• Running scared of China

    Running scared of China0

    From all accounts, it was a major event – the conference of Chinese dissidents in Dharamshala, India. It brought together Uyghurs, Tibetans, Mongolians, Taiwanese and Falun Gong practitioners among 69 foreign delegates. Yet, for the otherwise proactive Indian as well as the world media, it was a non-event. As of now, very little is known

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  • Politics and legitimacy of news in Bangladesh

    Politics and legitimacy of news in Bangladesh0

    The importance of media in a democracy is well-known. The media in a democracy seeks to play the role of a fourth estate by informing and educating people about various aspects of state, including the functions of a government. Therefore, historically, whenever a government comes into power without the mandate of the people who it is

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  • The Lahore Attack: Limits Of Pakistan’s Counter-Terrorism Policy

    The Lahore Attack: Limits Of Pakistan’s Counter-Terrorism Policy0

    The devastating terrorist attack in Lahore last month has exposed the limits of Pakistan’s militarised counter-terrorism approach and signifies a revival of the Pakistani Taliban groups in Afghanistan. A comprehensive counter-terrorism policy and counter-terrorism cooperation with its neighbours are required if Pakistan is not to suffer from intermittent terrorist attacks. By Abdul Basit The Easter

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  • Indo-Pacific: US’ New Asian Pivot?

    Indo-Pacific: US’ New Asian Pivot?0

    On January 30, USS Curtis Wilbur, a US missile destroyer, went tantalisingly close (12 nautical miles) to Triton Island (which is a part of the disputed Paracel Islands) without any prior information to the countries in dispute. This is on the back of a similar move by the US in the South China Sea (SCS)

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  • CPM-Congress alliance in West Bengal makes perfect sense in terms of electoral maths

    CPM-Congress alliance in West Bengal makes perfect sense in terms of electoral maths0

    Even a few months ago, if one were to do election forecasting in West Bengal, few would have predicted any contest. The Trinamool Congress led by Mamata Banerjee was widely seen as the undisputed winner –  well on the way to repeat or even better the 2011 Assembly election performance that brought the once unvanquishable

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  • Climate change impact in Nepal

    Climate change impact in Nepal0

    Involved in drafting team of Intended Nationally determined Contribution (INDC),  Ugan Manandhar , talks about the document.” Nepal prioritizes adaptation but is looking forth to sectoral low carbon development options in its INDCs” he says. Manandhar is Deputy Director of World Wildlife Fund Nepal. He has been following negotiations as a government delegate since 2008

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  • Kanhaiya – Is Left’s Aam Admi Emerging

    Kanhaiya – Is Left’s Aam Admi Emerging0

    Kanhaiya’s recent remarkable speech in JNU and the series of interviews with prominent news channels aftermath reflect an articulate and an energetic politician in him. His much used Azaadi cry speaks of his urge for the inner social development in the country and fight against deeply embedded exploitation, disparity and perpetual alienation that millions of

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  • Partition 1947, an oozing wound

    Partition 1947, an oozing wound0

    • Blog
    • September 15, 2015

    The Partition of India created the two independent states of India and Pakistan. In the riots that preceded the Partition, the religious fury and violence that it unleashed, in the Punjab region, killed between 200,000 to 500,000 people in the retributive genocide. 14 million Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims were forcibly transferred between the two countries.

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  • Sri Lanka Parliamentary Polls 2015: What Does It Mean To Us?

    Sri Lanka Parliamentary Polls 2015: What Does It Mean To Us?0

    An argumentative, free thinking and free speaking political culture, buried for decades is once again sprouting with good hopes and dreams in Sri Lanka. Such trends will construct space for healthy social discourse which can, hopefully, re-engineer the nation. Seize the opportunity is the matter of common sense for the public and those who are

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  • Women, Democracy and the War Drum

    Women, Democracy and the War Drum0

    Wars are made by men for they are territorial by instinct. Such is the argument presented by many commentators of the role of gender in the maintenance of societal harmony. The phenomenon of “youth bulge” deserves adequate discussion owing to its novelty and for the simple fact that it presents an interesting argument. Gunnar Heinsohn

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  • Addressing Religious and Nationalist Extremism for a Thaw in Pakistan-India Relations

    Addressing Religious and Nationalist Extremism for a Thaw in Pakistan-India Relations0

    Politics is a game of interest. For developed countries it is for national interest, but in underdeveloped states this may not be the case. In the latter, the self-interest of political leaders and parties is mostly the priority. The political elite seldom consider national interest before their own benefit. In order to pursue their interests,

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  • An LGBT Victory in America Should Pave the Way for India to Follow

    An LGBT Victory in America Should Pave the Way for India to Follow0

    On June 26, 2015, the LGBT community in the United States achieved a landmark historic decision in what it has been pursuing for decades: the legalization of same sex marriage. This furiously debated topic has been a polarizing one since its inception in the 1960s but, with each passing decade, has seen gradual shifts toward

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  • Pakistan’s water crisis is too real

    Pakistan’s water crisis is too real0

    Back in 2011, the American actor George Clooney recalled asking Barack Obama to identify the one thing that kept him up at night. “Pakistan,” replied the US president. Obama did not elaborate. We can assume, however, that he was alluding to the various nightmare scenarios that spooked Washington officialdom back then, including loose nukes and

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  • Leave the flag, take the wicket

    Leave the flag, take the wicket1

    Cricket in its ‘national’ avatar has become an avenue for war by other means — an opportunity to display jingoism, sexual objectification of women, of doing ‘lena’ and ‘dena’ between nation-states It starts off pretty innocuously, and happens most often during cricket tournaments. Certain citizens of the Indian Union start talking about the possibility of

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