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Spies Underwater - Relations Between Pakistan and India

  0 comments   |     by SA Shah on 21, March 2017

AT present, relations between Pakistan and India are incredibly tense, with almost daily military and civilian casualties on both sides of the LoC due to firing and mortar shelling. Pakistan recently shot down an Indian spy UAV on its side of the LoC, and conducted an impressive military exercise near the border (dubbed ‘strike of thunder’) to demonstrate its military preparedness a

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Why Ajit Doval's doctrine on Kashmir fell Flat

  0 comments   |     by Gowhar Geelani on 20, March 2017

Today, Kashmir is more anti-India than before. Kashmir has refused to surrender. It has declined to give up. It has not wilted under pressure. And it continues to have hopes to change the status quo. The rise of Hindutva politics in India poses a serious threat to the very idea of India. Besides, the tacit approval of majoritarianism by the current regime in New Delhi, and

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The Hole in the Heart of Asia - President Ashraf Ghani

  0 comments   |     by Peter Lee on 16, March 2017

There was one word missing from Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani’s speech at the “Heart of Asia” conference at Amritsar concerning Afghan security and Pakistan.  So let me say it: CHINA CHINA CHINA. The last few months have seen Ghani and the US government working assiduously to construct a “light at the end of the tunnel” narrative foretelling the d

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The Geopolitics of Hindutva - The Word Hindutva is Widely

  0 comments   |     by Gunnar Bjornson on 15, March 2017

The author is a research scholar at Katehon Think Tank. This is an abridged/edited version of his long research article. The word Hindutva is widely discussed across the world since Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power in India in 2014. The term is used to describe the special Indian religion-based political philosophy that emerged in the beginn

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Eyeless and Cashless in India - Surreal Times in India

  0 comments   |     by Latha Jishnu on 14, March 2017

THESE are surreal times in India. With most of its citizens forced into queues, it is a country at a near standstill. There is despair and death as people scramble to access their money after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in the most sweeping and arbitrary demonetisation since Independence, declares that the most commonly used notes have been withdrawn. That is, 86 per cent of the currency. As

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China, India, Pakistan: Moving Beyond Water Wars

  0 comments   |     by Bilal Hussain on 13, March 2017

Reliance on the same rivers should promote cooperation, not conflict, in the Indus Basin. Countries like China, India, and Pakistan have started counting every drop of water and are looking to maximize the use of trans-boundary water resources, especially the waters of infamous Indus basin, which are shared by Afghanistan, China, India and Pakistan. In a recent dev

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A Country Filled With Anti-Nationals! - If fighting for Dalits

  0 comments   |     by K P Sasi on 10, March 2017

If fighting for Dalits, minorities, women, workers is being called anti national then yes we are the proud Anti -Nationals I thought the Muslims were the only anti nationals in this country. But I was mistaken. Earlier, thousands of people including even women and children who were questioning Koodankulam nuclear plant were declared as anti nationals. They are not the only ones

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India’s Foremost 2017 Foreign Policy Challenge: China-Pakistan-Russia

  0 comments   |     by Dr Subhash Kapila on 09, March 2017

A series of events in 2016 created a widespread narrative that the U.S. is an unreliable ally and a weak partner. The US is currently suffering a crisis of credibility with its allies across the globe. From Pakistan to Turkey, from Iraq to Malaysia, from Philippines to Libya, US is losing allies at a unprecedented speed Year 2017 may herald diplomatic and regional strategic

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Salute to A Great Freedom Fighter - The Indomitable Spirit of Fidel Castro

  0 comments   |     by Gerald A Perreira on 08, March 2017

The indomitable spirit of Fidel Castro will live forever. He remained a sore thumb in the eye of unchallenged American might for nearly 60 years. They tried every trick to overthrow him, or to assassinate him, but he survived. A leader of great conviction, but of a tiny country, he became a colossus among leaders, dwarfing those of huge states who would have him done in. Having remained in

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Sri Lanka in Limbo - Despite Finally Defeating the Tamil Tiger

  1 comments   |     by EDITORIAL on 07, March 2017

Despite finally defeating the Tamil Tiger separatists in 2009 after a bloody decades-long civil war, Sri Lanka is under pressure by its ‘Western partners’ to do more to integrate and assimilate the northern reaches of the recently reunified country. Although not yet suggested as a serious solution, this could obviously take on the form of federalist demands by the Tamils and the

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