• What Does Modi’s Second Term Portend for Kashmir?0

    Is Kashmir in for more difficult times or will peace initiatives be rolled out? Experts answer. Representative Image. Credit: PTI Majid Maqbool PoliticsSecurity 1 June 2019 Following the most violent year in Kashmir in over a decade, the re-election of Narendra Modi and the appointment of Amit Shah as home minister are causing deep anxiety

  • India’s Prime Minister Modi pursues politics of Hindu nationalism – what does that mean?0

    Sumit Ganguly, Indiana University Almost immediately after winning a second term in office on May 23, India’s Prime Minister Modi gave a speech making light of parties and individuals who had espoused secularism over the past five years. During the five years while the Indian government has been led by Modi and the right-wing Bharatiya

  • Genocide is an act of state and demands response by other states0

    John Packer | May 31, 2019 The Myanmar state can and must be held accountable for the genocide being perpetrated against the Rohingya, a point lost in largely illusory efforts to pursue international criminal trials of individuals. The plight of the Rohingya of Myanmar is an existential question. Indeed, they are enduring an on-going genocide. After

  • Why action against Myanmar’s radical monk is unlikely2

    by Editor May 31, 2019 By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Express 31 May 2019 The Aung San Suu Kyi government in Myanmar has issued an arrest warrant against the radical Buddhist monk, Ashin Wirathu, for alleged sedition. As on date, the monk is evading arrest. But even if arrested, the punishment is expected to be light. This is so

  • Key US Allies in the Middle East Are the Real Tyrants0

    By Danny Sjursen, TomDispatch Published May 30, 2019 Share American foreign policy can be so retro, not to mention absurd. Despite being bogged down in more military interventions than it can reasonably handle, the Trump team recently picked a new fight — in Latin America. That’s right! Uncle Sam kicked off a sequel to the

  • Sufism: The forgotten facet of Islam0

    by Editor May 31, 2019  By Fathima Mohamed/Daily Mirror In the aftermath of the terror that was unleashed in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, by a group purporting to be followers of Islam, there is an understandable degree of probing about what ‘Islam’ actually is. One sees a cacophony of voices attempting to provide answers, from


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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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