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  • Growing intolerance is threatening free inquiry and open debate in India’s universities0

    Growing intolerance is threatening free inquiry and open debate in India’s universities Aftab Alam, Aligarh Muslim University Higher education in India is going through a critical phase. The country has witnessed tremendous growth in the sector since independence, and now has 750 universities, 35,000 colleges and 30 million of students. But none of its best

  • Minority histories of the Indian national flag0

    India’s tricolour (which actually has four colours) hides a complex subaltern history that originates with Mahatma Gandhi. Adam Jones/Flickr, CC BY-ND Sadan Jha, Centre for Social Studies This week, India celebrates 70 years of independence. The tricolour flag, perhaps the most tangible and potent symbol of freedom from colonial servitude, is on particularly full display.

  • How a British royal’s monumental errors made India’s partition more painful0

    Lord Louis Mountbatten, viceroy of India, met with Indian leaders to discuss partition. Max Desfors/AP Adil Najam, Boston University The midnight between August 14 and 15, 1947, was one of history’s truly momentous moments: It marked the birth of Pakistan, an independent India and the beginning of the end of an era of colonialism. It

  • How the Partition of India happened – and why its effects are still felt today0

    Mahatma Gandhi with Lord and Lady Mountbatten, 1947. Wikimedia Commons Sarah Ansari, Royal Holloway “Partition” – the division of British India into the two separate states of India and Pakistan on August 14-15, 1947 – was the “last-minute” mechanism by which the British were able to secure agreement over how independence would take place. At

  • Cow economics’ are killing India’s working class0

    Afroz Alam, Maulana Azad National Urdu University When Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Indian parliament for the first time in June 2014, his inaugural speech focused on integrating and protecting India’s Muslims. “Even the third generation of Muslim brothers, whom I have seen since my young days, are continuing with their cycle-repairing job,” he

  • For Pakistan, China’s huge energy investments may have serious political costs0

    A massive protest against the Gorrano Dam on January 26 2017 in Islamkot, Tharparkar. Bheem Raj /Thar Voice Forum Dr. Amiera Sawas, Institute of Business Administration, Karachi and Dr Nausheen H. Anwar, Institute of Business Administration, Karachi In Pakistan, there’s no topic hotter than the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a multi-billion dollar bilateral development

  • Being South Asian is as great a risk factor for stillbirth as smoking0

    We need to change the way we monitor the pregnancies of women born in South Asia to reduce their chance of a stillbirth. from Miranda Davies-Tuck, Hudson Institute; Euan Wallace, Hudson Institute, and Mary-Ann Davey, Monash University* Australian women born in South Asia are more likely to have a stillbirth than other women, perhaps


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