• Indian war veteran declared non-citizen and arrested0

    by EditorMay 31, 2019 Guwahati, May 31 (Hindu): The family of a retired soldier Lt. (Rtd). Mohammed Sanaullah’s, who fought in the Kargil war two decades ago, approached the Gauhati High Court on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after he was sent to a detention centre for foreigners or illegal migrants. Mohammed Sanaullah, who retired as an

  • Ancient Silk Route Hub Gets Ready for Modern Tourism0

    By Kalinga Seneviratne 30 May 2019 BUKHARA, Uzbekistan (IDN) – The city of Bukhara was a major trading hub of the ancient Silk Routes that connected Asia to the Arab world and Europe. With the Uzbekistan government’s lifting of restrictions on foreign tourists in 2016 and global interests on the ancient Silk Routes gathering momentum,

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  • Pakistan Tests Nuclear-Capable Ballistic Missile, Affirms Willingness for Dialogue with India0

    By Ayaz Gul 30 May 2019 This article first appeared on Voice of America on May 23, 2019. ISLAMABAD (IDN-INPS) – Pakistan says it has successfully conducted a “training launch” of a ballistic missile capable of carrying both nuclear and conventional warheads up to 1,500 kilometers. The move came amid Pakistan’s heightened military tensions with

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  • Lok Sabha 2019: A liberal Congress supporter, I concede defeat in this battle of ideas0

    The soul of India has changed, and secular values must die. Rahul Gandhi wanted to protect India from the potential damage Narendra Modi could do to its core. But India chose Modi instead. 30-05-2019 SANJUKTA BASU@sanjukta On May 23, the day of the election results, I tweeted to Rahul Gandhi, sending him warm wishes from

  • PM Modi’s Oath: Pakistan should not play down Imran Khan not being invited to Modi’s swearing-in0

    If Pakistan thinks it is being excluded due to Narendra Modi’s ‘internal politics’, it is totally wrong. It needs to look at its own internal situation.  30-05-2019 POULOMI GHOSH@pghosh006 Pakistan, it seems, is not surprised that it has not been invited to Narendra Modi’s mega swearing-in ceremony today — while the leaders of Kyrgyzstan and

  • Minorities languish in Indian jails0

    Minorities languish in Indian jails and they are more likely to face the death penalty, according to a new report that analyzes official government statistics Umar Manzoor Shah, New Delhi India May 29, 2019 A disproportionate number of India’s minorities such as Muslims, tribal people and socially poor Dalits formerly known as ‘untouchables’ are imprisoned or


  • Electronic Voting Machines in India Face Criticism from Opposition Political Leaders0

    An Indian officer examines an electronic voting machine ahead of parliamentary elections in Jammu. Photograph: Jaipal Singh/EPA   bt Yead Mirza     29 October 2018 Faced with a wave of criticism from political corners and civil society members for the alleged erroneous and malicious use of the Electronic Voting Machines, India’s Election Commission had introduced

  • India: S-400 Deal – Implications for South Asia0

    By: Ali Raza      29 October 2018 Finally, the contentious deal of an air defence missile system (S-400) between India and Russia has been signed by President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 5, 2018. Almaz Central Design Bureau of Russia developed S-400 Triumph. The new system has replaced air

  • Pakistan and its Militants: Who is Mainstreaming Whom?0

    Gandhara RFE/RL Members of Pakistani Islamist parties protesting against U.S. aid cuts in January 2018 by James M. Dorsey  23 October 2018 Abstract Pakistani militants of various stripes collectively won just under ten per cent of the vote in the July 2018 parliamentary elections. Some represented long-standing legal Islamist parties, others newly established groups or fronts for

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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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