• Power In Paradise; The tug-of-war between dictatorship and democracy in the Maldives0

    By Omkar Khandekar | 1 August 2017 dinuka liyanawatte / reuters IT WAS TO START OFF as a people’s protest. Hundreds, if not thousands, would take to the streets of the capital, Malé. “Vettinee,” they would roar—rebellion. The police were to join them, and, after a point, so was the army. Together, they were to storm the residence

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  • Modi Is Taking India to a Dangerous Place0

    By Prem Shankar Jha on 17/08/2017 A statesman is one who admits when he has made a mistake and has the grace to correct it before it does any more harm. The prime minister, unfortunately, has shown no signs of having either of these virtues. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the nation from the ramparts

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  • Muslim Philosophers on Religious Sectarianism and Pluralism0

    By Dr Muhammad Maroof Shah 03 Aug 2017 Reading Muslim Philosophers on Religious Sectarianism and Pluralism Better philosophers don’t ideally seek to convert but illuminate a problem for us to consider. We can take or not take their take on an issue but we can’t afford to be old selves after reading them. Encountering such

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  • India’s Muslims and the Price of Partition0

    By Ajaz Ashraf August 17, 2017 Seventy years after independence, India’s Muslim population has begun to fear that the dark fantasies of the Muslims led by Muhammad Ali Jinnah and the Muslim League in the 1930s and 1940s — who fought for the partition of India and the creation of Pakistan as a homeland for

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  • Why Patriot Tests are Designed to Fail Muslims0

    By Arshad Alam, New Age Islam 16 August 2017 As a community, Muslims in India have always been burdened to prove their loyalty to the country. They are repeatedly asked to take tests of nationalism and patriotism in order to prove their love for the country. Whether it is cricket match against Pakistan or the

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  • India-Israel Defence cooperation: Regional Implications0

    Asma Khalid Since 1992, India-Israel’s economic and strategic ties have grown spectacularly as well as both states are significantly co-operating in the agricultural sector, research and development and IT start-ups. Co-operation between both states has been significantly increasing irrespective of the political affiliation of the party in power. Although, bilateral relations have been moved beyond

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  • Developments and Corollary of Nuclear Deterrence in South Asia0

    By Maimuna Ashraf During the past decade, India has been pursuing a long-term program for conventional and strategic force modernization. This is manifested through the introduction of advanced, high technology and force multiplier conventional weapon systems and improvements in payloads, ranges, reliability, and accuracy of its delivery systems in the form of a nuclear triad.

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  • Is a reverse on India’s NFP on the cards?0

    Uzge A. Saleem “Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win,” Sun Tzu. If India is planning to reverse their first use policy, then their answer can be found in these words by Sun Tzu. Before we begin analyzing the possibilities let’s

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  • The Politics Of Persuasion – An Evaluation0

    By Ana Pararajasingham – Ana Pararajasingham “Politics is about power. Power is about people” ~ James Margach, The Anatomy of Power (1979) Although, it is just over eight years since the armed conflict between the Sri Lankan state and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was brought to an end, the root cause that gave rise to

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  • Minority histories of the Indian national flag0

    India’s tricolour (which actually has four colours) hides a complex subaltern history that originates with Mahatma Gandhi. Adam Jones/Flickr, CC BY-ND Sadan Jha, Centre for Social Studies This week, India celebrates 70 years of independence. The tricolour flag, perhaps the most tangible and potent symbol of freedom from colonial servitude, is on particularly full display.

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  • How Adani Siphoned Off Rs. 1493,84,72,484 From India To Tax Havens0

    Exclusive: Allegations by Indian customs of huge sums being siphoned off to tax havens from projects are contained in legal documents but denied by company. Details of the alleged 15bn rupee (US$235m) fraud are contained in an Indian customs intelligence notice obtained by the Guardian, excerpts of which are published for the first time here.

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  • India’s nuclear triad & South Asia’s strategic stability0

    By Uzge A. Saleem India and Pakistan are the two key players in South Asia, and the region’s stability largely depends on their bilateral relations. Tensions between the two are nothing new and have existed for decades. However with one state on its road to becoming a regional hegemon and the other trying to stop

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  • How a British royal’s monumental errors made India’s partition more painful0

    Lord Louis Mountbatten, viceroy of India, met with Indian leaders to discuss partition. Max Desfors/AP Adil Najam, Boston University The midnight between August 14 and 15, 1947, was one of history’s truly momentous moments: It marked the birth of Pakistan, an independent India and the beginning of the end of an era of colonialism. It

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  • Reducing Middle East tensions? Saudi-UAE moves hint at willingness to engage with Iran0

    By James M. Dorsey Recent moves by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates suggest that the two Gulf states may be looking for ways to reduce tensions with Iran that permeate multiple conflicts wracking the Middle East and North Africa. The moves, including a rapprochement with Iraq and a powerful Iraqi Shiite religious and

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