• Bleeding Manipur: The Armed Forces Special Powers Act must be repealed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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  • Positive Liberty’ is the Answer in India

    Positive Liberty’ is the Answer in India0

    The problem of growing intolerance in India was discussed in the Parliament in this Winter Session as a pressing national concern that tampered with the fabric of peaceful co-existence, which is a vital determining characteristic of the Indian state. In modern Indian politics, the word ‘intolerance’ can be construed as an umbrella term that encompasses

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  • Modi’s Visit to Bangladesh and South Asian Perspectives

    Modi’s Visit to Bangladesh and South Asian Perspectives0

    Romance scored an undeniable victory over reality as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi left Bangladesh on June 7 with his mission amply fulfilled so far as India was concerned. However, on the other hand, the captivating siren notes of engaging friendship and high hopes threatened to subside into whimpering hopelessness for Bangladesh in the

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  • Conflicted Assam: Colonial integration and post-colonial disintegration

    Conflicted Assam: Colonial integration and post-colonial disintegration1

    Assam—one of the northeastern states of India, is a vibrant terrain but this terrain has hardly been studied in detail in the light of its boundaries as drawn by the British colonialists. The consistent tensions within the state, as also in the other states in the northeastern region, requires the need to contextualize the discord

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  • RTI for effective and accountable governance

    RTI for effective and accountable governance0

    Freedom of Information was recognized as a fundamental right by the United Nations at its very inception. In 1946, the UN General Assembly resolved: “Freedom of Information is a fundamental human right and the touchstone for all freedoms to which the United Nations is consecrated.” Enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the right’s

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  • Resurgence of Baluch Nationalism in Pakistan: How can it be explained

    Resurgence of Baluch Nationalism in Pakistan: How can it be explained0

    The subject of Baluch nationalism is a matter of major contention. Calls for Baluch independence far preceded the demands for a Pakistani state, yet they still remain unanswered. When examining the issue, often the very concept of “nationalism” is severely distorted and misunderstood. For instance, movements for independence are not always nationalist struggles. However, as

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  • How to Negotiate When Mutual Trust is Lacking

    How to Negotiate When Mutual Trust is Lacking0

    The long-enduring India-Pakistan rivalry is one of most fiercely debated rivalries in the international system. Since 1947 it has witnessed three major and one limited war (Kargil),  periodic military skirmishes along the border (both agreed and working), indefatigable acrimony over alleged interference in mutual affairs —  cross border terrorism (as India alleges) and support to

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