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  • Sir Syed, Muslim Nationalism and Kashmir0

    By: Aabid Rehman Pala         16/3/2018 You would come across many people in your life who at times would save you from somebody’s wrath but very few who would then be concerned about your well being and then put you on the right path. Sir Syed Ahmad Khan was one among the few.

  • Efforts to rewrite Indian history worry Christians, Muslims0

    Government committee set up to prove Hindus are direct descendants of the country’s first inhabitants The Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was commissioned in 1632 by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. There are fears that if Hindu hardliners get their way, the history of India’s Muslims will focus on them as being invaders. (Photo from

  • Troubled Myanmar’s economy loses its shine0

    Rising inflation, ethnic conflict are among challenges impeding the potential of ‘Asia’s last frontier’ Workers offload gravel from boats moored on the Irrawaddy River in Bagan in this file photo taken on Nov. 28, 2016. (Photo by Dale De La Rey/AFP) Ate Hoekstra, Yangon  Myanmar March 15, 2018 It’s 5 o’clock in the afternoon when thousands

  • Jinnah: India-Partition-Independence is a book written by Jaswant Singh0

          After writing the book, this high-ranking politician of the Hindu-revivalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) created controversy both within his party and throughout India.  Between 1998 and 2004, while in the Union cabinet, Singh was in charge of External Affairs, Defence and the Finance Ministry of India. Following the 2004 elections, the BJP

  • India’s pro-Hindu party wins over Christian-led states0

    Critics say national poll results could be different as BJP’s victory in three ‘hostile’ regions only lightweight wins Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, centre, gestures as he is welcomed by his party members upon arriving for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) parliamentary meeting in New Delhi on March 6. (Photo by Money Sharma/AFP) Nirendra Dev,

  • US-Pakistan Relations On Mend Thanks To Reward Offer0

       March 13, 2018 Arab News By Arab News By Rahimullah Yusufzai* The United States has started making a determined effort to address Pakistan’s long-standing grievances by offering reward money for information on three top Pakistani Taliban commanders currently based in Afghanistan. Last week’s move could not only placate Islamabad, but also bring it under pressure to

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  • Battling for independence: Small states stake their claim0

    Source: EurAsia Daily / Nerinaazad.net By James M. Dorsey The Gulf crisis that pits a United Arab Emirates-Saudi-led alliance against Qatar has emerged about more than a regional spat. It is part of a global battle whose outcome will determine the ability of small states to chart their own course in the shadow of a

  • BULLET TRAIN IN INDIA – WHY NOT?0

    The latest scheme of Narendra Modi government to be criticized and objected in democratic India is the recently launched bullet train project. Whither Indian democracy? The Indian democracy is now being described variously. Some people call Indian democracy as vibrant and active one where there is no limit on individual freedom, liberty, and freedom of

  • Wake up Bangladesh; it’s time for a foreign policy!1

    by Taj Hashmi To some, the title of my column today might be utterly ridiculous, as it suggests it’s time for Bangladesh to have a foreign policy. They might raise eyebrows at my suggestion that, Bangladesh is going without any foreign policy, since 2009. To them, Bangladesh has a sound foreign policy under a seasoned

  • Gandhi’s Last Message: ‘Raze the Sacred Sites of Others and You Too Will Be Obliterated’0

    By Sudhir Chandra on 27/03/2017 Gandhi speaks to our times with renewed urgency in a just-published translation of an acclaimed work A refugee train, Punjab, 1947. Credit: Wikimedia For a man who made such a powerful intervention in the history of the 20th century, many of Mahatma Gandhi’s ideas were misunderstood during his lifetime. Historian

  • What’s Next to Stop Myanmar’s Genocide?0

    By Habib Siddiqui “We cannot be afraid to call the actions of the Burmese authorities what they appear to be – a brutal, sustained campaign to cleanse the country of an ethnic minority,” Haley told the U.N. Security Council, the first time Washington has echoed the U.N.’s accusation that the displacement of hundreds of thousands

  • Standing for media’s rights in India0

    Image source: Quatrz India By Nava Thakuria India, largest democracy of the globe, remains a bad place for working journalists irrespective of the regimes in power in New Delhi or any province capital. The populous country witnesses the murder of around five media persons on average in a year and that has not been changed

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