• 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

  • China: Friend, Foe, or Something in Between0

    OPINION – March 12, 2018 By Todd Royal In the brutal 2014 film Fury, a soldier quips: “Ideals are peaceful. History is violent.” This violence is what the entire world, and particularly Southeast Asia, should be thinking about with regards to China’s rise. Is the rise going to be peaceful, violent, or somewhere in between? The evidence suggests more violent than


  • Rohingya Cultural Anthropology0

    By Dr. Shwe Lu Maung (The author’s note: The account given here is a very short summary of the facts drawn from my published books. Deeper and broader presentations and discussions can be found in my books). Myanmar, with her rich cultural and natural resources, has every potential to be a world leader that everybody

  • India-Pakistan and Nuclear Deterrence equation in Region0

    by Asma Khalid Introduction of Nuclear weapon has transformed the global politics as well as the military power in an expensive way. The primary purpose of acquiring a nuclear weapon is to prevent wars among nuclear-capable adversaries through maintaining deterrence stability. The concept which has dominated the global politics is that war is not a

  • Boosting India-Japan Strategic Ties and its Implications0

    by Maimuna Ashraf Over the past few years, India made significant efforts to access larger nuclear sources and signed several strategic deals with states from the elite nuclear club and other developing states. In this ambit, recently the significant India-Japan civil nuclear agreement in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy came into force on July

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