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  • Independent but floundering: India after 71 years0

      As people celebrate across the country, questions remain about extreme poverty, inequality and religious discriminati A student in Chennai gets her palms painted with India’s national flag colors and map ahead of Indian Independence Day celebrations. The day is celebrated every year across India on Aug. 15 to commemorate independence from Britain in 1947. (Photo

  • Indian PM condemns lynchings but critics say it’s too late0

      It is the first time in four years that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condemned violence against minorities Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures while delivering a speech as part of India’s 72nd Independence Day celebrations at the Red Fort in New Delhi on Aug. 15. (Photo by AFP) Umar Manzoor Shah, New Delhi

  • India-China: Forging ‘Development Partnership’?0

    No. 137/2018 dated 16 August 2018 By P. S. Suryanarayana    16 August 2018 Synopsis China will be happy to have partners as it faces the United States in the emerging global trade war. With India seeking to break out of its geopolitical trap, there seems to be some room for a new ‘sense’ of

  • Outspoken about Injustice, Bangladeshi Journalist Now Languishes in Jail0

    By Mahbub Leelen on Aug 15, 2018  Benar News Shahidul Alam may be a renowned photojournalist, but he is even better known, locally and internationally, as an outspoken activist for democracy and freedom of speech. Now he is imprisoned in Bangladesh for expressing his own opinions about a recent student uprising demanding road safety and

  • Atal Bihari Vajpayee – the Quintessential No One’s Man but His Own0

    16 August 2018   Wire India Often called the ‘right man in the wrong party’, he accepted this sobriquet not because it was the true depiction of his political orientation but because it enabled him to ride two boats simultaneously. File picture of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Credit: PTI Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay Before he slipped out of the

  • By the Numbers: Is Afghanistan’s Democracy at Risk?0

    August 15, 2018 By Mohammad Shoaib Haidary FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedInEmailPrintShare Today, the Taliban continue to fight government forces in Afghanistan, recently launching major attacks such as those in Ghazni and demonstrating the persistence of the challenges at hand. But recall that after the Taliban government was ousted in 2001, Afghanistan made great strides towards democratization, rebuilding its political

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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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