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  • Maldives: Recalibrating ‘India first’ policy?

    Maldives: Recalibrating ‘India first’ policy?0

    In his maiden overseas visit after becoming the Maldives Foreign Minister, Dr. Mohamed Asim said that the choice flowed from his nation’s India first policy. A career diplomat with a PhD in Politics and International Relations from Australian National University (ANU), Asim was Maldives’ High Commissioner to Bangladesh before President Abdulla Yameen named him the Foreign Minister

  • India-Pakistan ties: Let rhetoric not overshadow reality

    India-Pakistan ties: Let rhetoric not overshadow reality0

    In the past few weeks, relations between India and Pakistan seem to have hit rock bottom. Due to the prevailing tensions between both countries, India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will not attend the SAARC Finance Ministers Conclave on August 25th and 26th. Finance Secretary Shakti Kanta Das will be representing India. While the overall focus

  • “Dusk To Dawn” Tells A Personal View Of The Partition

    “Dusk To Dawn” Tells A Personal View Of The Partition0

    Book review: Dusk to Dawn, by Brajinder Kaur Dhillon     The ‘Dusk to Dawn’ of Brajinder is not simply Brajinder Kaur Dhillon’s autography but a pioneer work of literary art on the politico-cultural tradition of sub-continent of India. The last century was widely known of exiles, émigrés and phenomenon of uproot. During India’s partition those who

  • Love in the time of Salafism

    Love in the time of Salafism0

    “I love it – It’s my dream country, Hendustan”, an Iranian girl I met in Kashan once told me, thinking I am Indian, which I am, of course, in the anthropological sense of the word. “Why is that?” I asked her, looking appropriately bashful so as to keep up the illusion of an appropriated identity,

  • How the Bangladesh government is making religious violence more likely

    How the Bangladesh government is making religious violence more likely0

    On July 1, Islamic State-backed militants opened fire in the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka, Bangladesh. After a standoff that lasted almost 12 hours, the six gunmen and 22 hostages were dead. This isn’t the first time Bangladesh has suffered from religiously motivated slayings. Since the start of 2015, militants have killed six secular bloggers and

  • Why dropping “West” from “West Bengal” is a blow to our identity

    Why dropping “West” from “West Bengal” is a blow to our identity0

    Bengal without the prefix tries to invent a wholly-contained make-believe identity. The West Bengal state Cabinet has decided to drop West from the state’s official name and make it either Bongo or Bangla (and Bengal in English). The trigger for this renaming is the long-time problem that West Bengal faces at meetings convened by the

  • IS THE STRIKE BY BANK UNIONS IN INDIA JUSTIFIED ?

    IS THE STRIKE BY BANK UNIONS IN INDIA JUSTIFIED ?0

    Nine bank unions joined together and organized a nation wide strike on 29th July,2016, which crippled the banking operations all over India. After the one day strike, the bank unions claimed that around one million bank employees joined the strike and it was a grand success. What do these unions mean by  success?  Do they

  • Story of the Less Talked About Gender

    Story of the Less Talked About Gender0

    Something old, something new, something unconventional, something … transgendered? Racial equality. Religious freedom. Freedom of speech. These are the social justice issues that often come to mind when we speak of human rights. On the international stage, rights for certain communities are often disregarded. The transgender people in the developing world are one such example.

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