• Challenging the word order: Erdogan wants right to develop nuclear weapons0

    By James M. Dorsey 8 September 2019 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spreaker, Pocket Casts, Tumblr, Patreon, Podbean and Castbox. Brinkmanship may be his trademark, but Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is unlikely to provoke the ire of the international community by launching a nuclear weapons

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  • Kashmir under siege; An inside view of the ‘open air prison’0

    by M. A. Sofi 8 September 2019 These are the first few lines I am writing in five weeks after this whimsical decision by the state administration to impose the longest ever curfew and shutdown of internet, mobile and other essential services in the valley which is unheard of anywhere in the civilized world in

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  • Kashmir: The Aftermath of Abrogation of Article 3700

    Ishfaq Majid and Varinder Singh 8 September 2019 In 1949, a special provision was added to India’s constitution providing autonomy to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The article was allowing the state to have its own constitution, a separate flag, and independence over all matters except foreign affairs, defence, and communications. Another provision later

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  • A Giant Leap Forward?0

    by  Sudhanshu Tripathi              8 September 2019                             Despite continuing failure into regaining contact with the lost Moon lander Vikram of the Chandrayan-2, just short of 2.1 km away from Moon’s surface at South Pole, the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) distinctly ambitious project can’t be termed as a failure. Because it is the world’s first indigenous

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  • How New Delhi can boost its sub-regional strategy0

     Dr. Manoj Kumar Mishra 8 September 2019 To overcome the moribund South Asian regionalism, India has been at the forefront in launching sub-regional initiatives such as Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) in 1997 comprising members such as Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand, BCIM initiative in

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  • BOMBING TO BALLOT: UNCOMFORTABLE TRUTHS FROM SOUTH ASIA0

    BY ASANGA ABEYAGOONASEKERA 8 September 2019 “Terrorism has become a festering wound. It is an enemy of humanity.” – Atal Bihari Vajpayee Do terrorist bomb explosions and elections have a relationship? In South Asia, a region engulfed with a high level of terrorist activity, the record clearly shows that terrorists see the run-up to an

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  • The cut-and-run strategy in Afghanistan0

    The Taliban are ready to negotiate. The question is whether they are negotiating in good faith, writes William Milam by William Milam September 6, 2019 It is Monday, September 2, as I write this, the Labour Day holiday in the US. The equivalent holiday in most other countries is May Day, or International Workers Day,

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  • Judicial System Of Mughal And British India0

    By Dr. Rajkumar Singh 6 September 2019 The establishment of the Muslim rule in India opened a new chapter in its judicial history. The Muslim conquerors brought with them a new religion, a new civilization and a new social system. The ideal of justice under Islam was one of the highest in the middle ages. The

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  • India: Goa Migration0

    By Eduardo Faleiro 6 September 2019 Sometime ago, I visited several villages and towns in the neighbouring districts of Maharashtra and Karnataka to meet people of Goan origin settled there. During the 16th and 17th centuries thousands of Goans, both Hindus and Christians, left Goa to escape religious and cultural persecution. In Goa, during that

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  • Counting to Segregate: Behind Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC)0

    On 31 August, India released the final iteration of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), a list of “genuine Indian citizens” that is being updated on order of the Supreme Court. The final version, which comes after two preliminary drafts published in 2017 and 2018, identified close to 1.9 million as “illegal immigrants”. The second

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  • Sri Lanka: Why is no one talking about an ‘insolvent’ economy?0

    N Sathiya Moorthy  3 September 2019  The irony of Sri Lanka in the second decade of the second millennium is that everyone can blame everyone else without having to acknowledge his own contribution or owning up his share of the blame. It extends from corruption, to lawlessness to democracy-threats and the elimination of ethnic Tamil

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  • Maldives: Solih begins taking rough with the smooth0

    N Sathiya Moorthy 2 September 2019 From an unsubstantiated charge of bribe-taking as the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, when predecessor Abdulla Yameen was in power, to an emerging controversy about ‘packing’ the nation’s Supreme Court with sympathisers of the ruling party, in the name of judicial reforms, to quietly neutralising emerging internal challenges,

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  • Gulf wealth: All that glitters is not gold0

    By James M. Dorsey A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spreaker, Pocket Casts, Tumblr, Patreon, Podbean and Castbox. Little suggests that fabulously wealthy Gulf states and their Middle Eastern and North African beneficiaries have recognized what is perhaps the most important lesson of this year’s popular uprisings

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  • Calling Nuclear Bluff on Balakot: India’s ‘Choreographed’ Corporal Punishment to Pakistan0

    By Adnan Qaiser September 2019 While the history of South Asia is written in blood; it is also inked in phony prides and misplaced jingoism. At predawn on 26 February 2019, India carried out its second surgical strike in Pakistan.[1] The attack, similar to the one India had conducted on 29 September 2016,[2] struck Pakistan

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