• India: Politics in the time of anti-CAA row0

    by Nava Thakuria 12 January 2020 Defying the relentless protests by a number of organizations in the Brahmaputra valley of Assam, the Union government in New Delhi has lately imposed the citizenship amendment act 2019 (CAA) by bringing the gazette notification and it was another reason to make the people in northeast India angry and

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  • Soleimani’s death opens a door to alternative security arrangements in the Gulf0

    By James M. Dorsey | January 7, 2020 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spreaker, Pocket Casts, Tumblr, Podbean, Audecibel, Patreon and Castbox. The US killing of Iranian general Qassim Soleimani has further opened the door to a potential restructuring of the Gulf’s security architecture. In line

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  • The Baghdad Air Strike: Pre-emptive self-defence or Assassination?0

    By Devansh Kaushik | January 9, 2020 Introduction In the early hours of January 3, missiles launched by a USAF MQ9 Reaper slammed into a convoy exiting the Baghdad International Airport, killing Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, deputy commander of an Iraqi militia. General Soleimani was the leader of the elite

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  • Does Modi’s J-K move shut the door on Lankan intervention?0

    N Sathiya Moorthy | Rediff.com | 7 January 2020  The problem for India may not stop with abrogation of Article 370 and the possibility of Sri Lanka telling them that the ethnic issue was an ‘internal affair’ of that nation — if and when it came to that. Citing the Centre’s decision to bifurcate Jammu

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  • Iran plays chess, the US plays backgammon0

    By James M. Dorsey | January 9, 2020 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spreaker, Pocket Casts, Tumblr, Podbean, Audecibel, Patreon and Castbox. Iranians play chess, Americans play backgammon when it comes to warfare, military strategy and conflict management. That is becoming increasingly obvious in the US-Iranian

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  • Killing Qassim Soleimani: rule of law or rule of the jungle?0

    By James M. Dorsey 6 January 2020 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spreaker, Pocket Casts, Tumblr, Podbean, Audecibel, Patreon and Castbox. International law may not be a major consideration in debates about the US killing of Iranian military commander Qassim Soleimani, yet the legality of the

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  • Bangladesh: Road to Independence0

    by R Chowdhury January 4, 2020 “Injustice in the end produces independence.”–Voltaire The people of East Bengal, who are majority Muslims, suffered injustice for ages. After the fall of Plassey in 1757, they came under the wrath of the British and its Hindu surrogates. When the British left in 1947, partitioning India on religious divide,

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  • Litmus Test of Indian Secularism!0

    by Nilofar Suhrawardy 5 January 2020 Tension grips the country at present. Yet, the nature of people’s protest carries a strong message. It is assertive of the basic Indian spirit still alive among the people. Indians cannot be blamed for this tension. It is the people who form the country, unite the nation and have

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  • 2019 was a decade of defiance and dissent. The 2020s are likely to be no different.0

    By James M. Dorsey 2 January 2019 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spreaker, Pocket Casts, Tumblr, Podbean, Audecibel, Patreon and Castbox. Like 2019, the new year and perhaps the new decade is likely to be pockmarked by popular protest, particularly in the Middle East and North

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  • The killing of Qassim Soleimani: The United States misreads the tea leaves0

    By James M. Dorsey A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spreaker, Pocket Casts, Tumblr, Podbean, Audecibel, Patreon and Castbox. The killing of Iranian military leader Qassim Soleimani proves the point: The United States has perfected the art of strengthening Iranian hardliners fuelled by an apparently ingrained misreading

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  • Consequences of public reactions against corruption in India0

    by Dr. Rajkumar Singh 4 January 2020 The due time for 16th national general election is the year 2014 but the post–2009 general elections phase in India continued to remain a crucial one. It witnessed the anger in the minds of the people which was steadily built up as scams of huge proportion burst one

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  • The Sixth River – A Journal from the partition of India. Book review.0

    by Prannv Dhawan 2 January 2020 The Urdu satirist Fikr Taunsvi’s account of Partition, written between August and November 1947, brings to life one of the most tragic episodes in the subcontinent’s history. The recent translation of the journal Chhata Darya in English (The Sixth River) by Professor Maaz Bin Bilal brings to life the

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  • Pakistan-Russia Relations: Breaking Up With History0

    January 2, 2020 Shamsa Nawaz Saddled with the mistrust of the Cold War era, the new alliance swaps between India and the US and Pakistan and Russia, have led the geo-political terrain of South Asia to be once again multi-dimensionally open for these major rivals to contest. This paradigm shift can be best understood in

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  • US military strikes in Iraq stir regional hornet’s nest0

    By James M. Dorsey 2 January 2019 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spreaker, Pocket Casts, Tumblr, Podbean, Audecibel, Patreon and Castbox. The United States stirred a hornet’s nest that stretches far beyond Iraq when it this weekend attacked an Iranian-backed militia. The fallout of the US

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