• China’s crackdown on Xinjiang’s Uighur Muslims draws international concern0

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    • September 11, 2018

    September 11, 2018  By Matthew Bell A Chinese police officer talks to men in a street in the city of Kashgar, in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region of China, on March 24, 2017. Credit: Thomas Peter/Reuters The last time Jewher Ilham saw her father in person was more than five years ago at the Beijing airport. She was

  • Myanmar pressured over Rohingya atrocities0

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    • September 11, 2018

      UN rights chief calls for collection of evidence to prosecute crimes against humanity A Rohingya refugee stands outside her house at the Kutupalong camp in Ukhia near Cox’s Bazar on Aug. 13. Nearly 700,000 Rohingya fled Myanmar’s Rakhine State last year to escape a violent military crackdown. (Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP) John Zaw, Mandalay  Myanmar  September

  • India Hosts BIMSTEC Counter-Terror Military Drills0

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    • September 11, 2018

       September 11, 2018 BenarNews   By Jaishree Balasubramanian India, Bangladesh and three other Asian countries in the BIMSTEC regional group on Monday kicked off its first-ever joint military drills focusing on counter-terrorist operations in semi-urban areas, Indian defense officials said. Troops from Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Myanmar are also participating in the exercises hosted by

  • Nepal not joining BIMSTEC military drill in India0

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    • September 10, 2018

    September 10, 2018 Xinhua India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) shakes hand with Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha (R) in the presence of Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena (C) during the opening session of the 4th Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) summit in Kathmandu, Nepal, Aug. 30, 2018. Xinhua/Navesh Chitrakar

  • India becomes the sick man of Asia0

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    • September 10, 2018

      Millions are dying for want of basic medical facilities in neglected state hospitals A nurse checks supplies at a hospital in New Delhi. Many Indian state hospitals lack the facilities to give decent care to patients. (Photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP) Umar Manzoor Shah, New Delhi  India  September 10, 2018 For the past six years, 31-year-old Muneer Ahmad

  • Myanmar’s Stalled Transition0

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    • September 8, 2018

    Myanmar’s State Counsellor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi looks on during the 9th ASEAN UN Summit in Manila, Philippines, 13 November 2017. REUTERS/Linus Escandor Ii/Pool BRIEFING  151 / ASIA 28 AUGUST 2018 Aung San Suu Kyi’s government appears stuck amid international condemnation of the Rohingya’s mass displacement and domestic unease about the economy. To nudge Myanmar’s post-junta transition forward,


  • Is Myanmar South Asia’s Perennial Troublemaker?

    Is Myanmar South Asia’s Perennial Troublemaker?0

    At a time when regional heavyweights China and India are pushing forward with connectivity in South Asia, developments along the Myanmar border as well as inside the country run counter to the region’s common interest, including Myanmar itself. In response to a deadly ambush carried out by the Naga rebel group, the Indian army engaged

  • 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.

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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

  • Revocation of Kashmir’s Article 370 and a Prognosis

    by M. Adil Khan 19 August 2019 The backdrop On Monday August 5, 2019, Modi government abrogated Article 370 of the Indian Constitution that gave special autonomy status to Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and bifurcated the state into two Union Territories – Jammu and Kashmir; and Ladakh. The move has led to mixed reactions in

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