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  • Will anyone protect the Rohingya?0

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    • October 25, 2017

    Vincent A. Auger, Western Illinois University Since August, the Rohingya, an ethnic minority in Myanmar, has faced what a United Nations official called “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.” Recent reports describe a campaign by Myanmar security forces to drive the Rohingya from the country permanently. Hundreds of thousands have fled to camps in neighboring

  • Book review: Delivering Public Services Effectively: Tamil Nadu and Beyond by Vivek S.0

    Book review Vivek S.’s book, Delivering Public Services Effectively: Tamil Nadu and Beyond (OUP, New Delhi, 2015), presents valuable research that discusses state commitment to public service provisioning in Tamil Nadu, India. The discussion in the book is wide-ranging, and refers to, among other things, quality provisioning of child care, school feeding, food rations, public

  • Will ‘Mersal’ row catapult Vijay into politics?0

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    • October 24, 2017

      N Sathiya Moorthy, Rediff.com, 24 October 2017 The question is not if Tamil actor Vijay would enter politics. Instead, it is about his chances of success, if any, says N Sathiya Moorthy. Even without the recent controversy, Tamil cinema’s ‘Ilaya Thalapathi’ (‘younger general’, superstar Rajinikanth being the real one, named after Mani Ratnam’s Thalapathi, or ‘general’, starring him)

  • For the Rohingya in Bangladesh’s Refugee Camps, Living is Surviving0

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    • October 23, 2017

    By Faisal Mahmud on 22/10/2017 Over 700,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh’s sprawling camps constantly struggle to meet basic needs of food, water and sanitation. The lines in front of a truck with relief for the Rohingya. Credit: Parvez Ahmed For Rohingya refugees, life inside one of the camps in the Southeastern part of Bangladesh is a

  • At Bijbehara, Site of 1993 Massacre, the Killing of 43 Kashmiris is Still a Raw Wound0

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    • October 23, 2017

    By Majid Maqbool on 22/10/2017 • 1 Comment On the afternoon of October 22, 1993, jawans from the Border Security Force opened fire in Bijbehara town, killing 43 civilians. No one was ever punished for the crime. A collage of images of the victims of the Bijbehara incident in which 43 civilians lost their lives after the BSF

  • PRESIDENT XI JINPING’S CONFUSION AND DILEMMA0

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    • October 22, 2017

    In his marathon opening address during the conference of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Chinese President Xi Jinping has spoken about “principal contradiction” facing China. Even while political observers have hair- splitting scrutiny on what President Xi Jinping has meant by “principal contradiction” supposed to be now facing China, it appears that Xi Jinping

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  • Neighbours challenge political Hindutva’s Ram agenda

    N Sathiya Moorthy  24 July 2020 Indian claims to the Ram story and ownership could be challenged from more places than one, says N Sathiya  Moorthy.  Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli’s recent diatribe that the birthplace of Hindu god Ram is located in his country and not in Ayodhya, need not be a

  • The Top Brass is Shattered in Bangladesh: Aftermath of a Retired General’s Interview

    Lieutenant General (retired) Chowdhury Hasan Sarwardy (left) and General Aziz Ahmed, the Chief of Army Staff (right)   by Taj Hashmi     20 July 2020 Although neither the puppet and illegitimate government of Sheikh Hasina nor the pro-Indian Deep State, which has been running Bangladesh for the last twelve years, gathered enough courage to broadcast

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