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  • Maldives: Re-evaluating and re-positioning Maumoon Gayoom

    Maldives: Re-evaluating and re-positioning Maumoon Gayoom0

    Reports that at least seven or eight of the 53-member ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM)-Maldives Development Alliance (MDA) combine in the 85-seat Parliament defied President Abdulla Yameen leadership’s whip to vote in favour of some controversial legislative measures in recent days should make Maldivian-watchers sit up. After two instances of alliance-partner Gasim Ibrahim’s Jumhooree

  • Maldives: Recalibrating ‘India first’ policy?

    Maldives: Recalibrating ‘India first’ policy?0

    In his maiden overseas visit after becoming the Maldives Foreign Minister, Dr. Mohamed Asim said that the choice flowed from his nation’s India first policy. A career diplomat with a PhD in Politics and International Relations from Australian National University (ANU), Asim was Maldives’ High Commissioner to Bangladesh before President Abdulla Yameen named him the Foreign Minister

  • India-Pakistan ties: Let rhetoric not overshadow reality

    India-Pakistan ties: Let rhetoric not overshadow reality0

    In the past few weeks, relations between India and Pakistan seem to have hit rock bottom. Due to the prevailing tensions between both countries, India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will not attend the SAARC Finance Ministers Conclave on August 25th and 26th. Finance Secretary Shakti Kanta Das will be representing India. While the overall focus

  • “Dusk To Dawn” Tells A Personal View Of The Partition

    “Dusk To Dawn” Tells A Personal View Of The Partition0

    Book review: Dusk to Dawn, by Brajinder Kaur Dhillon The ‘Dusk to Dawn’ of Brajinder is not simply Brajinder Kaur Dhillon’s autography but a pioneer work of literary art on the politico-cultural tradition of sub-continent of India. The last century was widely known of exiles, émigrés and phenomenon of uproot. During India’s partition those who were living

  • Love in the time of Salafism

    Love in the time of Salafism0

    “I love it – It’s my dream country, Hendustan”, an Iranian girl I met in Kashan once told me, thinking I am Indian, which I am, of course, in the anthropological sense of the word. “Why is that?” I asked her, looking appropriately bashful so as to keep up the illusion of an appropriated identity,

  • How the Bangladesh government is making religious violence more likely

    How the Bangladesh government is making religious violence more likely0

    On July 1, Islamic State-backed militants opened fire in the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka, Bangladesh. After a standoff that lasted almost 12 hours, the six gunmen and 22 hostages were dead. This isn’t the first time Bangladesh has suffered from religiously motivated slayings. Since the start of 2015, militants have killed six secular bloggers and

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  • The Rohingyas – Inside Myanmar’s Hidden Genocide, book review

    The scale and nature of the violence unleashed by the Myanmar authorities against the Rohingya have prompted a top United Nations official to describe the operation as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.” Human Rights Watch has concurred, and Amnesty International has called for an investigation into these criminal acts. The violence, underpinned by the

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