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  • Sajad Threw Stones, Took to Militancy, But Did Not Lynch Police Officer, Says Family0

    By Mudasir Ahmad on 16/07/2017 Sajad Ahmad, who was killed in an encounter in Budgam last week, went underground on June 29, had been making regular court appearances till then. The ashen walls of the house in Redbugh village of Budgam district in Jammu and Kashmir where the militants were killed. Credit: Mudasir Ahmad Srinagar: When the

  • The Gulf crisis: Fake news shines spotlight on psychological warfare0

    By James M. Dorsey Revelations about two incidents of Gulf-related fake news shine a spotlight on a long-standing psychological war between the UAE and Qatar that preceded the Gulf crisis, as well as the two states’ seemingly repeated and competing interventionist efforts to shape the Middle East and North Africa in their mould. In the

  • Where From Here, Unity And Government?0

    Sathiya Moorthy 16 July 2017 Come September and the question would be upper-most in the minds of everyone, more than Constitution-making, economy and whatever: “Where from here, the unity Government, the unity of the Government, and possibly, the Government itself?” There is a caveat, thankfully. President Maithiripala Sirisena should convince his so-called ‘rebellious’ MPs to

  • Hinduism and its complicated history with cows (and people who eat them)0

    Are cows sacred to all Hindus? PRODaniel Incandela, CC BY-NC Wendy Doniger, University of Chicago Just this past June, at a national meeting of various Hindu organizations in India, a popular preacher, Sadhvi Saraswati, suggested that those who consumed beef should be publicly hanged. Later, at the same conclave, an animal rights activist, Chetan Sharma,

  • How India’s Defence Secrets Were Traded For Black Label Whisky0

    The documents included top secret papers on India’s atomic energy programme, military satellites, government electronics systems and the country’s defence planning – including potential purchases of military aircraft, warships and weaponry. By GGI News Staff July 17, 2017 One of the most extraordinary and longest-running cases of espionage carried out for financial gain occurred in

  • Afghanistan, Pakistan and the US: Befuddled Guardian’s Hostile Conjoined Twins0

    Jul 4, 2017 CDA Institute Security & Defence Blogger Adnan Qaiser with a distinguished career in the armed forces and international diplomacy investigates factors hampering peace and stability in Afghanistan corresponding to the current US policy review. While the history of Afghanistan is written in blood; it is also inked in flawed outlook and failed policies. Apart from Afghans’

  • Middle East Conundrum: Saudi Jitteriness – Sanctifying Sectarianism1

     July 12, 2017 CDA Institute Research Associate Adnan Qaiser with a distinguished career in the armed forces and international diplomacy examines the Saudi-Qatar row and the ill-effects of an Islamic military alliance. In my paper this spring: Radical Islamism: Understanding Extremist Narrative and Mindset, I had postulated that all Middle East’s ills lie in its oppressive monarchies

  • Confession, Being a Mainstream Sympathizer in Kashmir0

    I belong to a family, whose guardian feeds his family without pitfalls. Every family member holds a job, fitting his/her station. Hence, all continued generally to contribute. I wedded with a long track of education, got imprinted variably by literal ideas of life and polity. The clash of ideas continued, at times I desired to

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  • Corruption: A Legacy Not Easy To Give Up For Bangladesh0

    Kazi Mukitul Corruption, an infamous and recognised evil, remains a major challenge to socio-economic development in Bangladesh. From the title of champion in corruption in the early 2000s, the country’s progress in fighting the evil is still mediocre, compared to pompous claims by the policy makers. Bribe given to different government sectors is equivalent to

  • For Whom All Does The Bell Tolls, When, Why And For How Long?0

    N. Sathiya Moorthy The Holiday Season sets the mood for rejoicing and relaxing, but anyone in his senses and decision-making positions in this country cannot be doing that. But even during the long years and decades of ethnic war(s), Sri Lanka was not known to have taken a holiday from those holidays, just as the

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