• FARMERS UNREST INDICATE CLASS CONFLICT BETWEEN ORGANISED & UNORGANISED PEOPLE IN INDIA0

    N.S. Venkataraman     9/4/2018 Due to the rapid spread of visual media, around 25% of the Indians living below poverty line and another 40% of Indians living marginally above the poverty line are now becoming increasingly aware of the difference between their lifestyle and living conditions and those belonging to higher income group. Amongst the

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  • Not just for Ranil, for others too, taste of the pudding is only in the eating…0

      by Sathiya Moorthy    Colombo 8 April 2018 Now that the no-trust vote is behind Parliament and nation, and the victors are savouring their achievement and losers licking the wounds that they had inflicted on themselves without much thought, it is back to the political back-tracks, the good old way. It means, sharing of the spoils

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  • Remembering Syria: Iran struggles with potentially explosive environmental crisis0

      By James M. Dorsey     8.4.2018 Iranian leaders are struggling, three months after anti-government protests swept the Islamic republic, to ensure that environmental issues that helped sparked a popular uprising in Syria in 2011 leading to a brutal civil war don’t threaten the clergy’s grip on power. Like Syria, Iran has been confronting a

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  • Neutralizing The Messengers Of India0

    By Nava Thakuria    April 8, 2018 India continues to be a dangerous place for working journalists as the largest democracy in the globe has lost three journalists in mysterious accidents within the first three months of the year. Even the UN secretary general Antonio Guterres came out with a strong condemnation against the journo-killings

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  • NEPAL JOINING OBOR WILL BE HISTORICAL MISTAKE1

      by N.S. Venkataraman  6/4/2018 Prime Minister of Nepal Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli has rejected the concern expressed by several well-wishers of Nepal that Nepal joining One Belt One Road initiative (OBOR) could lead to a death trap. He has lightly dismissed such view stating that Nepal wants to be seen as a land-linked and

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  • Could Centre have avoided TN’s contempt plea in Cauvery case?0

    N Sathiya Moorthy 2 April 2018 A possible, easier and less-complicated way for the Centre would have been to approach the SC with the same queries much earlier, before a ground-swell of popular sentiments and consequent political tensions had built up in Tamil Nadu, says N Sathiya Moorthy. By slating Tamil Nadu’s contempt plea against the Centre

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  • SHIA-SUNNI CONFLICT IN JAMMU AND KASHMIR: A BEACON OF HOPE2

    Sect formation is not peculiar to the religion of Islam; however, the sectarian violence demonstrated all along in the Muslim world is a new phenomenon. What is happening between Shia and Sunni in a different nation of the world is less a result of theological dispute than the politics of the time in which Saudi

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  • Book Review; The Raisina Model; Indian Democracy at 700

    Indian democracy at 70 by Meghnand Desai by Zaboor Ahmad    April 5, 2018 Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while speaking on 7th February 2018 in Indian Parliament made the following claim about India’s democracy. “India did not get democracy due to Pandit Nehru, as Congress wants us to believe. Please look at our rich history.

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  • Moderating Islam: Saudi Prince Mohammed walks on shaky ground0

    By James M. Dorsey       5/4/2018 Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has dazzled international media and public opinion by lifting some restrictions on women’s rights, holding out hope for the abolishment of others, and a vow to return the kingdom to a vague form of moderate Islam that many believe is defined by

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  • TEN REASONS WHY COPPER SMELTER PROJECT IN INDIA SHOULD NOT BE CLOSED0

      N.S. Venkataraman     4/4/2018 It appears that environmental activism has become a profession these days all over the world. There are many environmental activists across the world whose full-time occupation now is to oppose projects, particularly relating to nuclear, chemical, mining, etc. These activists claim that they are voluntary bodies. One wonders from where

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  • Profile of Province Punjab in Pakistan0

      Dr. Rajkumar Singh     4/4/2018 Background The name ‘Punjab’ is compound of two Persian words Panj (five) and ab (water) and was introduced to the region by the Turko-Persian conquerers of India and more formally popularised during the Mughal Empire. Punjab means “The Land of Five Rivers” referring to the rivers: Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi,

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  • BANGLADESH; SOME OLD PREDICTIONS ARE BECOMING REALITY0

    F R Chowdhury      4/4/2018 In 1971, I was still a merchant marine officer. We used to call at Chittagong frequently but did not have much social contact in Chittagong. It was immediately after the liberation of Bangladesh that I joined the Chittagong Port Authority as a marine pilot. My official designation was Assistant

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  • Authentic Leadership of Martin Luther King Jr.0

      by Asanga Abeyagoonasekera   4/4/2018   Martin Luther King Jr., second from right, stands on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn., on April 3, 1968, the day before he was assassinated. From left are Hosea Williams, Jesse Jackson, King, and Ralph Abernathy. (AP Photo/File)   “Our lives begin to end the day

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  • China Moves To Counter Violent And Non-Violent Expressions Of Uighur Identity0

    By James M. Dorsey    3/4/2018 China is moving on multiple fronts to pre-empt in the short-term Uighur foreign fighters fleeing Syria and Iraq from reasserting themselves in Central Asia and longer term prevent the emergence of an ever more vocal Diaspora like what Tibetans have achieved. The multi-pronged Chinese approach involves weaving Afghanistan more

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