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  • Meeting Dina Wadia on Madison Avenue0

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    • November 4, 2017

    By Andrew Whitehead on 03/11/2017 There was something remarkable about her – and with her passing, just about the last remaining link with South Asia’s independence era leaders has been broken. Dina Wadia. Credit: Andrew Whitehead’s blog Dina Wadia died on Thursday at the impressive age of 98. She was the only child of Muhammad

  • Hindutva makes Apex Court also a party to Babri Mosque dispute!0

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    • November 3, 2017

    by Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal November 3, 2017 December 06 shall remain a memorable terror day in the life and future of India where majority Hindus on the strength of their numbers and governments, insult, injury and attack Islam and have also destroyed Historic Babri Mosque- a place of Islamic worship. Indian Constitution provides for

  • 22 October 1993 Anniversary: When Bijbehara Turned Red0

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    • November 3, 2017

    Dr. Reyaz Ahmad Ganaie It was Friday 22nd October 1993, the 8th consecutive day of the constant siege laid by the Indian security forces around the Holy Shrine at Hazratbal Srinagar. As the whole valley was observing Protest strike on 8th successive day, Massive peaceful demonstrations were being held throughout the valley against the siege.

  • INDIA’S MILITARY BUILD-UP: CHALLENGES FOR PAKISTAN0

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    • November 3, 2017

      In recent times India has resorted to massive military buildup in both conventional and nuclear domains. Indo-US nexus has further bolstered India’s modernization drive. The Indo-US nuclear deal and Indo-US strategic partnership facilitate India’s military buildup that in turn increases security challenges for Pakistan. India’s economy is eight times larger than that of Pakistan.

  • Gulf crisis: Soccer trumps politics0

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    • November 3, 2017

    By James M. Dorsey A target of massive Saudi investment, the Maldives severed diplomatic relations with Qatar hours after a Saudi-UAE-led alliance of largely financially dependent states declared in June an economic and diplomatic boycott of the Gulf state. That didn’t stop the Football Federation of Maldives from signing a cooperation agreement with its Qatari

  • Aung San Suu Kyi Makes First Visit to Rohingya Conflict Zone in Myanmar0

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    • November 2, 2017

    By HANNAH BEECH  NOV. 2, 2017  Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who leads Myanmar’s civilian government, arriving on Thursday in Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine State. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled a campaign of violence carried out by Myanmar’s military in Rakhine. Credit Reuters BANGKOK — For the first time since Myanmar’s military

  • The Future of Asia: Four Takeaways from Asia’s Next Generation0

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    • November 2, 2017

    November 1, 2017 By Alexandra Matthews The Asia Foundation recently convened a series of panels in Washington, D.C., New York, and the San Francisco Bay Area, to feature young Asian leaders who participated in our signature “Asian Views on America’s Role in Asia” project. The speakers shared their view of the challenges and opportunities for

  • Peaceful Municipal Elections Show That Nepal Is Not as Divided at the Local Level0

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    • November 2, 2017

    November 1, 2017 By George Varughese Below is an excerpt from an interview with The Asia Foundation’s country representative in Nepal, George Varughese, first published by World Politics Review. In mid-September, Nepal closed the chapter on its first local elections in two decades, as the third phase of voting for municipal bodies took place in

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  • The Saga of Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan0

    by Rameez Raja The state of Pakistan was formed to protect the economic and religious rights of minorities. However, Pakistan eventually hit the worst record of human rights violations particularly against the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (AMC) that has been forcibly declared as non-Muslims by the Pakistan Assembly in 1974. Despite Pakistan crushing the rights of

  • The Lahuré: The Origins, Inaccuracies and Impact of the British Gurkha Construction0

    by Hadi Ahmadzadeh Introduction At the beginning of the 19th century the East India Company was establishing its stranglehold on the South Asian subcontinent. They were not the only imperial force in the region however, as Bhimsen Thapa, Prime Minister of the newly founded Gorkha kingdom of Nepal, turned his expansionist gaze to the south

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