• Bangladesh: Comprehensive Response Required to Complex Displacement Crisis

    Bangladesh: Comprehensive Response Required to Complex Displacement Crisis0

    Executive summary During the 20th century, millions of people were forced to flee their homes in what is now Bangladesh. They were displaced both within the territory and to neighbouring areas by different triggers. As of January 2015, IDMC estimates that at least 431,000 people were displaced in the country as a result of conflict

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  • What Obama Wants From India

    What Obama Wants From India0

      After George W. Bush, Barack Obama becomes the second US president to bet big on India. He may be the first who won’t be disappointed. Presidents of the United States do not generally change the date of their State of the Unionaddress. This year, US President Barack Obama did so because he will be

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  • Optimistic, But also Realistic about U.S.-India Relations

    Optimistic, But also Realistic about U.S.-India Relations0

    It pays to be optimistic about U.S.-India relations, but also realistic. One year ago, the Devyani Khobragade affair plunged the U.S.-India relationship into deep crisis. Then, several months later, Indians elected a new national leader who had effectively been banned from visiting the United States in years past. Given these troubles, the progress in bilateral

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  • Religion, Politics and Violence: Paris, Across the World to South Asia

    Religion, Politics and Violence: Paris, Across the World to South Asia0

      Massacre of hundreds of children in Peshawar by Pakistani Taliban, the atrocities: murders-kidnappings by Boko Haram, an Islamist group and the attack on Paris cartoon magazine Charlie Hadbo killing 16, have occurred in a short span of few months. The popular perception of relationship between violence and Islam got a further boost. The phrase

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  • India’s Journey of Emissions Reduction in 2015

    India’s Journey of Emissions Reduction in 20150

      The Policy Outlook Indian policymakers have long used India’s poverty as an excuse to not take concrete action on climate change. Limiting carbon emissions is a costly proposition, they argue, and these costs will impede development and push the common man further into poverty. As a result, unlike the developed countries of the west,

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  • New Orientation in Indian Defence Policy

    New Orientation in Indian Defence Policy0

    Speaking at the inauguration of India’s first dedicated military university in May 2013, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh saw his country “well positioned to become a net provider of security in its immediate region and beyond”.  While no particular emphasis was put on the word “beyond”, it is apparent that the Indian military’s security footprint is

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  • The Testimonies of Indian Soldiers and the Two World Wars: Between Self and Sepoy

    The Testimonies of Indian Soldiers and the Two World Wars: Between Self and Sepoy0

    Gajendra Singh’s depiction of the two world wars through the eyes of Indian soldiers using their letters opens an area that Indian history writers did not cover adequately over the last century.  India was not an independent nation when the two great wars raged in which millions of Indian soldiers fought and many gave their

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  • Unsettled Nuclear Proliferation on the Subcontinent

    Unsettled Nuclear Proliferation on the Subcontinent0

      The introduction of nuclear weapons into any rivalry, let alone one as entrenched as that between Pakistan and India, is bound to change both the stakes and the rules of engagement. Paul Kapur and Sumit Ganguly proposed theories to explain whether the possibility of nuclear warfare has made the situation more or less stable.

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  • Unsafe Working Conditions in the RMG Sector of Bangladesh:  Role of the International Retailers

    Unsafe Working Conditions in the RMG Sector of Bangladesh: Role of the International Retailers0

    Background Most multinational corporations or buyers of the global apparel market have adopted corporate codes of conduct. These self-imposed ethical [codes] set out basic policy standards to guide employees and officers, but they also serve to assure consumers that the products they purchase come from a principled organization. In response to the criticisms surrounding the

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  • Strengthening Right to Information in South Asia0

    All eyes were on Kathmandu last week as Nepal hosted the 18th annual SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) Summit from Nov. 22-27, 2014. The annual meeting, convening the heads of state of the eight member nations – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka – focused this year on the

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  • Ethnic Groups in Conflict in India’s Manipur

    Ethnic Groups in Conflict in India’s Manipur2

    Abstract  The political aspirations of Manipur’s main ethnic groups: Kukis, Meiteis, and Nagas, are at loggerheads over the political future of Manipur. On one side, the Meiteis who live in the central low-lying plain want a country of Manipur with full sovereignty, and on the other, both Nagas and Kukis, who live in the hills

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  • Sustainable Practices in Urban Transport: Avoiding, Shifting, Improving in Karachi

    Sustainable Practices in Urban Transport: Avoiding, Shifting, Improving in Karachi0

    Abstract Sustainable urban transport practices have economic, social, and environmental aspects. This paper emphasizes the social aspect of such practices arguing that conventional transport policy tends to overlook equity and social justice concerns. The ASI paradigm is used here to highlight those practices that are people centered and inclusive as they are targeted for those

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  • Special Marriage Act

    Special Marriage Act0

      In which is why we got Married by a Place People are born in Places. Places consist mostly of the People born in them. Different Places have different rules concerning their People. Those rules are different again from those concerning People from other Places — e.g. I was born in That Place, but I

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  • The End of the Road

    The End of the Road0

    Sri Lanka’s Muslims are at an unprecedented and ominous crossroads. The community there is faced with an existential threat at the hands of an increasingly militant Buddhist minority, while the nation’s Muslim parliamentarians appear to be more powerless and mute than at any time since 1947. This impotence is startling because the current parliament holds

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