• The Looming India/Pakistan Crisis – Who To Blame?

    The Looming India/Pakistan Crisis – Who To Blame?0

    The short answer to the above question is, both! Recent bout started with Uri, the Indian border post at the Kashmir front. 18 Indian soldiers were killed by across-the-border assailants. India blames Pakistan and Pakistan denies and says it is the work of the disaffected Kashmiri insurgents. In the ensuing row India is winning diplomatically,

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  • Kashmir: how conflicting narratives have ignited the fire

    Kashmir: how conflicting narratives have ignited the fire0

    For nearly seven decades, nuclear-armed neighbors Pakistan and India have been disputing the territorial status of a region that is an essential part of their founding identities. Pakistan and India’s vilification campaigns against each other over Kashmir have intensified in recent months, igniting an untamable fire. Kashmiris are caught in the middle of two narratives,

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  • Sri Lanka’s State of Reconciliation

    Sri Lanka’s State of Reconciliation0

    Despite the intensity of the ethnic conflict, reconciliation always remained an attractive scheme or slogan for many civil society actors and political figures in Sri Lanka. With the end of the war in 2009, reconciliation transformed into an integral part of the political discourse. Many believed that the termination of the LTTE bestowed an opportunity

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  • India, Pakistan And J&K: The Tragedy Of Complacence

    India, Pakistan And J&K: The Tragedy Of Complacence0

    In the worst ever attack in terms of fatalities of Army personnel since terrorism began in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) in 1988, at least 17 Army personnel were killed and another 19 were injured when terrorists stormed the administrative base of one of the units of the Indian Army near the

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  • TIBETANS  IN  EXILE  SHOULD  MAINTAIN  THEIR  IDENTITY

    TIBETANS IN EXILE SHOULD MAINTAIN THEIR IDENTITY0

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    • September 26, 2016

    It is now several decades since China invaded and occupied Tibet and gained complete military control over the land. While many Tibetans entered India as refugees after the Chinese occupation, a large section of Tibetan population had no alternative other than remaining in the country and submitting themselves to the military dictatorship of China and

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  • Pakistan and NSG: Countering the Cards

    Pakistan and NSG: Countering the Cards0

    Notwithstanding proactive lobbying, assertive US backing and overwhelming support for India’s bid for the membership, India is still struggling hard for the Nuclear Supplier Group (NSG) membership while the plenary meeting of NSG also concluded with a sharp setback for India. The chances for a favorable outcome were already bleak for India’s inclusion, but two

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  • Sri Lanka: Cauvery violence reverberates across the Palk Strait

    Sri Lanka: Cauvery violence reverberates across the Palk Strait0

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    • September 26, 2016

    In an unprecedented move, Sri Lankan Tamil political parties have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Cauvery-centric attacks on their Indian Tamil brethren in the neighbouring state of Karnataka. Some partners in the mainstay Tamil National Alliance (TNA) are signatories to the letter, but neither TNA Leader of the Opposition in parliament, R

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  • Status of Social Justice in India

    Status of Social Justice in India0

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    • September 26, 2016

    “Social Justice” means availability of equal social opportunities for the development of personality to all the people in society, without any discrimination by caste, sex or race. No one should be deprived, because of these differences, those social conditions which are essential for social development. The issue of social justice is associated with social equality

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  • Afghanistan from Dark to Dawn: The Saga of the Salma Dam

    Afghanistan from Dark to Dawn: The Saga of the Salma Dam0

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    • September 26, 2016

    India has consistently been making all efforts to rebuild politically stable and economically prosperous Afghanistan. Indeed, it is keen interested in ensuring peace and stability in the war-ravaged country without ‘boots on the ground’ and wants to see Afghanistan as a peaceful, prosperous, united, inclusive and democratic nation. In this context, being a responsible player

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  • India’s Recurring Water Disputes: Needed Less Politics, More Macro Vision

    India’s Recurring Water Disputes: Needed Less Politics, More Macro Vision0

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    • September 24, 2016

    The inter-state water disputes in India are now becoming a matter of concern. The present dispute between states in southern India on sharing of water only highlights the fact that the political leadership at the state level lack matured approach with understanding of the problems of the neighbouring states. Sometimes, the exchange of bitter communication

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  • China Turns on Charm Offensive for Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan

    China Turns on Charm Offensive for Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan0

    Bhutan is nestled among the Himalayas and between Asia’s two giant powers – India to the south and China to the north. The small kingdom, a country of 750,000, has long had ties with India. So India watches closely as China steps up attempts to settle longstanding border differences and strengthen ties with Bhutanese leaders

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  • India: National discourse needed on LEMOA

    India: National discourse needed on LEMOA0

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    • September 17, 2016

    The India-US LEMOA – abbreviation for ‘Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement’ – has triggered enough and more controversies in this country even before the proverbial ink had dried and the agreement itself is tested on the ground. It however looks as if the Modi government could have discussed it inside and/or outside Parliament, to arrive

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  • There is a just solution to the lingering Cauvery row

    There is a just solution to the lingering Cauvery row0

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    • September 16, 2016

    Independent of this week’s violence and the Supreme Court proceedings, before and after the attacks, ‘distress-sharing’ of available water on a seasonal and verifiable basis may be the only real workable solution to the vexatious Cauvery river water dispute between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. In the process, the Supreme Court may have to get itself

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  • Sri Lanka: Ban Comes Calling Again: Banking On, Or Banging At Govt. This Time?0

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    • September 12, 2016

    Like in the past, Sampanthan’s Matara visit was not adequately covered by the self-styled national media, but then the post-war second Sri Lanka visit of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also deflected attention from the unprecedented peace-cum-political initiative by any moderate Tamil in his mould and leadership. The Sri Lankan nation as a whole needs to

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