• On December 6, 1992, in a Small Town in Assam0

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    • December 9, 2017

    By Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee on 07/12/2017 What is a nation worth if my friend is scared of returning home? What is a religion worth if it rejoices in the humiliation of another religion? What is a nation worth if I am supposed to enjoy the misery of a dear friend? Credit: Sumeet Basak/Flickr (CC BY

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  • The Babri Masjid Demolition Was Impossible Without RSS Foot-Soldiers Like These0

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    • December 9, 2017

    By Lalit Vachani on 08/12/2017 In studying the Sangh parivar for my film, I encountered the disciplined manner in which the December 6, 1992 operation was planned. Filming the boys in the RSS Nagpur branch in September 1992. Courtesy: Lalit Vachani Twenty five years after the demolition of the Babri Masjid, The Wire, through a series of articles and videos, captures how the act of

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  • The Truth Behind the Gujarat Growth Model0

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    • December 9, 2017

    By Indira Hirway on 08/12/2017 After huge incentives to corporate units, the Gujarat government is left with limited funds for education, health, environment and employment for the masses. The Mundra Port in Gujarat is one of the biggest in India. Credit: Reuters What is the Gujarat model? In simple terms, it refers to a period

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  • ABUSE AND MALTREATMENT OF KASHMIRI PRISONERS0

    By Abdul Majid Zargar December 8. 2017 The recent incident of abuse & inhuman treatment of Kashmiri prisoners inside Tihar Jail in Delhi, once again brings into focus the utter negligence & inertia displayed by UN to enforce its own rules governing the treatment of political prisoners of around the world. In 1955, Ten years

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  • What global crude oil price in 2021?0

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    • December 8, 2017

      A detailed study has been made to forecast the global crude oil price in 2021 by Nandini Consultancy Centre (www.nandinichemical.com), a chemical business research organization, based at Chennai and Singapore. The study has been conducted by a team of chemical engineers and management professionals under the leadership of Mr. Swaminathan Venkataraman, Director, Nandini Consultancy

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  • Understanding GST (Goods and Services Tax): An Indian Scenario0

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    • December 8, 2017

    by Aijaz Ahmad Turrey December 8. 2017 At midnight of 30th June 2017, India became one of the 160 countries to launch GST. The GST is a target based unified indirect tax and will remove all other indirect taxes. It is collected and levied on the value added at each stage. GST will be operated at

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  • Tackling Sunni Muslim ultra-conservatism: A Pakistani-US collision in the making0

    By James M. Dorsey A recent government surrender to militant demands for stricter adherence to Islam mediated by the military coupled with the release from house arrest of a militant leader designated by the United Nations and the United States as a terrorist sets the stage for a confrontation between Pakistan and the Trump administration.

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  • Targeting Systematic Corruption through Urban Planning And Administrative Reform: Minister Naderi’s Story 0

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    • December 8, 2017

      By Aziz Amin Ahmadzai Not so long ago it was unimaginable to even to predict that while someone would mention the name of Ministry of Urban Development and Housing (MUDH) and you wouldn’t associate all the negative names with it. But after Sayed Sadat Mansoor Naderi’s elevation as the minister of Urban Development and

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  • Rohingya Repatriation Deal Signed: What’s Next?0

    by Krishna Kumar Saha December 7, 2017 Following the attack by Rohingya militants’ 25 Aug’17 attacks on 30 police posts and an army base, the Myanmar Army started ‘ethnic cleansing’ in Muslim majority Rakhine state. The term ‘ethnic cleansing’ was already used by UN official in September of this year but the US Department of

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  • After Indira, there was Jaya0

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    • December 6, 2017

         Image credit: Wikipedia Commons   N Sathiya Moorthy,  5 December 2017   If something stands out in the one year since Jayalalithaa’s passing, it would be her famed leadership qualities and her ability to reach out to the party and the people above the second line, and also the state administration, to the

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  • Qatari Wahhabism vs. Saudi Wahhabism and the perils of top-down change0

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    • December 4, 2017

      By James M. Dorsey December 4, 2017 A multi-domed, sand-coloured, architectural marvel, Doha’s biggest and national mosque, symbolizes Qatar’s complex and troubled relationship with Saudi Arabia. Its naming six years ago after an eighteenth century Islamic scholar, Mohammed Ibn Abdul Wahhab, the founder of one of Islam’s most puritan strands, raised eyebrows, sparked controversy,

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  • India’s Offensive Force Posture: Implications for Pakistan0

    South Asia with two nuclear rivals India and Pakistan is facing some traditional and non-traditional security threats because of perennial security issues. ‘Disparity’ is a more appropriate term when describing the Indo-Pak equation. India sees itself as a rising regional and extra-regional power and considers military power as the main element in the regional power

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  • India-Bangladesh border killing4

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    • December 3, 2017

    Chapter 1 1.1 Introduction: Bangladesh and India, geographically two neighboring friendly countries located in the South Asia. The total length of border is about 5138 kilometer with 4427 kilometer land border and 711 kilometer water border. Bangladesh has 4,096 kilometer common border with India. Bangladesh has 32 border districts whilst India has five border provinces.

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  • Sri Lanka’s Trade Imperative 0

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    • December 2, 2017

    December 1, 2017 By Amresh Gunasingham Optimism in Sri Lanka following the end of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s presidency in 2015 saw civil and political freedoms liberalised, ethnic relations improved, and foreign relations with China and India rebalanced. However, the government’s scorecard in managing the economy has been disappointing, with analysts pointing to large excesses in fiscal

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