• India: Ayodhya Issue – Social Verdict to be Watched for!0

    by Nilofar Suhrawardy 8 November 2019 Notwithstanding speculations and apprehensions voiced about the possible tension that Supreme Court’s verdict on the controversial Ayodhya-issue lead to, certain things cannot be ignored. Prior to elaborating to further on this, it may be noted that Ayodhya-issue refers to a dispute over a religious site in Uttar Pradesh (UP),

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  • Book review: The battle for Pakistan – Author Shuja Nawaz0

    by Arnold Zeitlin 7 November 2019 The tale has been often told: the U.S.-Pakistan-relationship was founded on the misunderstanding that never has been resolved and, perhaps, has been deliberately maintained. In the mid-1950s, the American secretary of state, John Foster Dulles, saw Pakistan as a South Asian bulwark against the Soviet Union. Field Marshall Ayub

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  • Was Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar a Hindu?0

    At a time Hindu/Hindutva revivalist propaganda has triggered a similar trend in defence of Tamil culture and identity, both inside the country and outside, saffronisation of Thiruvalluvar goes deeper than a political issue and/or gimmick, says N Sathiya Moorthy N Sathiya Moorthy Rediff.com 6 November 2019  An avoidable controversy has arisen over the religious identity

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  • Nepal: Time to End Pompous VIP Culture0

    by Laabhesh Thapa 7 November 2019 In recent incident, People had showed their anger for the VIP culture in Nepal, where people had to wait for hours to pass the motorcade of the president and there was a question raised over the difference between the democracy and the rule of monarch as VIP culture is

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  • The Booming Political Industry: References of Nepal0

    by Hari Prasad Shrestha 7 November 2019 Introduction The two-party domination or duopoly trend has been strongly rooted in politics of majority developed and developing countries. Currently duopoly has been divided into two political philosophies – the hardliner and relatively soft-liner, and the ruling parties seem to be more despotic compared to the oppositions. Parties

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  • Maldives: Breathing ‘free air’ under Solih, but issues remain0

    by Sathiya Moorthy 5 November 2019 Come 11 November, and President Ibrahim ‘Ibu’ Solih’s regime in Maldives would be entering the second of its five-year elected term. If anything came out from the moment he was elected the President in the nation-wide direct-vote, held on 23 September 2018, it was a sense of the people

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  • An open letter to Antonio Guterres, the Secretary General of United Nations; Subject: Need to resolve the Kashmir dispute0

    by Sabzar Ahmad Bhat and Suhail Farooq 6 November 2019 Respected Antonio Guterres, the Secretary General of United Nation; You are at the helm of affairs of world body UN, which was established decades ago for the main purpose of world peace and to resolve conflicts among nations peacefully. In fact UN has played very

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  • A Reappraisal of Maritime Defense for Sri Lanka0

    By Asanga Abeyagoonasekera* 6 November 2019 “The deep-sea contains earthly treasures that aren’t remotely understood or developed. But if we want to obtain these treasures, then we must master key technologies for entering the deep sea, surveying the deep sea, and developing the deep sea.” President Xi[i] Ruhuna, the southern kingdom of Sri Lanka was

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  • Rep. Ro Khanna confronts Hindu Nationalism in his backyard0

    — But the Congressman’s rejection of ‘Hindutva’ is entirely consistent with his repudiation of White Nationalism By Raju Rajagopal, Hindus for Human Rights (HfHR) 5 November 2019 “It’s the duty of every American politician of Hindu faith to stand for pluralism, reject Hindutva, and speak for equal rights for Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhist & Christians.

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  • Bangladesh; Students in politics0

    F R Chowdhury 5 November 2019 We have seen various stages of students’ politics. In primary school, the class teacher appointed a monitor to represent the class. The class monitor or captain, in fact, was a go between teacher and students to facilitate academic activities. In high school we have seen the teacher conducting a

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  • Sri Lanka: Battling for the PM’s job0

    N Sathiya Moorthy 5 November 2019 Chennai, 31 October 2019What had started off as campaign for the presidential poll, scheduled for 16 November, is now increasingly getting the colour of one for Prime Minister, too, now unlike anytime in the past, it is the latter that seems to be deciding the results of the former.

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  • Gowher Rizvi’s 1976 Article, “The Killing of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman – Perspectives on Recent Bangladesh History”: A Review*1

    By Taj Hashmi 3 November 2019 Gowher Rizvi, the author of the article, “The Killing of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman – Perspectives on Recent Bangladesh History” This is a review of an academic article by Ali Gowher (aka Gowher Rizvi), who is the current International Affairs Adviser to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh. The article

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  • Cease Fire Violations and the Lawfare0

    by Shamsa Nawaz 5 November 2019 Previously oscillating between military tensions and peace talks, cease fire violations (CFVs) have increased to 307 in August and 292 in September 2019, ever since Article (370) was repealed unilaterally by India on August 5, 2019, according to Indian sources. September 2019, also recorded 61 caliber escalations, implying usage

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  • RE. FREEDOM AND PROSPERITY0

    Eduardo Faleiro 5 November 2019 Ever since Columbus landed in the Carribean in 1492, a string of colonies were set across the world, all founded on violence, genocide and dispossession of the indigenous people. We were ourselves victims of colonialism for four and a half centuries. After World War II, the colonies attained political independence

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