• Indian govt blamed over fate of missing Muslim student0

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    • October 18, 2018

      Call for a thorough investigation of hard-line Hindu students who scuffled with Najeeb Ahmed before he disappeared Fatima Nafees, mother of Najeeb Ahmed who went missing from Jawaharlal Nehru University in 2016, cries as she addresses a protest march in New Delhi on Oct 15 which marked the second year of the disappearance of

  • Rohingya fear death as India begins deportation0

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    • October 18, 2018

      Modi government accused of ignoring international obligations as 40,000 face return to uncertain future in Myanmar Supporters of the ruling pro-Hindu party BJP demonstrate on March 23 in the West Bengal state capital Kolkata against what they call the infiltration of Rohingya Muslim minorities into India. (Photo by IANS) Umar Manzoor Shah, New Delhi  India October

  • Xinjiang official defends ‘education centres’ for Uighur Muslims0

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    • October 17, 2018

    16 October 2018 The top official in China’s Xinjiang region has given the most detailed description yet of the alleged use of internment camps for Uighur Muslims. In an interview with state media, Shohrat Zakir said the “vocational education” centres were proving effective in staving off terrorism. He said “trainees” were grateful for the opportunity



    by N.S. Venkataraman        30 July 2018 Sabarimala temple in Kerala is one of the holiest of the temples in India, where lakhs of Hindus from all over India and abroad visit the temple during specific period every year. What is particularly noteworthy is that the devotees observe the strict code of conduct

  • Fifty Years of NPT: Weaknesses over the course0

    Asma Khalid      30 July 2018 NPT is a landmark treaty that lies at the heart of the non-proliferation regime (NPR). In July 2018, the Fiftieth anniversary of the NPT has been celebrated. Theoretically, NPT is committed to the goal of arms control and aims to accomplish the nuclear disarmament. For this purpose, the

  • Why Imran Khan Is Unlikely To Break The India-Pakistan Stalemate0

    Bloomberg Quint Opinion Michael Kugelman  29 July 2018urned-star politician, will soon be Pakistan’s new prime minister. Given his close ties to the Pakistani army, and given his troubling approach to counterterrorism—Khan has repeatedly criticised his country for targeting Pakistani terrorists with force—one might reasonably expect New Delhi to be concerned. In reality, Khan’s arrival on the scene

  • Sri lanka: ‘Black July’: Forgotten, forgettable?4

      N Sathiya Moorthy,  28July 2018 Thirty-five years after the event, the nation is still going through the ‘ritual’ of remembering, if not observing the ‘Black July’ anti-Tamil pogrom of 1983. Rather, the Tamils ‘observe’ it and the rest of the nation is ‘observing’ what the Tamils are doing, or not doing, if only to

  • Lack of global leadership spurs instability in the Middle East0

    By James M. Dorsey     28 July 2018 With multiple Middle Eastern disputes threatening to spill out of control, United Arab Emirates minister of state for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash acknowledged what many in the Middle East have long said privately: the UAE’s recently-found assertiveness and determination to punch above its weight stems from its

  • Bangladesh: Government doublespeak fuelling quota-reform protests0

    By Arshad Mahmud     27 July 2018 Dhaka: The quota-induced agitation refuses to die down. Despite police action and Chhatra League (student wing of the ruling Awami League) goons cracking down on the anti-quota protagonists, the turmoil is spreading, causing a lingering headache for the government of Sheikh Hasina. The government, appearing somewhat befuddled and

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  • End of Year Editorial; Evolving Political Dynamics in South Asia

    By M. Adil Khan, Guest Editor 2018 has been an eventful year for South Asia especially at the political level. During 2018 several countries in the region have had their elections and these elections have altered their political pictures. In others preparations for elections are underway and yet in others sub-national elections and their outcomes

  • 2018 Bangladesh General Election: A Time for Stock-taking and Pondering the Stakes

      By Adil Khan and Habib Zafarullah*    4 December 2018 The 2018 Bangladesh General Election scheduled on December 30, 2018 marks the end of two consecutive terms of the ruling Awami League (AL), first ever by any political party since 1991, the year a combined opposition movement against a decade long dictatorship resurrected and re-introduced

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