• Pakistan caught in the middle as China’s OBOR becomes Saudi-Iranian-Indian battleground0

    By James M. Dorsey Pakistani General Raheel Sharif walked into a hornet’s nest when he stepped off a private jet in Riyadh two weeks ago to take command of a Saudi-led, 41-nation military alliance. Things have gone from bad to worse since. General Shareef had barely landed when Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

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  • Sino-Pakistan Relations!0

    -Dr. Abdul Ruff China, a UN veto power and the Asian giant in aspects, has been making all out efforts to become a superpower. That is the reason why the US policy of Asia pivot targeting China (and Russia) did not make any real impact. China–Pakistan relations began in 1950 when Pakistan was among the

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  • Can start up India projects solve jobless growth issue?0

    N. S. Venkataraman Day in and day out, Modi government has been claiming that India is now one of the fast growing economies in the world and cites several reports by international agencies in support of its claim. While the statistics are impressive, there is a huge concern in the country, especially among the youth

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  • Deeper Understanding of Today’s Indian Democracy0

    Dr. Rajkumar Singh Introduction When India became independent in 1947, the country opted to be a democratic nation. The idea of democracy as it developed in India remained ‘contextual’ in many ways. The particular historical-social context or the contextual influences shaped the new democratic institutions in various ways. Reciprocally, social hierarchies and preference for group

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  • Anti-Islamism: UP CM’s terror wing kills Muslim0

    -Dr. Abdul Ruff What looks like return to the pre-Independence era when fanatic Hindu extremists who in fact opposed freedom for India used to attack Muslims in their localities, in order obviously to keep alive the Hindutva poisonous ideology, leading to communal violence that spread to other areas in the country. Having got a poll

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  • China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and Peace Building in Kashmir0

    Dispute resolution mechanisms anchored on economic interdependence and developing mutual economic vulnerabilities has delivered even in the case of worst enemies that repeatedly fought for territory. Germany and France twice went to war over mutually contested territory during the first half of 20th century. Both states claimed Alsace-Loraine as theirs and employed military power to

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  • Maldives: Yameen’s intercession offer on Nasheed, old wine in older bottle0

    N Sathiya Moorthy www.orfonline.org 2 May 2017 At a public rally of the ruling PPM faction headed by him, President Abdulla Yameen has offered to take up freedom and electoral rights for rival MDP predecessor Mohammed ‘Anni’ Nasheed with Parliament, if the rest of the Opposition wrote to him. If this sounded as if Yameen was taking

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  • Shobha Nehru, Who Escaped Holocaust and Married Into Indian Politics, Dies at 1080

      By ELLEN BARRY April 28, 2017 NEW DELHI — Shobha Magdolna Friedmann Nehru, a Hungarian Jew who narrowly escaped the Holocaust, married into India’s leading political family and witnessed religious and ethnic violence convulsing both her native and adopted countries, died on Tuesday at her home in the Himalayan foothills. She was 108. Her death was

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  • Self-inflicted And More0

    Sathiya MoorthyThe Sunday Leader, Colombo, 30 April 2017  Lord Justice Sales has ruled that the 35-year-old Sri Lankan, identified only as ‘SV’, probably consented to the torture in as part of a ruse called ‘self-infliction by proxy’ or SIBP According to his submissions, the man had ‘felt intense pain from the first burn’ before falling unconscious

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  • Missile Proliferation, India and MTCR0

      By Maimuna Ashraf    MTCR is one of the four non-proliferation regimes that aim to curb the technology that can be used for nuclear delivery systems. The other three are the Wassenaar Arrangement that deals with export control of dual use technologies and conventional arms. Australia Group is related to export controls on technologies

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  • Tamil Nadu politics: Will factions end the crisis in AIADMK and focus on governance?0

    -Dr. Abdul Ruff Governance in Tamil Nadu is standstill and in reverse gear with two factions fighting an almost street fight, making the life of common people miserable. As a mere stunt, the Palanisamy government makes announcements of allocation of money for projects but nothing is happing on the ground.  Possibly the middlemen from the

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  • Unlearnt lessons from UP0

    N Sathiya Moorthy, ‘Provoke’, Chennai, April 27, 2017  Prime Minister Narendra Modi has to start a talent hunt for spotting new ministers if the BJP wants to present itself as a future government in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, says N Sathiya Moorthy Once again, pollsters and political pundits have got it wrong. Why, even Prime Minister Narendra

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  • Why Is China Renaming Seemingly Unimportant Places in Arunachal Pradesh?0

    BY MANOJ JOSHI Two of the six spots renamed could be of significance, but the other four are simply points on a map. Is there a method behind this that we cannot discern at the moment? A signboard is seen from the Indian side of the Indo-China border at Bumla, in the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh.

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  • China to assert claims of disputed areas with India0

    By Kerry Garner The China Daily said “playing the Dalai Lama card” was never a wise choice for New Delhi. “If India wants to continue this petty game, it will only end up in paying dearly for it”, the article ends. China claims the state as “South Tibet”. India will pay “dearly” if it continues

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