Human Rights in South Asia

The Hole in the Heart of Asia - President Ashraf Ghani

  0 comments   |     by Peter Lee

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Lifting the Veil over BJP’s Digital Army

  1 comments   |     by M.R. Narayan Swamy

Book Review: “ I am a Troll: Inside the Secret World of BJP’s Digital Army”; Author: Swati Chaturvedi; Publisher: Juggernaut; Pages: 171; Price: Rs 250  “Why does the PM of India alone among world leaders follow some of his country’s worst online abusers?” Journalist Swati Chaturvedi asks this damning question an

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Corruption as a Virtue - Looking at the State of Affairs Prevailing

  0 comments   |     by By Moa Jamir

Looking at the state of affairs prevailing in our society in the recent past, a measured conclusion can be drawn that corruption and self-interest have become a virtue in the Naga society. Corruption is a global phenomenon. Humankind since ‘time immemorial’ has failed to hit upon a perfect antidote to free itself from its menacing grip. Only the prevalence varies.  Conc

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Depressing Uncertainty: Nagaland

  0 comments   |     by Dr. Asangba Tzüdir

 In the aesthetics of ‘beauty,’ certainty is beautiful while uncertainty is romantic. Conversely,the Nagas are going through a certain kind of uncertainty which has created crises and put the Nagas in a very depressing situation. This depression has somehow blinded and overshadowed the form and content of the crux of the issue with a need for quick answers and fixes; at least f

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