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  • India: General Elections 2019: Who is funding the electioneering of our political parties?0

    Part I. General Elections 2019: Who is funding the electioneering of our political parties?Recent amendments in various statutes bringing in electoral bonds and allowing funding from foreign sources jeopardise transparency and expose our political parties to undesirable influences and unaccounted money. 15-03-2019  Daily O Prasanna MohantyPRASANNA MOHANTY @prasannamohanty The first part of this two-part series

  • India, Pakistan and the changing rules of engagement: here’s what you need to know0

    Stuti Bhatnagar, University of Adelaide and Priya Chacko, University of Adelaide More than 40 Indian security staff lost their lives in a suicide attack on February 14, 2019 in the Pulwama region of Indian-administered Kashmir. The Pakistan-based Islamist militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) claimed responsibility for the attack. Twelve days later, India launched air strikes against

  • Dalit Christians, Muslims seek rights in poll-bound India0

    With upcoming elections, it’s now or never for these disadvantaged groups to pressure for change Bijay Kumar Minj, New Delhi India March 14, 2019 Hundreds of protesting Dalit Christians and Muslims marched through India’s capital in what they said was a last-ditch effort to gain welfare benefits denied to them. Some 500 Christians and Muslims

  • I won a seat in Afghanistan’s Parliament. I know what my country needs, and it’s not the Taliban0

    Any talks with the Taliban will remain meaningless if they do not include the Afghan people. 13-03-2019 HAMED WARASTA @hamedwarasta On October 20 and 21, 2018, 3.5 million people in Afghanistan showed their commitment to uphold their democratic duty to vote. Unfortunately, the credibility of the Election Commission has now come under question. Allegations of

  • Bangladesh’s flawed war on drugs not tackling root causes0

    Police escort suspected drug dealers to jail after they were arrested in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka on June 20, 2018. About 300 people have been killed and 25,000 arrested during a drug crackdown that began last May. (ucanews.com photo) Stephan Uttom and Rock Ronald Rozario, Dhaka Bangladesh March 12, 2019 In early June of last year, 33-year-old Muhammad Tarek (not

  • Bangladeshi women walk out on unhappy marriages0

    A huge cultural change means that more educated women are prepared to be self-reliant Students take a class at the Asian University for Women in Chittagong in this 2017 file photo. More Bangladeshi women are turning to education as a way of getting decent jobs and being less reliant on men to support them. (Photo by AFP)

Commentary

  • The US and Doklam: Look beyond rhetoric0

    Tanvi Madan Tuesday, September 26, 2017 Some have been wondering recently whether Washington’s commitment to its allies and partners in Asia has been steadfast and overt enough. And there have been calls for the Trump administration to reassure U.S. allies and partners in the region of its commitment through public statements. However, in one recent

  • Is South Asia the New Middle East?0

    Sep 27, 2017 Dominique Moisi The plight of the Muslim Rohingya minority in Myanmar highlights a broader trend toward political fragmentation and violence in the region. If a geostrategic catastrophe is to be avoided, the unholy alliance of religion and nationalism must be broken. PARIS – The Middle East is often viewed as a region

  • Mr. Xi Jinping, Take AGood Look At This Photo0

    by M Adil Khan — September 27, 2017 I urge you, Mr. Xi Jinping, President of Peoples’ Republic of China to take a good look at this photo. Do you see what I see? I see the agony. I see sadness. I also see numerous questions in the eyes of these Rohingya kids that are

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  • Karan Thapar | Horrors of 1947 Partition: A selective remembrance?

    Deccan Chronicle Aug 20, 2021   Narendra Modi’s crudely named Partition Horrors remembrance Day is a very different thing  Put simply, the Partition of 1947 was the tearing apart of our undivided subcontinent. (AP Photo) A “remembrance day” should be an occasion when people unite in recalling an event that should never be forgotten. That

  • Perennial Onslaught on Freedom of Cyberspace in Kashmir and Two years of the Abrogation of Article 370

    by Rohini Dahiya & Towseef Ahmad Dar Living under siege and through one of the longest internet shutdowns in any democracy, people from the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir continue to deal with its aftermath. The 5th August 2021 marked the second anniversary of the abrogation of the State’s constitutional status as under Article

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