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  • Dalit politics and Indian state

    Dalit politics and Indian state0

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    • November 29, 2016

    A case of Dalit discourse and the Bahujan Samaj Party The struggle for power and the distribution of power and resources constitute the major domain of politics. The relationship between caste and politics in Indian society has been subject to intensive study for many years.  Many sociologists and experts including Rajni Kothari and Anil Bhatt

  • Pakistan, India and Politics of NSG

    Pakistan, India and Politics of NSG0

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    • November 29, 2016

    The last Vienna Plenary meeting of NSG ended without reaching any consensus on the issue of NSG candidature for non-NPT states. India was lately giving the impression that it has won the support of the majority of the states including Mexico, Switzerland, Brazil, Russia and New Zealand. But the fact is that New Zealand doesn’t

  • Maldives: Govt pays up GMR, offers ‘legal protection’ to investors

    Maldives: Govt pays up GMR, offers ‘legal protection’ to investors0

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    • November 29, 2016

    Coinciding with the third Maldives Investment Forum (MIF) in New Delhi, the Government of President Abdulla Yameen paid up the Indian infrastructure major GMR Group $ 271 m against the controversial and equally ill-fated Male airport deal. The GMR payment flowed from the final award of the Singapore arbitration court, after Yameen had made the

  • Peace in Afghanistan: Suspended between the supposed good and evil

    Peace in Afghanistan: Suspended between the supposed good and evil0

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    • November 22, 2016

    In the midst of an evidently declining international interest in Afghanistan, achievement of peace in this war-fatigued nation appears to be an elusive, yet a crucial goal. Where re-commitments towards Afghanistan (European Council, 2016) were recently announced at the Brussels Conference, the international military (and financial) withdrawals that are being witnessed ever since the American

  • Was a painless demonetisation possible?

    Was a painless demonetisation possible?0

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    • November 22, 2016

    It’s been two weeks since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the nation by surprise, announcing that Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes were no longer legal tender, it may be time to ask the simple and straight question: Was demonetisation without all this trouble and pain possible? The answer, most simply put, is ,‘Yes, yes

  • THE DALAI LAMA’S VISIT TO MONGOLIA INDICATE SHAPE OF THINGS TO HAPPEN

    THE DALAI LAMA’S VISIT TO MONGOLIA INDICATE SHAPE OF THINGS TO HAPPEN0

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    • November 21, 2016

    The Dalai Lama’s recent visit to Mongolia has been followed by a bitter outburst from China, which demanded that   “Mongolia not allow the visit by the Dalai Lama and do not promote any facilitation for the separatist activities by the Dalai clique.” In spite of the fact that Mongolia is heavily dependent on trade with 

  • Democracy in Disarray in Afghanistan; Disunity in the Unity Government

    Democracy in Disarray in Afghanistan; Disunity in the Unity Government0

    By Chayanika Saxena Democracy was ‘restored’ in Afghanistan following decades of violence and conflicts. Where violent uprisings against the invading Soviet Union by the Mujahedeen wrecked the rural areas of Afghanistan, the Civil War that followed between the various Mujahedeen factions wreaked havoc on Kabul and other major provincial capitals in Afghanistan. The rule of

  • India’s Demonetisation And Beyond: Addressing The Finance Of Terrorism

    India’s Demonetisation And Beyond: Addressing The Finance Of Terrorism0

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    • November 20, 2016

    The impact of the demonetisation policy as related to curbing the finance of terrorism announced on November 08, 2016, is gradually emerging from the shadow of its surprise announcement. It is becoming abundantly clear that this is unlikely to remain a one off decision taken in isolation and will in all probability be accompanied by

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