• Hard-line Hindu’s anti-Christian threat seen as poll ploy0

      Threat to drive out missioners aimed at winning Hindu votes in key state elections, say critics Christian leader Prabhakar Tirkey speaking to a television channel in Ranchi Oct. 3. He was protesting the anti-Christian statements of hard-line Hindu parliamentarian Rakesh Sinha who has repeatedly called for a movement to drive Christian missioners out of India.

  • Sri Lankan film festival accused of censorship0

      Pressure from unknown group resulted in civil war documentary being pulled from the program, says director Jude Ratnam, director of Demons in Paradise, at Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland in August. His film depicts the struggles of victims of Sri Lanka’s 26-year-long civil war, especially those in former war-torn Jaffna. (Photo by Susitha Fernando/

  • India: Kashmir’s Civic Polls Today Are Shrouded in Secrecy0

    ‘Delhi couldn’t hold parliament elections in south Kashmir for almost two years and today these parties are taking pride in announcing that they have won uncontested.’ Image for representative purpose only. Credit: PTI Mudasir Ahmad      8 October 2018 Srinagar: A day before the Valley goes to polls, a front-page ad by the J&K


  • Saudi moderation: How far will Crown Prince Mohammed go?0

      By James M. Dorsey       21/3/2018 In his effort to improve Saudi Arabia’s badly tarnished image and project the kingdom as embracing an unidentified form of moderate Islam, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has hinted that he envisions a conservative rather than an ultra-conservative society, but not one in which citizens are

  • Iran’s Offer to Pakistan to join Chabahar reflects its trust deficit with India0

    by Asia Maqsood     21/3/2018 Iran’s recent proposal for Pakistan to join Chabahar Port may reflect its lack of trust on its counterpart “India.” India may stop the development of this project under the US pressure. Besides, the Indo-US strategic robust strategic partnership can put pressure on Iran because US-Iran relations are not cordial. In

  • An interview with Venugopal Chandrasekhar0

    by Elsa Lycias Joel        21/3/2018 In conversation with Elsa Lycias Joel Like a Phoenix, he rose… Having read and heard a lot about Venugopal Chandrasekhar, I wasn’t able to handle my anticipation and excitement as I walked into his TT academy one late noon. He received me with a pleasant smile, friendly handshake

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  • Sri Lanka’s Muslims bloodied by Buddhism

    By Ana Pararajasingham June 20, 2019 Sri Lanka has become more fragile, fractured and polarized following the Easter Sunday bomb attacks as the country’s Muslims are harassed and subjected to violence by mobs of Sinhala Buddhists who form the majority of the island’s population. Although those targeted by jihadist violence on Easter Sunday were the

  • Bangladesh And Revenge Politics: To What End?

    “Revenge, the sweetest morsel to mouth that ever was cooked in hell.” ~Sir Walter Scott from The Heart Of Mid-Lothian Revenge politics has long been the bedrock of Sheikh Hasina’s personal and political motto and raison d’etre. The people of Bangladesh are well aware of this unwelcome fact, which has, very regrettably, become mundane in

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