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  • On Bharatratna and other Indian national civilian awards!0

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    • January 23, 2018

    -Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal         23/1/2018 As usual, the Republic Day is fast approaching once again as all “needy billionaires and other close associates with connections” push their candidatures for top national awards for their “services” to the Indian nation on the 26th. At many places, money bags must have already changed hands

  • Remembering Mahatma Gandhi through Champaran Satyagraha0

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    • January 23, 2018

      Indeed, Champaran Satyagraha marked the emergence of Mahatma from M. K. Gandhi wherefrom began a new era in India’s freedom struggle. During those days when popular protests were repressed by brute force unleashed by the British government, the strategy of peace and non-violent persuasion in Champaran proved to be highly useful as it discouraged

  • It’s In No One’s Interest to See Southeast Asia Become a Ground for Proxy Tensions: Indonesian Envoy0

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    • January 23, 2018

    By Devirupa Mitra on 22/01/2018 In an interview ahead of the India-ASEAN Commemorative summit, Indonesian envoy Suryodipuro talks about ASEAN unity and the role of outside powers in the region. Indonesia’s ambassador to India Sidharto Reza Suryodipuro. Credit: Twitter New Delhi: Southeast Asia should not again become a proxy battleground for competition between major global powers,

  • Sri Lanka President’s 2020 Dilemma?0

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    • January 22, 2018

    By Dr. S. I. Keethaponcalan, January 21, 2018 Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena surprised many people by asking the Supreme Court (SC) whether he has “any impediment to continuing in the office of President for a period of six years.” Sirisena was elected to the office on January 8, 2015, for a term of six years

  • WAR CRIMES: One still at large0

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    • January 20, 2018

    By F R Chowdhury   Jan 14, 2018  [This relates to Balkan war that eventually saw the disintegration of former Yugoslavia giving way to a number of independent countries. In the process thousands of Muslims were massacred. Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic were eventually tried and jailed by the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands but

  • HONESTY AND SINCERITY IN POLITICAL LIFE0

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    • January 20, 2018

      By F R Chowdhury    Jan. 14, 2018   As we embrace the New Year, I try to recollect some of the persons in our recent politics who, to the best of my knowledge, maintained a clean image in politics. They refrained from the lure of corruption. They neither made fortune out of politics

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    The scale and nature of the violence unleashed by the Myanmar authorities against the Rohingya have prompted a top United Nations official to describe the operation as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.” Human Rights Watch has concurred, and Amnesty International has called for an investigation into these criminal acts. The violence, underpinned by the

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