• THE NUCLEAR TESTS OF 28TH MAY0

    by Anaya Shahid 27 May 2019 The introduction of nuclear weapons in South Asia was a result of covert activities by Indian scientists, who diverted the Canadian nuclear supplies given for research and development to make these deadliest weapons in 1974. However, it took over two decades for India to openly test nuclear weapons in

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  • Child marriage and Child sexual abuse0

    Dr Fawad Kaiser 31 May 2019 Many women in the developing world are subject to marriage at an early age. Most such women have little choice in the age at which they marry, or whom they marry. The incidence varies widely, from a high of 70 per cent in south Asia to a low of

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  • Does Pakistan’s Nuclear Doctrine Stand Vindicated Post-Pulwama?0

    Earlier this week on 28th May, Pakistan marked more than two decades of technological prowess since successfully harnessing nuclear weapons capability. Termed as the’ Day of Greatness’ (Youm e Takbir), the occasion is meant to symbolize the country’s resolve and determination in indigenously developing advanced nuclear research and technology. Furthermore, it also commemorates the achievement

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  • India: Fostering nationalism through general elections0

    by Nava J. Thakuria 30 May 2019 When India nurtures nationalism with elections by Nava J. Thakuria Amidst all criticisms for majority based politics, Hindu-centric propagandas vertically dividing the country and one person worship, the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Triumphed again in the recently concluded national elections of India

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  • The Capriciousness of Hybrid Warfare in South Asia0

    by Musawar Sandhu 30 May 2019 There is a famous quote by Sun Tzu that ‘the supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.’ This saying aptly describes the saga of on-going Indian induced Hybrid warfare against Pakistan. To define Hybrid warfare, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has comprehensively addressed this issue

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  • Belt and Road Initiative and what’s in it for Bangladesh0

    The Daily Star May 30, 2019 ANM Muniruzzaman The second Belt and Road Forum (BRF) was recently held in Beijing. This is the second time the forum took stock and set the pathways for future endeavours of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) since this major initiative was launched in 2013. In his address to

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  • Modi’s Victory is a Good Thing for Washington—with Caveats0

    May 28, 2019 By Michael Kugelman On May 23, India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won a resounding victory in national elections. While many analysts and observers had expected a repeat victory—given the struggles of the Congress Party to cobble together a formidable opposition coalition and given the sheer popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi—few

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  • Sri Lanka: From segregated education to secular education0

    N. Sathiya Moorthy  28 May 2018 Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe deserves kudos for even belatedly realising the need for ‘secular education,’ especially at the school-level.  Though not termed as such, his two-year deadline for the proposed conversion from the present education scheme “based on language and religion” could mean that much water would have flown

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  • SriLankan Attacks Linkage to International Terrorism0

    by Ishaal Zehra 28 May 2019 Sri Lanka has ramped up security nationwide as fears grow for its minority Muslims could face severe religious violence in the worst turmoil erupted after Easter bombings occurred this April. The authorities were forced to block Facebook and WhatsApp to stop people inciting further violence and imposed curfew after

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  • India: GOA Statehood day – 30th May0

    By Eduardo Faleiro 27 May 2019 On May 30 we celebrate the Goa Statehood Day. On this day, in 1987, Goa ceased to be a Union Territory and became the 25th State of the Union of India. Goa was liberated from the colonial rule in December 1961. After Liberation a significant controversy arose as to

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  • India Naval Ambitions and Strategic Stability of South Asia0

    by Syeda Saiqa Bukhari 27 May 2019 For a long time, India has held the ambition of becoming one of the most significant military powers in the world. For this purpose, India spends significant amounts of money to modernize its armed forces, including its land, air, and naval forces. Since the last few years, India’s

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  • What does Modi’s return mean for Sri Lanka?0

     N Sathiya Moorthy,  27 May 2019  The President’s Office in Colombo has since announced that incumbent Maithripala Sirisena would be attending the swearing-in of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a second time, in New Delhi, on 30 May. Indications are that Modi is inviting neighbourhood Heads of State for his Inauguration, as he did

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  • 21 years of Nuclearization of South Asia: Current Doctrinal Trends0

    By: Haris Bilal Malik 26 May 2019 Since the nuclearization of South-Asia in 1998, the region’s security dynamics have changed considerably. This has had a profound and irreversible impact on regional and extra-regional politics, the security architecture of South Asia and the international nuclear order. India had carried out its nuclear tests between 11-13 May

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  • U.S. Peace strategy in modern Afghanistan0

    by Dr. Rajkumar Singh 26 May 2019 The situation on the ground in Afghanistan has only gotten worse in recent months, with escalating violence and an increasingly unstable government. The National Unity Government has been paralyzed by infighting and division ahead of presidential elections scheduled for April 2019. Results from parliamentary elections held in October

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