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  • India: Tamil Nadu politics: Sasikala must quit AIADMK!0

    -Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal The era of confusion and uncertainty that prevailed in Tamil Nadu since the death of the then CM Jayalalithaa in Tamil Nadu seems to have receded, if not disappeared, as the two major factions of the ruling AIADMK – Amma AIADMK of E. Palanisamy and Puratchithalaivi Amma AIADMK of O. Pannerselvam

  • Trump draws geopolitical battle lines in South Asia0

    By James M. Dorsey President Donald J. Trump has drawn battle lines in South Asia that are likely to have a ripple effect across Eurasia: a stepped-up war against the Taliban in Afghanistan, a tougher approach towards Pakistan’s selective support of militancy, and closer cooperation with India – moves that are likely to push Pakistan

  • Food for thought: UAE ambassador’s hacked mails feed crucial policy debates0

    By James M. Dorsey The hacked email account of Yousef al-Otaiba, the influential United Arab Emirates ambassador in Washington, has provided unprecedented insight into the length to which the small Gulf state is willing to go in the pursuit of its regional ambitions. Mr. Al-Otaiba is unlikely to acknowledge the contribution the insight has made

  • India at UN: Rise from polemics to practicalities0

    By Arul Louis India has come a long way from the theatrics of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s acolyte and Defence Minister Krishna Menon giving an eight-hour-long speech on Kashmir, punctuated by a melodramatic fainting spell in 1957, and the contentious polemics of the Cold War and the anti-colonial era. Now the rhetoric is several decibels

  • Seventy Years On, India Cannot Allow the Divisive Forces to Triumph Again0

    By Irfan Habib on 18/08/2017 A great responsibility falls upon the democratic and secular parties – whatever be their differences on policy matters – to come together and defend the country’s values. Supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party. Credit: Reuters In 1921, an Indian was fortunate if he or she crossed the age of 20, for this

  • A sad song of musical censorship in India and Pakistan0

    A sad song of musical censorship in India and Pakistan Hindustani classical music played on a river boat in Banaras. Jason Baker/flickr, CC BY-SA Laksmi Subramanian, Center for Studies in Social Sciences Calcutta At the end of September 2016, the Indian motion picture producer’s association, India’s largest organisation related to entertainment, announced a ban on

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  • India and Bangladesh: Migration claims fact-checked

    21 February 2020   BBC Reality Check As controversy continues over India’s moves to restrict rights to citizenship, a row has erupted between India and its eastern neighbour, Bangladesh. Indian Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy recently claimed that Bangladesh would be half empty if India allowed everyone who entered the country illegally

  • Bangladesh: The manuscript of a forbidden history

    Bangladesh government’s Year of Mujib begins this Friday (January 10th). The authorities will do all they can to stop the publication of history critical of the country’s independence leader. Pinaki Bhattacharya January 9, 2020 In 2013, I read the book India after Gandhi by Ramchandra Guha. By then I had written a book, Sonali Banglar Rupali Kotha, on the

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