• As Rohingyas flee Myanmar, India needs to drop religious criteria in its refugee law0

    • Blog
    • September 6, 2017

    Nafees Ahmad, South Asian University More than 90,000 Rohingyas, victims of a new surge of violence in Myanmar, are fleeing the country and pouring into Bangladesh, while 30,000 people are still trapped near the border. At the same time, the government of the prime minister of India – who is due to visit Myanmar this

  • Amid the Dokalam standoff, Narendra Modi meets Xi Jinping in China briefly!0

    • Blog
    • September 5, 2017

    -Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal September 5, 2017 Even as the debate on who won the Dokalam standoff remains inconclusive, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi went to China to attend the BRICS in Xiamen and went up to Chinese President Xi Jinping to shake hands on the venue stage. The Chinese and the Indian troops were

  • China, Russia support North Korea, urge USA for talks at UN!0

    • Blog
    • September 5, 2017

    -Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal Russia and China – allies of North Korea- have vigorously defended the nuclear actions of North Korea. The latest Hydrogen Bomb test has sent tremors across the western world represented by the NATO. USA, Japan, and South Korea have condemned the missile firing in the strongest possible ways. China has once

  • Xi Jinping opens BRICS Summit in Xiamen, China!0

    • Blog
    • September 5, 2017

    September 5, 2017 Dr. Abdul Ruff Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday the August 04 opens an annual summit of BRICS leaders. The BRICS — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — had gathered in the southeastern Chinese city of Xiamen hoping to counter accusations that the group of big emerging economies was drifting


    • Blog
    • September 4, 2017

    After three years as Prime Minister, Mr. Modi has several achievements to his credit which have long term and far reaching implications for India. However, his governance is not without blemishes, which have been mostly caused due to the acts of commission and omission by his party men. The pledged critics of Mr. Modi have

  • Maldives: Whither ‘international community’?0

      N Sathiya Moorthy, 1 September 2017 With politics in the country dead-locked, the questions in the lips and minds of every Maldivian are these: Where is the so-called ‘international community’? What is its intention? What is its capability in a given context? And have they ever matched their intention and capabilities, fair or unfair, to

  • Myanmar conflict: Fake photos inflame tension0

    • Blog
    • September 3, 2017

    By Jonathan Head South East Asia correspondent  Image copyright Bettmann/Getty Image caption This photo is from Bangladesh in 1971 but is being shared on social media to describe Rohingya people in Myanmar as terrorists A recent surge in violence in the northern part of Myanmar’s Rakhine state has been accompanied by a slew of misleading

  • Death in Bangladesh doesn’t draw a crowd like Melania0

    • Blog
    • September 3, 2017

    Peter Preston Issues of diversity and representation in news are not simply a matter of who is doing the reporting, but also of what the audience chooses to read Donald and Melania – in a much-remarked-upon outfit – depart for Houston. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty ImagesSunday 3 September 2017 02.00 EDT One foreign reporting job from long


  • Modi’s Visit to Central Asia

    Modi’s Visit to Central Asia0

    Prime Minister Modi’s forthcoming visit to the Central Asian States could prove a smart strategic and diplomatic feat by paving the way to overcome several predicaments that have so far stymied India’s role in the region. Though much time has been lost, reconnecting with the land of Sakas (Kushans) would be a useful national strategic

  • Pakistan in search of political change

    Pakistan in search of political change0

    Across Pakistan concerned political news makers are crying wolf. Nobody can predict future – what is next after Sharif’s demise. The emerging political culture of ‘blame game’ is a no surprise to any rational observers of Pakistan’s modern history. It typifies what can go terribly wrong when the so called politicians turned egoistic authoritarian are

  • Is Myanmar South Asia’s Perennial Troublemaker?

    Is Myanmar South Asia’s Perennial Troublemaker?0

    At a time when regional heavyweights China and India are pushing forward with connectivity in South Asia, developments along the Myanmar border as well as inside the country run counter to the region’s common interest, including Myanmar itself. In response to a deadly ambush carried out by the Naga rebel group, the Indian army engaged

  • Cultural and economic determinism of affirmative action in India

    Cultural and economic determinism of affirmative action in India0

    “….What is equal is to be treated equally and what is different is to be treated differently, namely proportionately to the factual difference. […] the principle of equality before the law does not mean the absolute equality, […] but it means the relative equality, namely the principle to treat equally what are equal and unequally

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  • Asma Jahangir: The street fighter

    Asma Jahangir: The street fighter

    OBITUARY Asma Jahangir (1952-2018): The human rights icon from Pakistan was a feisty street fighter The renowned senior lawyer suffered from a cardiac arrest and died in Lahore on Sunday. Saroop Ijaz  11/2/2018 This article was first published on The Herald in 2016. Asma Jahangir admonishes police personnel at a protest against the Election Commission of Pakistan

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