From all accounts, it was a major event – the conference of Chinese dissidents in Dharamshala, India. It brought together Uyghurs, Tibetans, Mongolians, Taiwanese and Falun Gong practitioners among 69 foreign delegates. Yet, for the otherwise proactive Indian as well as the world media, it was a non-event. As of now, very little is known
The importance of media in a democracy is well-known. The media in a democracy seeks to play the role of a fourth estate by informing and educating people about various aspects of state, including the functions of a government. Therefore, historically, whenever a government comes into power without the mandate of the people who it is
The devastating terrorist attack in Lahore last month has exposed the limits of Pakistan’s militarised counter-terrorism approach and signifies a revival of the Pakistani Taliban groups in Afghanistan. A comprehensive counter-terrorism policy and counter-terrorism cooperation with its neighbours are required if Pakistan is not to suffer from intermittent terrorist attacks. By Abdul Basit The Easter
On January 30, USS Curtis Wilbur, a US missile destroyer, went tantalisingly close (12 nautical miles) to Triton Island (which is a part of the disputed Paracel Islands) without any prior information to the countries in dispute. This is on the back of a similar move by the US in the South China Sea (SCS)
Even a few months ago, if one were to do election forecasting in West Bengal, few would have predicted any contest. The Trinamool Congress led by Mamata Banerjee was widely seen as the undisputed winner – well on the way to repeat or even better the 2011 Assembly election performance that brought the once unvanquishable
Involved in drafting team of Intended Nationally determined Contribution (INDC), Ugan Manandhar , talks about the document.” Nepal prioritizes adaptation but is looking forth to sectoral low carbon development options in its INDCs” he says. Manandhar is Deputy Director of World Wildlife Fund Nepal. He has been following negotiations as a government delegate since 2008
Kanhaiya’s recent remarkable speech in JNU and the series of interviews with prominent news channels aftermath reflect an articulate and an energetic politician in him. His much used Azaadi cry speaks of his urge for the inner social development in the country and fight against deeply embedded exploitation, disparity and perpetual alienation that millions of
The Partition of India created the two independent states of India and Pakistan. In the riots that preceded the Partition, the religious fury and violence that it unleashed, in the Punjab region, killed between 200,000 to 500,000 people in the retributive genocide. 14 million Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims were forcibly transferred between the two countries.