• Bleeding Manipur: The Armed Forces Special Powers Act must be repealed

    Bleeding Manipur: The Armed Forces Special Powers Act must be repealed0

    The Supreme Court of India, some time ago, appointed a three-member Commission led by Justice Santosh Hegde to look into the problem of extrajudicial executions in Manipur. The Commission did not include a single woman despite the fact that violence against women by the state machinery is a significant problem in Manipur. The “Extrajudicial Execution

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  • Democracy is the only way forward for progress

    Democracy is the only way forward for progress0

    Myanmar, earlier known as Burma, was a Buddhist kingdom until 1885 when the Burmese were defeated by the British-Indian troops. Burma was ruled as a province of British India until 1937 when it was given the status of a state under the British crown. Britain granted independence to Burma in 1948. The country has an

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  • Sri Lanka elections offer opportunities and challenges

    Sri Lanka elections offer opportunities and challenges0

    Peace is not just the absence of war. Peace is the pervasive presence of justice and respect for the universal values of human liberty, dignity and mutual tolerance in a society. A historical background The tiny teardrop-shaped island once called Ceylon, washed by the waters of the Indian Ocean and carpeted by undulating swathes of

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  • Karachi security imperative for Pakistan

    Karachi security imperative for Pakistan0

    Karachi – once a vibrant metropolis – is the largest city of Pakistan and home to more than 23.5 million people. The city has an area of 3,527 square kilometers, and is known as the commercial capital of the country. The cosmopolitan city boasts 68% of the revenue share of the country in various sectors.

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  • India yesterday, India today

    India yesterday, India today1

    Ye daagh daagh ujaalaa, ye shab-gaziida sahar, Vo intizaar tha jiska, ye vo sahar to nahin, Yeh woh sahar to nahi jiski aarzoo lekar Chale the yaar ke mil jayegi kahin na kahin –  Faiz Ahmad Faiz This stain-covered daybreak, this night-bitten dawn This is not that dawn of which there was expectation This is

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  • The last great Mughal emperor: An appraisal

    The last great Mughal emperor: An appraisal0

    There has been much debate recently and it is among those everlasting historical debates that become victims of twisted discourse and are then molded to fit into biased narratives. The debate now is the one about the Mughal ruler Aurangzeb. The recent change of nomenclature of an important road hitherto named as “Aurangzeb Road” in

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  • EU and its policy on human rights in South Asia

    EU and its policy on human rights in South Asia0

    European integration is an example of the consolidation of ethnic diversity under one roof. This consolidation was not done on the cast of extinction or humiliation of one group and promotion of other, but a guarantee of respectful and dignified life of individuals as well as existence of different groups. On the other hand, the

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  • A multi-faceted history of life and lifestyle

    A multi-faceted history of life and lifestyle0

    Book Review: Bangladesh Maritime History by Ghulam M. Suhrawardi. The publication of this book fills a void in a section of Bangladesh’s multifaceted commercial and social history. Without improvement of maritime transport, it can be assuredly stated, trade and indeed civilizations in various regions of the world would not have developed. This book, in effect,

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