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Bangladesh on Trial - East Pakistan in 1971 for Political Gains

  0 comments   |     by Ahmer Bilal Soofi

THE atrocities perpetrated by all the sides in East Pakistan in 1971 were reprehensible. For its excesses, Pakistan expressed regret to the people of Bangladesh in 2002, with a desire to bury the ghosts of the past and forge robust ties for the future. But, since assuming power in Bangladesh in 2008, the Awami League government of Prime Minister Hasina Wajid has adopted a regressi

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Dead Reckoning: Memories of the 1971 Bangladesh War

  4 comments   |     by Sarmila Bose

A long-overdue study of Bangladesh's war of independence. The wider revision of the conflict's history she implies exonerates the Pakistani government of any plot to rule the east by force, suggests that the Bengali Leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman let the genie of nationalism out of the bottle but could not control it, and insists that the confl

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Gulbarg Society Carnage: Who Cast the First Stone?

  0 comments   |     by Ram Puniyani

Communal violence is the big bane of Indian society. While on one hand the innocents are killed the guilty mostly get away without any punishment. The rate of prosecution of riot cases is very low. Even where punishments are meted out the big fish are let off while the foot soldiers get punished. Apart from these observations what is popularized and what has become part of the social comm

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Objectives behind Drone Strike in Baluchistan

  0 comments   |     by Asif Haroon Raja

Pakistan is caught up in a paradoxical situation. The US as well as the unity government in Kabul have been pressing Pakistan to convince the Afghan Taliban to come to the negotiating table and help in restoring peace in war torn Afghanistan. At the same time, they do not want Pakistan to maintain contacts with Taliban and are urging it to fight them. Last year, with great efforts Pakista

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India’s Maoist/Naxalite Movement - Village Called Prasadujot

  0 comments   |     by Pritam Singh

Pritam Singh Professor of Economics Faculty of Business Oxford Brookes University, Oxford UK. This is a draft paper for the conference on „Before ‟68: The Left, Activism and Social Movements in the Long 1960s‟ at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, 13-14th February 2016 Introduction On 25 May 1967, in one vi

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Carnage in Istanbul, Dhaka and Baghdad - Month of Ramadan

  0 comments   |     by Dr Chandra Muzaffar

The month of Ramadan witnessed unspeakable carnage in three Muslim cities in three different countries. On 28 June 2016, 41 people, both locals and foreigners were killed in shootings and suicide bombings at the Istanbul Ataturk Airport. On 2nd July, 20 people taken hostage by militants in an up market restaurant in Dhaka, Bangladesh were shot and murdered. On the 3rd of July in Baghdad,

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India’s Monroe Doctrine - Geo-Politically Sensitive

  0 comments   |     by Ikram Sehgal

Aware of the Pakistani leadership‟s inherent weakness subordinating the national interest to their greed and self-interest, the Americans have never really listened to what Chinese PM Chou En Lai told Kissinger in 1971 July during his ground-breaking historic trip to China, “do not forget the bridge (sic Pakistan) you have used, you may have to use it again&r

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Prosecution Pakistan Army Officers in Bangladesh

  1 comments   |     by Yasmeen Aftab Ali

Failure of Pakistan Government to launch international protest against killing and hanging of those who fought for the sovereignty of united Pakistan (West Pakistan and East Pakistan) is perhaps due to weak and poor leadership and absence of a full time foreign minister. The creation of Bangladesh was a result of a civil war where India openly came in with the Army to support the Awam

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Pakistan’s Nuclear Diplomacy - Conventional Arms Imbalance

  0 comments   |     by Munir Akram

Given the growing conventional arms imbalance with India, Pakistan‘s security is now critically dependent on nuclear deterrence. In the long, difficult struggle to develop this capability, in the face of determined Western opposition, Pakistan‘s scientists, its political leaders, and several of its soldiers, played vital roles. No less important was the part played by Pakistan&lsquo

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The Terror of Modi: An Interview with Arun Ferreira

  0 comments   |     by Andrew Stewart

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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