• Kashmir’s new Uprising: Death of Indian Narratives

    Kashmir’s new Uprising: Death of Indian Narratives0

    The current Uprising termed by some as “Kashmir’s New-Intifada” has completed its hundred days. The death toll reached over a hundred, the number of injured crossed fifteen thousand and some eleven hundred youth lost either full or partial eyesight. More than six thousand people have been arrested so far. Separatist Leaders have also been put

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  • Kashmir: Into the Fire

    Kashmir: Into the Fire0

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    • November 14, 2016

    Since seven decades we are witnessing a struggle for freedom by people of Indian-occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IOK). They have been suppressed mercilessly with curfews, arrests, Lathi charge, tear gas, rubber bullets by more than half a million Indian military troops. It seems torturing Kashmiris has become a favorite model for Indian paramilitary forces. During

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  • Donald Trump’s Defence Plans and Implications for Asia

    Donald Trump’s Defence Plans and Implications for Asia0

    As US President-elect Donald Trump is preparing to secure his seat in The White House, international observers and many of his fellow countrymen are busy trying to understand the complex and unpredictable dynamic that has been the unusual characteristic of these American presidential elections. For security analysts the world over, political rhetoric matters little when

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  • Unfolding Nuclear Supplier Group

    Unfolding Nuclear Supplier Group0

    In the early 70’s Indian tests created unrest in the Asian region. These experiments by Indians forced the international community to make a regulatory body to keep a check on nuclear business in the name of Nuclear Supplier Group (NSG). Since the beginning of this year, this NSG debate is getting INTO more despicable situation

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  • 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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  • Myanmar and its Militias

    Myanmar and its Militias0

    • Blog
    • November 12, 2016

    In late August, over 1,000 representatives from Myanmar’s ethnic armed organizations (EAOs), political parties, military, and the government met in Naypyidaw for the second Union Peace Conference, dubbed the 21st Century Panglong (in reference to a meeting held at Panglong located in Burma’s Shan State in 1947 between the leaders of Burman, Shan, Kachin, and

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  • Overcoming Stigma Against Disabilities in Afghanistan

    Overcoming Stigma Against Disabilities in Afghanistan0

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    • November 12, 2016

    The dusty, narrow streets of Kabul are congested most days, packed with vehicles and bicyclists angling for space. Panhandlers take advantage of the frequent standstills—constantly moving from car to car, tapping on windows and asking for change. These panhandlers are homeless for a variety of complex reasons and include men, women, and children of all

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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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  • South Asian Regionalism: What Hopes After SAARC Meltdown?

    South Asian Regionalism: What Hopes After SAARC Meltdown?0

    • Blog
    • November 11, 2016

    According to a new World Bank report, South Asia has solidified its rank as the world’s fastest growing economic region in 2016, and is expected to hold this spot at least through to 2017. With growth in the offing, a young population of 1.6 billion people, and a burgeoning consuming class, every global producer is

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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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  • Court gives PPM to Yameen, Gayoom’s options narrow down

    Court gives PPM to Yameen, Gayoom’s options narrow down0

    • Blog
    • October 27, 2016

    Political options seem to be narrowing down for former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom after the Maldives High Court handed over the ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) to the charge of incumbent and half-brother, Abdulla Yameen. In doing so, the High Court upheld an equally fast-tracked civil court proceeding, and after Gayoom had publicly hoped

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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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