• After 70 years I realized that I can not stay in India as a Muslim: Naseeruddin Shah0

    • Blog
    • January 23, 2020

    January 21, 2020 69-year-old Bollywood legendary actor Naseeruddin Shah has expressed disappointment over the current situation in India, saying that after 70 years he has started to realize that he cannot stay in India as a ‘Muslim’. The award-winning actor, for the first time, broke the silence over the controversial citizenship law created by the Indian

  • Beijing-backed Pakistan port opens as hub for Afghanistan trade0

    • Blog
    • January 23, 2020

    Gwadar challenges Indian interests in region, but China’s ROI remains unclear Nikkei Asian Review ADNAN AAMIR, Contributing writer January 23, 2020 KARACHI — Gwadar port in southern Pakistan recently began handling cargo bound for Afghanistan. While undoubtedly a positive development for the $50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, experts say the economic sustainability of the Chinese-managed

  • India loses 10 places on world Democracy Index 2019, ranks 51 globally0

    • Blog
    • January 23, 2020

    Two developments find specific mention in the Democracy Index – the abrogation of Article 370 and the NRC By Furquan Ameen in New Delhi 22 January 2020 India, the largest democracy in the world, fell 10 places on the Democracy Index 2019 to a global rank of 51. We now rank behind countries such as

  • Sino-Russian Ties Imperil Strategic Arms Control0

    • Blog
    • January 23, 2020

    The last treaty limiting Russian-US nuclear weapons, New START, expires in February. The Trump administration would prefer a comprehensive agreement including more strategic weapons and countries, especially China, explains Richard Weitz, senior fellow and director of the Center for Political-Military Analysis at the Hudson Institute. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation support his

  • Bangladesh now 14th most corrupt country in TI global index0

    • Blog
    • January 23, 2020

    Staff Correspondent | New Age Jan 23, 2020      Bangladesh has ranked 14th among the most corrupt countries in 2019, according to the worldwide corruption perception index released by the Berlin-based Transparency International. In the year, Bangladesh moved one notch up the global corruption index from 13th in 2018, according to the below order

  • CAA-NPR-NRC Represent the Culmination of Golwalkar and RSS’s Vision0

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    • January 23, 2020

    A six-phase strategy of the Sangh explains many challenges that India is facing today, but also leaves troubling questions for the future. Dunu Roy 23 January 2020 2019 has turned into 2020, the young are out flooding the streets, undaunted by stun guns and lathis, and the messages they carry are powerful – doorstep kolams


  • The Indian Ocean Rorschach test0

    by Nilanthi Samarnayake, January 22, 2020 The Rorschach test asks viewers to describe their interpretations of a series of inkblots. Like the psychological test, how observers interpret what is taking place in the Indian Ocean depends on their strategic orientation, argues Nilanthi Samaranayake (CNA, Washington). A map of the Indian Ocean evokes a wide range of potential

  • Maldives: Need to secure Indian Ocean with India’s lead0

    N Sathiya Moorthy 22 January 2020 The week-end Colombo meeting India’s National Security Advisor (NSA), Ajit K Doval, had with Sri Lankan President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa should be of as much interest to common neighbour Maldives, if not more, compared to the other two. This is particularly so in the aftermath of the recent Maldivian acknowledgement

  • China and India place risky bets on Muslim acquiescence to anti-Muslim policies0

    By James M. Dorsey 20 January 2020 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spreaker, Pocket Casts, Tumblr, Podbean, Audecibel, Patreon and Castbox. Last month’s Islamic summit in Malaysia failed to challenge with a bang Saudi influence in the Islamic world and Muslim silence about repression of adherents

  • The 1969 Mass Uprising in East Pakistan: As I saw it2

    by Taj Hashmi 20 January 2020 This is my eyewitness account of events, which took place in erstwhile East Pakistan, exactly 51 years back in January-February 1969. Although not fully comparable with what 1789 signifies for France, yet 1969 signalled the beginning of some revolutionary changes in the history of Pakistan. It witnessed the end

  • Sri Lanka: High-voltage visits and the UNHRC0

    N Sathiya Moorthy 21 January 2020 Barring international or regional conferences that he is hosting, very rarely do Third World leaders especially get to receive representatives of some of the world’s most powerful powers, all within 24 hours. President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa now has his ‘second coming’ after the day he was sworn in to office only

  • Many Rivers, One Sea: Bangladesh and the Challenges of Islamic Militancy – Book review1

      Review by Arnold Zeitlin 19 January 2020 Writing as Joseph Allchin, the author lays out in vivid, if not bloody, detail, the persistence in contemporary Bangladesh of violent extremism in the name of Islam. He has produced one of the best compilations of terror in Bangladesh in English and between two covers. Allchin, who has

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  • The Baghdad Air Strike: Pre-emptive self-defence or Assassination?

    By Devansh Kaushik | January 9, 2020 Introduction In the early hours of January 3, missiles launched by a USAF MQ9 Reaper slammed into a convoy exiting the Baghdad International Airport, killing Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, deputy commander of an Iraqi militia. General Soleimani was the leader of the elite

  • Indian Muslims: Are they ‘invaders’, ‘scumbags’ or equal citizens?

    By Adil Khan Broadly speaking most Indian Hindus seem to entertain three perceptions vis-à-vis the Indian Muslims – that Muslims are: (i) ‘invaders’ and thus have no place in Hindu India; (ii) ‘scumbags’, liars, cheats and terrorists and thus be shunned; and finally, to some (iii) they are equal citizens and thus be treated accordingly.

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