• A British university’s collaboration with the Bangladesh government on a meeting about Sheikh Mujib raises important issues0

    LSE, Sheikh Mujib and the Bangladesh government David Bergman January 19, 2021 Screenshot taken from the LSE website advertising a talk, which will be held in collaboration with the Bangladesh High Commission In a week’s time, on January 27th January, the South Asia Centre at the London School of Economics (LSE) is organising an event on Sheikh

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  • When is usury usury? Turkish fatwa casts doubt on Erdogan’s religious soft power drive0

    By James M. Dorsey    20 January 2021 Turkey’s state-controlled top religious authority has conditionally endorsed usury in a ruling that is likely to fuel debate about concepts of Islamic finance and could weaken President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s efforts to garner religious soft power by projecting Turkey as a leader defending Muslim causes. The ruling,

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  • India: Hindutva way of normalising violence0

    by Bhabani Shankar Nayak   20 January 2021 The pestilence of Coronavirus has given a free hand to the Hindutva fascists in India to undermine all democratic norms and constitutionally established institutions. The caste, class, and gender-based structural violence are ubiquitous. Both the organised and fragmented nature of Hindutva violence is accelerated by the current political

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  • Book review: Partisans of Allah: Jihad in South Asia0

    Partisans of Allah: Jihad in South Asia, by Ayesha Jalal, Harvard University Press, Cambridge MA 2008, Paperback, 400 pgs, $21.15 Amazon, ISBN-13: 978-0674047365-   by Arnold Zeitlin     18 January 2021 The concept of jihad has roiled the Islamic world and the rest of the world since the beginning of the Islamic era. The Arabic

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  • India’s options in responding to the China problem in Nepal0

    by Rushali Saha     18 January 2021 Prime Minister K.P Oli’s “sudden” dissolution of Nepal’s parliament’s lower house, albeit unprecedented, should not come as a surprise to those following Nepal’s domestic politics— which has been marred by a power tussle for a long time now. In its 2018 electoral victory, K.P. Oli’s government—formed out of

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  • American Telugu Association rejuvenates its Emergency Services – ATA SEVA0

      Bhuvanesh Boojala took charge as the new President of the American Telugu Association, ATA, a premier umbrella Organization serving the Telugu people’s needs across North America. Mr.Boojala, who hails from the Washington DC area, has been an ardent follower of ATA since 2004 and, as a Coordinator, was instrumental in the success of the

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  • Middle East futures: Decade(s) of defiance and dissent0

        By James M. Dorsey    18 January 2021 An earlier version of this article appeared in Orient. If the 2010s were a decade of defiance and dissent, the 2020s promise to make mass anti-government protests a fixture of the greater Middle East’s political landscape. Protests in the coming decade are likely to be fuelled

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