• India: For How Much Longer Can We Ignore Caste and Still Call Ourselves Progressive?0

    In India, ‘desi rap’ music is now recognised as an expression for the people who have faced various kinds of oppression. The song ‘Roots’ has landed in controversy because of the line ‘Untouchable with the Brahmin flow’. Credit: YouTube screengrab Manan Kapoor   2 July 2018 Upstream, the water is all for you to take Downstream,

  • Sri Lanka failing on human rights0

    THURSDAY 02 AUG 2018 | SYDNEY BY   Taylor Dibbert* Sri Lanka’s ethnic tensions remain predictably grim nearly a decade since the end of the country’s brutal 26-year civil war. The Special Rapporteur’s report is another reminder that Sri Lanka’s coalition government has performed terribly. A new report by the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion

  • Indian Politics Hits an Aggressive Note as Back and Forth Over NRC Continues0

    Even as Amit Shah taunted the Congress by saying the “NDA did what the UPA could not”, Mamata Banerjee launched a fierce attack on the BJP for its “divide and rule” politics. Credit: PTI Ajoy Ashirwad Mahaprashasta     1 August 2018 New Delhi: The national capital witnessed an intense political battle over the National Register

  • Indian Muslims fear for lives as lynchings continue0

      As vigilantes roam villages with impunity to protect holy cows, mob justice has become a worrying trend An Indian man feeds a cow with bread in New Delhi on May 15. As the cow remains a revered animal for millions of Hindus, a ban on cow slaughter and the beef trade exists in most states.

  • Cover-up claim over Myanmar’s new Rohingya abuse probe0

      Human Rights Watch says government is trying to divert attention from UN mission Rohingya refugees gather near a fence in “no man’s land” between Myanmar and Bangladesh as seen from Maungdaw, Rakhine State, on June 29. More than 700,000 Rohingya fled an army crackdown in August 2017 that the U.S. and U.N. have called ethnic cleansing. (Photo

  • Iran and America: A forgotten friendship0

    Students at the American Memorial School, Tabriz, 1923. Daniel Thomas Potts, New York University As President Donald Trump’s rhetoric against Iran heats up again, it is worth recalling a time when the two countries had a distinctly different relationship. That time began in the 1800s, as American missionaries journeyed to what was then called


  • Moderating Islam: Saudi Prince Mohammed walks on shaky ground0

    By James M. Dorsey       5/4/2018 Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has dazzled international media and public opinion by lifting some restrictions on women’s rights, holding out hope for the abolishment of others, and a vow to return the kingdom to a vague form of moderate Islam that many believe is defined by


      N.S. Venkataraman     4/4/2018 It appears that environmental activism has become a profession these days all over the world. There are many environmental activists across the world whose full-time occupation now is to oppose projects, particularly relating to nuclear, chemical, mining, etc. These activists claim that they are voluntary bodies. One wonders from where

  • Profile of Province Punjab in Pakistan0

      Dr. Rajkumar Singh     4/4/2018 Background The name ‘Punjab’ is compound of two Persian words Panj (five) and ab (water) and was introduced to the region by the Turko-Persian conquerers of India and more formally popularised during the Mughal Empire. Punjab means “The Land of Five Rivers” referring to the rivers: Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi,

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  • End of Year Editorial; Evolving Political Dynamics in South Asia

    By M. Adil Khan, Guest Editor 2018 has been an eventful year for South Asia especially at the political level. During 2018 several countries in the region have had their elections and these elections have altered their political pictures. In others preparations for elections are underway and yet in others sub-national elections and their outcomes

  • 2018 Bangladesh General Election: A Time for Stock-taking and Pondering the Stakes

      By Adil Khan and Habib Zafarullah*    4 December 2018 The 2018 Bangladesh General Election scheduled on December 30, 2018 marks the end of two consecutive terms of the ruling Awami League (AL), first ever by any political party since 1991, the year a combined opposition movement against a decade long dictatorship resurrected and re-introduced

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