PAKISTAN

Pakistan proposes 8 world heritage sites to Unesco

  0 comments   |     by Jamal Shahid on 07, December 2015

Pakistan proposes 8 world heritage sites to Unesco Pakistan will push for Unesco to include another eight sites, that are of universal value, in its lost of world heritage sites. “These sites are of national and cultural universal importance, and will attract tourists from across borders – that will help Pakistan generate income and improve its soft image,” Ministry of

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CULTURE AND STATE

  0 comments   |     by A G Noorani on 07, December 2015

Culture & state A.G. Noorani  The writer is an author and a lawyer based in Mumbai. The writer is an author and a lawyer based in Mumbai. POLITICS is the art of the possible; economics is the science of the useful; culture is the essence of the worthwhile. The Spanish intellectual, Salvador de Madariaga’s summing is apt. There is a

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REVERSE SWING: MODI'S GOVERNANCE IS A LOST OPPORTUNITY

  0 comments   |     by Tunku Varadarajan on 26, November 2015

Reverse Swing: Modi’s Governance is a Lost Opportunity India needed a leader of the nation. Instead, it got the leader of a party. Written by Tunku Varadarajan | Updated: November 8, 2015 1:57 pm   Modi is no Margaret Thatcher. I see no honest drive to undo India’s crony capitalism, and an excessive reli

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US grapples with Pakistan’s Sharifs

  0 comments   |     by Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar on 24, November 2015

US grapples with Pakistan’s Sharifs By M K Bhadrakumar The timing couldn’t have been more perfect. On the very same day that the United States Vice-President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry received the Pakistani army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif in Washington (here and here), Prime MInister Nawaz Sharif also received a VIP — a top Kremlin offi

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Former Indian minister criticises BJP

  0 comments   |     by The Dawn on 12, November 2015

Former Indian minister criticises BJP former Indian Foreign Minister crticised  Modi's BJP for declining Pakistan’s peace overtures India’s former foreign minister and key congress leader, Salman Khurshid, criticised the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for adopting a tough stand towards Pakistan and said “when congress was in power, BJP had been pressuring it

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Modi juggernaut brought to halt, what next?

  0 comments   |     by M K Bhadrakumar on 08, November 2015

  Modi juggernaut brought to halt, what next? The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) suffered crushing defeat in the state elections in Bihar. Almost all estimates forecast a ‘neck-and-neck’ fight between the BJP and the opposition alliance of secular parties. However, the results are a landslide in favor of the opposition, which would probably translate as two-thir

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HUMAN RIGHTS SOUTH ASIA

  0 comments   |     by Madhavi Basnet on 04, November 2015

South Asia's Regional Initiative on Human Rights by Madhavi Basnet The South Asian people share many socio-economic and political problems, such as poverty, illiteracy, unemployment, unequal treatment of women, violence against women, pollution, exploitation of child labor, and religious fundamentalism. Human rights organizations in South Asia have rece

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India –Pakistan: Hyphenated

  0 comments   |     by Munir Akram on 04, November 2015

The Pakistan army chief’s speech on Sept 6, Defence Day, highlighted the security threats which Pakistan continues to face from India 50 years after the 1965 war. That war lasted 17 days. If, God forbid, war was to break out today, it may last only 17 hours. Cross-border exchanges or incursions could easily escalate to general conventional warfare. This, in turn, could rapidly cross the n

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Indian diplomacy takes a major Hit in Nepal

  0 comments   |     by Lt General Ashok K Mehta (Former Indian army offic on 04, November 2015

A country that refuses to learn from past mistakes is fated to remain on the learning curve. This is India’s misfortune. The Indian mistake today in being intrusive toward its tiny northern neighbour Nepal bears similarity with the disastrous policy failure it experienced vis-à-vis its small southern neighbour Sri Lanka. This was reiterated by an eminent Indian analyst, diploma

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The Naxalite Insurgency in India

  0 comments   |     by Kristian A Kennedy on 04, November 2015

16 of India's 28 states – mostly in the east and the centre – are affected by insurgency to a greater or lesser degree. It is an often ignored fact that 66.6% of Indian landmass is not in Indian control where the writ of the state is shaky and in places negligible or nonexistent.  There may be as many as 150,000 militiamen and full-time fighters in total and India's Prime M

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