• China, Nepal to focus on cross-border Railway!0

    -Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal Pivot Like USA and Russia that have assumed Asia pivot to influence the continent, China also has its own Asia pivot, but it also has South Asia pivot too trying to woo the nations to come under its new Silk route program nicknamed the ‘One Belt, One Road (OBOR)’ initiative. China’s

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  • Rohingya crisis: this is what genocide looks like0

    Alicia de la Cour Venning, Queen Mary University of London The world is witnessing a state-orchestrated humanitarian catastrophe on the Myanmar-Bangladesh border. The latest UN figures show a staggering 370,000 Rohingya have fled into Bangladesh since August 25. An unknown number have perished. Around 26,000 non-Muslims have also been displaced. This is just the latest

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  • Signs of hope in the Middle East? Don’t hold your breath0

      By James M. Dorsey Optimists see hopeful signs that the Middle East may be exiting from a dark tunnel of violence, civil war, sectarian strife, and debilitating regional rivalries. The Islamic State (IS) is on the cusp of territorial defeat in Syria and Iraq. Saudi Arabia may be groping for an exit from its

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  • Memorandum From Kashmir Centre for Social and Development Studies (KCSDS)0

      Dear Members of the visiting Congress delegation, KCSDS is an Advocacy Centre and the largest civil society formation in the state. It highlights and carries out advocacy on all issues of economic, social, cultural, environmental and political nature It also acts as a watchdog on the government. In other words, it builds an opinion

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  • Principles of Persecution: India’s systematized Human rights violations0

    Arbitrary detentions, torture, mass graves and mass rapes; No, you are not reading about a rogue third world authoritarian dictatorship. Instead, these are words that describe matters recurrent in the “world’s largest democracy,” India. The country, over time, has developed a mechanism to extend and tighten its hold on disturbed regions, specifically those states that

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  • Triple Jump to the World of Work: New Dynamics for Higher Education integration Into Belt and Road in China & Sri Lanka0

    Abstract One of the striking features of the Sri Lankan education system is the ease of accession to education for everybody. Consequences of such a blueprint are obvious of high level of literacy (98%) across the country and the emancipation of women in society. Sri Lanka undeniably can be pompous  been  highly achieved in the

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  • The Phases of Growth: India-Japan Strategic Partnership in the 21st Century0

    by Dr. Thomas F. Lynch III The emerging strategic relationship between India and Japan is significant for the future security and stability of the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.   India and Japan share complementary, but not identical, strategic visions.  India and Japan both seek to manage – and minimize – the potential negative impacts from the rise of China

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  • The Rohingya Genocide and Ambivalent Bangladesh0

      by Taj Hashmi “Ambivalence” is a state of having simultaneous conflicting beliefs and opinions towards people, objects, events, and concepts. It is the most appropriate expression to portray the state of Bangladeshi indecisiveness toward the ongoing genocide of Rohingyas in Arakan. Both the people and their government in Bangladesh seem to be unenthused to

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  • FROM HEAVEN TO HELL – MYANMAR’S ROHINGYAS0

    by F R Chowdhury In my earlier article “Myanmar military’s addiction to political power” I tried to explain how the Myanmar’s military very reluctantly relinquished the active political power but still held on to the roots so that it can still dictate the future policy. It is keen to create some problem and keep alive

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  • Rohingya plight feeds Muslim assertiveness0

    By James M. Dorsey The plight of Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya minority is becoming the Muslim world’s latest rallying call emulating the emotional appeal of the Palestinians in the second half of the 20th century. Like the cause of the Palestinians, the Rohingya, albeit with a twist, have also become a battlefield for the Muslim world’s

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  • Book review: Aparna Pande, From Chanakya to Modi: Evolution of India’s Foreign Policy, Harper Collins, July 20170

      Aparna Pande’s “From Chanakya to Modi” leads one to a deeper understanding of Indian foreign policy with civilizational roots, traversing through two imperial administrations of foreign origin. Both Mughal and British rulers were a continuous phenomenon for an extended period that left a significant imprint in India’s present outlook. A coherent foreign policy cannot

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  • Sri Lanka: Sovereignty Compromised0

    Colombo’s attempt to balance India and China has proved futile. By Ana Pararajasingham September 09, 2017   Addressing the Indian Ocean Conference in Colombo on August 31 this year, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe was confident that Sri Lanka is poised to become the “Hub in the Indian Ocean.” That was not all, with

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  • PLIGHT OF MYANMAR’S ROHINGYA: MILITANT ISLAM’S NEXT RALLYING CALL?0

    Calls for jihad in defence of the Muslim minority prompt fears of a second front against Islamic State-linked fighters in Southeast Asia, and – for Arab leaders – concerns the issue will re-energise militants and opposition groups alike BY JAMES M. DORSEY 9 SEP 2017 Protests condemning Myanmar’s violence against the Rohingya are stirring deep-seated

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  • From Doklam To Tibet0

    September 6, 2017 By SAAG By Dr. Parasaran Rangarajan* As the Doklam standoff ended last week, observers were left wondering what the legal circumstances of the situation is, including the international legal status of Tibet. Even the large online Wikipedia encyclopedia added a section titled “Tibetan sovereignty debate” which was last edited on August 27,

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