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  • thewire.in: Editorial: The Real Enemies Within0

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    • February 21, 2019

    It is no secret that many Kashmiris feel alienated from India; targeting innocent Kashmiris who have chosen to study and work in other parts of the country will only alienate them further. Security forces stand guard after violent protests against the Pulwama attack in Jammu. Credit: PTI E20/Feb/2019 A narrative has been spun in the

  • Afghan Loya Jirga To Convene Next Month To Discuss Peace Talks0

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    • February 21, 2019

    February 20, 2019 16:26 GMT By RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan KABUL — Afghan politicians and tribal, ethnic, and religious leaders are set to meet for at least four days next month to discuss negotiations with the Taliban, President Ashraf Ghani’s special peace envoy has said. Omar Daudzai said on February 20 that the gathering, known

  • India, Saudi Arabia Agree to Exert Pressure on ‘Terror-Supporting’ Countries0

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    • February 21, 2019

    By Rohit Wadhwaney on Feb 20, 2019 02:00 pm The leaders of India and Saudi Arabia vowed to increase pressure on countries that back terrorism as they met Wednesday amid rising tensions between New Delhi and Islamabad over last week’s deadly militant attack on security forces in Indian Kashmir. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

  • Consolidating India-Iran Cooperation0

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    • February 21, 2019

    IDSA COMMENT Nagapushpa Devendra   21 February 2019 More from the author India and Iran are trying to manage the impact on their bilateral relationship of US withdrawal from the JCPOA and re-imposition of sanctions on Iran. The visit of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif to India on 7-9 January 2019 was an attempt to provide impetus to

  • Bangladesh: Dhaka fire in apartments used as chemical store kills 800

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    • February 21, 2019

    Police warn death toll may rise in ‘highly combustable’ blaze in old part of Bangladesh capital Michael Safi, South Asia correspondent, and agencies @safimichael Thu 21 Feb 2019 06.30 EST First published on Wed 20 Feb 2019 21.26 EST The Guardian At least 80 people have died after a massive fire engulfed apartment buildings that also housed

  • Kashmir, the burning paradise0

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    • February 19, 2019

    By Imad Zafar 19 February 2019 Kashmir is a paradise that has been burning for decades. Dal, a lake in Srinigar that once attracted tourists from all over the world because of its beauty and calm waters, does so no more. Inside its waters is the blood of hundreds of thousands of Kashmiri civilians and

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  • Three Ways on How ISIS Can Make Inroads in South Asia

    Three Ways on How ISIS Can Make Inroads in South Asia0

      Recent weeks have brought a bevy of news headlines attesting to the rising profile of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in South Asia. The group’s literature has circulated in Pakistan, and its flags have been spotted in Kashmir. Several Pakistani militant commanders expressed their allegiance to ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Alleged

  • Flashpoints from Indo-US Nuclear Deal for Business

    Flashpoints from Indo-US Nuclear Deal for Business0

    The India-U.S. nuclear agreement represents a $17 billion opportunity for Indian business. It will also help India secure fuel for its indigenous reactors, and contribute to cheap and plentiful energy. But a major concern remains—will these projects be efficiently executed? With the U.S.-India nuclear agreement clearing two major hurdles on 25 January—civil nuclear liability and

  • Bangladesh: Comprehensive Response Required to Complex Displacement Crisis

    Bangladesh: Comprehensive Response Required to Complex Displacement Crisis0

    Executive summary During the 20th century, millions of people were forced to flee their homes in what is now Bangladesh. They were displaced both within the territory and to neighbouring areas by different triggers. As of January 2015, IDMC estimates that at least 431,000 people were displaced in the country as a result of conflict

  • What Obama Wants From India

    What Obama Wants From India0

      After George W. Bush, Barack Obama becomes the second US president to bet big on India. He may be the first who won’t be disappointed. Presidents of the United States do not generally change the date of their State of the Unionaddress. This year, US President Barack Obama did so because he will be

  • Optimistic, But also Realistic about U.S.-India Relations

    Optimistic, But also Realistic about U.S.-India Relations0

    It pays to be optimistic about U.S.-India relations, but also realistic. One year ago, the Devyani Khobragade affair plunged the U.S.-India relationship into deep crisis. Then, several months later, Indians elected a new national leader who had effectively been banned from visiting the United States in years past. Given these troubles, the progress in bilateral

  • Religion, Politics and Violence: Paris, Across the World to South Asia

    Religion, Politics and Violence: Paris, Across the World to South Asia0

      Massacre of hundreds of children in Peshawar by Pakistani Taliban, the atrocities: murders-kidnappings by Boko Haram, an Islamist group and the attack on Paris cartoon magazine Charlie Hadbo killing 16, have occurred in a short span of few months. The popular perception of relationship between violence and Islam got a further boost. The phrase

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  • Bangladesh: I am Zia Speaking

                       I am Zia Speaking  “In that case, we revolt,” Major Ziaur Rahman (March 25, 1971)    Zia is enmeshed in every paddy sheaf of Bangladesh. From every nook and corner, a voice continues to ring: I am Zia speaking.[I]   By R Chowdhury     25 March

  • The Myanmar coup-2021 and Aung San Suu Kyi

      By Shwe Lu Maung, March 1, 2021 Saba Khan and Dr. Habib Siddiqui reviewed and polished English and grammar. Prologue This article is written to mark the 2nd March 1962, the day the Myanmar Armed Forces seized power and enslaved the peoples under military colonialism. On that very night, a meeting of the Rangoon

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