• Justice Served or Verdict Given: Babri Demolition Case?0

    by Shelal Lodhi Rajput        15 October 2020 28 years after the 16th-century Babri mosque was raise by a mob in Ayodhya. A special CBI court in Lucknow delivered its verdict.   In a 2000-page order today the special CBI court of Lucknow delivered a judgement on a very heated topic of Babri mosque

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  • Book review: Buddhism & Political Theory0

         Matthew J. Moore. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2017. 198 pp. (hardcover), US $78.00, ISBN 978-0-19-046551-3.   by Punsara Amarasinghe     15 October 2020 Any attempt in creating connectivity between Buddhism and politics may stand as a paradoxical endeavour with the common depiction on Buddhism as a philosophy which seeks the liberation

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  • SAARC0

    by Eduardo Faleiro    15 October 2020 The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) was created in 1985 to promote economic development and social progress in South Asia through regional cooperation.  Presently, it has eight member countries namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. India was the Chair of the

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  • Hindu Cultural Nationalism and its implication for India0

    by Amit Kumar Singh       15 October 2020 Cultural nationalism is a form of nationalism in which the nation is defined by a shared culture. It focuses on a national identity shaped by cultural traditions. In the Indian context, the reference to cultural nationalism is rife and frequent- which can be seen in colonial

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  • India: Rule of Law in Crisis of Trust0

    by Manoj Kumar     15 October 2020 In the past few months, there have been instances where public institutions’ performance and objectivity were debated in media, even more, disturbing was the multiplicity of electronic media channels where hyperactive news anchors were telecasting different versions of the same events which have confused the innocent viewers. This

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  • The Red Tsar on the fate of India, Pakistan — and Kashmir0

    DateSeptember 30, 2020     By B. Z. Khasru Just three weeks before Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin died, India’s ambassador to Moscow, K. P. S. Menon, received a much sought-after invitation to meet him at the Kremlin. The reclusive communist leader rarely granted such an interview. During the previous five years, he had bestowed this honor

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  • Book review: COVID-19 Global Pandemic And Aspects of Human Security in South Asia0

    Amazon Hardcover ₹ 620.00 – August 2020New Delhi: Pentagon Press LLP, 2020, 184 pp. ISBN 978-93-90095-08-7 Delwar Hossain (Author), Shariful Islam (Author) Sariful Islam The novel coronavirus, which is popularly known as COVID-19, has brought unprecedented changes in every aspect of human life. The world has been witnessing drastic changes in the economy to education to a personal relationship. What

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  • The Long Littoral Project: Bay of Bengal0

    12 October 2020 Nilanthi Samaranayake Published 2012 58 Pages This report addresses the major security issues associated with the Bay of Bengal. In this 838,600 square mile area, security threats to numerous countries, including the United States, range from disputes over exclusive economic zones to terrorism, piracy, poaching, overfishing, and trafficking of humans, arms, and

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  • Have Tamils lost interest in Prabhakaran?0

    N Sathiya Moorthy  12 October 2020 It is anybody’s guess why Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, the war victor of an army commander, has waited till now to declare that LTTE supremo Prabhakaran’s baby-faced second son Balachandran was as much a part of the terror group as the rest of the family. Even more surprisingly, no

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  • Macron’s Mission to “Liberate” Islam: A Long Continuing French Colonial Enterprise?0

    by Muhammad Mahmood — October 12, 2020 The Friday Sermon On Friday, October 2, 2020, the Muslim Jumma (Friday Congregation) prayer day,  French President Emmanuel Macron said this in a speech in the Western Paris suburb of Les Mureaux that “Islam is a religion that is in crisis all over the world today, we are not just

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  • A review of Arundhati Roy’s latest- AZAADI0

    Published: 3 September 2020 ISBN: 9780241470039 Imprint: Penguin eBooks Format: EBook Pages: 256 A Pessimistic yet Romantic longing for freedom by Bilal Ahmad Tantray       11 October 2020 Internationally recognised, domestically controversial and self-proclaimed seditious author, Arundhati Roy released her latest collection of essays titled ‘AZAADI’ in the first week of September this year. It has been released as

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  • Precluding Child Sexual Abuse in Pakistan0

    by Sadiq Ali       12 October 2020 Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) acts that both do and do not involve physical touching or physical force, including completed sex acts, attempted sex acts, abusive sexual touching, and noncontact assaults such as harassment, threats, forced exposure to pornography, and taking unwanted sexual images, such as filming or

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  • Changing attitudes towards religiosity: A double-edged sword for Arab rulers0

    By James M. Dorsey Public opinion polling in the Arab world suggests that autocratic leaders like Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his UAE counterpart, Mohammed bin Zayed, have gotten some things right. Both men have to varying degrees replaced religion with nationalism as the ideology legitimizing their rule and sought to ensure that

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  • Sheikh Matlub Ali: An Odia Icon of Hindu Muslim Unity0

      by Bhabani Shankar Nayak     11 October 2020 Amidst the names of politicians crowded the columns of power corridors in history but in contemporary political and cultural firmaments of India, nobody can match Sheikh Matlub Ali of Odisha. He was born on the 16th of December 1942 in a village called Dharoshyam Sundarpur, Sukleswar

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