• 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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  • Extension Given to Probe Sri Lanka’s War Crimes is No Surprise0

    Extension Given to Probe Sri Lanka’s War Crimes is No Surprise In late March this year, the United Nations Humans Right Council (UNHRC) granted Colombo a further extension of two years to probe alleged war crimes committed during the civil war. The main political party of Sri Lanka’s Tamils, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), went along

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  • PDP BJP Coalition Oxymoron in Kashmir…?0

    “The idea that two political parties can’t come together to get a mission done is foreign to me and unacceptable.” JAVID AHMAD AHANGER and JAVEED BIN NABI Thomas Jefferson to Maryland Republicans in 1809 said. “The care of human life and happiness and not their destruction is the first and only legitimate object of good

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  • Headless democracy, heartless neighbor3

    We need a good neighbor; our neighbor needs it too.   Minar Rashid A good neighbor is the blessing from the creator. As the saying goes, you can change your life partner if it does not suit you, but cannot change your neighbor. Pakistan or India would have changed their neighbors’ long time back if

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  • All eyes on Election Commission in RK Nagar bypoll0

    N Sathiya Moorthy Rediff.com 6 April 2017 Would the EC make an example of the RK Nagar by-election, either by ensuring free and fair polls or by countermanding the same, asks N Sathiya Moorthy. Come April 12, and Chennai’s RK Nagar assembly constituency would have voted for a new MLA in place of late chief

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  • Unacceptable objection to liquor ban in India0

    The Supreme Court order banning the liquor shops within 500 meters of highways has been criticized by alcohol producers, merchants and liquor addicts all over India. Claims are made that such closure will lead to loss of millions of jobs all over India and huge loss of income for the government. These are exaggerated fears

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  • Muslim Matters…0

    Sathiya Moorthy The Sunday Leader, Colombo, 2 April 2017 Hakeem is more to the point that any merger of the North and the East would require the nation to address the expectations of other ‘ethnic minorities’ too The current leadership of the Upcountry Tamils are as vocal as any other, and as ‘demonstrative’ as any other,

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  • Fishing issue should not be allowed to impact on India-Sri Lanka ties0

    N Sathiya Moorthy, South Asia Monitor, 2 April 2017  The Indian government has promised a Rs 1,500-crore funding for Tamil Nadu, spread over three years, to create infrastructure for deep-sea fishing. This decision was conveyed to a state government delegation when they called on External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi recently, Finance Minister D Jayakumar

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  • Kashmir’s regular shutdowns: What do Kashmiris gain?0

    (A Sovereign Kashmir: Random Thoughts-290) -Dr. Abdul Ruff Why don’t India help Kashmiris lead a normal life at par with Hindus in India? Perpetual murders and fake encounters from Indian forces occupying Jammu Kashmir and curfews called for by the freedom groups have been a regular feature of Kashmir valley, weakening the nation’s infrastructural strength

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  • Fears in India over spread of ‘Taliban-like’ moral policing amid crackdown on meat and romance0

      Lucknow Police run an anti-Romeo operation at Saharaganj mall, on March 22, 2017 Credit: Deepak Gupta/Hindustan Times Nicola Smith 2 April 2017 • 9:41am Controversial “anti-Romeo” squads to police and control young couples in public are spreading across India after they were introduced by the firebrand Hindu leader of the country’s largest state, Uttar Pradesh. The squads

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  • Genocides of Tamils and Indo-Sri Lanka relations!0

      –Dr. Abdul Ruff ______ Sri Lankan regime, committed only to protect and promote majority Singhalese, continues to attack the helpless Tamil fishermen on sea but Lankan-Tamil relations have been very old. The relationship between India and Sri Lanka is more than 2,500 years old with both countries having a legacy of intellectual, cultural, religious

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  • This Bangladeshi woman can tell you how real climate change is0

    Sonja Ayeb-Karlsson, United Nations University On March 28 2017 United States president Donald Trump signed an executive order nullifying many of the country’s commitments to global-warming mitigation. The decision will have far-reaching consequences. As the world’s second-biggest polluter, the US has just made the ambitious goals set by 192 states in the 2015 Paris climate

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  • Banishing refugees to a flood-prone island will not solve Bangladesh’s Rohingya refugee crisis

    Banishing refugees to a flood-prone island will not solve Bangladesh’s Rohingya refugee crisis0

    Ashraful Azad, University of Chittagong Hundreds of hard-line Buddhist monks in Myanmar protested on March 19 against a proposal to grant citizenship to the country’s persecuted Muslim minority, the Rohingya who are excluded from the Citizenship law of 1982. The demonstrations came after the Rakhine Advisory Commission, led by former UN chief Kofi Annan, urged

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