Human Rights in South Asia

Vigilante violence aimed at religious minorities, marginalized communities & critics-India

  0 comments   |     by admin on 11, February 2018

Vigilante violence aimed at religious minorities, marginalized communities, and critics of the government—often carried out by groups claiming to support the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)—became an increasing threat in India in 2017. The government failed to promptly or credibly investigate the attacks, while many senior BJP leaders publicly promoted Hindu supremacy and ultra-

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Of victims and victimhood - We say terrorism has no religion

  0 comments   |     by Jawed Naqvi on 08, February 2018

THE cruel murder of an 84-year-old Catholic priest in France by two Muslim youths, who slit the fragile man’s throat during a morning mass he was conducting in his serene church, left me numb for days. The terrifying effect of knives, daggers and trishuls somehow feels more horrific than suicide belts and car bombs that snuff out life with ease these days. Only recently, a masked British

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Seven Sisters don’t want to be “Indian”: Assam, Nagaland, Tripura, Meghalaya, Manipur...

  0 comments   |     by Report on the Indian North East on 06, February 2018

Part of Indian today’s NE belonged to Burma in history. British Colonists grabbed them by force. Looks like the more India inherits from British, the more ropes India puts around its own neck. One solution could be let some of them be independent, and governed by themselves. This will greatly reduce people’s dissatisfaction and enhance regional peace. Mainstream Ind

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Stop The Increasing Violence Against Dalits by Vidya Bhushan Rawat

  0 comments   |     by Vidya Bhushan Rawat on 02, February 2018

 Prime Minister does not leave an opportunity to quote Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar. RSS has been calling him ‘pratahsmarniya’ and Amit Shah has been going to have food at the ‘Dalit’ localities. BJP has been going wild on its Dalit outreach programme and there is nothing wrong in politics to strengthen its outreach but the question is how would you like Dalits to respond

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A Memory Buried Under The Debris Of Babri Masjid by Rutuja Deshmukh Wakankar

  0 comments   |     by Rutuja Deshmukh Wakankar on 31, January 2018

On Dec 6, 1992 it was yet another normal day in a small town called Burhanpur, in the southern Madhya-Pradesh. It was often known as Deccan Darvaza, the gateway to Deccan plateau for its militarily important geo-political location during the Mughal period. In those days talking about Mughals was a matter of pride and their rich cultural heritage was valued unlike today. I was about to leave for

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Indian Nation-State Becomes A Prison House For Minorities

  0 comments   |     by Jaspal Singh Sidhu on 28, January 2018

 At the outset, we must confront a bitter fact that it was a ‘transfer of power’ in 1947 which Indian rulers celebrated as ‘Freedom’ and ‘Independence’. If we use a terse coinage, it was a ‘syst

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Jerusalem – The Straw that Breaks the Empire’s Back?

  0 comments   |     by Peter Koenig on 25, January 2018

When President Trump on 6 December 2017 declared unilaterally Jerusalem as the capital of Israel to where the US Embassy shall relocate, he violated UN Resolutions, international law, common sense and went against all diplomatic efforts to eventually bring peace to the region, not to speak about 130 countries that have already voiced opposition to such a decision. And this, before the Peace

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Similarities between occupation of Kashmir and Palestine by Ken Stone

  0 comments   |     by Ken Stone on 18, January 2018

In Gaza, which has suffered under an illegal Israeli blockade for the past ten years, unemployment is at an incredible 63%, the highest official rate in the world. All export industries have been shut down. Sparse goods trickle in through underground tunnels. Thousands are still living in tents following the last Israeli military incursion of 2014 and few students are allowed to leave

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China proposes peace process for Rohingya crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh

  0 comments   |     by Adam Garrie on 15, January 2018

China’s proposals are pragmatic, humane, respectful and hold the potential for long term multilateral benefits. The first element of the peace plan called for an intensification of the existing ceasefire, while phase two called for the orderly return of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar. These refugees had fled to neighbouring Bangladesh in the midst of a local conflict between Buddhists

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Kashmir Conflict: Revisiting Nehru’s Legacy by Rameez Bhat

  0 comments   |     by Rameez Bhat on 04, January 2018

With the end of British paramountcy on 15th August 1947 India’s towering leader, Jawaharlal Nehru, famously declared India’s ‘tryst with destiny’. What followed the aspirational beginning of a new India was light years away from Nehru’s democratic socialism or secularism . Hundreds & thousands of Muslim refugees were killed, if not with the consent of Nehru, but at

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