Human Rights in South Asia

A Disaster in Waiting in the Himalayas

  0 comments   |     by Jehangir Khattak

A senior Pakistani official recently issued a largely ignored statement about the environmental impact of status quo between the armies of Pakistan and India on the world’s highest battleground, the Siachen Glacier. Some military check posts on both sides here are as high as 21,000 feet above sea level.

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ModiFail Silicon Valley Protester Assaulted

  0 comments   |     by Pieter Friedrich

Passionate crowds of protesters greeted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with loud slogans and a sea of placards upon his arrival at San Jose's SAP Center for a stage-managed Silicon Valley “community reception.” The posters, chants, and surprise banner drop challenged the Modi PR team's attempts to whitewash the controversial politician's record. The protest was the culminat

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Researchers: Freedom From Corruption Is ‘Human Right

  0 comments   |     by Jeffrey Young

International law does not currently regard an act of official corruption as the violation of a human right. But as recent steps by Chinese leaders, political shifts in India, the EuroMaidan in Ukraine, and the Arab Spring all reflect, an international consensus is emerging that corruption is a pervasive and pernicious social problem, structural obstacle to economic growth and threat to glo

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Indian Government, Modi and RSS

  0 comments   |     by Siddharth Varadarajan

What makes the axis between the government and the RSS so problematic is not just its extra-constitutionality but the sheer incompatibility of the RSS and its ideology with a democratic, inclusive polity and society. A bizarre political spectacle took place in Delhi this week that no amount of sophistry can square with the principles of a modern democratic republic. A &ls

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Refugees Don’t Cause Fascism Timmermann – You Do

  0 comments   |     by Dan Glazebrook

Europe needs to fascisise its policies, because if it doesn’t - fascism will grow. This was the message from Frans Timmerman, Vice-President of the European Commission following last week’s fraught negotiations over the so-called refugee crisis. "We have to patrol our borders better”, he

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Terrorism’s saffron fault line

  0 comments   |     by Latha Jishnu

COLOURS have strong associations and tend to be coded in our psyche. They are linked, sometimes inexorably, to our politics, culture and social biases. The way we respond to people, events and situations is prompted by the colour coding embedded in us, however subtly these triggers might work. Often our responses symbolise rank prejudice. Right-wing demagogue Bal Thackeray who founded th

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Scholar Casts New Light on Hindu-Muslim relations

  0 comments   |     by Marguerite Rigoglioso

Stanford Scholar Audrey Truschke research paints a far different picture than common perceptions, which assume that the Muslim presence has always been hostile to Indian languages, religions and culture. A leading scholar of South Asian cultural and intellectual history, Truschke argues that this more divisive interpretation actually developed during the colonial period from 1757 t

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EDITORIAL

  0 comments   |     by Saeed Ismat

Corruption is a Human Rights Issue International law does not currently regard an act of official corruption as the violation of a human right. But as recent steps by Chinese leaders, political/security shifts in Pakistan, the EuroMaidan in Ukraine, and the Arab Spring all reflect, an international consensus is emerging that corruption is a pervasive and pernicious social problem, stru

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Corruption is a Human Rights Issue

  0 comments   |     by Saeed Ismat

Corruption is a Human Rights Issue International law does not currently regard an act of official corruption as the violation of a human right. But as recent steps by Chinese leaders, political/security shifts in Pakistan, the EuroMaidan in Ukraine, and the Arab Spring all reflect, an international consensus is emerging that corruption is a pervasive and pernicious social problem, struct

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Adivasi’s Cultural Identity Under Assault

  0 comments   |     by Vidya Bhushan Rawat

Adivasi’s Cultural Identity Under Assault By Vidya Bhushan Rawat As I boarded the Rajdhani express from New Delhi for Parasnath for my intended visit to Jharkhand the co-passenger in the side seat was a young boy from IIT Delhi who happened to belong to Jain community and was visiting to Parasnath for religious rituals that his parents were performing. During the conversat

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