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  • Modi’s politicization of security could backfire0

    India’s PM Narendra Modi. Photo: Reuters/ Danish Ismail The BJP is trying to shift public attention from economic woes to national security for the upcoming election ByShivam Vij 5 March 2019 India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is making every effort possible to turn the forthcoming general election into a ballot on national security. The

  • No proof India shot down Pakistan F-160

    Pakistan soldiers next to what appears to be the wreckage of an Indian fighter jet shot down in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir near the Line of Control on February 27, 2019. Photo: AFP/STR Rumors that the son of a Pakistani Air Marshal was shot down in his F-16 were untrue BySaikat Datta | Kunwar Khuldune Shahid 5

  • JF-17, not F-16, used in air combat: report – Newspaper – DAWN.COM0

    Anwar Iqbal March 04, 2019 WASHINGTON: Apparently, it was a JF-17 fighter jet that brought down an Indian warplane in Azad Jammu and Kashmir last week, says a CNN report as an American diplomat said Washington wanted to know if Pakistan used a US-built F-16 jet to shoot the plane. The JF-17 is a Chinese-designed

  • Reading Between the Lines, from Pulwama to the Balakot Airstrike0

    The past two weeks provide grounds for optimism sans jingoism – on the timing of the air-strikes, the strength of India’s diplomatic game and other developments in the India-Pakistan face-off. Narendra Modi and Imran Khan. Illustration: The Wire Nilanjan Banik and G. Venkat RamanPoliticsSecurity4 5 March 2019 The recent India-Pakistan military exchanges post-Pulwama mark a

  • Will MBS’ Defense of China’s Uighur Crackdown Backfire in Saudi Arabia?0

    Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, fourth from right, and Chinese President Xi Jinping, third from left, at a meeting at the Great Hall of the People, Beijing, Feb. 22, 2019 (Pool photo by How Hwee Young via AP). Kyle Haddad-Fonda Monday, March 4, 2019 Before Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Beijing

  • Sri Lanka’s Drug Scourge0

    By Amresh Gunasingham 4 March 2019 SYNOPSIS Sri Lanka’s recent move to bring back capital punishment for convicted drug offenders has put a spotlight on growing narcotics related crime in the country. The government’s apparent tough stance is in response to concerns that Sri Lanka is re-emerging as a transit hub for global drug trafficking

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  • China May Be an Adversary, But Making It an Enemy Will Not Serve India0

    By Nirupama Rao on 06/10/2017 Taking a page from our inherent capacity to adjust and be flexible, India should practice a little unemotional pragmatism. Is China our enemy or adversary? Credit: Reuters Canadian academic and politician Michael Ignatieff once remarked that an “adversary is someone you want to defeat. An enemy is someone you have to

  • Battling for independence: Small states stake their claim0

    Source: EurAsia Daily / Nerinaazad.net By James M. Dorsey The Gulf crisis that pits a United Arab Emirates-Saudi-led alliance against Qatar has emerged about more than a regional spat. It is part of a global battle whose outcome will determine the ability of small states to chart their own course in the shadow of a

  • BULLET TRAIN IN INDIA – WHY NOT?0

    The latest scheme of Narendra Modi government to be criticized and objected in democratic India is the recently launched bullet train project. Whither Indian democracy? The Indian democracy is now being described variously. Some people call Indian democracy as vibrant and active one where there is no limit on individual freedom, liberty, and freedom of

  • Wake up Bangladesh; it’s time for a foreign policy!1

    by Taj Hashmi To some, the title of my column today might be utterly ridiculous, as it suggests it’s time for Bangladesh to have a foreign policy. They might raise eyebrows at my suggestion that, Bangladesh is going without any foreign policy, since 2009. To them, Bangladesh has a sound foreign policy under a seasoned

  • Gandhi’s Last Message: ‘Raze the Sacred Sites of Others and You Too Will Be Obliterated’0

    By Sudhir Chandra on 27/03/2017 Gandhi speaks to our times with renewed urgency in a just-published translation of an acclaimed work A refugee train, Punjab, 1947. Credit: Wikimedia For a man who made such a powerful intervention in the history of the 20th century, many of Mahatma Gandhi’s ideas were misunderstood during his lifetime. Historian

  • What’s Next to Stop Myanmar’s Genocide?0

    By Habib Siddiqui “We cannot be afraid to call the actions of the Burmese authorities what they appear to be – a brutal, sustained campaign to cleanse the country of an ethnic minority,” Haley told the U.N. Security Council, the first time Washington has echoed the U.N.’s accusation that the displacement of hundreds of thousands

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  • Post-Trump World: Is Democracy Dying in America As Well?

    by Taj Hashmi      22 January 2021 We know it’s fashionable to hypothesize that democracy is “dying” in the post-Cold War world. It’s true not only for some of the postcolonial democracies in the Third World and some “new democracies” Eastern Europe, but of late, seemingly, it’s also true about the United States. I

  • Year-end review: Emerging Challenges for South Asia

      by Rajesh Kumar Sinha       3 January 2020 The year 2020 has just ended. The year has been extremely calamitous for the whole world. Especially, the pandemic Corona Virus has created such an unfortunate state where economies, infrastructure, loss of lakhs of lives, job losses, and uncertainty has gripped the whole of humanity.

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