• Counting to Segregate: Behind Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC)0

    On 31 August, India released the final iteration of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), a list of “genuine Indian citizens” that is being updated on order of the Supreme Court. The final version, which comes after two preliminary drafts published in 2017 and 2018, identified close to 1.9 million as “illegal immigrants”. The second

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  • The Kashmiri narrative0

    Columbia Journalism Review by Rozina Ali August 28, 2019 In mid-February, a young man named Adil Ahmed Dar killed 44 Indian paramilitary officers in a suicide bombing in Kashmir’s Pulwama district. It was the deadliest attack against Indian soldiers in three decades. Dar was from a local village, but the militant group that claimed responsibility

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  • The Silence Is the Loudest Sound0

    Opinion The Indian government has confined about seven million Kashmiris to their homes and imposed a complete communications blackout. Indian security personnel on the streets of Srinagar, Kashmir, last week.CreditCreditAtul Loke for The New York Times By Arundhati Roy Aug. 15, 2019 Ms. Roy is a writer and lives in Delhi. NEW DELHI — As India

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  • Bangladesh: Sheikh Mujib’s Stance on “Independent Bangladesh”: Sensational Revelation!1

    By R. Chowdhury 24 August 2019 (This is an updated version of the previously published one) Little is known about the 1971 jail life of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in Pakistan. It remained shrouded in mystery amidst various rumors and narratives. But Raja Anar Khan, who served Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the jails in Pakistan in

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  • As an Indian, I am not proud: Amartya Sen0

    August 20, 2019 Nobel laureate economist Amartya Sen on Monday criticised the Narendra Modi-led administration’s decision to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and split the region into two Union Territories, NDTV reported. “I don’t think ultimately you will have any resolution in Kashmir without democracy,” the 85-year-old economist said, adding that the Centre’s decision

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  • Revocation of Kashmir’s Article 370 and a Prognosis0

    by M. Adil Khan 19 August 2019 The backdrop On Monday August 5, 2019, Modi government abrogated Article 370 of the Indian Constitution that gave special autonomy status to Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and bifurcated the state into two Union Territories – Jammu and Kashmir; and Ladakh. The move has led to mixed reactions in

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  • Was India Behind 2009 Border Guards Massacre in Bangladesh?0

    August 17, 2019 B.Z. Khasru Public speculation by many, including the prime minister herself, termed the tragedy as an external conspiracy. One explanation for the mutiny was that the rebel soldiers opened fire on their officers when they dismissed appeals for better pay. The viciousness of the mutiny convinced many Bangladeshis that something more than

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  • Kashmir: Revoking Article 370: Why now?1

     Ali Riaz 16 August 2019 More than a week has passed since Articles 370 and 35A of the Indian constitution have been scrapped by the Narendra Modi-led BJP government. The complete communication lockdown in Kashmir, imposed in the wake of the abrogation, is still in place; curfew is yet to be lifted in some places; leaders

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  • Partition of India: One US Diplomat’s Notes0

    August 10, 2019 B.Z. Khasru Was Jinnah Hindu? U.S. Favored United Indi. Muslim League Distrusted Congress. How Nehru Could Prevent Partition. The Partition of India in 1947 by Britain to create two independent countries wreaked havoc in human lives and miseries. It killed two million people, according to various estimates, and displaced 14 million. Its

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  • The Kashmir crisis spotlights what a civilizational world looks like0

    By James M. Dorsey 12 August 2019 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spreaker, Pocket Casts, Tumblr, and Patreon, Podbean and Castbox. India’s decision to deprive Kashmir of its autonomy, alongside a clampdown in the troubled north-western Chinese province of Xinjiang and US-backed Israeli annexation of Arab

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  • Bangladesh: August 15: Know the Facts, Not Fiction0

    After 21 years in the political wilderness, the Bangladesh Awami League (AL) returned to power in 1996. The victory did not come easy, even though the party enjoyed considerable support from key players. Justice Habibur Rahman, the Chief Advisor of the Caretaker Administration that was responsible for overseeing the election in 1996, was known to

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  • India’s Sudden Kashmir Move Could Backfire Badly1

    New Delhi’s crackdown could send the region spinning into instability. BY MICHAEL KUGELMAN | AUGUST 5, 2019 On Aug. 2, the state government of Jammu and Kashmir issued an extraordinary order. Citing terrorist threats, it ordered tourists and pilgrims to evacuate, and it shuttered schools. This came several days after New Delhi deployed thousands of new troops to

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  • CPEC is dead. Somebody tell Beijing9

    Pakistan’s political and military leadership, and business elite, have stopped investing their capital in CPEC. Now how do we get out of it? 1 August 2019 It’s over. If ever there was a thought within Pakistan’s leadership — political, military, and business — that Beijing could replace Washington as the foreign capital with the most

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  • Bangladesh And The Religious Warfare Based On Deception0

    “All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when we are able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must appear inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near. ~Sun Tzu, The Art of

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