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  • India rising? Maybe not0

    Derek M. Scissors, June 8, 2019 There has been a spate of India headlines this month. Prime Minister Narendra Modi wins big in the recent elections, but gross domestic product growth falls to 5.8 percent and unemployment spikes. The first event may prove economically harmful, the second does not especially matter and the third is

  • “The Greatest Urdu Stories Ever Told” Is a Belated Introduction to a Thrilling Canon0

    By Saira Khan June 7, 2019 Toward the end of the late Indian writer Ismat Chughtai’s short story “Mutti Maalish,” Ratti Bai, a hospital maid, describes to an upper-class patient two methods of abortion used by poor women in India. One entails standing on the woman’s belly and massaging it with your feet; the other,

  • Modi makes unscheduled stop at bombed Sri Lanka church0

    AFP June 9th, 2019 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) shakes hands with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena during a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo on June 9, 2019 AFP Modi is stopping in Colombo on his return home after an official visit to neighboring Maldives, where he inaugurated a coastal radar system

  • ASEAN’s clean chit to Myanmar0

    June 10, 2019 A fig leaf to hide the truth A leaked report prepared by the regional body’s Emergency Response and Assessment Team (ASEAN-ERAT) on the Rohingya issue exposes a preposterous attempt to hide the facts about the brutality committed by the Myanmar army in Rakhine. In certain instances, the report echoes the position of

  • How India Funds the World: Financial Assistance in the Extended Neighbourhood0

    Economic and Political Weekly How India Funds the World: Financial Assistance in the Extended Neighbourhood by Angshuman Choudhury and Ashutosh Nagda In the schema of realist international politics, where political relationships between aspiring powers are often decided by economic underpinnings, financial aid is often a key instrument of foreign policy. In most cases, it serves

  • An Urdu Epic Puts India’s Partition into Historical Perspective0

    June 8, 2019 BOOK REVIEW Aditi Sriram In February, a Pakistan-based terror group claimed responsibility for killing 40 soldiers in Indian-administered Kashmir. Both nuclear-armed nations responded with military force, while the world watched nervously. Flare-ups like these have formed an unending pattern of brinkmanship ever since the partition of British India after 1947. This is why Qurratulain Hyder’s epic novel,

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  • Game Changer: Book Review1

    by Mohammad Ashraf Khwaja 7 June 2019 This book captures the journey of Shahid Afridi’s exceptional rise, his overnight and controversial fame, his weaknesses, strengths, team politics, tragedies, and most significant moments on the field, his future ambitions, political or otherwise and more importantly his shocking revelations which altogether had exposed various things on the

  • Pros and cons of US-Sri Lanka defense plans0

    By Natasha FernandoJune 6, 2019 Recent parliamentary debates concerning defense and security in Sri Lanka were mainly focused on the country’s Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) with the US. News outlets such as the Maharaja Corporation sensationalized the agreement as a “threat to Sri Lanka’s sovereignty,” among various other commentators on the subject. US Ambassador

  • Rabindranath Tagore: An enigma0

    Muhammad Mahmood | 6 June 2019 Tagore has been an inescapable reality for all 250 million Bengali speaking people around the world. He is widely revered all over Bangladesh and in India. He commands a towering presence in the Bengali speaking world. His literary achievements overshadow anything that happened before him and anything that happened

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  • Indian Politics: — Modi Returns!

    by Nilofar Suhrawardy 25 May 2019 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s stunning victory in Indian parliamentary elections marking return of Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister have raised apprehensions of it spelling danger signals for Indian secularism as well as democracy. Undeniably, Modi’s term, from 2014 to present, has been marked by saffronization of certain institutions

  • Unforgettable Zia, As I Knew Him

    By R Chowdhury 23 May 2019 Following my escape from Pakistan Army in 1971, I was posted to Z Force of Colonel Ziaur Rahman in the eastern theater of the Bangladesh liberation war. The nearly 20-day journey took me from Lahore to Khem Karan to Rajoke to Ferozepur to Delhi to Kolkata to Agartala and

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