• RSS chief Bhagwat bats for a unified, strong, well-informed society 0

      by Nava Jyoti Thakuria    16 October 2021 Guwahati: Advocating for a unified, strong and well-informed society with a national character, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Dr  Mohan Bhagwat commented that only then it can assert voices before the world communities. The RSS Sarsanghchalak also added that even to establish the truth and peace, often

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  • Has America retreated (!) or redeployed tactically in Afghanistan?0

    American and Afghan National Army soldiers board a CH-47 Chinook helicopter following a key leader engagement Dec. 2, 2019, with senior Afghan government officials to discuss ongoing security efforts in southeastern Afghanistan. (Master Sgt. Alejandro Licea/Army) by M A Hossain   16 October 2021 World media is manifestly devastated having observed the US-created debacle in Afghanistan,

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  • US military presence in the Middle East: The less the better0

    by James M. Dorsey      14 October 2021 It may not have been planned or coordinated but efforts by Middle Eastern states to dial down tensions serve as an example of what happens when big power interests coincide. It also provides evidence of the potentially positive fallout of a lower US profile in the

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  • Hypersonic Weapons, Missile Defence and Strategic Stability in South Asia0

    By Amber Afreen Abid    14 October 2021 Pakistan’s nuclear weapon capability is calibrated through India’s development in the conventional and unconventional sectors. Pakistan maintains strategic stability in the region and maintains credible deterrent forces.  However, India’s burgeoning behavior in the region continuously pushes the region towards an arms race, by the introduction of new

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  • Pakistan should not advocate the Taliban’s case0

      by Arwin Rahi    13 October 2021 Afghans have long suspected and accused Pakistan of sheltering and supporting the Taliban. Pakistan, however, has always denied these allegations. To what extent exactly Pakistan did or did not support the Taliban is beyond the scope of this writing, which focuses on the Pakistani government’s recent overt

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  • Book review-India Against Itself: Assam and the Politics of Nationality0

      Author:            Sanjib Baruah  Publisher:  Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, ©1999. ISBN-10:         081223491X    ISBN-13:         978-0812234916    Paperback $ 25.12   By Unmilan Kalita    13 October 2021 Politics, as a discipline, is marred with theoretical conceptions and critical approaches. Whereas politics as a practise, is conceptualised as a skill of the empirical realm and therefore, is perceived

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  • Student suicides in India: A brewing concern0

    (Unicef/Al-Issa) by Nawaz Sarif     13 October 2021 As of October 10, 2021, was commemorated as World Mental Health Day, so, let’s take it as a catalyst juncture to raise awareness and understanding about mental health issues, including common medical illness to psychiatric disorders at both local and national stages. This year, the World Federation for

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  • Kashmiris Caught Betwixt Bullets!0

    by Nilofar Suhrawardy   13 October 2021 What else can be said about the suffering faced by Kashmiris, facing bullets from several sides? Kashmir issue, unfortunately, falls in the bracket of those sensitive as well as controversial issues over which communal frenzy can be aroused among sections in other parts of India. Muslims represent the majority

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  • Reducing Middle East tensions potentially lessens sectarianism and opens doors for women0

    By James M. Dorsey        10 October 2021 Two separate developments involving improved relations between Sunni and Shiite Muslims and women’s sporting rights demonstrate major shifts in how rivalry for leadership of the Muslim world and competition to define Islam in the 21st century is playing out in a world in which Middle Eastern states can no

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  • Afghanistan Counterterrorism Act 2021: Implications for US-Pakistan Relations0

    Zafar Iqbal Yousafzai      10 October 2021 The US withdrawal from Afghanistan at the end of August 2021 ended the US-Pakistan cooperation in Afghanistan, which lasted for two decades. Despite huge losses borne by Pakistan in the war on terror since the US invasion of Afghanistan, Washington is not happy with Islamabad over the

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  • Dysfunctional Politics: The Path To Despair And Authoritarianism0

    by William Milam October 9, 2021 Earlier this week, I tuned in to a webinar on the current political situation in Tunisia. I have never been to Tunisia, except for a brief stop at the Tunis airport many years ago on my way to West Africa. I lived in its near neighbor, Libya, for a time

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  • Comparing textbooks: Even Afghanistan scores better than Pakistan0

      by James M Dorsey    8 October 2021 Societal struggles and reform often take unexpected turns in vast swaths of land stretching from the Middle East into Central Asia. Take education for example. The Taliban have yet to fulfil their promise to allow girls to return to school but primary and secondary Afghan textbooks appear to

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  • AUKUS, the Quad, China in Sri Lanka, and India’s Security Concerns0

    Cartoon by Rebel Pepper  (Radio Free Asia) By Asanga Abeyagoonasekera*     8 October 2021 Alliance gives new meaning to political boundaries on physical maps empowering coalitions with political preferences to work together. President Biden does ‘not seek a new Cold War’, clearly expressing at the UNGA and many other leaders are with Biden, including Indian Prime

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  • Bangladesh: No End to Human Rights Violations: Even Relatives of Dissidents Targeted0

    by Ahmad Shihab      7 October 2021 RAB-1 taking Nusrat Shahreen Raka in custody The violation of human rights by the fascist regime of Sheikh Hasina in Bangladesh reached a new and ugly height. As the regime cannot reach the political dissidents living abroad, it goes for their innocent relatives in the country. Harassment,

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