• Is a reverse on India’s NFP on the cards?0

    Uzge A. Saleem “Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win,” Sun Tzu. If India is planning to reverse their first use policy, then their answer can be found in these words by Sun Tzu. Before we begin analyzing the possibilities let’s

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  • The Politics Of Persuasion – An Evaluation0

    By Ana Pararajasingham – Ana Pararajasingham “Politics is about power. Power is about people” ~ James Margach, The Anatomy of Power (1979) Although, it is just over eight years since the armed conflict between the Sri Lankan state and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was brought to an end, the root cause that gave rise to

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  • Minority histories of the Indian national flag0

    India’s tricolour (which actually has four colours) hides a complex subaltern history that originates with Mahatma Gandhi. Adam Jones/Flickr, CC BY-ND Sadan Jha, Centre for Social Studies This week, India celebrates 70 years of independence. The tricolour flag, perhaps the most tangible and potent symbol of freedom from colonial servitude, is on particularly full display.

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  • How Adani Siphoned Off Rs. 1493,84,72,484 From India To Tax Havens0

    Exclusive: Allegations by Indian customs of huge sums being siphoned off to tax havens from projects are contained in legal documents but denied by company. Details of the alleged 15bn rupee (US$235m) fraud are contained in an Indian customs intelligence notice obtained by the Guardian, excerpts of which are published for the first time here.

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  • India’s nuclear triad & South Asia’s strategic stability0

    By Uzge A. Saleem India and Pakistan are the two key players in South Asia, and the region’s stability largely depends on their bilateral relations. Tensions between the two are nothing new and have existed for decades. However with one state on its road to becoming a regional hegemon and the other trying to stop

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  • How a British royal’s monumental errors made India’s partition more painful0

    Lord Louis Mountbatten, viceroy of India, met with Indian leaders to discuss partition. Max Desfors/AP Adil Najam, Boston University The midnight between August 14 and 15, 1947, was one of history’s truly momentous moments: It marked the birth of Pakistan, an independent India and the beginning of the end of an era of colonialism. It

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  • Reducing Middle East tensions? Saudi-UAE moves hint at willingness to engage with Iran0

    By James M. Dorsey Recent moves by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates suggest that the two Gulf states may be looking for ways to reduce tensions with Iran that permeate multiple conflicts wracking the Middle East and North Africa. The moves, including a rapprochement with Iraq and a powerful Iraqi Shiite religious and

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  • Sri Lanka, China And Hambantota0

    Sathiya Moorthy In signing off around 70 per cent of the Hambantota Port holdings to a front company of the Chinese Government, as against the originally proposed 80 per cent, the Maithiri-Ranil leadership has done more than what predecessor President Mahinda Rajapaksa had done in his time. Whatever little might have been left open then

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  • Indian Partition: A brief history of India and Pakistan on the 70th anniversary of independence0

    Celebrations were held on the 70th anniversary of Indian Partition EPA Chloe Chaplain The Evening Standard August 15 marks 70 years since the partition of India and the end of British colonial rule. The sub-continent was once a key economic asset of the British Empire, ruled from London for almost 100 years. But it paved

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  • For India’s Oldest Citizens, Independence Day Spurs Memories Of A Painful Partition0

    August 15, 2017 Julie McCarthy Promila Saigal remembers the men in her family tossing her “like a football” from the rooftop of one family home to the next, in a bid to save her from the frenzy that washed over the Indian subcontinent 70 years ago. Enlarge this image Promila Saigal, 76, sits with her

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  • Kashmir for Kashmiris! (A Sovereign Kashmir: Random Thoughts-307)0

    -Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal India for Indians, Pakistan for Pakistanis and, of course, Kashmir for Kashmiris and there cannot be two opinions. Pakistan had been a part of India but no more. But India cannot take Kashmir in place of Pakistan which is now an independent nation. And hence annexation and brutal occupation of Jammu

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  • Why Pakistan Hates Malala0

    The West reveres Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai. Pakistanis resent and envy her. By Michael Kugelman On July 7, Malala Yousafzai posted her first tweet. Within hours, she had earned several hundred thousand followers and a warm welcome from the Twittersphere. Over the next few days, as word emerged on social media that she

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  • China contributes to doubts about Pakistani crackdown on militants0

    By James M. Dorsey China, at the behest of Pakistan, has for the second time this year prevented the United Nations from listing a prominent Pakistani militant as a globally designated terrorist. China’s protection of Masood Azhar, who is believed to have close ties to Pakistani intelligence and the military, comes days after another militant

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  • Seventy Years After Independence, Remembering the Titans Who Got Us There0

    By Sucheta Mahajan on 15/08/2017 Today there is an attempt at portraying the Congress party – and its leaders during independence and Partition – in very different hues from the inclusiveness, tolerance, democracy and secularism it upheld in very trying times. Mahatma Gandhi with Jawaharlal Nehru (L) and Sardar Vallabhai Patel. Credit: Wikimedia Commons The

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