• Sheikh Matlub Ali: An Odia Icon of Hindu Muslim Unity0

      by Bhabani Shankar Nayak     11 October 2020 Amidst the names of politicians crowded the columns of power corridors in history but in contemporary political and cultural firmaments of India, nobody can match Sheikh Matlub Ali of Odisha. He was born on the 16th of December 1942 in a village called Dharoshyam Sundarpur, Sukleswar

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  • Bangladesh – Family succession: After Sheikh Hasina0

    The Awami League is a family business — who in the family will succeed Sheikh Hasina? David Bergman October 8, 2020 Sheikh Hasina (L) with her sister Sheikh Rehana (R). Photo: Paul Davey/Alamy Live News At 73, Sheikh Hasina may have many years still to go as the leader of the Awami League, a position she

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  • Begumganj (Bangladesh) gang-rape: the piecemeal solution is not the answer0

    Demanding justice for the gang-rape of a woman in Noakhali a month ago. The perpetrators filmed their crime and the clip went viral recently. Photo: Palash Khan   By Adil Khan    8 October 2020 I don’t know who drew this rape-map of Bangladesh, but this is telling geography of rape culture which has spread

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  • India: The idea of wasteland and two media narratives of citizenship in Assam0

    by Bikash Kumar Bhattacharya    6 October 2020 I want to make a few observations regarding two widely circulated media articles that invoke ‘wasteland’, a colonial category for land, in speaking about state-sponsored notions of citizenship in Assam, a frontier state in northeast India. The category ‘wasteland’—and its variants “dead,” “idle,” “vacant,” “fallow,” “unutilized” land—facilitated

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  • Withdrawal of Indian Troops from Bangladesh and Dhaka-Delhi Unequal Treaties0

    by Anisur Rahman *   5 October 2020 The Awami propagandists often very enthusiastically and even irrelevantly says that India was forced to withdraw their troops from Bangladesh due to Sheikh Mujib´s one and only one instruction for withdrawal. Except for Sheikh Mujib, none other could have done it. But what they never say about the

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  • The State of Play in Intra-Afghan Peace Talks0

    by Muhammad Mahmood       28 September 2020 The US-backed Afghan government and the Taliban held peace talks on Saturday, September 12 in Qatar’s capital Doha. This was the first-ever face-to-face meeting between them after nearly 20 years of conflict that began with the invasion and military occupation of Afghanistan by the US. In fact,

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  • International Affairs Fellowship in India0

    William Carrick   23 September 2020 https://www.cfr.org/fellowships/international-affairs-fellowship-india International Affairs Fellowship in India Application Deadline October 31, 2020 The Program The International Affairs Fellowship (IAF) in India, with a grant contributed by Bharti, seeks to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation between rising generations of leaders and thinkers in the United States and India. The program provides for

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  • Myanmar: Is it time for the West to Engage The United Wa State Army?0

    Many regional observers suggest that China directs a well-trained, motivated, disciplined proxy army of 30,000 soldiers controlling territory with major cities; agriculture, mining, and industry. At one time this group was considered to be the number one producer of heroin in the world. They now appear to be a global leader in the manufacture Amphetamine

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  •  The Rising Scourge of Linguistic corruption in Bangladesh0

    By Dr Obaidul Hamid     16 September 2020 In Bangladesh, corruption meaning deliberate financial misuse and misappropriation needs no new debate. For several years in a row, Transparency International has consistently ranked Bangladesh as one among 10 most corrupt countries in the world. What about linguistic corruption? Not many in Bangladesh are aware of the

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  • Is Islamophobia the ‘Last Acceptable Form of Prejudice?’0

    September 14, 2020 Clarion India Islamophobia affects India’s coronavirus fight: A Muslim walks towards an ambulance before being taken to a prison from a quarantine centre in Prayagraj, India. — AP Basit Mehmood AROUND the world, From China and India to the UK and US, reports of hate crimes against Muslims are increasing. In the

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  • 140 Organisations Unite to Expose Indian-American Group APPWW for its Racist, Islamophobic Campaigns0

    Clarion India September 2, 2020 ‘As a broad, diverse coalition of community organisations in Washington State and nationally, we want to ensure that our friends, allies, partners, leaders, funders, elected officials, and the general public know the truth about APPWW’ WE, the undersigned organisations, are committed to respect, dignity, justice, and human rights for all

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  • Bangladesh: India’s Sudden Concern Over its Eastside Disciple 0

    India’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs Harsh V. Shringla’s first visit out of India since COVID lockdown began August 18, 2020   by Ahmad U Shihab    28 August 2020  “No man in his senses can hesitate in choosing to be free, rather than a slave” —Alexander Hamilton   Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Indian Secretary of the

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  • Book review: Gujarat Files – Anatomy of a Cover Up0

    Author:  Rana Ayyub, self-published, 2016, Paperback, 204 pages Originally published: March 25, 2016, Subject: 2002 Gujarat riots by Andrew Zeitlin     20 August 2020 Rana Ayyub, an Indian investigative reporter and practicing Muslim, disguised herself as a Hindu Indian-American filmmaker and, equipped with tiny cameras and recorder secreted in her kurta, diary, and wristwatch, went off in

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  • Lure of Hindutva fascism in India0

      by Bhabani Shankar Nayak   19 August 2020 The feudal character of Indian society and the Brahmanical Hindu religious order based on caste has become a fertile ground for the growth of Hindutva fascism in India. The seed of Hindutva fascism was germinated with the establishment of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the “National Volunteers

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