• 45 years after the war, Dhaka is yet to shake off its legacy of disappearances

    45 years after the war, Dhaka is yet to shake off its legacy of disappearances0

    Image credit: Wikimedia Commons From the killing of intellectuals in the final days of the 1971 war to the abduction of political activists in 2013, nothing has changed David Bergman Forty-five years ago in 1971, between December 10 and December 15, 17 academics, journalists and doctors were picked up from their homes in Dhaka and killed.

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  • Rohingya Tragedy and Aung San Suu Kyi’s ‘Buddy’ Solution

    Rohingya Tragedy and Aung San Suu Kyi’s ‘Buddy’ Solution0

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    • December 11, 2016

      At a local mosque, men and boys join in Friday prayer, an important weekly practice for the Muslim Rohingyas at the IDP camp. In 2012, sectarian violence between the Rohingyas — who are Muslim — and ethnic Rakhine Buddhists killed at least 200 people and made 140,000 homeless, most of them Rohingyas. Photo courtesy

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  • Jayalalithaa – A Woman’s era (1948-2016)

    Jayalalithaa – A Woman’s era (1948-2016)0

    I don’t find it easy to write. Words wouldn’t come, or if they do, they are not the right words. I am probably just one of the millions of mourners who is in the process of realizing human mortality. These are sad times indeed for a great Indian life have come to an end. She

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  • A Global Nuclear Winter: Avoiding the Unthinkable in India and Pakistan

    A Global Nuclear Winter: Avoiding the Unthinkable in India and Pakistan0

      As Donald Trump ascends to the White House, he’s wading into the most dangerous conflict on the globe. By Conn Hallinan, December 8, 2016. President-elect Donald Trump’s off the cuff, chaotic approach to foreign policy had at least one thing going for it, even though it was more the feel of a blind pig

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  • Sufis in Pakistan: Missionaries, Warriors or Statesmen?

    Sufis in Pakistan: Missionaries, Warriors or Statesmen?0

    Nikita Singla Every Thursday in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, home to the second largest Muslim population in the world, the nation witnesses celebration of its popular Sufi culture. There are gatherings at the shrine, there is music, there is dance and there is Qawwali. The festival of ‘urs’, Arabic word for marriage, symbolizes the

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  • Unresolved issues0

    Javeed Bin Nabi Ever since 1947 partition of British India, Kashmir has always dominated the regional and national psyche. The partition of British India which divided the subcontinent into two big ideologies, cultures and created two rival countries and vying for control over Kashmir has caused immense damage to the economy of Kashmir as well

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  • A Brief History of Arakan: From Kingdom to a Colony

    A Brief History of Arakan: From Kingdom to a Colony0

      Abid Bahar On December 31st, 2011, Arakanese Diaspora marked its 227th anniversary of the fall of the great Arakanese medieval kingdom. Arakan’s powerful kingdom was established by King Noromikhla. Arakanese nationals didn’t forget, in 1784 Burmese king Budapaya sent a large army led by his son who mercilessly razed the city to ground and

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  • New Constitution: Who’s To Bell The Rajapaksas?

    New Constitution: Who’s To Bell The Rajapaksas?0

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    • December 5, 2016

    In a recent meeting with all 16 TNA parliamentarians, President Maithripala Sirisena is reported to have promised to ask Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to discuss upcoming constitutional reforms with predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa. It seems to flow from the perception that the Joint Opposition (JO) identifying with the Rajapaksas are opposed to basic changes, be it

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  • Modi’s Politics of Water War

    Modi’s Politics of Water War0

    Recently, the distribution of water between two Indian states Tamil Nadu and Karnataka has become a source of conflict over water divide, sweltering both into flames. This issue is India’s internal matter regarding water distribution from the river Cauvery. Riots also erupted when Supreme Court of India ordered to divert some water from Cauvery to

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  • Thinking China-Pakistan Economic Corridor beyond Pakistan

    Thinking China-Pakistan Economic Corridor beyond Pakistan0

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    • December 2, 2016

    While broaching his “One Belt One Road” initiative in a speech to Pakistani Parliament, President Xi Jinping had said in April 2015 that “South Asia is where the land and maritime Silk Roads meet.” He added that therefore “[A] peaceful and stable South Asia that enjoys development and prosperity serves China’s interest.” The first observation

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  • Dalit politics and Indian state

    Dalit politics and Indian state0

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    • November 29, 2016

    A case of Dalit discourse and the Bahujan Samaj Party The struggle for power and the distribution of power and resources constitute the major domain of politics. The relationship between caste and politics in Indian society has been subject to intensive study for many years.  Many sociologists and experts including Rajni Kothari and Anil Bhatt

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  • Pakistan, India and Politics of NSG

    Pakistan, India and Politics of NSG0

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    • November 29, 2016

    The last Vienna Plenary meeting of NSG ended without reaching any consensus on the issue of NSG candidature for non-NPT states. India was lately giving the impression that it has won the support of the majority of the states including Mexico, Switzerland, Brazil, Russia and New Zealand. But the fact is that New Zealand doesn’t

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  • Maldives: Govt pays up GMR, offers ‘legal protection’ to investors

    Maldives: Govt pays up GMR, offers ‘legal protection’ to investors0

    • Blog
    • November 29, 2016

    Coinciding with the third Maldives Investment Forum (MIF) in New Delhi, the Government of President Abdulla Yameen paid up the Indian infrastructure major GMR Group $ 271 m against the controversial and equally ill-fated Male airport deal. The GMR payment flowed from the final award of the Singapore arbitration court, after Yameen had made the

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  • Peace in Afghanistan: Suspended between the supposed good and evil

    Peace in Afghanistan: Suspended between the supposed good and evil0

    • Blog
    • November 22, 2016

    In the midst of an evidently declining international interest in Afghanistan, achievement of peace in this war-fatigued nation appears to be an elusive, yet a crucial goal. Where re-commitments towards Afghanistan (European Council, 2016) were recently announced at the Brussels Conference, the international military (and financial) withdrawals that are being witnessed ever since the American

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