• Indian Partition: A brief history of India and Pakistan on the 70th anniversary of independence0

    Celebrations were held on the 70th anniversary of Indian Partition EPA Chloe Chaplain The Evening Standard August 15 marks 70 years since the partition of India and the end of British colonial rule. The sub-continent was once a key economic asset of the British Empire, ruled from London for almost 100 years. But it paved

  • For India’s Oldest Citizens, Independence Day Spurs Memories Of A Painful Partition0

    August 15, 2017 Julie McCarthy Promila Saigal remembers the men in her family tossing her “like a football” from the rooftop of one family home to the next, in a bid to save her from the frenzy that washed over the Indian subcontinent 70 years ago. Enlarge this image Promila Saigal, 76, sits with her

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  • Kashmir for Kashmiris! (A Sovereign Kashmir: Random Thoughts-307)0

    -Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal India for Indians, Pakistan for Pakistanis and, of course, Kashmir for Kashmiris and there cannot be two opinions. Pakistan had been a part of India but no more. But India cannot take Kashmir in place of Pakistan which is now an independent nation. And hence annexation and brutal occupation of Jammu

  • Why Pakistan Hates Malala0

    The West reveres Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai. Pakistanis resent and envy her. By Michael Kugelman On July 7, Malala Yousafzai posted her first tweet. Within hours, she had earned several hundred thousand followers and a warm welcome from the Twittersphere. Over the next few days, as word emerged on social media that she

  • China contributes to doubts about Pakistani crackdown on militants0

    By James M. Dorsey China, at the behest of Pakistan, has for the second time this year prevented the United Nations from listing a prominent Pakistani militant as a globally designated terrorist. China’s protection of Masood Azhar, who is believed to have close ties to Pakistani intelligence and the military, comes days after another militant

  • Seventy Years After Independence, Remembering the Titans Who Got Us There0

    By Sucheta Mahajan on 15/08/2017 Today there is an attempt at portraying the Congress party – and its leaders during independence and Partition – in very different hues from the inclusiveness, tolerance, democracy and secularism it upheld in very trying times. Mahatma Gandhi with Jawaharlal Nehru (L) and Sardar Vallabhai Patel. Credit: Wikimedia Commons The

  • How the Partition of India happened – and why its effects are still felt today0

    Mahatma Gandhi with Lord and Lady Mountbatten, 1947. Wikimedia Commons Sarah Ansari, Royal Holloway “Partition” – the division of British India into the two separate states of India and Pakistan on August 14-15, 1947 – was the “last-minute” mechanism by which the British were able to secure agreement over how independence would take place. At

  • India’s Naval Development: Implications for Region0

    India is extensively modernizing its navy. Admiral Suresh Mehta the then Chief of Indian Navy in 2008 stated that till 2022 India has planned to have 160 ships which include three aircraft carriers, 60 combatants which include submarines and approximately 400 aircrafts of different types. This modernization is not only the quantitative but also qualitative


  • India’s Journey of Emissions Reduction in 2015

    India’s Journey of Emissions Reduction in 20150

      The Policy Outlook Indian policymakers have long used India’s poverty as an excuse to not take concrete action on climate change. Limiting carbon emissions is a costly proposition, they argue, and these costs will impede development and push the common man further into poverty. As a result, unlike the developed countries of the west,

  • Strengthening Right to Information in South Asia

    Strengthening Right to Information in South Asia0

    All eyes were on Kathmandu last week as Nepal hosted the 18th annual SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) Summit from Nov. 22-27, 2014. The annual meeting, convening the heads of state of the eight member nations – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka – focused this year on the


THE MINISTER IS NOT THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER; HE IS THE GOVERNMENTI 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

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