• Trump draws geopolitical battle lines in South Asia0

    By James M. Dorsey President Donald J. Trump has drawn battle lines in South Asia that are likely to have a ripple effect across Eurasia: a stepped-up war against the Taliban in Afghanistan, a tougher approach towards Pakistan’s selective support of militancy, and closer cooperation with India – moves that are likely to push Pakistan

  • Food for thought: UAE ambassador’s hacked mails feed crucial policy debates0

    By James M. Dorsey The hacked email account of Yousef al-Otaiba, the influential United Arab Emirates ambassador in Washington, has provided unprecedented insight into the length to which the small Gulf state is willing to go in the pursuit of its regional ambitions. Mr. Al-Otaiba is unlikely to acknowledge the contribution the insight has made

  • India at UN: Rise from polemics to practicalities0

    By Arul Louis India has come a long way from the theatrics of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s acolyte and Defence Minister Krishna Menon giving an eight-hour-long speech on Kashmir, punctuated by a melodramatic fainting spell in 1957, and the contentious polemics of the Cold War and the anti-colonial era. Now the rhetoric is several decibels

  • Seventy Years On, India Cannot Allow the Divisive Forces to Triumph Again0

    By Irfan Habib on 18/08/2017 A great responsibility falls upon the democratic and secular parties – whatever be their differences on policy matters – to come together and defend the country’s values. Supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party. Credit: Reuters In 1921, an Indian was fortunate if he or she crossed the age of 20, for this

  • A sad song of musical censorship in India and Pakistan0

    A sad song of musical censorship in India and Pakistan Hindustani classical music played on a river boat in Banaras. Jason Baker/flickr, CC BY-SA Laksmi Subramanian, Center for Studies in Social Sciences Calcutta At the end of September 2016, the Indian motion picture producer’s association, India’s largest organisation related to entertainment, announced a ban on

  • Growing intolerance is threatening free inquiry and open debate in India’s universities0

    Growing intolerance is threatening free inquiry and open debate in India’s universities Aftab Alam, Aligarh Muslim University Higher education in India is going through a critical phase. The country has witnessed tremendous growth in the sector since independence, and now has 750 universities, 35,000 colleges and 30 million of students. But none of its best

  • Power In Paradise; The tug-of-war between dictatorship and democracy in the Maldives0

    By Omkar Khandekar | 1 August 2017 dinuka liyanawatte / reuters IT WAS TO START OFF as a people’s protest. Hundreds, if not thousands, would take to the streets of the capital, Malé. “Vettinee,” they would roar—rebellion. The police were to join them, and, after a point, so was the army. Together, they were to storm the residence

  • Modi Is Taking India to a Dangerous Place0

    By Prem Shankar Jha on 17/08/2017 A statesman is one who admits when he has made a mistake and has the grace to correct it before it does any more harm. The prime minister, unfortunately, has shown no signs of having either of these virtues. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the nation from the ramparts



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