• 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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