contributed to further affecting the security, stability and strategic equilibrium in the South Asian region. This is evident in how the top-brass within

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  • The Baghdad Air Strike: Pre-emptive self-defence or Assassination?

    By Devansh Kaushik | January 9, 2020 Introduction In the early hours of January 3, missiles launched by a USAF MQ9 Reaper slammed into a convoy exiting the Baghdad International Airport, killing Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, deputy commander of an Iraqi militia. General Soleimani was the leader of the elite

  • Indian Muslims: Are they ‘invaders’, ‘scumbags’ or equal citizens?

    By Adil Khan Broadly speaking most Indian Hindus seem to entertain three perceptions vis-à-vis the Indian Muslims – that Muslims are: (i) ‘invaders’ and thus have no place in Hindu India; (ii) ‘scumbags’, liars, cheats and terrorists and thus be shunned; and finally, to some (iii) they are equal citizens and thus be treated accordingly.

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