• India’s current competitor appears to be Bangladesh, not China0

    GDP per capita – $1,887.97 of Bangladesh, will edge past India’s $1,876.53. Neighbouring Sri Lanka’s GDP per capita – around $ 4,000 – is already twice that of India.   by Yead Mirza  7 November 2020 International Monetary Fund (IMF) recent data showed that Bangladesh’s per capita gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate is predicated

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  • The State of the Fourth Estate: A Serious Analysis Needed0

    by Rajesh Sinha  7 November 2020 The fourth estate, the press, or in contemporary times, the media in the broader context is facing a critical and tumultuous time. Theoretically called the fourth pillar of democracy, media is under severe stress in all parts of the world. Not only in the communist or authoritarian regimes, but

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  • Is the Indian Ocean still India’s ocean?0

    As explained, the 2+2 dialogue being held on the eve of the US presidential polls was not an issue per se as this is not the first time it’s happening Sathiya Moorthy  5 November 2020 Regardless of who wins the American presidential elections and whether he remains in office, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

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  • Sri Lanka: Should India take ‘India First’ security policy on face-value?0

    N Sathiya Moorthy, 3 November 2020 In the first Sri Lankan official reference to the nation’s ‘India First’ security policy after the 28 October Colombo visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Sri Lankan Foreign Secretary Adm Jayanth Colombage (retd) quoted President Gotabaya Rajapaksa as telling the visitor that “as long as I am in power,

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  • India: Progress in Goa0

    by Eduardo Feleiro     3 November 2020 The last few decades have witnessed vast changes in political ideology and economic policies across the world. People from different countries have been affected differently, but always in a significant manner everywhere. Goa has achieved remarkable progress since Liberation. The greatest gain of Liberation has been the feeling

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  • The Purported Extension of New START: Reality or Political Bluff0

    By Haris Bilal Malik        31 October 2020 The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) is the only remaining arms control agreement between the US and Russia. Signed in 2010, the treaty was supposed to reduce the number of deployed strategic nuclear warheads of the two world’s largest nuclear weapons states. Under

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  • India: Bihar Assembly Elections- A Stormy Scene? 0

    Leading the NDA charge, Prime Minister Narendra Modi flew down to address as many as three rallies where he urged the voters to vote Chief Minister Nitish Kumar back to power by Nilofar Suhrawardy   30 October 2020 Within a few days, the electoral verdict of Bihar Assembly Polls may spell a few political shocks for

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  • The Battle for the Soul of Islam0

    by James M. Dorsey      29 October 2020 Jordanian ruler Abdullah I bin Al-Hussein gloated in 1924 when Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the visionary who carved modern Turkey out of the ruins of the Ottoman empire, abolished the Caliphate. “The Turks have committed suicide. They had in the Caliphate one of the greatest political forces,

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  • An Open Letter To US Senators and Congressmen0

    An Open Letter To US Senators and Congressmen   Dear Senators/Congressmen: I am a former professor of security studies at the State- and DoD-run Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) in Honolulu. My expertise and long teaching and research areas include global and Asian history, politics, culture, Islamist extremism, and international relations from historical and

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  • Role Of Media- In A Democracy Like India0

      “I would rather have a completely free press with all the dangers involved in the wrong use of that freedom than a suppressed or regulated press.” This was the opinion of the first prime minister of India, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru. A statement made by a stalwart like him shows the essential role of media

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  • India: Cross border investment dispute – The true picture0

    by Vishal Rajvansh*              29 October 2020 The Department of Promotion of Industry and Trade, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, on 17th April 2020, released a Press Note expanding the scope of investment restrictions by amending its Foreign Investment Policy, 2017 (FDI Policy). The prime intention of this amendment is

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  • Pakistan’s Anti-Government Movement May Hit the Brick Wall of the Security State0

    Economic woes are giving the alliance legs, but overturning a military-backed prime minister is a hard proposition. BY MICHAEL KUGELMAN  OCTOBER 29, 2020 Supporters of the opposition Pakistan Democratic Movement carry their parties’ flags during an anti-government rally in Quetta on Oct. 25. BANARAS KHAN/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES Anew unified anti-government movement has emerged in Pakistan amid

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  • Losing  Indian media corona-warriors0

      by Nava Thakuria         29 October 2020 As the Covid-19 pandemic emerged as a severe health hazard to the Indian media fraternity many more journalists start falling prey to the disaster. Thousands of journalists along with other media employees got infected with the Novel Coronavirus as they have been playing the role

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  • It’s Time to Impose Sanctions on Bangladesh: Stop Extrajudicial Killings, Enforced Disappearances, and Torture0

    Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) personnel gather in a Dhaka street before raiding a home to arrest a suspect, Oct. 26, 2020.   by Hashmi          28 October 2020 It is heartening that ten US Congressmen under the leadership of Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Senator Todd Young (R-Ind) have written a bi-partisan

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