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  • India, Multilateralism and the national interest in a realist approach0

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    • September 19, 2017

    Luciane Noronha M. de Oliveira The 9th BRICS Summit was held in Xiamen, China, between 5-9 September, only a few days after the announcement of the disengagement of troops along the Doklam Plateau. The joint declaration stated that terrorism is a threat to be fought, naming Pakistan-based Jaish-e Mohammad (JeM) Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Haqqani Network

  • India needs to look internally not externally0

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    • September 19, 2017

    India is over-sensitive about China’s engagement in South Asia. China’s defense minister visiting Sri-Lanka and Nepal was hyped up a lot in Indian media during March. (1) Chinese Vice-Premier Wang Yang holding talks with his Nepali counterpart last month also made India quite anxious. (2) This is an assertion of India’s underlying tribal and collectivist

  • Indian politics: 18 rebel MLAs lose membership as Tamil Nadu assembly speaker sacks them!0

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    • September 19, 2017

    Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal As a sort of climax, the ruling AIADMK has finally has shown the door to the problematic rebel MLAs who are being used as a useful tool of threatening the government by TTV Dinakaran on behalf of jailed Sasikala. In a massive setback for ousted All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam

  • Being a ‘Refugee/Repatriate’ from Burma – But in 1942, Not 20170

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    • September 19, 2017

    By Rekha Suresh Kumar on 17/09/2017 • 1 Comment Hundreds of thousands of Indians fled Burma when Japan invaded in 1942, including my father and his family. Indians walking to cross the border with Burma in 1942. Courtesy: cbi-theater.com While rummaging through some old papers at home some time ago, I came across a slim,

  • Silence Then, Silence Now: Lessons For India From Its Response to 1990s Bhutanese Refugee Crisis0

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    • September 19, 2017

    By Vishnu Sharma on 18/09/2017 • Leave a Comment If India fails to stand with the Rohingya today, will it be able to claim tomorrow that it is rightfully with the people of Baluchistan or Tibet? Bhutanese refugees in Sanischare camp. Credit: Reuters If a nation’s resilience is tested by its response to the crisis in its

  • Tamil Nadu’s political crisis turns into constitutional one0

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    • September 19, 2017

      N Sathiya Moorthy, 19 September 2017 The  judiciary has often shied away from contesting the speaker’s right or that of the legislature, but it has not always avoided taking a close look at the processes employed and arrive at conclusions that are binding on all concerned, says N Sathiya Moorthy. With Tamil Nadu assembly speaker P

  • Sri Lanka-Why And How Of ‘National Unity’0

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    • September 18, 2017

    N Sathiya Moorthy, 17 September 2017 If the UNP caused the sacking of Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, citing ‘collective responsibility’ as the substantiation, the SLFP has removed Deputy Minister for Tourism and Christian Affairs, Arundika Fenrnado, from the team. The UNP had begun by very reluctantly agreeing to the ‘forced’ resignation of Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake over

  • Russia’s Perspective on CPEC0

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    • September 17, 2017

    The inclusion of CPEC with the Belt and Road Initiative is a concrete example of how the Xi Jinping’s idea became an initiative. In this whole context of OBOR, Pakistan’s membership of SCO makes relevant to Russia or the Eurasian Economic Union. Otherwise, it is a little direct importance to Russia. Apart from a trade

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  • Rohingya crisis: this is what genocide looks like0

    Alicia de la Cour Venning, Queen Mary University of London The world is witnessing a state-orchestrated humanitarian catastrophe on the Myanmar-Bangladesh border. The latest UN figures show a staggering 370,000 Rohingya have fled into Bangladesh since August 25. An unknown number have perished. Around 26,000 non-Muslims have also been displaced. This is just the latest

  • Signs of hope in the Middle East? Don’t hold your breath0

      By James M. Dorsey Optimists see hopeful signs that the Middle East may be exiting from a dark tunnel of violence, civil war, sectarian strife, and debilitating regional rivalries. The Islamic State (IS) is on the cusp of territorial defeat in Syria and Iraq. Saudi Arabia may be groping for an exit from its

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