• Sri Lanka: Monuments Over Mortality?0

    October 11, 2017 By Asanga Abeyagoonasekera* At the time of Renaissance, a not-so-tall statue of a brave young underdog warrior David, standing just over 5m tall and weighing 6 tons, mesmerised the world. This masterpiece was set into stone with a hammer and chisel by Michelangelo. On 8 September 1504, when Michelangelo unveiled his masterpiece

  • Has India Become Party to a UNHRC Resolution Against Myanmar?0

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    • October 10, 2017

    By Devirupa Mitra on 09/10/2017 For the first time, India did not explicitly disassociate from the resolution extending the mandate of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar. The United Nations Human Rights Council. Credit: UN New Delhi: Did India go along with a United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution extending the mandate for a probe into

  • Sri Lanka: Refugees And Religion0

    by Sathiya Moorthy Coming as does in the midst of the controversy over ensuring the existing exclusive prominence and predominance of Buddhism in the affairs of Sri Lankan State under the new constitutional scheme, the Rohingya refugee issue may have acquired a religious angle that may have otherwise gone unnoticed, whatever be the motive and

  • America’s inevitable war is now an invisible one0

    By Michael Kugelman Tillerson: We can turn tide in Afghansistan Source: CNN Story highlights Michael Kugelman: Sixteen years since US troops entered Afghanistan, the enduring conflict seems largely forgotten To eliminate terrorism, we must work to incorporate an economic and diplomatic strategy along with our military strategy, he writes Michael Kugelman is deputy director and

  • The caste politics curse that India just can’t shake off0

    Maratha Kranti Morcha, a rallye for Marathi castes demanding respect of their rights in Mumbai last year. Mhidanesh/Wikimedia, CC BY-NC-SA Afroz Alam, Maulana Azad National Urdu University India is still not able to do away with its caste politics as demonstrated by recent attacks on members of lower caste in south-western state of Gujarat during

  • Absence of ‘Region-ness’ in South Asia: A hurdle to Regional Economic Integration0

    Credit: Musafir Nama Regional economic integration is considered to be one of the important components for the development of any region as it brings the unification of economic policies between different states of one region. To achieve regional economic integration, tariff and non-tariff barriers taking place between these states are reduced or abolished. Economic integration


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  • Indian-American Hindutva believers are ecstatic about India’s court decision on Babri Masjid

    By Bhargavi Kulkarni and Suman Guha Mozumder Nov 12, 2019 The Nov. 9 verdict of the Supreme Court that granted Hindus permission to build a Ram temple at the centuries-old Ayodhya holy site, ending one of the country’s most politically-charged land disputes, has evoked a mixed reaction from Indian-Americans. The Hindu-American community and those supporting

  • India’s Narendra Modi has had a free pass from the west for too long

    Threats to minority rights and democratic norms are ignored to preserve a comforting illusion Gideon Rachman November 11 2019 The Financial Times The world’s democracies are desperate to believe in India. From Washington to Tokyo, and from Canberra to London, the country is viewed as an indispensable counterbalance to China. The two Asian giants are

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