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  • Is India sharing the Ganga’s water fairly?2

    India complies with the 1996 water-sharing treaty most of the time, but when it doesn’t Bangladesh takes a serious hit. Does this mean the countries are cooperating or not? Kimberley Thomas, August 18, 2017  Officially, India and Bangladesh share 54 rivers, but that number is currently under review. Between 10 to 16 additional rivers are

  • Tamil polity split helping Sinhala hardliners0

    N Sathiya Moorthy, 19 August 2017  Some of the recent events and developments in the ruling four-party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in the ethnically-sensitive Northern Province has raised more questions about Sri Lanka’s ‘national questions’ than provide any answers. If anything, they may have also provided greater confidence to ‘Sinhala hard-liners’ to think in terms of

  • President And The Constitution0

    Sathiya MoorthyThe Sunday Leader, Colomb0, 20 August 2017 Joint Opposition Leader and constitutional expert G. L Peiris has said that Sirisena keeps talking about General Elections whenever pressure builds on the Government to face local government polls, and now provincial council elections, the former due long ago and the latter beginning next month. The chances of

  • India: Tamil Nadu politics: Sasikala must quit AIADMK!0

    -Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal The era of confusion and uncertainty that prevailed in Tamil Nadu since the death of the then CM Jayalalithaa in Tamil Nadu seems to have receded, if not disappeared, as the two major factions of the ruling AIADMK – Amma AIADMK of E. Palanisamy and Puratchithalaivi Amma AIADMK of O. Pannerselvam

  • Trump draws geopolitical battle lines in South Asia0

    By James M. Dorsey President Donald J. Trump has drawn battle lines in South Asia that are likely to have a ripple effect across Eurasia: a stepped-up war against the Taliban in Afghanistan, a tougher approach towards Pakistan’s selective support of militancy, and closer cooperation with India – moves that are likely to push Pakistan

  • Food for thought: UAE ambassador’s hacked mails feed crucial policy debates0

    By James M. Dorsey The hacked email account of Yousef al-Otaiba, the influential United Arab Emirates ambassador in Washington, has provided unprecedented insight into the length to which the small Gulf state is willing to go in the pursuit of its regional ambitions. Mr. Al-Otaiba is unlikely to acknowledge the contribution the insight has made

  • India at UN: Rise from polemics to practicalities0

    By Arul Louis India has come a long way from the theatrics of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s acolyte and Defence Minister Krishna Menon giving an eight-hour-long speech on Kashmir, punctuated by a melodramatic fainting spell in 1957, and the contentious polemics of the Cold War and the anti-colonial era. Now the rhetoric is several decibels

  • Seventy Years On, India Cannot Allow the Divisive Forces to Triumph Again0

    By Irfan Habib on 18/08/2017 A great responsibility falls upon the democratic and secular parties – whatever be their differences on policy matters – to come together and defend the country’s values. Supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party. Credit: Reuters In 1921, an Indian was fortunate if he or she crossed the age of 20, for this

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  • What Iran Nuclear Deal Means for India

    What Iran Nuclear Deal Means for India1

    Lausanne witnessed a historic moment on April 2, when Iran and the P5 + 1 (United States, Russia, China, France, Britain, and Germany) announced the interim agreement on the Iranian nuclear programme. The agreement is currently in progress and the final deal is scheduled to be signed on June 30 (fingers crossed). If the agreement

  • Delicate Modernization in the Last Shangri-La

    Delicate Modernization in the Last Shangri-La0

    Bhutan is widely romanticized as the last Shangri-La meaning the “hidden paradise”. It would not be an exaggeration to state that this Shangri-la is a country known for its traditions, culture and identity. The importance of its traditions can be felt from the words of Harald Nestroy that the “early history of Bhutan is not

  • Playing with Peace in Myanmar

    Playing with Peace in Myanmar0

    International aid and “statebuilding” exercises risk exacerbating ethnic conflicts in Myanmar. Here’s a more realistic approach. As ceasefires in Myanmar enter their third fragile year, international aid commitments geared towards “peacebuilding” have proliferated, particularly from the West and Japan. Although aid remains one of the few tools available to these governments, and there are countless

  • Geo-economic Significance of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

    Geo-economic Significance of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank0

    Since the dawn of civilization, except for the last 250 years, Asia had half the world’s wealth and two centres of gravity – China and India. With Asia estimated to possess two-thirds of global GPD in 2050, because of favourable demographics India has the potential to overtake the United States and once again become the

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  • THE MINISTER IS NOT THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER; HE IS THE GOVERNMENT

    F R Chowdhury I understand that recently the Government in Bangladesh has decided that the minister in charge of a ministry shall act as the chief executive officer of the relevant ministry. This is wrong. The minister is a member of the cabinet, and so far it relates to that ministry, s/he is the government.

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