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  • No Country for Strongmen; How India’s Democracy Constrains Modi0

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    • February 25, 2019

    By Ruchir Sharma 12 February Foreign Affairs Magazine Like most national elections in India, the one coming this spring will be decided in the mofussil. Originally a colonial term for any town outside the commercial capitals of the British Raj, mofussil now refers to the provincial areas beyond the burgeoning megacities of Mumbai and New Delhi, that is, to

  • Post-Pulwama: Kashmiri spirit and Indian instability, both on rise0

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    • February 25, 2019

    Agha Hussain, February 25, 201 14 February’s now-famous and destructive JeM-claimed Fidayeen attack on an Indian convoy killed 49 Indian troops in Pulwama, Kashmir and caused shockwaves across India. 4 Indian army personnel including a major along with one policeman were also killed in a clash with Kashmiri fighters in Pulwama two days after the

  • Latest Indo-Pakistan dispute is over water0

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    • February 25, 2019

    Asia Times February 25, 2019 Pakistan’s Commissioner for Indus Waters (PCIW) Syed Muhammad Mehar Ali Shah (L) talks with Indian Indus Water Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Saxena (R) with other members of the committees in Lahore in August 2018. (Photo by Arif Ali / AFP) India announces plans to increase storage of Indus water; Pakistan plays

  • Pakistan foreign minister briefs international community after Pulwama attack0

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    • February 25, 2019

    SAM Staff, February 25, 2019 Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Sunday launched a diplomatic offensive, to counter any moves by India to isolate Islamabad, following the terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama. According to a Foreign Office spokesperson, the foreign minister’s initiative aims to “expose the baseless propaganda” by the Indian government

  • India: Need to win hearts and minds of the Kashmiri people0

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    • February 25, 2019

    As such we should  understand that we not only need to  use force to neutralise militants but at same time make  every effort to  win hearts and minds of Kashmiri people. By Brij Bhardwaj Feb 22, 2019     There is a feeling of general outrage  after the terrorist attack on the Central Reserve Police

  • Bangladesh, Bhutan have a strategic development partnership0

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    • February 25, 2019

    Neighbours by geography, the foundations of their friendship were  laid down by visionary leaders of both countries, based on their common aspirations for peace, mutual respect, collective prosperity and deeper integration, writes Mohammad Tarikul Islam for South Asia Monitor By Mohammad Tarikul Islam Feb 23, 2019   Bangladesh and Bhutan are leveraging their opportunities and

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  • Sri Lanka’s Muslims bloodied by Buddhism

    By Ana Pararajasingham June 20, 2019 Sri Lanka has become more fragile, fractured and polarized following the Easter Sunday bomb attacks as the country’s Muslims are harassed and subjected to violence by mobs of Sinhala Buddhists who form the majority of the island’s population. Although those targeted by jihadist violence on Easter Sunday were the

  • Bangladesh And Revenge Politics: To What End?

    “Revenge, the sweetest morsel to mouth that ever was cooked in hell.” ~Sir Walter Scott from The Heart Of Mid-Lothian Revenge politics has long been the bedrock of Sheikh Hasina’s personal and political motto and raison d’etre. The people of Bangladesh are well aware of this unwelcome fact, which has, very regrettably, become mundane in

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