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  • The caste politics curse that India just can’t shake off0

    Maratha Kranti Morcha, a rallye for Marathi castes demanding respect of their rights in Mumbai last year. Mhidanesh/Wikimedia, CC BY-NC-SA Afroz Alam, Maulana Azad National Urdu University India is still not able to do away with its caste politics as demonstrated by recent attacks on members of lower caste in south-western state of Gujarat during

  • Absence of ‘Region-ness’ in South Asia: A hurdle to Regional Economic Integration0

    Credit: Musafir Nama Regional economic integration is considered to be one of the important components for the development of any region as it brings the unification of economic policies between different states of one region. To achieve regional economic integration, tariff and non-tariff barriers taking place between these states are reduced or abolished. Economic integration

  • Why the Nobel Peace Prize brings little peace0

    Ronald R. Krebs, University of Minnesota The Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 was awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, an advocacy group that has worked to draw attention to their “catastrophic humanitarian consequences.” Every year, the winners of the Nobel Prizes are announced to great fanfare. And none receives more scrutiny than

  • The Curse of Religion & Casteism in India1

    by Gaurav Tyagi Nirmala Dattatraya Yadav, a 60 year old woman was booked in the first week of September by the Pune City Police, in a case of impersonation following a police complaint filed by Medha Vinayak Khole, , a scientist with the India Meteorological Department (IMD). (1) Khole had accused Yadav of hiding her

  • India’s Growth Story – biggest rumor being propagated in the world0

      ~~By Gaurav Tyagi There are lies, damned lies and statistics. This phrase describes the persuasive power of numbers, especially the use of statistics to boost not so strong arguments. India defied expectations by coming up with an annual gross domestic product (GDP) figure of 7 percent for the October-December 2016 period and following the

  • How the Rohingya Crisis Is Changing Bangladesh0

      By TOM FELIX JOEHNKOCT. 6, 2017 A Bangladeshi border guard sending Rohingya back across the border into their makeshift camp in Myanmar in August. Credit Adam Dean for The New York Times BANGKOK — Close to one million Rohingya from Myanmar are said to be living in Bangladesh at the moment, nearly half of

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    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

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