• What is India’s caste system?0

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    • November 18, 2017

    India’s caste system is among the world’s oldest forms of surviving social stratification. The BBC explains its complexities. The system which divides Hindus into rigid hierarchical groups based on their karma (work) and dharma (the Hindi word for religion, but here it means duty) is generally accepted to be more than 3,000 years old. How

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  • Did they or didn’t they? The battle for control of Brussels’ Grand Mosque0

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    • November 17, 2017

    By James M. Dorsey It’s hard to prove beyond doubt a direct causal link between militancy and Saudi-inspired ultra-conservative forms of Sunni Muslim Islam. That hasn’t stopped Belgium’s parliament from attempting to wrest control from Saudi Arabia of Brussel’s downtown Grand Mosque after three years in which Belgians played a prominent role in Islamic State

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  • India: Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit draws fire for meeting district officials!0

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    • November 16, 2017

    by  Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal November 16, 2017 Tamil Nadu governor’s action of talking directly to the officials has been criticized by political leaders in the state who argue Governor cannot do that as there is an elected government, MLAs, MPs, ministers, who would do that job and Governor should not have assumed the role

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  • In Kashmir, Cartoons Reflect Skepticism About New Envoy From Delhi0

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    • November 16, 2017

    By Majid Maqbool on 15/11/2017 Cartoonists have illustrated the perception that Dineshwar Sharma’s mission is futile, especially after earlier interlocutors’ reports have been ignored or rejected by the Centre. Dineshwar Sharma. Credit: PTI Srinagar: The appointment of Dineshwar Sharma as New Delhi’s ‘special representative’ to initiate fresh talks in Jammu and Kashmir has been viewed with skepticism – but

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  • Aung San Suu Kyi complicit in Rohingya ‘ethnic cleansing’ in Myanmar, MPs told0

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    • November 16, 2017

    Rights groups urge UK government and international community to consider Nobel laureate ‘part of the problem’ over atrocities in Rakhine state Aung San Suu Kyi: rights groups say the ‘myth’ of a political coup is being used as an excuse to do nothing. Photograph: Dondi Tawatao/Reuters Karen McVeigh Wednesday 15 November 2017  Aung San Suu

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  • Myanmar and Buddhist extremism0

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    • November 16, 2017

    Paul Fuller, Cardiff University There is a desperate humanitarian crisis underway in Myanmar, centring around the Rohingya Muslims. There is what has been described as a “textbook case of ethnic cleansing” against the approximately one million Rohingya who live in the western Myanmar state of Rakhine. As well as retaliations from the Arakan Rohingya Salvation

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  • LET NO ONE THINK THAT U S GOVERNMENT WILL SUPPORT TIBETAN CAUSE0

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    • November 15, 2017

    When China brutally attacked Tibet, drove out the protesting Tibetans and forcefully occupied the country a few decades back, many Tibetans expected that the USA would intervene and liberate Tibet sooner or later. The Tibetans had such expectations since the USA has been claiming that it stands for freedom and liberty and would support the

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  • Will BJP’s carrot-and-stick for TN reunite AIADMK factions?0

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    • November 15, 2017

    N Sathiya Moorthy,  November 15, 2017 Considering that all sides to the game feel being targeted by the BJP-ruled Centre through taxmen and their ED/CBI counterparts, both factions may not rule out the possibility of patching up after a time, says N Sathiya Moorthy. Unprecedented income-tax raids on the family members of jailed AIADMK ‘general secretary’ V

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  • Tillerson to press Myanmar army chief to halt violence so Rohingya can return0

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    • November 14, 2017

    Simon Cameron-Moore, Yimou Lee YANGON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will stress the need to halt violence and stabilize Rakhine State when he meets the head of Myanmar’s military on Wednesday in a bid to ease the Rohingya refugee crisis, a senior State Department official said. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

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  • The Fall of the House of Saud0

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    • November 14, 2017

    By Ramin Jahanbegloo on 13/11/2017 We can expect the worst in the Middle East in the next few months after the purge in the Saudi royal family. Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Credit: Reuters Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s apparent purge of royal cousins, high-ranking officials and

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  • Report of 1-day conference “Tibet: A Global Common or a Bone of Contention” at Dharamsala, 24th October 20172

    October 31, 2017October 31, 2017   C3S Report No: 0018/2017   The inaugural Tibetan Policy Institute (TPI) – Chennai Centre for China Studies (C3S) conference was held in Dharamshala on the 24th of October 2017. A formal Memorandum of Understanding (M0U) was signed between the Director of C3S and the Director of the TPI to

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  • Another Muslim Man Killed For Transporting Cows In Rajasthan0

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    • November 13, 2017

    by Countercurrents.org — November 13, 2017 Another dastardly lynching of a Muslim man for transporting cows has taken place in Rajathan. The police on Sunday registered a case of murder on the basis of the family’s complaint. The family of a Muslim man, whose dismembered body was found on the railway tracks near Govindgarh in

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  • A Call to the Government of Bangladesh: Secure the Release of Mubashar Hasan Immediately0

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    • November 12, 2017

    Professor Mubashar Hasan, a young professor of political science in Dhaka Bangladesh, has been missing for nearly a week. We appeal to the Government of Bangladesh to find him and secure his release immediately. Time is of the essence.  Please help ensure that Dr. Hasan doesn’t become another one of Bangladesh’s “disappeared.”  Act now. Please sign

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  • Will India Soon Erupt Into Religious-Based Politics?0

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    • November 12, 2017

    Why you should care Because the world’s largest democracy has stood as a beacon of pluralism for seven decades. For 70-year-old Haji Mehboob, born and raised in the north Indian city of Ayodhya, the sight of Yogi Adityanath, the state chief minister, visiting his hometown brings back memories of a period 25 years ago, when

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