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  • Will India Ally with America?0

    IDSA COMMENT S. Kalyanaraman August 20, 2019 India’s defence relationship with America has steadily deepened since the mid-2000s. Will this trend culminate in an alliance between the two countries? No, is the answer of a number of scholars and policy makers, who contend that India will never enter into an alliance because of its commitment

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  • Trump and Kashmir: If It Sounds Like Mediation, It Is Mediation0

    India foiled US efforts to get involved in the ’90s, when things were far worse in the Valley. Now through acts of commission, Modi has provided an opening for the US to enter. 21 August 2019 Donald Trump’s latest remarks at the White House are the surest sign that the US president has no intention

  • Pakistanis angry over Twitter’s Kashmir ‘censorship’0

    Catholic officials, activists concerned about freedom of expression after critics of India have accounts suspended ucanews.com reporter, Islamabad, Pakistan, August 20, 2019 Church officials, Pakistani activists and journalists have accused microblogging website Twitter of censorship and bias for shutting down accounts tweeting about India’s decision to strip Kashmir of its autonomy. The Indian move on

  • Congressman Khanna defends his joining Pakistan Caucus0

    Move raises eyebrows in some quarters of the Indian American community but is hailed by the Pakistani ambassador to the U.S. By Aziz Haniffa Aug 17, 2019 WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Congressman Ro Khanna, the California Democrat who represents Silicon Valley, has strongly defended his decision to join the Congressional Caucus on Pakistan and Pakistani Americans,

  • As an Indian, I am not proud: Amartya Sen0

    August 20, 2019 Nobel laureate economist Amartya Sen on Monday criticised the Narendra Modi-led administration’s decision to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and split the region into two Union Territories, NDTV reported. “I don’t think ultimately you will have any resolution in Kashmir without democracy,” the 85-year-old economist said, adding that the Centre’s decision

  • Why war will never end in Myanmar0

    Myanmar’s autonomous military has multiple cynical interests to talk about peace while continuing to wage war By David Scott Mathieson, Yangon 20 August 2019 Heavy fighting in Myanmar’s Shan state has reached an almost unprecedented level of intensity, seen in last week’s ethnic rebel attacks on Myanmar military elite academies, army bases, police stations and

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  • Sri Lanka’s Maritime Security Dilemma0

    August 16, 2019 by Natasha Fernando Within the broad category of maritime security—which encompasses dealing with piracy, terrorism, territorial disputes, trafficking, and natural disasters—an emerging global trend is the push for naval modernization. Naval modernization refers to how states improve naval capabilities by upgrading equipment and assets and apply modern military technology to the maritime

  • Kashmir: Revoking Article 370: Why now?1

     Ali Riaz 16 August 2019 More than a week has passed since Articles 370 and 35A of the Indian constitution have been scrapped by the Narendra Modi-led BJP government. The complete communication lockdown in Kashmir, imposed in the wake of the abrogation, is still in place; curfew is yet to be lifted in some places; leaders

  • Kashmir Crisis Forebodes a New World Order in the Making0

    by James M. Dorsey 15 August 2019 India’s decision to deprive Kashmir of its autonomy, alongside a clampdown in the troubled north-western Chinese province of Xinjiang and US-backed Israeli annexation of Arab land, is the latest indication of what a new world order led by civilisational leaders may look like. In dealing with recent conflicts,

  • Partition of India: One US Diplomat’s Notes0

    August 10, 2019 B.Z. Khasru Was Jinnah Hindu? U.S. Favored United Indi. Muslim League Distrusted Congress. How Nehru Could Prevent Partition. The Partition of India in 1947 by Britain to create two independent countries wreaked havoc in human lives and miseries. It killed two million people, according to various estimates, and displaced 14 million. Its

  • Decoding the Rajapaksa-ticket0

    N Sathiya Moorthy e 12 August 2019 As expected, Mahinda Rajapaksa has named brother and his war-time Defence Secretary Gota Rajpaksa as his SLPP-JO’s presidential candidate. Equally predicted was his becoming the prime ministerial nominee of the combine. The latter announcement, more than the former, has the potential to rock the rival UNP of Prime Minister

  • Security Architecture In The Gulf: Troubled Prospects0

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (Wikimedia Commons) by James M. Dorsey 14 August 2019 Russia, backed by China, hoping to exploit mounting doubts in the Gulf about the reliability of the United States as the region’s sole security guarantor, is proposing a radical overhaul of the security architecture in an area that is

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  • As an Indian, I am not proud: Amartya Sen

    August 20, 2019 Nobel laureate economist Amartya Sen on Monday criticised the Narendra Modi-led administration’s decision to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and split the region into two Union Territories, NDTV reported. “I don’t think ultimately you will have any resolution in Kashmir without democracy,” the 85-year-old economist said, adding that the Centre’s decision

  • Was India Behind 2009 Border Guards Massacre in Bangladesh?

    August 17, 2019 B.Z. Khasru Public speculation by many, including the prime minister herself, termed the tragedy as an external conspiracy. One explanation for the mutiny was that the rebel soldiers opened fire on their officers when they dismissed appeals for better pay. The viciousness of the mutiny convinced many Bangladeshis that something more than

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