• Maldives: EC re-opens old wounds, SC ‘usurps’ legislative powers?0

    N Sathiya Moorthy. 1 June 2017 With the Maldives Election Commission (EC) deciding to disburse money under state-funding for political parties, an inevitable old wound has been prised open all over again. Questions on the ‘largest party’ in the country as also those on the changing yardstick for state-funding remain. State-funding for political parties with

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  • ‘The Ideas of Islam and Revolution Are Antithetical’0

    By Devirupa Mitra on 29/05/2017 Dariush Shayegan, one of Iran’s prominent philosophers, talks about the direction the Islamic republic has taken, the failure of the Islamic revolution and the rise of Hindutva in India. Dariush Shayegan, one of Iran’s prominent philosophers. Credit: Devirupa Mitra Tehran: While thousands of young Iranians danced and sang in streets across the country to

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  • Interview: Meena Kandasamy on Writing About Marital Violence0

    By Omair Ahmad on 30/05/2017 “I will write in the same way in which I lived through all of this: carrying myself with enormous, infinite grace.” Meena Kandasamy. Courtesy: Juggernaut Meena Kandasamy’s When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife is a punch to the gut. Given how prevalent domestic

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  • Security of Pakistan’s Nuclear Arsenals1

    By: Ali Raza History testifies the fact that Pakistan was a great supporter of Atom for peace initiatives, and had no designs to acquire nuclear weapons. Pakistan strictly adhered to no nuclear weapon policy for many years. But, these were India’s nefarious designs, which were constantly threatening the existence of Pakistan, which compelled Pakistan to

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  • South India’s mini rebellion over Modi’s new cattle law kindles an old secessionist spark3

    DON’T LIGHT THE FUSE Harish C Menon Southern India is up in arms. And, if recent trends are any indication, it may be a wee bit more than a mere difference of opinion over policy. Chief ministers (CM) of at least four states—three from southern India—have refused to implement the new rules on cattle slaughter

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  • Conflict and Governance in Kashmir: An Appraisal0

    Kashmir is among the contemporary world’s longest running and most tragic conflicts; its origin lies in the auspicious events in the wake of the 1947 partition of the Indian subcontinent. The struggle for independence against the Britishers gave birth to partition between two independent nations i.e. India and Pakistan. The politics of subcontinent significantly affected

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  • HASTY CRITICISM OF MODI GOVERNMENT’S NOTIFICATION TO REGULATE LIVESTOCK MARKETS0

    The government of India  ( now popularly known as Modi government )  has notified new rules to regulate livestock markets under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. Even before the ink on the paper describing the notification dries,  a section of Indian media, opposition political parties, and some fringe groups have jumped into

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  • Kulbhushan Jadhav case0

      The United Nations’ highest court has directed Pakistan to stay the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav, given capital punishment by a military court for alleged involvement in espionage and terrorism, till it gives its final decision on India’s petition to annul his death sentence. With the formation of the United Nations in 1945, the International

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  • Indian coercive strategy has made Kashmiris more alienated than ever before! (A Sovereign Kashmir: Random Thoughts-302)0

    Indian coercive strategy has made Kashmiris more alienated than ever before! -Dr. Abdul Ruff Jammu Kashmir was a sovereign nation until India and Pakistan invaded and occupied it after their independence from Great Britain. Both India and Pakistan wanted to expand their territories by annexing neighboring Jammu Kashmir, and they have done with blessings from

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  • There is No Such Thing as Free Lunch: China’s Long-Term Plan for Pakistan0

    Pakistan’s newspaper Dawn reported a detailed report of Long Term Plan on CPEC concluded in the recent OBOR Summit held in Beijing which has raised many concerns about the project. It is said, this plan is not the project document, but it delineates the aspirations of both sides. In short, it laid out associated projects

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  • Ron Paul: Are We Fighting Terrorism, Or Creating More Terrorism?1

    May 29, 2017 By Ron Paul When we think about terrorism we most often think about the horrors of a Manchester-like attack, where a radicalized suicide bomber went into a concert hall and killed dozens of innocent civilians. It was an inexcusable act of savagery and it certainly did terrorize the population. What is less

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  • Denial of mass crimes by Sri Lanka: UNSC must initiate punitive measures!0

    -Dr. Abdul Ruff The truth remains that all terrorists are the creation of the states that behave irrationally and attack minorities on the strength of their majority and military power. Israel invented terrorism and USA used it a perfect tool to advance its imperialist goals. USA and Israel jointly launched many Islamic terrorist organizations by

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  • Policy differences emerge among Gulf states days after wooing President Trump0

    By James M. Dorsey Cracks have appeared in a Saudi-led, US-backed anti-terrorist political and military alliance days after US President Donald J. Trump ended a historic visit to Saudi Arabia. The cracks stem from Qatar’s long-standing fundamental policy differences with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates about Iran and the role of political Islam.

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  • Kashmir Uprising: A New Dilemma after 20160

    Inamul Haq From July 9, 2016, the uprising after the death of Burhan Wani should be a matter of utmost concern not only for India but for the whole world. The government’s approach only exhibits value of the Kashmiri resources and not the aspirations of its citizens. The State politicians are like any other politicians,

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