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  • Explaining the Muslim pilgrimage of hajj0

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    • September 1, 2017

    Muslims start the hajj by circling the Kaaba, the black, cube-shaped house of God. UmmSqueaky, CC BY-NC Ken Chitwood, University of Florida Around 1.7 million Muslims have gathered this year in the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the annual pilgrimage – the hajj. The five-day pilgrimage is a once-in-a-lifetime obligation for all

  • International Day Against Nuclear Tests And Glimpse Of Non-Proliferation0

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    • September 1, 2017

    By Maimuna Ashraf Dr. Kenneth T Bainbridge was the physicist who directed the first atomic bomb test, and Trinity was the code name given to the world’s first nuclear explosion by Dr. J Robert Oppenheimer, known as the ‘father of atomic bomb’ for leading the World War II Manhattan Project that produced the first atomic

  • Pakistan: Time to quit US proxy war in Afghanistan0

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    • September 1, 2017

    By Shabbir Kazmi Sunday, 27 August 2017 My narrative may sound undiplomatic, but it is a true reflection of the feelings of Pakistanis. Those in power or seeking access to the corridors of power may still be willing to negotiate the terms to continue to tow the US foreign policy. However, the demonstrations held in

  • The rise and rise of Iran: How Tehran has become pivotal to the future of the Middle East0

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    • September 1, 2017

    Mohammed Nuruzzaman, Gulf University for Science and Technology Iran and the US are once again on a dangerous collision course. President Trump’s search for excuses to decertify the July 2015 nuclear deal, negotiated by the Obama administration, is exacerbating new tensions in their frayed relations. The US, in a bid to keep the Iranians in

  • It’s advantage DMK in Tamil Nadu for now0

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    • September 1, 2017

    It’s advantage DMK in Tamil Nadu for now But not for too long, as TTV Dinakaran can still play spoilsport, says N Sathiya Moorthy. N Sathiya Moorthy, 1 September 2017 With acting governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao reportedly telling political interlocutors that he could not intervene in what is essentially an ‘internal matter’ of the ruling All India

  • Lessons From History on the Feasibility of RSS’s Politics0

    By Shankar Gopalakrishnan on 31/08/2017 The danger of Hindutva politics lies not in creating a ‘Hindu Rashtra’ but in the destruction it will wreak and the lives it will destroy during its dominance and in its aftermath. The experiences of other countries provide strong grounds for believing that the Hindu Rashtra project is absurd, a

  • Doklam: Who won?0

    North Korea’s latest missile outrage has stolen the global headlines from a potentially even more significant turn of events in world security. That is the seemingly sudden resolution of the border confrontation between Chinese and Indian troops in an area known as Doklam in disputed Himalayan territory. The Indian government has been careful to let

  • It’s Time to Shift Gears in Afghanistan0

    It’s Time to Shift Gears in Afghanistan Anand ArniPranay Kotasthane 31 Aug, 2017 Image Source: US Army, https://goo.gl/QXtqE8 Anand Arnianand_arni Pranay Kotasthane@pranaykotas The stage is set for India to forge ahead on the India—Afghanistan Strategic Partnership Agreement. Here are a few ideas on what can be done. A year ago, we had written this with

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  • Afghanistan’s new approach towards Pakistan

    Afghanistan’s new approach towards Pakistan0

    Hamid Karzai, former President of Afghanistan, in his 13 year’s Presidency made 20 trips to Pakistan hoping Pakistan would help stabilize Afghanistan. Karzai knew Pakistan ISI’s non-state network backwards because he lived in Pakistan in early 1980s, operating with anti-Soviet Mujahedeen. As President, he even once said if US attacked Pakistan, Afghanistan will side with

  • Minorities in Indian polity

    Minorities in Indian polity0

    The UN Declaration on Minorities, 1992 brings out the need for special attention to the ‘national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities’. The Constitution of India, 1950 does not define ‘minorities’ or mention whom it considers minorities but provides in Part III that the cultural and religious rights of ‘minorities’ must be protected. The National

  • Witness to history

    Witness to history0

    A visit to Dhaka can be an overwhelming experience — not just because of the traffic, pollution, congestion or humidity, but also due to its history. As a Pakistani, I felt remorse, guilt and shame every time I walked into the corridors of Dhaka University. The names of the students, intellectuals and teachers, who died

  • Saudi-India-Pakistan Triangle

    Saudi-India-Pakistan Triangle0

    After years of considering Saudi Arabia as a major ally and economic benefactor, Pakistan may be on the verge of losing its erstwhile patron to archrival India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Riyadh last week for an official visit full of diplomatic significance. King Salman bin Abdul Aziz conferred the Kingdom’s highest civilian award,

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