• As Rohingyas flee Myanmar, India needs to drop religious criteria in its refugee law0

    • Blog
    • September 6, 2017

    Nafees Ahmad, South Asian University More than 90,000 Rohingyas, victims of a new surge of violence in Myanmar, are fleeing the country and pouring into Bangladesh, while 30,000 people are still trapped near the border. At the same time, the government of the prime minister of India – who is due to visit Myanmar this

  • Amid the Dokalam standoff, Narendra Modi meets Xi Jinping in China briefly!0

    • Blog
    • September 5, 2017

    -Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal September 5, 2017 Even as the debate on who won the Dokalam standoff remains inconclusive, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi went to China to attend the BRICS in Xiamen and went up to Chinese President Xi Jinping to shake hands on the venue stage. The Chinese and the Indian troops were

  • China, Russia support North Korea, urge USA for talks at UN!0

    • Blog
    • September 5, 2017

    -Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal Russia and China – allies of North Korea- have vigorously defended the nuclear actions of North Korea. The latest Hydrogen Bomb test has sent tremors across the western world represented by the NATO. USA, Japan, and South Korea have condemned the missile firing in the strongest possible ways. China has once

  • Xi Jinping opens BRICS Summit in Xiamen, China!0

    • Blog
    • September 5, 2017

    September 5, 2017 Dr. Abdul Ruff Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday the August 04 opens an annual summit of BRICS leaders. The BRICS — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — had gathered in the southeastern Chinese city of Xiamen hoping to counter accusations that the group of big emerging economies was drifting


    • Blog
    • September 4, 2017

    After three years as Prime Minister, Mr. Modi has several achievements to his credit which have long term and far reaching implications for India. However, his governance is not without blemishes, which have been mostly caused due to the acts of commission and omission by his party men. The pledged critics of Mr. Modi have

  • Maldives: Whither ‘international community’?0

      N Sathiya Moorthy, 1 September 2017 With politics in the country dead-locked, the questions in the lips and minds of every Maldivian are these: Where is the so-called ‘international community’? What is its intention? What is its capability in a given context? And have they ever matched their intention and capabilities, fair or unfair, to

  • Myanmar conflict: Fake photos inflame tension0

    • Blog
    • September 3, 2017

    By Jonathan Head South East Asia correspondent  Image copyright Bettmann/Getty Image caption This photo is from Bangladesh in 1971 but is being shared on social media to describe Rohingya people in Myanmar as terrorists A recent surge in violence in the northern part of Myanmar’s Rakhine state has been accompanied by a slew of misleading

  • Death in Bangladesh doesn’t draw a crowd like Melania0

    • Blog
    • September 3, 2017

    Peter Preston Issues of diversity and representation in news are not simply a matter of who is doing the reporting, but also of what the audience chooses to read Donald and Melania – in a much-remarked-upon outfit – depart for Houston. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty ImagesSunday 3 September 2017 02.00 EDT One foreign reporting job from long


  • Minorities in Indian polity

    Minorities in Indian polity0

    The UN Declaration on Minorities, 1992 brings out the need for special attention to the ‘national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities’. The Constitution of India, 1950 does not define ‘minorities’ or mention whom it considers minorities but provides in Part III that the cultural and religious rights of ‘minorities’ must be protected. The National

  • Witness to history

    Witness to history0

    A visit to Dhaka can be an overwhelming experience — not just because of the traffic, pollution, congestion or humidity, but also due to its history. As a Pakistani, I felt remorse, guilt and shame every time I walked into the corridors of Dhaka University. The names of the students, intellectuals and teachers, who died

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