• Dalits Left Behind as Nepal Slowly Recovers0

    By Patrick Barron Two years ago, Nepal was hit by two devastating earthquakes. As the country still struggles to recover, evidence from research conducted by The Asia Foundation reveals that Dalits, a section of society traditionally deemed as “untouchable,” and other lower caste groups face particular barriers which have made recovery more challenging. Natural disasters

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  • A New Difficult Kashmir0

    Dr. Adfer Shah A Different Generation On stopping their smaller toddler of barely six years old, from going out while the stone pelting and clashes were on, the parents got somewhat a strange and a worth shocking reply from him. The boy angrily shouted, “Now when you have two sons (he and his elder brother),

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  • WHY START UP INDIA SCHEME HAS FAILED TO TAKE OFF – NEED FOR INVESTIGATION0

    Immediately after the Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Start up India program and organized an inauguration function in his characteristic event management style, there was much euphoria in the country about this program. Many thought that Mr. Modi had given a tremendous opportunity to young persons with enthusiasm and ideas to launch their projects that

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  • Sasikala family should be out of AIADMK for party unity: Former CM O. Pannerselvam!0

    Dr. Abdul Ruff The ruling AIADMK faction “Amma”, now operating under jailed Sasikala’s guidance seems to be keen to regain the party symbol somehow by bringing back the O Panneerselvam faction without effecting any basic changes in the party or government. More importantly, the Amma AIADMK Party and government would still be under the grip

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  • Afghanistan: US Drops “Mother of All Bombs” Potentially Changing Kabul’s Regional Role0

    Alexander Murray Having almost never mentioned Afghanistan during his United States presidential campaign as well as over the first three months of his presidency, on 13 April US President Trump shocked the world by authorizing the use of the US military’s largest non-nuclear bomb, the GBU-43/B, in eastern Nangarhar claiming to be bringing the fight

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  • India: Political compulsions in Tamil Nadu0

      -Dr. Abdul Ruff Sudden death of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa – a strong factor of stable politics in the state- resulted in the unexpected instability of the government and confusion among the people as the ruling AIADMK was split into factions. In fact, death of AIADMK supermo Jayalalithaa would have created any

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  • India’s Foreign Policy Ambitions and Capabilities: Options for Pakistan1

    By Muhammad Adil Sivia* Effective foreign policy making and implementation require clear vision about self and pragmatic understanding of the prevailing international environment. For newly independent countries the role of leadership, especially founding fathers, becomes naturally very important for defining the core objectives of the foreign policy of the country. Defining the institutional structure and

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  • PDP down: NC leader Farooq Abdullah calls for Central rule in Jammu Kashmir!0

    A Sovereign Kashmir: Random Thoughts-300) – DR. ABDUL RUFF Srinagar went to poll to elect a parliamentarian and National Conference leader and former CM of JK was declared elected to parliament. Eight people were shot dead by paramilitary troopers and police and over 150 were injured in clashes between people and forces on polling day (9

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  • Will The ‘Minorities’ Come Together, Then Stand Up For Their Collective Rights?0

    N Sathiya Moorthy  The Sunday Leader, Colombo, 16 April 2017 ‘Minorities’ in the country seeking equal rights would not want to give one another the same even among themselves Though post-Independence, the common refrain of Sri Lankan Tamil (SLT) leaders is that the Sinhalas would not give equal rights The Muslims and Upcountry Tamils, could co-exist

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  • Bangladesh Prime Minister’s Delhi Visit0

    By Shamsher M. Chowdhury, BB* It has become usual pattern for any political interaction between Bangladesh and India at the highest political level to be preceded, and followed, by an endless stream of analysis and curiosity on both sides of the border, but more so in Bangladesh. The just concluded official visit of Bangladesh Prime

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  • INDIA’s SUPREME COURT’S OBSERVATIONS ON TAMIL NADU’S FARMERS ISSUE0

    The Supreme Court has issued a stern message to the Tamil Nadu government that silence would not be the answer to the farmer’s problems.  While there is no doubt that farmers have suffered in Tamil Nadu in recent months due to the failure of monsoon and drought conditions, it is certainly not the case that

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  • Tetul Hujur now sour with Khaleda, sweet with Hasina0

    It requires a little bit of explanation of this title for non-Bengali readers of this column. Tetul is a Bengali word for tamarind, and ‘Hujur’ is used to address a Muslim cleric. Tetul Hujur in English would be something like Mister Tamarind even though it loses its intended flavor in the translation. Tamarind is a

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  • Towards a New World Order in Eurasia: The 21st Century’s Great Game0

    Abstract The 21st century’s Great Game is about the creation of a new Eurasia-centred world. It locks China, Russia, India, Japan and Europe into what is an epic battle. Yet, they are not the only players. While US President Donald J. Trump’s policies are still largely shrouded in mystery, early indications suggest a closer alliance

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  • VISUAL MEDIA IN INDIA WHIPPING MOB FURY AND TURNING NEGATIVE– SHOULD IT BE CHECKED?3

    N. S. Venkataraman Most of the television media in India are owned by political parties or politically affiliated groups or businessmen. This is so in the case of English TV media as well as regional media in various languages. In the choice of the news and visual scenes that are telecast , the priority is

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