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Bangladesh Sees India Validating Two-nation Theory and Abjuring Secularism

  0 comments   |     by Tariq A Karim

Since Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s game-changing visit to India in January 2010, bilateral relations between the two countries have been reconfigured phenomenally, in qualitative and substantive terms. The two countries amicably resolved, completely, their long-festering land boundary dispute and equally long-troubling maritime border dispute (alt

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India: Intimations of an Ending – Part I

  0 comments   |     by Arundhati Roy

The rise of Modi and the Hindu far right. It is a long eye opener article and LISA is presenting it in three parts While protest reverberates on the streets of Chile, Catalonia, Britain, France, Iraq, Lebanon, and Hong Kong, and a new generation rages against what has been done to their planet, I hope you will forgive me for speaking about a place wh

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Sacred thread of the soul

  0 comments   |     by Jawed Naqvi

SIKHS across the world are celebrating Guru Nanak’s 550th anniversary today, and the fervour is enhanced by the opening of a key road between Pakistan and India that leads to his shrine in Kartarpur in Pakistan. Among the non-Sikhs who have revered Nanak are great Muslim poets. Nazeer Akbarabadi among them (1740-1830) in a paean to the Guru celebrated him for

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Hindu Nationalists Head Off a Cliff in Kashmir

  1 comments   |     by Pankaj Mishra

Long on a roll, right-wing nationalists finally seem to be overreaching. Evidence came from two different sources this week: India and Britain.  Brexit, advocated and promoted by mostly English nationalists, always threatened the breakup of Great Britain. With new Prime Minister Boris Johnson now vowing to leave the European Union on Oct. 31 without a deal and

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Well done, My Lords!

  1 comments   |     by Justice Markandaey Katju

Appeasement to a bully, like the Munich pact of 1938, only whets the appetite of an aggressor. SUBMIT that the recent Ayodhya verdict of the Supreme Court will go down in the annals of Indian legal history in the same category as its decision in ADM Jabalpur vs. Shivakant Shukla, 1975, the only difference being that un

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Whatever it takes

  0 comments   |     by Ashraf Jehangir Qazi

THE Indian lockdown of nine million Muslims in the Kashmir Valley seems to be unending. Has India made a ‘major strategic blunder’ or has it pulled off a major fait accompli? In other words, is there a greater likelihood of India having to reverse its Aug 5 decision or is it effectively irreversible despite Pakistan’s vigorous diplomacy and the unp

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Kashmir, India and the World

  0 comments   |     by Saeed Ismat

On the first day of year 2020, India completed 150 days of siege of Kashmir – longest ever in any place with the world’s longest-ever internet blockade.  The military cordon remains entrenched and unwavering to activate with the usual brutality but this time around with a wild vengeance whenever Kashmiris display any potential for resistance. So far, the only reason Kashmi

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J&K continues to be haunted, as parts of India ‘degenerate’ into quasi-Kashmir situation

  0 comments   |     by Rajendran Narayanan, Sandeep Pandey

“Jab har saans mein bandook dikhe toh baccha kaise bekhauf rahe?” (How can a child be fearless when she sees a gun in every breath?) remarked Anwar, a gardener from Srinagar, when asked about the situation in Kashmir. On November 30, 2019, a walk through an iron gate in a quiet neighbourhood of Srinagar took us inside a public school. It was 11

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Post-9/11: unilateralism and international law

  0 comments   |     by ShireenMazari

Post-9/11, the world is witnessing increasing violations of international law, especially International Human Rights Law (IHRL) and International Humanitarian Law (IHL) in conflict situations, specifically where powerful states are involved, on the one hand, and a lack of consequences for these violations, on the other. In the af

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Demolishing Human Rights in India

  1 comments   |     by Fr Cedric Prakash SJ

This past year from December 2018, had two significant 70th anniversaries: first, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (10 December 1948) and then, of the promulgation of the Constitution of India (November 26, 2019). It is quite certain that the makers of the Indian Constitution took inspiration from the UDHR. Strangely enough, as if on cue, ever

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