• India: Food grains rot in India while millions live with empty stomachs0

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    • November 21, 2018

    Thursday 22 Nov 2018 India has enjoyed a bumper crop, with record high agricultural production in 2017–2018. India is the world’s largest producer of millets and the second largest producer of rice and wheat. But this doesn’t help a family living in a slum on the outskirts of Trivandrum, deep in the southern state of Kerala. Thankamani

  • The growing attention on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands0

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    • November 21, 2018

    In recent years, these islands have been increasingly recognised as militarily important. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) By Aarti Betigeri   21 November 2018 Ecologically fragile The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a group of 572 islands, roughly equidistant from both Kolkata and Chennai, about 1,200 kilometres each way to the mainland. Just 37 islands are permanently inhabited, by

  • Specter of 2014 Polls Violence Haunts Bangladesh0

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    • November 21, 2018

    By Jesmin Papri and Pulack Ghatack on Nov 21, 2018 3:55 pm Bangladesh is on edge ahead of its next general election in late December, amid fears of a repeat of violence that accompanied nationwide polls five years ago. That election was the most violent in the country’s history, according to one assessment. In the

  • Fresh parliamentary elections may be the only way out of Lankan logjam0

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    • November 21, 2018

    By Editor  November 21, 2018                           Colombo, November 21 ( Fresh parliamentary elections may be the only way out of the logjam Sri Lanka finds itself in at present, and for the foreseeable future. The opposition is trying its level best to use

  • Rock ‘n’ roll is dying in Bangladesh0

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    • November 21, 2018

    ‘It’s really difficult to live as a rock musician in Bangladesh,“ says Samir Hafiz, a guitarist in the heavy metal band Warfaze. Mubashar Hasan, University of Oslo The seeds of rock ‘n’ roll culture were planted in Bangladesh during the birth of the country in 1971, after a war for liberation separated this majority-Muslim territory

  • In China’s debt, Malaysia and Pakistan pledge to help each other0

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    • November 21, 2018

    New Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad say they face similar situations of ‘unprecedented debt’ PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 21 November, 2018   Tashny Sukumaran The announcement came as Pakistan’s new prime minister, Imran Khan, wrapped up his first visit to Kuala Lumpur since coming to office in August. The move by the


  • Gulf crisis upends fiction of a separation of sports and politics0

    By James M. Dorsey        26/2/2018 The Gulf crisis that has pitted World Cup host Qatar against a United Arab Emirates-Saudi Arabia-led alliance for the past eight months is showing up the fiction of a separation of sports and politics. Regional and international soccer bodies seeking to police the ban on a mixing

  • South African Corruption with Indian Flavor0

    Jacob Zuma resigned as the President of South Africa on 14th February after days of defying orders from the ruling African National Congress to leave office. This came on the eve of a no-confidence vote against him in the parliament. The 75 year old Zuma’s resignation in a televised address to the nation ended an


    by N.S. Venkataraman     23/2/2018 After the conclusion of the much publicised week-long visit of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to India and as he settles down in the aircraft for his return trip to Canada, Prime minister Justin Trudeau should be wondering as to why his visit to India virtually became an anti-climax. The

  • “An entire generation lost”: Analysing the true casualties of war in Afghanistan0

    by Anant Mishra     23/2/2018 Introduction A vicious cycle of “violence, ignorance, seclusion, ethnic conflicts, and socio-economic instability”, resulted in the loss of an entire generation in Afghanistan; furthermore, failure of international communities, global aid organizations, think tanks and international political institutions such as the UN, to timely and adequately assist the Afghan masses could potentially

  • Modi should ban all elections in India0

    by Gaurav Tyagi   21/2/2018 Western-style democracy is effective when a country’s population is highly educated and possesses mature and rational thinking. Nehru after independence from the British rule in 1947 wrongly provided “universal adult suffrage” without facilitating the basic educational standard of India. This policy of giving voting rights to a largely illiterate, semi-literate population


    by F R Chowdhury     21/2/2018 Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) has been ruled by military dictators for a long time. In today’s world it is difficult for such a military government to stand at par with the governments of other civilized democratic countries. As the time went on, pressure started mounting on the military

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  • Counting to Segregate: Behind Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC)

    On 31 August, India released the final iteration of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), a list of “genuine Indian citizens” that is being updated on order of the Supreme Court. The final version, which comes after two preliminary drafts published in 2017 and 2018, identified close to 1.9 million as “illegal immigrants”. The second

  • The Kashmiri narrative

    Columbia Journalism Review by Rozina Ali August 28, 2019 In mid-February, a young man named Adil Ahmed Dar killed 44 Indian paramilitary officers in a suicide bombing in Kashmir’s Pulwama district. It was the deadliest attack against Indian soldiers in three decades. Dar was from a local village, but the militant group that claimed responsibility

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