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  • An Urdu Epic Puts India’s Partition into Historical Perspective0

    June 8, 2019 BOOK REVIEW Aditi Sriram In February, a Pakistan-based terror group claimed responsibility for killing 40 soldiers in Indian-administered Kashmir. Both nuclear-armed nations responded with military force, while the world watched nervously. Flare-ups like these have formed an unending pattern of brinkmanship ever since the partition of British India after 1947. This is why Qurratulain Hyder’s epic novel,

  • India: Surfeit of slogans and sub-nationalism in Bengal0

    The Daily Star June 08, 2019 Trinamool Congress has decided to undertake a door-to-door campaign with the message how Bengal and Bangla culture are different from that BJP is trying to project. Pallab Bhattacharya POST-PARLIAMENTARY elections, a battle over sub-nationalism along ideological lines is on in West Bengal between Trinamool Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party. That

  • Duel at the Shangri-La dialogue: Implications for us all0

    The Daily Star  June 08, 2019 China’s Defence Minister Wei Fenghe (left) and acting US Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan (front second right) attend the opening of the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue summit in Singapore on May 31, 2019. PHOTO: AFP Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury The Annual Jamboree of global defence leaders at the Shangri La Dialogue in

  • Pakistan And Afghanistan Leaders Hold Rare Talks0

    Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani held their first face-to-face talks on the sidelines of an annual summit of Islamic countries in Saudi Arabia on May 31. The rare interaction at the highest level is the latest sign of easing tensions in traditionally acrimonious relations between the neighbors. The animosity stems

  • Four Suspected Militants Killed By Security Forces In Indian Kashmir0

    June 07, 2019 At least four militants, including two former police officers, were killed in India-administered Kashmir on June 7 during an operation launched by the security forces, officials said. The incident occurred in the Pulwama district where India has stepped up operations since a suicide attack killed 40 paramilitary police officers in February. The

  • Pakistan’s Pashtun Crackdown Echoes Bangladesh War5

    June 07, 2019 Abubakar Siddique Pakistan is increasing its crackdown on a civil rights movement demanding security rights and accountability for alleged grave abuses against the country’s ethnic Pashtun minority. But as more leaders and activists of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement, better known by its initials, PTM, are killed, injured, beaten, arrested or forced into

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  • Bangladesh: The Jamaat-e-Islami Does Not Believe in Democracy: It is an Islamofascist Party0

    Taj Hashmi  14 February 2019 As the Jamaat-e-Islami’s founder Maulana Abul A’la Maududi (1903-1979) despised democracy, so do all his adherents. Soon after establishing the Jamaat in 1941, he admired Mussolini and considered him to be his role model. He also called himself the “Amir” or “Dictator/Fuherer” of the Jamaat-e-Islami. The JI chiefs in Bangladesh and Pakistan are

  • The Myth of ‘Bengali Migration’ to Arakan Debunked0

    By Dr. Habib Siddiqui    13 February 2019 Abstract Genocidal crimes don’t happen in vacuum and require groundwork from the racist and bigoted elements to state and non-state actors to prepare the support base and mobilize the dominant group to perpetrate such heinous crimes. For decades, the Buddhist majority in Myanmar has denied the very existence of the minority

  • Nasr Missile and Deterrence Stability of South Asia0

    Syeda Saiqa Bukhari    13 February 2019 Pakistan has conducted successful test of short range surface to surface ballistic missile ‘Nasr’ on January 24th , 28th  and 31st  respectively, as part of the Army Strategic Forces Command training exercise, which included quad salvo on 24 January and single shots on 28 & 31 January, 2019. Quad salvo means that

  • Deciphering the notion of Strategic Depth in Afghanistan0

    Dr. Manoj Kumar Mishra  13 February 2019 Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal’s response to a question pertaining to US President Donald Trump’s remarks about India playing a role in the conflict-ridden South Asian country in the recent past that “India has no role in Afghanistan” raises serious doubts whether Islamabad would ever allow New Delhi a meaningful

  • Why and how Pakistan was surpassed by its poor cousin Bangladesh?0

    By J.K.Verma    13 February 2019 New Delhi. 13 February 2019. In 1971 when Bangladesh was dissected from Pakistan, it was in a miserable condition. Pakistan Army before surrender, destroyed roads, bridges, railways and industries of the then East Pakistan. Big industrialists left the country and millions of Bangladeshis were displaced, killed and mutilated during independence struggle. Not only this

  • Sri Lanka: A double whammy for President Sirisena1

    N. Sathiya Moorthy  12 February 2019 As only President Maithripala Sirisena’s camp may have expected, the European Union (EU) has promptly opposed the ongoing moves to reintroduce the death penalty in the country, especially for drug offences.  Soon, many of the other Western Nations that abhor death as a denial of basic human rights can be

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  • As an Indian, I am not proud: Amartya Sen

    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

  • Was India Behind 2009 Border Guards Massacre in Bangladesh?

    August 17, 2019 B.Z. Khasru Public speculation by many, including the prime minister herself, termed the tragedy as an external conspiracy. One explanation for the mutiny was that the rebel soldiers opened fire on their officers when they dismissed appeals for better pay. The viciousness of the mutiny convinced many Bangladeshis that something more than

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