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  • Maldives Rushes Through Trade Pact With China Despite Opposition0

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    • December 9, 2017

    Posted:Dec 9, 2017 The Maldives government signed a free trade agreement with China during a visit to Beijing by its leader, Abdulla Yameen, it said on Friday, despite criticism from the opposition over the speed at which the deal was concluded. Under the deal – a document of more than 1,000 pages that the Maldives

  • Operationalization of Chabahar port: India’s growing diplomatic outreach0

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    • December 9, 2017

    By Gaurav Dixit When the first Indian shipment of wheat left Kandla port for Chabahar port in Iran, and then over land via Iran into Afghanistan, India silently sent multiple strong yet subtle messages to its allies and opponents across the region. The foremost being its commitment towards Afghanistan. Development of the alternative inland transit

  • On December 6, 1992, in a Small Town in Assam0

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    • December 9, 2017

    By Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee on 07/12/2017 What is a nation worth if my friend is scared of returning home? What is a religion worth if it rejoices in the humiliation of another religion? What is a nation worth if I am supposed to enjoy the misery of a dear friend? Credit: Sumeet Basak/Flickr (CC BY

  • The Babri Masjid Demolition Was Impossible Without RSS Foot-Soldiers Like These0

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    • December 9, 2017

    By Lalit Vachani on 08/12/2017 In studying the Sangh parivar for my film, I encountered the disciplined manner in which the December 6, 1992 operation was planned. Filming the boys in the RSS Nagpur branch in September 1992. Courtesy: Lalit Vachani Twenty five years after the demolition of the Babri Masjid, The Wire, through a series of articles and videos, captures how the act of

  • The Truth Behind the Gujarat Growth Model0

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    • December 9, 2017

    By Indira Hirway on 08/12/2017 After huge incentives to corporate units, the Gujarat government is left with limited funds for education, health, environment and employment for the masses. The Mundra Port in Gujarat is one of the biggest in India. Credit: Reuters What is the Gujarat model? In simple terms, it refers to a period

  • ABUSE AND MALTREATMENT OF KASHMIRI PRISONERS0

    By Abdul Majid Zargar December 8. 2017 The recent incident of abuse & inhuman treatment of Kashmiri prisoners inside Tihar Jail in Delhi, once again brings into focus the utter negligence & inertia displayed by UN to enforce its own rules governing the treatment of political prisoners of around the world. In 1955, Ten years

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  • Pakistan in search of political change

    Pakistan in search of political change0

    Across Pakistan concerned political news makers are crying wolf. Nobody can predict future – what is next after Sharif’s demise. The emerging political culture of ‘blame game’ is a no surprise to any rational observers of Pakistan’s modern history. It typifies what can go terribly wrong when the so called politicians turned egoistic authoritarian are

  • Is Myanmar South Asia’s Perennial Troublemaker?

    Is Myanmar South Asia’s Perennial Troublemaker?0

    At a time when regional heavyweights China and India are pushing forward with connectivity in South Asia, developments along the Myanmar border as well as inside the country run counter to the region’s common interest, including Myanmar itself. In response to a deadly ambush carried out by the Naga rebel group, the Indian army engaged

  • Cultural and economic determinism of affirmative action in India

    Cultural and economic determinism of affirmative action in India0

    “….What is equal is to be treated equally and what is different is to be treated differently, namely proportionately to the factual difference. […] the principle of equality before the law does not mean the absolute equality, […] but it means the relative equality, namely the principle to treat equally what are equal and unequally

  • India Israel relations is at a watershed moment for pragmatism

    India Israel relations is at a watershed moment for pragmatism3

    Since coming to office last year, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s charm offensive to rejuvenate Indian foreign policy, if nothing the perception of it, has taken him to overlooked lands such as Fiji, Seychelles and Mongolia. He will soon travel to Central Asia, the “-stans”. The spree has changed the premise of myriad foreign policy

  • Progress through pragmatism in the Indo-Bangla relationship

    Progress through pragmatism in the Indo-Bangla relationship0

    The relationship between India and Bangladesh has long been characterised by contradiction and cooperation. Relations have tended to fluctuate depending on the attitude of the governments in the respective countries. For example, when Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) was in power in 2001-2006 the Indian side alleged that Bangladesh was harboring anti-Indian elements seen to pose

  • World’s strangest border between India-Bangla  is a result of a chess game?

    World’s strangest border between India-Bangla is a result of a chess game?0

    Parliament on Wednesday passed the historic Constitution (119th Amendment) bill, which will put in effect a four- decade-old agreement between India and Bangladesh to redraw their shared border. Some people have claimed  that the bill will resolve a border dispute between the two countries. This is not so. Unlike its relations with China or Pakistan,

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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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