Human Rights in South Asia

The Terror of Modi: An Interview with Arun Ferreira

  0 comments   |     by Andrew Stewart on 28, March 2017

Two years back in 2014, Narendra Modi became the 15th Prime Minster of India. Within the past year, the Western media has hailed his government and he has been a prominent figure in the international pages of the New York Times, garnering accolades for streamlining the bureaucracy and helping to grow the economy. Just a few weeks ago he was encouraging Vladimir Putin to

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India’s foreign policy crossed the Rubicon for unsure gains

  0 comments   |     by M.K. Bhadrakumar on 22, March 2017

India’s foreign-policy community has begun agonizing over the era of Donald Trump in world politics. A host of assumptions anchoring India’s policies, dating back to the nineties, appear to be getting invalidated. As the nineties ended, the task was well under way to reshape India’s foreign policy opti

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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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Bangladesh Turns into Bangla-Daesh - Overpopulated Muslim-majority Country

  0 comments   |     by EDITORIAL on 06, March 2017

The overpopulated Muslim-majority country of Bangladesh has been under militant Islamist strain for the past year, with Daesh claiming responsibility for several high-profile terrorist attacks since last fall. The author forecast in an article last year for Sputnik how this South Asian country might turn into a new terrorist hotspot in the coming future, one which would immediately jeopardize t

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Khalistan the Next Kashmir? The Followers of the Sikh Religion

  0 comments   |     by EDITORIAL on 05, March 2017

The followers of the Sikh religion have long demanded enhanced autonomy within India, with some even going as far as to call for the creation of their own sub-national state of Khalistan in their native Punjabi homeland. This part of the country strategically straddles the Pakistani border and is thus an area of zero compromise for the central Indian authorities, unless, of course, the socio-po

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India Isolated in Asia - The China-Pakistan-Russia Troika

  0 comments   |     by EDITORIAL on 03, March 2017

The China-Pakistan-Russia Troika has emerged on the South Asian geopolitical scene in 2016 with undisguised contours and political signalling emerges as India is beginning to feel the heat of strategic isolation. Chinese economic inroad is emerging in Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Myanmar. Nepal has been playing ‘China card’ with India and one should not be surprised if Banglades

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Kashmir - Human Rights - The Role of the Indian Government

  0 comments   |     by EDITORIAL on 28, February 2017

The role of the Indian government and the Indian army in the liberation of Bangladesh is well documented and is much trumpeted about particularly by right wing politicians and some former senior army officials in the full glare of television channels. It would be a denial of truth to say that Pakistan is not reciprocating by aiding and abetting the Azadi lovers of Kashmir. Such is the

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Illegal Arrest of human Rights Activists in India

  0 comments   |     by EDITORIAL on 23, February 2017

London Institute of South Asia strongly condemns the illegal, unprovoked and malevolent arrest by the Telangana police of a 7-member team of lawyers, journalists and human rights activists belonging to the Telangana Democratic Forum and other organisations on Christmas Day 25th December, 2016 at Dummagudam village of Bhadrachalam District of Telangana who were planning to visit Chhattisgarh to

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