Human Rights in South Asia

Regressive and Discriminatory. India's Nationality Bill

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"complete violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international covenants on elimination of all forms of discrimination based on religion or belief".   Hundreds of protesters took to the streets in India as Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government on

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India’s end game in Kashmir could blow up

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More than a month after India ended the special status for the state of Jammu and Kashmir; it is preparing to restore a high degree of normality by mid-October. This means that the curbs on people’s communication and movement in force since August 5 are likely to con

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Ayodhya: Indian Judiciary on Trial

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IT has been nearly 27 years since the destruction of the 16th century Babri Masjid in Ayodhya. And it still feels like yesterday that the tragedy that changed India forever struck. Most of us remember where we were or what we were doing that fateful day. It is as if time has stood still all these years. It indeed has in many ways. Meanwhile a whole n

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A Review of Sikkim, Requiem for a Himalayan Kingdom

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This is a book Bhutanese must read for many reasons. It is a gripping historical tragedy told by a master storyteller and researcher. Many of us have heard about India’s annexation of Sikkim in the twentieth century but only a few have access to the details of how the tragedy unfolded in the midst of personal and political vicissitudes and the geopolitical com

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A Dark Dawn

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Kashmir – nature’s handmaiden – lies ravished by the BJP. India’s Minister of Home Affairs Amit Shah has revoked, with the stroke of a presidential pen, the special status of Jammu & Kashmir guaranteed under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution. He has relegated them to the dustbin that contains the remains of Junagadh, Hyderabad and Goa. S

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India’s Afghan dream will eventually crumble

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A day before the planned secret negotiations between President Donald Trump, President Ashraf Ghani and representatives of the Taliban at Camp David on Sunday, they were cancelled. The meeting was meant to eliminate disagreements that the Afghan President and parts of the US leadership had with the draft peace agreement, the result of almost a year’s negotiati

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Hair-trigger Nuclear Alert over Kashmir

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Two of the world’s most important powers, India and Pakistan, are locked into an extremely dangerous confrontation over the bitterly disputed Himalayan mountain state of Kashmir. Both are nuclear armed. Kashmir has been a flashpoint since Imperial Britain divided India in 1947. India and Pakistan have fought numerous wars and conflicts over majority Muslim Kas

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Equality in UnIndian: How to make it Indian is The Question

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In my village in my childhood and now there was/is one common practice. Each occupation is performed by a single community. Each community has its own name. Tilling the land, shepherding or cattle rearing, fishing, toddy tapping, pot making, cloth washing, clothe weaving, barbering and chappal making, including handling of dead bodies of animals or humans are done b

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Separatist Movement Threatening India’s Existence

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That India is confronted with a large number of separatist movements is not surprising given its ethnic and religious diversity along with a history of multiple sub-nationalisms. Webpage “Quora” counts 135 different separatist movements in India in 2017. Many of those movements being small or even dormant only proves the multiple tensions that such a lar

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India’s Kashmir Crackdown Poses Risk of War

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On August 5, India’s Hindu nationalist government unilaterally revoked the autonomy of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, while flooding the region with troops, imposing a curfew, and shutting down all communications. The state is to be broken in two, with the eastern portion (Ladakh) under direct rule by New Del

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