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  • Lessons From History on the Feasibility of RSS’s Politics0

    By Shankar Gopalakrishnan on 31/08/2017 The danger of Hindutva politics lies not in creating a ‘Hindu Rashtra’ but in the destruction it will wreak and the lives it will destroy during its dominance and in its aftermath. The experiences of other countries provide strong grounds for believing that the Hindu Rashtra project is absurd, a

  • Doklam: Who won?0

    North Korea’s latest missile outrage has stolen the global headlines from a potentially even more significant turn of events in world security. That is the seemingly sudden resolution of the border confrontation between Chinese and Indian troops in an area known as Doklam in disputed Himalayan territory. The Indian government has been careful to let

  • It’s Time to Shift Gears in Afghanistan0

    It’s Time to Shift Gears in Afghanistan Anand ArniPranay Kotasthane 31 Aug, 2017 Image Source: US Army, https://goo.gl/QXtqE8 Anand Arnianand_arni Pranay Kotasthane@pranaykotas The stage is set for India to forge ahead on the India—Afghanistan Strategic Partnership Agreement. Here are a few ideas on what can be done. A year ago, we had written this with

  • Rohyinga Villages Burning Again0

    by M Adil Khan — August 31, 2017 Authorities in Myanmar say close to 100 people have been killed since Friday when armed men, reportedly from the ArakanRohynga Salvation Army (ARSA), launched a pre-dawn raid on police outposts in the conflict region and this has been the main cause of the latest violence in Arakan.

  • India: AIADMK likely to expel VK Sasikala at the general council meeting in September!0

    -Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal As Tamil Nadu governor Rao refused to ask the CM Palanisamy to test his majority on the floor of the house as demanded by DMK and Sasikala-Dinakaran and family, Dinakaran is annoyed. “Chinnanna,” nephew of Chinnamma Sasikala, jailed for rampant corrupt operations, looting the resources belonging to Tamil people. The ruling

  • Afghanistan Again: What’s Different This Time1

    Author:  Richard Kraemer Afghanistan Again: What’s Different This Time On August 21, President Donald Trump outlined his strategy for U.S. engagement in Afghanistan. While fully admitting his reluctance to increase current levels of support for the Afghan government and army, the president identified America’s core interests there. The “honorable and enduring outcome” that he mentioned

  • “DO MORE, DO MORE, DO MORE”0

    The policy that came out after months of deliberations by the newly elected President Trump, to end the long standing war in Afghanistan appears highly flawed. However, the policy deals with three key areas: first, no predetermined timelines for the U.S. troops withdrawal hence putting the argument of the ‘indefinite war’ on its toes. Second,

  • Rohingya Refugees In Malaysia: Need For Policy Rethink0

    With the United States closing its doors on refugees, the Malaysian authorities should prepare long term strategies to accommodate over 200,000 Rohingya within its borders who lack rights and legal protection. By Chan Xin Ying* President Trump’s refugee ban had crushed resettlement dreams of countless Rohingya refugees in Malaysia as the United States is the

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  • What Iran Nuclear Deal Means for India

    What Iran Nuclear Deal Means for India1

    Lausanne witnessed a historic moment on April 2, when Iran and the P5 + 1 (United States, Russia, China, France, Britain, and Germany) announced the interim agreement on the Iranian nuclear programme. The agreement is currently in progress and the final deal is scheduled to be signed on June 30 (fingers crossed). If the agreement

  • Delicate Modernization in the Last Shangri-La

    Delicate Modernization in the Last Shangri-La0

    Bhutan is widely romanticized as the last Shangri-La meaning the “hidden paradise”. It would not be an exaggeration to state that this Shangri-la is a country known for its traditions, culture and identity. The importance of its traditions can be felt from the words of Harald Nestroy that the “early history of Bhutan is not

  • Playing with Peace in Myanmar

    Playing with Peace in Myanmar0

    International aid and “statebuilding” exercises risk exacerbating ethnic conflicts in Myanmar. Here’s a more realistic approach. As ceasefires in Myanmar enter their third fragile year, international aid commitments geared towards “peacebuilding” have proliferated, particularly from the West and Japan. Although aid remains one of the few tools available to these governments, and there are countless

  • Geo-economic Significance of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

    Geo-economic Significance of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank0

    Since the dawn of civilization, except for the last 250 years, Asia had half the world’s wealth and two centres of gravity – China and India. With Asia estimated to possess two-thirds of global GPD in 2050, because of favourable demographics India has the potential to overtake the United States and once again become the

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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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