• Whose Trump?

    Whose Trump?0

    It’s surprising that much of America and all of the rest of the world seems surprised at Donald Trump’s election as the next US President. Barring party-partisan Americans, there should have been no surprise at the result. Either it had to be America’s first woman President, or had to be an ‘unconventional’ man who appealed

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  • The Future of South Asia and the Role of the United States

    The Future of South Asia and the Role of the United States0

    With economic growth averaging 6 percent over the last two decades, South Asia has one of the world’s most dynamic economies, yet its member states have failed to reap the full benefits by developing strong commercial relations with each other. South Asia took its first concrete step toward regionalism more than 30 years ago, with

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  • Costs if India abrogates Indus Water Treaty

    Costs if India abrogates Indus Water Treaty1

    Introduction Water is a critical resource without which the very existence of human being is unthinkable.  Though 70 percent of the earth’s surface is water, access to water to man is uneven. The situation becomes critical as economies of nations continue to grow, new growth centers emerge, more and more industries come up fueling demand

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  • No Action On Ongoing Repression Of Myanmar’s Muslims

    No Action On Ongoing Repression Of Myanmar’s Muslims0

    In one of its recent reporting the Guardian reports that at the entrance to Thaungtan village in Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Delta a brand-new signasserts, “No Muslims allowed to stay overnight. No Muslims allowed rent houses. No marriage with Muslims.” Al-Jajeera also reports of similar rise in systematic eviction, rape, loot and arson of Rohingyas (the Muslim

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  • The Liberation Struggle and the Dismissal of the First Communist Ministry in Kerala

    The Liberation Struggle and the Dismissal of the First Communist Ministry in Kerala0

    Abstract  In the first general election held to the Kerala State Legislative Assembly in February-March 1957, the Communists won sixty seats out of 126. With the support of five independents, the Communists formed government under the leadership of E.M.S. Namboodiripad on 5 April 1957. This was for the first time in India the Communists came

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  • Electoral Reform in Bangladesh (1972-2014): An Assessment

    Electoral Reform in Bangladesh (1972-2014): An Assessment0

    Introduction Election constitutes an entry point for democratization through representing the general will of the people. In modern representative democracies, as far as most decisions and decision making are concerned, citizens participate indirectly through elections. For achieving these objectives, elections have to be free, fair and transparent so that voters’ wish can be reflected. Here

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  • Accession of Independent Balochistan to Pakistan

    Accession of Independent Balochistan to Pakistan0

    When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi referred Balochistan, the troubled province of Pakistan, in his address from the ramparts of Red Fort on 15th August 2016, the occasion reminded many of us the multi-layered inside story of the days that unwillingly created the situation for Balochistan to accede to Pakistan. The concept of Balochistan as

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  • No Nuclear Threat in South Asia; only Dilemmas

    No Nuclear Threat in South Asia; only Dilemmas0

    Introduction At large, proliferation dynamics in South Asia are driven by a need to establish some measure of relative parity against their principal adversaries-India against China and Pakistan against India. Such competing security agendas ensure that nuclear modernization, through production of fissile material and development of more effective delivery systems will continue for the time

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  • INDIA VS PAKISTAN: WHY CAN’T WE JUST BE FRIENDS

    INDIA VS PAKISTAN: WHY CAN’T WE JUST BE FRIENDS1

    Book Review:INDIA VS PAKISTAN: WHY CAN’T WE JUST BE FRIENDS  by Shakoor Ahmad Wani Paperback, 200 pages Author: Husain Haqqani Published June 8th 2016 by Juggernaut Publication It would be platitudinous to say that India and Pakistan share a particularly acrimonious relationship. Though only a minuscule fragment of the generation that witnessed and suffered partition is alive,

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  • World Heritage Treasures under coal threats

    World Heritage Treasures under coal threats0

    The Sundarbans and the Great Barrier Reef While climate change threats to environment remain real and loom large , the Sundarbans in Bangladesh and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, , two of World’s greatest heritage treasures face the danger of extinction due to use (proposed) of coal to produce energy. Indeed, Southwest Bangladesh that

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  • The Status of Ethnic Minorities in Post-War Sri Lanka

    The Status of Ethnic Minorities in Post-War Sri Lanka1

    Sri Lanka had a long period of ethnic civil war that lasted for over two decades. During 1983-2009, the island was witness to episodic violence, terror, and bloodshed. The long history of civil war between the Sinhalese and Sri Lankan Tamils played a crucial role in shaping the politics of Sri Lanka.  Post-war; with the

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  • Sri Lanka’s State of Reconciliation

    Sri Lanka’s State of Reconciliation0

    Despite the intensity of the ethnic conflict, reconciliation always remained an attractive scheme or slogan for many civil society actors and political figures in Sri Lanka. With the end of the war in 2009, reconciliation transformed into an integral part of the political discourse. Many believed that the termination of the LTTE bestowed an opportunity

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  • India, Pakistan And J&K: The Tragedy Of Complacence

    India, Pakistan And J&K: The Tragedy Of Complacence0

    In the worst ever attack in terms of fatalities of Army personnel since terrorism began in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) in 1988, at least 17 Army personnel were killed and another 19 were injured when terrorists stormed the administrative base of one of the units of the Indian Army near the

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  • Pakistan and NSG: Countering the Cards

    Pakistan and NSG: Countering the Cards0

    Notwithstanding proactive lobbying, assertive US backing and overwhelming support for India’s bid for the membership, India is still struggling hard for the Nuclear Supplier Group (NSG) membership while the plenary meeting of NSG also concluded with a sharp setback for India. The chances for a favorable outcome were already bleak for India’s inclusion, but two

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