• Of Cultural Nationalism, Media and Cinema: Contesting Baahubali0

    “The shifts in the Indian film Industry from soft love and social stories to Nationalist Movies have significantly harmed the ethos of cultural and religious harmony in society.” Nation and Nationalism are and has always remained a foremost discourse in Hindi films. In fact, from 1950 onwards Hindi cinema has played a significant role in

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  • President Putin calls for Eurasia integration!0

    Dr. Abdul Ruff The loss of a mighty Soviet empire stills haunts Russians, their leaders. Russian President Putin has not made any secret of his anguish and anger over the sudden disintegration of Soviet Union that made Russia a less important super power. Initially, Putin worked hard to rebuild the Soviet state but could not

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  • Two conferences spotlight Muslim world’s struggle to counter militancy0

    By James M. Dorsey Two conferences this week spotlight the Muslim world’s struggle to come to grips with extremism and militancy. The conferences, the Arab-Islamic-American summit in Riyadh and a gathering in East Java of youth leaders of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the world’s largest Muslim movement, laid bare the difficulty of reforming cultures in the

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  • Injustice of Kashmir: Exposing Fallacy of India’s Democracy0

    Tooba Gardezi We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights,  that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights,  governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of

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  • Modi Visit, A Measured New Step0

    N Sathiya Moorthy Independent of expectations and anxieties to the contrary, the recent Sri Lanka visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a measured, new step in bilateral relations over the past several decades. By responding in the right and adequate manner, without overdoing either the welcome or the anticipated protests to Modi visit,

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  • NEED TO IMPROVE JOB SKILLS TO REDUCE JOBLESSNESS IN INDIA0

    India adds over 10 million new employees to the workforce every year. This is equivalent to roughly the entire population of the Czech Republic or Portugal. The government of India promised 20 million jobs annually three years back, while the reality is that 1 to 2 percent of the government’s target has been achieved. The

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  • One Belt, One Road: A plan for Chinese dominance and authoritarianism0

      By James M. Dorsey A leaked long-term plan for China’s massive $56 billion investment in Pakistan projects the goals of the Beijing’s One Belt, One Road initiative as a ploy for economic domination, the creation of surveillance states, and allowing China to shape media landscapes. It also suggests that China’s concept of economic-win-win diplomacy

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  • Maldives: After poll-loss, Yameen taunts ‘divided opposition’ leaders to return home0

    For the opposition to remain hopeful of getting Yameen impeached and disqualified from elections 2018 is a tall order. N Sathiya Moorthy www.orfonline.org 18 May 2017 After losing the much delayed, nationwide local council elections to the opposition MDP-led combine, President Abdulla Yameen last out them for their ‘divided past’ and taunted them to return home to

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  • Deep sea fishing seems working to ease off issues with Sri Lanka0

    N Sathiya Moorthy www.orfonline.org 17 May 2017 Barring stray and uninformed political demands to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take up the fishers’ row with his hosts during his Sri Lanka visit last week, southern Tamil Nadu coast was mostly silent on what was a sensitive, livelihood issue. This was because of the clear signs of a fast-tracked

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  • Bangladesh: Chikungunya epidemic, a flu-like malaise but deadlier0

    Stung By Chikungunya Disease: Know the Signs A serious case of the tropical disease “chikungunya” has now been found in Bangladesh. Chikungunya is a debilitating, mosquito-borne virus typically found in hot, tropical areas. It is not deadly but can leave victims unable to function in a normal way for days or even weeks on end.

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  • India: First underground metro train line inaugurated in Chennai0

    -Dr. Abdul Ruff The much anticipated underground line of Chennai Metro Rail opened to the public on the 14th May, making the city the fourth in the country to launch such a facility after Kolkata, Delhi and Bengaluru. The line will cover a distance of eight kilometers from Nehru Park to Koyambedu, through tunnels and

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  • Escalating the war in Afghanistan would be the wrong decision0

    By Michael Kugelman Michael Kugelman is deputy director and senior associate for South Asia with the Asia Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center. The views expressed here are his own. (CNN)In recent days, with Afghanistan’s Taliban insurgency continuing to gain steam and America’s longest war staggering through its 16th year, analysts have started invoking the

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  • Conflict in the Middle East threatens Pakistan and lynchpin of China’s One Belt, One Road0

      By James M. Dorsey Increasingly caught up in the Middle East’s multiple conflicts, Pakistan is struggling to balance relations with rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran amid concern in Islamabad that potential US-Saudi efforts to destabilize the Islamic republic could turn its crucial province of Balochistan, a lynchpin in China’s One Belt, One Road initiative,

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  • CPEC in the Impending OBOR Summit0

    The inaugural Belt and Road Summit was organized on May 18, 2016 under the theme of “Navigating a World of New Opportunities through Hong Kong” by the government of Hong Kong special Administrative Region, supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Commerce and the People’s Bank

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