• CAN A TEMPLE PRESCRIBE A DRESS CODE FOR VISITING? : STRIKING A BALANCE BETWEEN RIGHT TO FAITH AND RIGHT TO CHOICE IN INDIAN CONSTITUTION0

    by Rajesh Ranjan 30 January 2020 The decision of the Kashi Vishwanath, Varanasi   temple to enact a dress code for devotes has once again sparked the debate between the two facets of constitutional rights in Indian constitution, i.e. the dilemma between the liberty and faith. The dress code for the temples is not a new

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  • Book Review: Kautilya and Non Western IR Theory by Deepshikha Shahi0

    by Punsara Amarasinghe 29 January 2020 The international relations and political theory academia in modern world is mainly constructed by the narratives of Western civilization. Starting from Greeks to bio politics of Foucault the theories we reverently study is confined to the discourse coming from a different civilizational root which curtails our gaze to appreciate

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  • Myanmar a perfect fit on China’s Belt and Road0

    Four priority BRI projects in Myanmar promise to make China a balance-of-power tilting Indian Ocean force By Bertil Lintner, Chiang Mai 27 January 2020 Chinese President Xi Jinping’s historic visit to Myanmar this month did not attract much regional media buzz, with most reports portraying the trip as more well-worn official promotion of his signature

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  • A critical moment for US policy in South Asia0

    Michael Kugelman January 25, 2020 These are momentous times for South Asia and the next few weeks could be highly consequential for US policy there. In recent days, Ambassador Alice Wells, the top South Asia official at the US State Department, has held a series of meetings in India and Pakistan. Meanwhile, US-Taliban talks — back

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  • Drawing battle lines: Centre-right parties take on civilisationalism0

    By James M. Dorsey 25 January 2020 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spreaker, Pocket Casts, Tumblr, Podbean, Audecibel, Patreon and Castbox. The Centrist Democrat International (CDI), in an attempt to counter the rise of civilizationalist states and leaders, has called for the creation of an alliance

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  • Questioning the Novelty of India’s New Normal0

    By Haris Bilal Malik 25 Janaury 2020 In recent years Indian notions of Pre-emption and so-called surgical strikes have been referred to as the ‘new normal’ by many in India. These have contributed to further affecting the security, stability and strategic equilibrium in the South Asian region. This is evident in how the top-brass within

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  • Iran crisis test drives fundaments of Trump’s foreign policy0

    By James M. Dorsey A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spreaker, Pocket Casts, Tumblr, Podbean, Audecibel, Patreon and Castbox. At the core of US president Donald J. Trump’s maximum pressure campaign against Iran lies the belief that Iran can be forced to negotiate terms for the lifting

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  • From Scapegoat Back to Key Ally – Pakistan and the Perils of US Maximalism0

    by M. Waqas Jan 25 January 2020 In the two years since President Trump accused Pakistan of giving nothing but deceit and lies, relations between both countries seem to have undergone a dramatic turnaround. This is evident not only in the official narrative being put forth by both countries with respect to one another, but

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  • Inheritance of divisive politics in modern Sri Lanka0

    by Dr. Chandra Prakash Singh 24 January 2020 In course of time Sri Lanka became a mosaic of cultural, religious, ethnic and logistic diversities. Sinhalese and Tamils are the most dominating communities. The heterogeneous nature of Sri Lanka is instrumental in generating a plethora of internal and external threats to the nation. Since 1833 the

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  • India-Pakistan: Stitched in Multilateral Interests0

    by Shamsa Nawaz 24 January 2020 Bilaterally botched relationship, Pakistan and India would be working together in an economic and strategic multilateral forum of Eurasia’s Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). The China-led Organization has eight members – India, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan – and four observer states, Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran and Mongolia.

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  • CAA and NRC – A Nightmare for Bangladesh Future Growth Sustainability0

    by Ishaal Zehra 23 January 2020 Shaikh Hasina, the premier of Bangladesh, has long been accused of sacrificing her country’s interests and selling out to India by her political critics. This narrative intensified when the videos of Abrar Farhad, a student at the elite Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, went viral which showed how

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  • China’s a factor in India’s regional approach0

    By Manoj Kumar Mishra 23 January 2020 The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) has been a recurrent hostage to downturns in India-Pakistan relations, which has often led New Delhi to turn to subregional initiatives, as has been witnessed by the current prime minister’s invitation to the member countries of the Bay of Bengal

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  • The Indian Ocean Rorschach test0

    by Nilanthi Samarnayake, January 22, 2020 The Rorschach test asks viewers to describe their interpretations of a series of inkblots. Like the psychological test, how observers interpret what is taking place in the Indian Ocean depends on their strategic orientation, argues Nilanthi Samaranayake (CNA, Washington). A map of the Indian Ocean evokes a wide range of potential

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  • Maldives: Need to secure Indian Ocean with India’s lead0

    N Sathiya Moorthy 22 January 2020 The week-end Colombo meeting India’s National Security Advisor (NSA), Ajit K Doval, had with Sri Lankan President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa should be of as much interest to common neighbour Maldives, if not more, compared to the other two. This is particularly so in the aftermath of the recent Maldivian acknowledgement

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