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  • The powerhouse that was Indira Gandhi0

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    • October 30, 2019

    Syed Badrul Ahsan October 31st, 2019 Photo: COURTESY Remembering the politician on her 35th death anniversary  In November 1971, Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger kept Indira Gandhi waiting for 45 minutes in the White House, where the Indian prime minister had gone for an official meeting, scheduled earlier, with the American President.  The next day,

  • Gabbard’s apparent justification of 2002 Gujarat pogrom sparks social media furor0

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    • October 30, 2019

    By a Staff Writer   India Abroad  Oct 6, 2019 Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard’s apparent justification of the 2002 massacre of Muslims in Gujarat during an Oct. 1 town hall in Londonderry, N.H. has sparked a social media furor decrying the Hawaii Democratic lawmaker and presidential candidate. At the town hall when an audience member told Gabbard

  • India moves to divide Jammu and Kashmir state despite protests, attacks0

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    • October 30, 2019

    Zeba Siddiqui, Fayaz Bukhari SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) – India will formally split up disputed Jammu and Kashmir state into two federal territories on Thursday, aiming to tighten its grip on the restive region that has been in the grip of a harsh security clampdown for nearly three months. A Kashmir girl rides her bike past

  • Why Siachen glacier is vital to India’s defence0

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    • October 30, 2019

    Syed Ata Hasnain Syed Ata Hasnain, a retired lieutenant-general, is a former commander of the Srinagar-based 15 Corps. He is also associated with the Vivekananda International Foundation and the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies. Oct 26, 2019 The Asian Age Only few in India have had the opportunity to examine the Siachen glacier both

  • Euro MPs In, Indian MPs Out – and Democracy Down the Drain in Kashmir0

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    • October 30, 2019

    What kind of state bans the free movement of opposition politicians while taking specially selected invitees on a Potemkin tour? Only an authoritarian one. Siddharth Varadarajan 30 October 2019 National Security Advisor Ajit Doval’s hare-brained scheme of getting 20-plus far-right Members of the European Parliament to make a “private visit” to Kashmir is a horrendous

  • European lawmakers in Kashmir amid tensions0

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    • October 30, 2019

    News | DW | 29.10.2019 Twenty-seven MEPs, many of them from far-right parties, are visiting Kashmir after holding talks with Indian PM Modi. It’s the first foreign delegation to enter the region since New Delhi scrapped its special status. A group of European Parliament members, many of them from far-right parties, arrived in India-administered Kashmir on

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  • U.S. Peace strategy in modern Afghanistan0

    by Dr. Rajkumar Singh 26 May 2019 The situation on the ground in Afghanistan has only gotten worse in recent months, with escalating violence and an increasingly unstable government. The National Unity Government has been paralyzed by infighting and division ahead of presidential elections scheduled for April 2019. Results from parliamentary elections held in October

  • Indian Politics: — Modi Returns!0

    by Nilofar Suhrawardy 25 May 2019 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s stunning victory in Indian parliamentary elections marking return of Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister have raised apprehensions of it spelling danger signals for Indian secularism as well as democracy. Undeniably, Modi’s term, from 2014 to present, has been marked by saffronization of certain institutions

  • IMF and Critical Issues Facing Pakistan0

    by Fawad Kaiser 24 May 2019 Critical issues facing Pakistan today are the lack of transparency and accountability in government. From buying influence to spending public funds on personal interests, corruption is eroding public trust in fragile democratic processes, the rule of law, and public institutions. Many Asian countries today are tackling critical challenges that

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  • International Affairs Fellowship in India

    William Carrick   23 September 2020 https://www.cfr.org/fellowships/international-affairs-fellowship-india International Affairs Fellowship in India Application Deadline October 31, 2020 The Program The International Affairs Fellowship (IAF) in India, with a grant contributed by Bharti, seeks to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation between rising generations of leaders and thinkers in the United States and India. The program provides for

  • Myanmar: Is it time for the West to Engage The United Wa State Army?

    Many regional observers suggest that China directs a well-trained, motivated, disciplined proxy army of 30,000 soldiers controlling territory with major cities; agriculture, mining, and industry. At one time this group was considered to be the number one producer of heroin in the world. They now appear to be a global leader in the manufacture Amphetamine

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