• 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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  • A Day to remember: Kashmir Bi-election 20172

      “The worst thing that can happen in a democracy-as well as in an individual’s life – is to become cynical about the future and lose hope”. George Bernard Shaw in one of his beautiful sayings tries to sum up the meaning of election. To quote Shaw “An election is a moral horror, as bad

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  • Why India does not want the United States to mediate in India-Pakistan parley?0

    United Nations General Assembly during its 70th session in September, 2015 By Maria Amjad US ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Nikki Haley in remarks at a news conference on Monday, 3rd April 2017, said that the United States is concerned about the current India-Pakistan impasse and would like to “find its place” in moves to

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  • Dalai Lama’s visit to Arunachal makes China see red0

    By Nilova Roychaudhury The Dalai Lama’s visit to Northeast India’s Arunachal Pradesh state has sparked a fresh round of India-China diplomatic tensions, with Beijing threatening “serious” consequences and New Delhi asserting that the visit was a “purely religious” one with no political motives. India also asked China not to interfere in its internal affairs. The

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  • Intra-Party Democracy in Bangladesh: A Study of AL and BNP’S General Secretary/ Secretary General Elections1

    Abu Sufian Shamrat Introduction Intra-party democracy encourages a culture of democratic deliberation and debate on issues of national importance. Thereby, collective ownership of the party members over decision-making process is established. Also, it promotes party unity by reducing fragmentation and factionalism; creates legitimate internal conflict management systems and reduces the opportunistic and arbitrary use of

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  • Crushing the intellect: Pakistan’s war on free speech0

    Altaf Khan, University of Peshawar Pakistani authorities have won another battle against free speech. The latest blow is just another consequence of harsh measures taken by Pakistan’s government in the last five years against freedom of speech. On March 27, the interior ministry announced that Facebook had removed 85% of “illegal, blasphemous” content found on

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  • In Bangladesh, people are eating more fish but getting less nutrition from it0

    Jessica Bogard, The University of Queensland People in Bangladesh are now eating 30% more fish than they did 20 years ago, but they are getting a smaller amount of important nutrients from it, a new study shows. Fish is widely known as a healthy food, rich in protein and other nutrients, so how can this

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  • In the name of Holy Cow, with the blessings of the BJP0

    By Sam  9th April 2017 The Gau Rakshak Clan Gaumata, Gau raksha, beef ban… In the 70 years since independence, never has the country been so obsessed with all things bovine than it is today with BJP in power. From banning the sale of beef in some states to cow cess in others, the humble

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  • Little over a year away from presidential poll, Maldives politics hotting up0

    N Sathiya Moorthy After ‘defeating’ the joint Opposition-sponsored no-trust motion against Parliament Speaker Abdulla Maseeh, the Government of President Abdulla Yameen has revived the call for the forgotten all-party political negotiations. However, the Opposition rejected the Government’s offer. “If it is democracy they want, they should adhere to democratic principles and use this opportunity,” Fisheries

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