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  • India’s strategic vision amid disorder order: Urgent need to redress the voids0

    Modi in his address indicated that India seeks a robust engagement with all major powers – viz USA, China, Russia and Japan and added that the ASEAN bloc was the critical entity for India’s ‘Act East’ policy. The change in semantic to the Indo-Pacific is an acknowledgement of India’s own relevance in the extended maritime

  • Shujaat Bukhari, A Hero Martyred0

    English language journalism in India has produced many great editors, but few heroes, and no martyrs. Now it has produced both. Shujaat Bukhari. Credit: The Wire Prem Shankar Jha 16/JUN/2018 Death has shadowed Shujaat Bukhari’s family since the first days of the militancy in Kashmir. I first met him in 1992. He was then the correspondent

  • In Recording, Chilling Proof That Hasina’s War on Drugs Involves Extra-Judicial Killing0

    Phone call first captures single kill shot, then further shots as Bangladesh security forces discuss how to fake gun battle with dead man. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Credit: Reuters Tasneem Khalil SOUTH ASIA 16/JUN/2018 Before his death, Ekramul Haque had three brief phone conversations with his daughter. He made the first call from his

  • Myanmar’s violent road to ‘peace’0

    BY TEACIRCLEOXFORD,  JUNE 7, 2018  Angshuman Choudhury analyses the recent bouts of rebel-military violence in Myanmar and assesses their implications for the peace process ahead. On 21 May 2018, the Myanmar government announced that the third edition of the 21stCentury Panglong Conference (also known as the Union Peace Conference) will be held in mid-June instead of end of

  • I visited the Rohingya camps in Myanmar and here is what I saw0

    A camp for displaced Rohingyas in the city of Sittwe in western Myanmar. Cresa Pugh, CC BY Cresa Pugh, Harvard University Myanmar recently claimed to have repatriated its first Rohingya refugee family. But, as an official from the United Nations noted, the country is still not safe for the return of its estimated 700,000 Rohingya

  • Building lives of young brick makers in Pakistan0

    Bonded labor in slave-like conditions continues to plague the country despite a prohibition Christian True Spirit Bhatta (brick kiln) school at National Bricks 2, a brick kiln in Kasur district Punjab Province. (Photo by  Kamran Chaudhry/ucanews.com) Kamran Chaudhry, Kasur Pakistan June 15, 2018 Neha Rehmat and her siblings make more than 3,000 bricks every day before going

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  • Cultural and economic determinism of affirmative action in India

    Cultural and economic determinism of affirmative action in India0

    “….What is equal is to be treated equally and what is different is to be treated differently, namely proportionately to the factual difference. […] the principle of equality before the law does not mean the absolute equality, […] but it means the relative equality, namely the principle to treat equally what are equal and unequally

  • India Israel relations is at a watershed moment for pragmatism

    India Israel relations is at a watershed moment for pragmatism3

    Since coming to office last year, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s charm offensive to rejuvenate Indian foreign policy, if nothing the perception of it, has taken him to overlooked lands such as Fiji, Seychelles and Mongolia. He will soon travel to Central Asia, the “-stans”. The spree has changed the premise of myriad foreign policy

  • Progress through pragmatism in the Indo-Bangla relationship

    Progress through pragmatism in the Indo-Bangla relationship0

    The relationship between India and Bangladesh has long been characterised by contradiction and cooperation. Relations have tended to fluctuate depending on the attitude of the governments in the respective countries. For example, when Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) was in power in 2001-2006 the Indian side alleged that Bangladesh was harboring anti-Indian elements seen to pose

  • World’s strangest border between India-Bangla  is a result of a chess game?

    World’s strangest border between India-Bangla is a result of a chess game?0

    Parliament on Wednesday passed the historic Constitution (119th Amendment) bill, which will put in effect a four- decade-old agreement between India and Bangladesh to redraw their shared border. Some people have claimed  that the bill will resolve a border dispute between the two countries. This is not so. Unlike its relations with China or Pakistan,

  • Bangladesh: Mayoral Elections unable to resolve Political Deadlock

    Bangladesh: Mayoral Elections unable to resolve Political Deadlock0

    Confrontational politics is not new in Bangladesh. But it seems to have intensified in the last few months, especially after the unofficial main opposition, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), decided to launch protests on the first anniversary of the 2014 parliamentary elections in order to force the Sheikh Hasina-led Awami League government to step down.

  • India’s Influence in Asia

    India’s Influence in Asia0

    China’s gradual political, economic and military rise continues to be a primary focus among many decision making bodies throughout Asia and beyond, but often lost in the discussion is India, its strategic objectives, and its political influence in Asia and the world. As India continues to gain its footing on the global stage, it continues

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