A water faucet juxtaposed against a parched field. Photo: iStock/Getty Images India confronts unprecedented water crisis Companies are sending employees back home to work while rural Indians across the country struggle for water By Shreya Sehgal 18 June 2019 A water crisis of epic proportions looms as taps run dry across urban and rural India.
Samira Nasirzadeh, Lancaster University and Eyad Alrefai, Lancaster University Relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Republic of Iran have rarely been worse, regarding the attacks on the oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman – for which both sides blame each other. Nevertheless, in the history of relations between the two
Umar Manzoor Shah, June 16, 2019 Last Friday in the holy month of Ramadan, when the faithful went to offer congregational prayers at Srinagar’s Jamia Masjid, Kashmir’s most influential separatist and religious leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq went up to the mosque’s pulpit and made an unusual statement. “The people of India overwhelmingly voted for Narendra Modi. This
Afsan Chowdhury, June 12, 2019 In its new scheme of things, India has chosen to push SAARC aside and replace it with BIMSTEC, a moribund regional body. By refusing to invite Pakistan to his inaugural function, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sent a signal to Pakistan and his Indian audience that he is anti-Pakistani first and
A new brand of cultural politics calibrated to establish the dominance and supremacy of Bengali language and culture is on the rise in the state. What its consequences will be are unpredictable. Will linguistic nationalism be an effective counter to the rising tide of religious nationalism in the state? Illustration: Pariplab Chakraborty 17 June 2019
Peace hampered in the country because political benevolence is lacking, says academic Stephan Uttom and Rock Ronald Rozario, Dhaka Bangladesh June 14, 2019 Bangladesh has slipped further down in the latest Global Peace Index published June 13. The Muslim-majority South Asian nation was ranked 101 out of 163 independent countries and territories in the Global
The MDP cadre did not seem to suffer from poll fatigue even months after the presidential elections as a high number of them voted in the party primaries, to select candidates, for the party ticket last month. N Sathiya Moorthy 26 February 2019 The arrest of former President Abdulla Yameen in the run-up to the
As New Delhi and Islamabad trade nuclear threats and deadly attacks, a brewing war over shared water resources threatens to turn up the violence. By Michael Kugelman | September 30, 2016 Early on the morning of Sept. 29, according to India’s Defense Ministry and military, Indian forces staged a “surgical strike” in Pakistan-administered Kashmir that
Dr. Mehmood Hussain 25 February 2019 On 14th February 2019, Pulwama district of Indian occupied Kashmir witnessed a deadly suicide attack killing 40 CRPF soldiers and numerous injured. The attack was most dreadful after the Mumbai attacks of 2008 which left 195 peoples dead. Right after the attack, India followed the traditional culture of blame
by Ali Riaz 24 February 2019 There seems to be an ongoing campaign to have the electoral exercise devoid of the spirit of politics. PHOTO: ANISUR RAHMAN Politics have gone missing from Bangladesh. This may sound naïve, considering that the country had a national election less than two months ago and several elections are upcoming.
by Manoj Kumar 24 February 2019 The nationalist and patriotic fervor in India after Pulwama attack is quiet understandable. The overreach of electronic media has made it possible to bring the images of that horrific incident to the drawing room of every citizen of country and across the globe. And even more live was social
By James M. Dorsey 24 February 2019 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr Edited remarks at Stand with Yemen Symposium and Exhibition 23 February 2019 These are tough times for Saudi Arabia. The drama enveloping the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the brutal way
August 20, 2019 Nobel laureate economist Amartya Sen on Monday criticised the Narendra Modi-led administration’s decision to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and split the region into two Union Territories, NDTV reported. “I don’t think ultimately you will have any resolution in Kashmir without democracy,” the 85-year-old economist said, adding that the Centre’s decision
by M. Adil Khan 19 August 2019 The backdrop On Monday August 5, 2019, Modi government abrogated Article 370 of the Indian Constitution that gave special autonomy status to Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and bifurcated the state into two Union Territories – Jammu and Kashmir; and Ladakh. The move has led to mixed reactions in