• India rising? Maybe not0

    Derek M. Scissors, June 8, 2019 There has been a spate of India headlines this month. Prime Minister Narendra Modi wins big in the recent elections, but gross domestic product growth falls to 5.8 percent and unemployment spikes. The first event may prove economically harmful, the second does not especially matter and the third is

  • “The Greatest Urdu Stories Ever Told” Is a Belated Introduction to a Thrilling Canon0

    By Saira Khan June 7, 2019 Toward the end of the late Indian writer Ismat Chughtai’s short story “Mutti Maalish,” Ratti Bai, a hospital maid, describes to an upper-class patient two methods of abortion used by poor women in India. One entails standing on the woman’s belly and massaging it with your feet; the other,

  • Modi makes unscheduled stop at bombed Sri Lanka church0

    AFP June 9th, 2019 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) shakes hands with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena during a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo on June 9, 2019 AFP Modi is stopping in Colombo on his return home after an official visit to neighboring Maldives, where he inaugurated a coastal radar system

  • ASEAN’s clean chit to Myanmar0

    June 10, 2019 A fig leaf to hide the truth A leaked report prepared by the regional body’s Emergency Response and Assessment Team (ASEAN-ERAT) on the Rohingya issue exposes a preposterous attempt to hide the facts about the brutality committed by the Myanmar army in Rakhine. In certain instances, the report echoes the position of

  • How India Funds the World: Financial Assistance in the Extended Neighbourhood0

    Economic and Political Weekly How India Funds the World: Financial Assistance in the Extended Neighbourhood by Angshuman Choudhury and Ashutosh Nagda In the schema of realist international politics, where political relationships between aspiring powers are often decided by economic underpinnings, financial aid is often a key instrument of foreign policy. In most cases, it serves

  • An Urdu Epic Puts India’s Partition into Historical Perspective0

    June 8, 2019 BOOK REVIEW Aditi Sriram In February, a Pakistan-based terror group claimed responsibility for killing 40 soldiers in Indian-administered Kashmir. Both nuclear-armed nations responded with military force, while the world watched nervously. Flare-ups like these have formed an unending pattern of brinkmanship ever since the partition of British India after 1947. This is why Qurratulain Hyder’s epic novel,


  • Role of External Actors in Nuclear Politics of South Asia0

    Asma Khalid    29 November, 2018 The strategic landscape of the South Asia is comprised of India and Pakistan’s equation connected with the role of other great powers in region.  Geo-strategic position and introduction of nuclear arsenal has played central role to transform the relations among South Asian states and great powers. The conflicting national

  • Saudi diplomatic offensive seeks to put Khashoggi behind it and thwart Qatar0

    By James M. Dorsey A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. As Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman tours friendly Arab nations in advance of the Group of 20 (G-20) industrialized nations summit in Argentina, Saudi diplomacy aims to achieve two goals: put the killing of journalist Jamal

  • Private Maritime Security Service providers: Yay or Nay?0

        by Natasha Fernando     28 November 2018 Maritime piracy is a significant threat to safe navigation of the seas.  Due to the rise of Somali piracy, different states entered collaborative defense pacts to mitigate the threat.  Among these inter-governmental coalitions are those of the European Union Naval Force, Operation Ocean Shield, Combined Task Forces

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  • Indian-American Hindutva believers are ecstatic about India’s court decision on Babri Masjid

    By Bhargavi Kulkarni and Suman Guha Mozumder Nov 12, 2019 The Nov. 9 verdict of the Supreme Court that granted Hindus permission to build a Ram temple at the centuries-old Ayodhya holy site, ending one of the country’s most politically-charged land disputes, has evoked a mixed reaction from Indian-Americans. The Hindu-American community and those supporting

  • India’s Narendra Modi has had a free pass from the west for too long

    Threats to minority rights and democratic norms are ignored to preserve a comforting illusion Gideon Rachman November 11 2019 The Financial Times The world’s democracies are desperate to believe in India. From Washington to Tokyo, and from Canberra to London, the country is viewed as an indispensable counterbalance to China. The two Asian giants are

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