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  • India: Beware Rise Of Pseudo-Nation0

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    • January 28, 2018

    By Father Myron Pereira SJ*  January 28, 2018   In August 2017, India celebrated its 70th anniversary of becoming an independent nation. In the constitution, which it gave to itself in November 1949, the group of 363 men who formed the Constituent Assembly, mostly Hindus, pledged to make the nation “a sovereign, secular, socialist, democratic

  • Karni Sena Has Powerful Patrons, and We Are Defenceless0

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    • January 28, 2018

    By Suvojit Chattopadhyay on 27/01/2018s The reason why the likes of Karni Sena are running amok is the assurance that their actions have the blessings of senior leaders of the establishment. Karni Sena activists burn posters during a demonstration against the release of the film Padmaavat. Credit: PTI Someone recently lamented (in effect) that the

  • Islamic State Gains Ground in Afghanistan as Its Caliphate Crumbles Elsewhere0

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    • January 28, 2018

    Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 16 Issue: 2     Jamestown Foundation By: Animesh Roul    January 26, 2018  Wilayat-e-Khorasan, the Islamic State (IS) affiliate in the borderlands of Afghanistan and Pakistan, is one of the terrorist group’s strongest franchises. Bolstered by defections from the Taliban and boosted further in recent months by an influx of foreign fighters fleeing

  • Remember Roop Kanwar? ‘Padmaavat’ Isn’t the First Instance of Misdirected Rajput Pride0

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    • January 27, 2018

    By Ammu Joseph on 25/01/2018 In 1987, protests against the reportedly forced ‘sati’ of 18-year-old Roop Kanwar drew a similar backlash. Members of the Rajput community protest against the release of film ‘Padmaavat’ in Meerut o Wednesday. Credit: PTI If the rule of law prevails over censorship by mob, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s latest film, renamed

  • Indian politicians advised Netanyahus how to get away with corruption0

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    • January 26, 2018

    by Gaurav Tyagi    16/1/2018 Yair Netanyahu, the 26-year-old son of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is currently in the spotlight. Channel 2, Israels’ top-rated news broadcaster aired a recording recently. The conversations in the recording are from three years back. Yair is heard making misogynistic comments about women, going on a late night search

  • Lessons in cooperation from ASEAN for India and South Asia0

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    • January 26, 2018

    By Rajat M. Nag     26/1/2018 1967 was hardly a time of great bonhomie in Southeast Asia. Malaysia and Singapore had separated from each other in a rather acrimonious split just a couple of years earlier. Indonesia and Malaysia had had a three year long strained relationship – Konfrontasi (1963-66) – fuelled by President Sukarno’s

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  • Demonetization and GST: Is not Indian economy failing under Modi government?0

    -Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal ———- Apparently, Indian PM Modi has managed to pump into Indian mindset, badly crushed by the Congress era corruption cum arrogance, a lot of empty optimism as he fed the people with empty promises. He knows that mere promises but with conviction are enough to get their votes, in the absence

  • The Xiamen Bonhomie: Underscoring BRICS Triumphalism and Pragmatism0

    The Ninth BRICS Summit at Xiamen, China on 4 September 2017 has surprised the whole world with an unprecedented outcome. There were imaginations across the world of two major leaders of India and China not even seeing each other and exchanging pleasantries. The meet has surpassed and astounded even the expectation of the policymakers, thinkers,

  • Anti-government statements, not sedition: Indian Supreme Court!0

    -Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal _____ Today most governments are increasingly intolerant of the public criticism of their misgovernance and corruption. The critics are attacked – India claiming to be the largest secular democracy in the world suffers badly on that count. Many critics face notorious seduction charges and are in jail because of their conviction

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  • Bangladesh: Will this country become Pakistan or Kashmir?

      1. A political group is spreading the perception that the country will again become Pakistan if Awami League loses control of Bangladesh. They even suggested a label “Banglastan” for this supposed nation which transforms into an improvised Pakistan in the East. But symptomatically it appears to become another Kashmir, or in a classical sense

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