• 43% of India’s new MPs face criminal charges0

    Pragya Singh Thakur, right, successfully ran as a BJP candidate for Parliament despite being on trial for terrorism. Photo: Times of India / A Moeed Faruqui The number of members of parliament who have criminal cases filed against them has risen steadily By Aritry Das Among India’s newly elected members of parliament, almost half face

  • Afghan Politicians, Taliban Negotiators Expected To Meet In Moscow0

    May 27, 2019 By RFE/RL Senior Afghan politicians and Taliban peace negotiators are expected to attend a two-day meeting in Moscow this week. The potential May 28-29 meeting comes amid efforts to launch talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban after a planned summit in Qatar was canceled last month. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid

  • Pakistan: ‘Historical Guru Nanak palace’ partially demolished by locals in Narowal0

    Abid Mahmood May 27, 2019 The Dawn NAROWAL: A group of locals partially demolished a four-storey centuries-old building allegedly with the connivance of auqaf department officials and even sold its precious windows, doors and ventilators. The building seems to have been constructed over four centuries ago in village Bathanwala, 20 kilometres from here, on New

  • The history of China’s Muslims and what’s behind their persecution0

    Kelly Anne Hammond, University of Arkansas Over 1 million Uighur Muslims are being held in detention centers in the far western province of Xinjiang, China. Uighur leaders and experts located outside China have warned that the situation could worsen, and “mass murder” could not be ruled out. With upwards of 10% of the Uighurs being

  • India election: how Narendra Modi won with an even bigger majority0

    Katharine Adeney, University of Nottingham The stunning majority for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the 2019 Indian election is a massive political achievement for its leadership: the prime minister, Narendra Modi, and the party’s president, Amit Shah. Early results from the world’s biggest democratic exercise show the BJP is likely to win more than

  • India: Elections reaffirm TN as a Dravidian fort0

    N Sathiya Moorthy  25 May 2019  With DMK’s M K Stalin coming into his own, and the rival AIADMK too leaving no space for third parties, Tamil Nadu will remain a Dravidian stronghold for a long time, says N Sathiya Moorthy. If election 2019 is anything to go by, Tamil Nadu will continue to be a


  • CIA Was Aiding Jihadists Before Soviets Invaded Afghanistan0

     January 27, 2019 Nauman Sadiq  Originally, there were four parties involved in the Afghan conflict which are mainly responsible for the debacle in the Af-Pak region. Firstly, the former Soviet Union which invaded Afghanistan in December 1979. Secondly, Pakistan’s security agencies which nurtured the Afghan so-called “mujahideen” (freedom fighters) on the behest of Washington. Thirdly, Saudi

  • Who is to be Blame for the Arms Build-Up in Asia-Pacific?0

    By: Qura tul ain Hafeez      26 January 2019 Maritime disputes have appeared as one of the absolute security concern in the Asia-Pacific region. They act as a driving factor for the major power of the region, while formulating their strategic policies towards their neighbors. Over the past several decades the maritime security disputes touched an irrepressible point which

  • Back to Short Range Ballistic Missiles0

    By: Ahyousha Khan    26 January 2019 Year 2018 was significant from the point of view of nuclear arms build-up and non-proliferation efforts globally. On one side Washington and Pyongyang went for negotiations after decades of direct confrontations; on the other hand side US withdraw from Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran and Inter-mediate Nuclear Force Treaty

  • India: Burning Assam in the name of foreigners0

    by Nava Thakuria 26 January 2019 It was a spectacular rally in the pre-historic city of Guwahati on 23 January last that strongly opposed the Indian Union government’s latest initiative to amend the country’s citizenship act in favour of religious asylum seekers from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Organized by All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) along

  • Book Review: A Political History of Muslim Bengal0

    Review by Q M Jalal Khan 25 January 2019 Bangladesh has been under the tyrannical, neo-fascist and BNPhobic Awami siege and occupation for the last ten years. The extent to which the country has known the brutal and brutish Awami barbarism has surpassed all past records. In fact, all bad records of the past combined

  • The decline and fall of democracy0

    William Milam TFT Issue: 25 Jan 2019 The ‘state of exception’ is more likely to have been the basis for modern authoritarianism than of democracy, writes William MilamFacebookTwitterGoogle+WhatsAppEmailPrintFriendlyShare21 I write this on Monday, January 21, which in the US is a holiday celebrating the birth and the life of Martin Luther King (MLK). Outside, the

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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

  • Revocation of Kashmir’s Article 370 and a Prognosis

    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

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