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  • India’s nuclear triad & South Asia’s strategic stability0

    By Uzge A. Saleem India and Pakistan are the two key players in South Asia, and the region’s stability largely depends on their bilateral relations. Tensions between the two are nothing new and have existed for decades. However with one state on its road to becoming a regional hegemon and the other trying to stop

  • How a British royal’s monumental errors made India’s partition more painful0

    Lord Louis Mountbatten, viceroy of India, met with Indian leaders to discuss partition. Max Desfors/AP Adil Najam, Boston University The midnight between August 14 and 15, 1947, was one of history’s truly momentous moments: It marked the birth of Pakistan, an independent India and the beginning of the end of an era of colonialism. It

  • Reducing Middle East tensions? Saudi-UAE moves hint at willingness to engage with Iran0

    By James M. Dorsey Recent moves by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates suggest that the two Gulf states may be looking for ways to reduce tensions with Iran that permeate multiple conflicts wracking the Middle East and North Africa. The moves, including a rapprochement with Iraq and a powerful Iraqi Shiite religious and

  • Sri Lanka, China And Hambantota0

    Sathiya Moorthy In signing off around 70 per cent of the Hambantota Port holdings to a front company of the Chinese Government, as against the originally proposed 80 per cent, the Maithiri-Ranil leadership has done more than what predecessor President Mahinda Rajapaksa had done in his time. Whatever little might have been left open then

  • 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

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  • Will new leadership continue with Jayalalithaa’s policy priorities?0

    N Sathiya Moorthy  How the post-Jayalalitha leadership of new Chief Minister O Panneerselvam takes forward her initiatives remains to be seen It’s not only in the political arena that the demise of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa be felt for a long time to come. In the larger area of policy-formulation too, it would be

  • Corruption: A Legacy Not Easy To Give Up For Bangladesh0

    Kazi Mukitul Corruption, an infamous and recognised evil, remains a major challenge to socio-economic development in Bangladesh. From the title of champion in corruption in the early 2000s, the country’s progress in fighting the evil is still mediocre, compared to pompous claims by the policy makers. Bribe given to different government sectors is equivalent to

  • For Whom All Does The Bell Tolls, When, Why And For How Long?0

    N. Sathiya Moorthy The Holiday Season sets the mood for rejoicing and relaxing, but anyone in his senses and decision-making positions in this country cannot be doing that. But even during the long years and decades of ethnic war(s), Sri Lanka was not known to have taken a holiday from those holidays, just as the

  • Unresolved issues0

    Javeed Bin Nabi Ever since 1947 partition of British India, Kashmir has always dominated the regional and national psyche. The partition of British India which divided the subcontinent into two big ideologies, cultures and created two rival countries and vying for control over Kashmir has caused immense damage to the economy of Kashmir as well

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