INDIA

Forever caste in Stone

  0 comments   |     by Latha Jishnu

On India’s Republic Day last month, the customary wall-to-wall coverage of the celebrations was practically wiped off TV screens by a protest taking place in a small town in Maharashtra state. A band of women was making a spirited attempt to get into the sanctum sanctorum of a popular temple that deifies the planet Saturn as the god Shani, whom the Hindus propit

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Stop Surveillance and Harassment of Kashmiri

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Peoples Union for Democratic Rights expresses its outrage at the harassment and arrest of Kashmiri students in Mewar University, Rajasthan, and other educational institutions, amidst an intensifying surveillance of Kashmiris across the country. On 14th March, 2016, a rumour was spread on WhatsApp that “Kashmiri students are cooking beef”, in their hos

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India’s juvenile volte face

  0 comments   |     by P K Balachandran

It was the “political survival instinct” of the rapidly weakening BJP which made the Indian government suddenly call off the foreign ministers-level talks with Pakistan which were to be held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in New York next week. India’s foreign minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart S M Qur

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Indo-Bangla relations and the “termite” problem

  0 comments   |     by Afsan Chowdhury

Indian’s ruling party BJP leader Amit Shah has called ‘illegal Bangladeshis’ as “termites” which will be cleaned out from the woodwork of Assam in particular. Its not just the unseemly language coming from a major political leader of the most powerful state around that is disturbing. Its also an indicator of the heightened tension in the

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Imran Khan’s China visit shows Narendra Modi government

  0 comments   |     by Ananth Krishnan

Imran Khan’s China visit shows Narendra Modi government oversold Wuhan summit Chinese President Xi Jinping meets Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in Beijing, China. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan left China without an immediate bailout promise he was seeking for his country&

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Muslims left out of the India growth story, study shows

  0 comments   |     by Nikita Kwatra

In Muslim-majority Jammu and Kashmir, the Muslim community has considerably higher mobility than in the rest of India. AP Photo One of the most important ways to determine levels of inequality in a country is to look at differences in people’s access to opportunities. India seems to have performed poorly on that score,

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Indian State “orchestrated” Islamist terror

  0 comments   |     by NafeezAhmed

A senior Indian police officer and anti-corruption investigator accused the Indian government of orchestrating the Mumbai terror attacks which occurred nearly seven years ago, according to an Indian government official. R. V. S. Mani, a former undersecretary in India’s home ministry now in the urban development ministry, testified in July that a senior police officer who investigated

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Assam: Why India denying Bengali Migrants?

  0 comments   |     by Rajeev Ahmad

Since Muslim bashing ultra-Hinduism is the main driving force of Modi government, Assam has been observing a series of discontent and violence between these two religious groups. It appears as a successful strategy because the anti-Muslim Bengali sentiment is rising within the total demography. Assam acco

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Muslims Lynched in India

  0 comments   |     by Harsh Mander

This is what India has become: One more pitiless lynching. This time of two older men, a petty goat trader and a marginal farmer in a village in Hapur, Uttar Pradesh, a two-hour drive from the national capital. The same frenzied gratuitous cruelty of the mob, the passivity of the bystander, the triumphant video-taping of the crime broadcast through the internet, the c

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The Absurdity of the New ‘Great Game’ in Central Asia

  0 comments   |     by Lyle J. Goldstein

When the American people went to the polls in November 2016, they could be forgiven for thinking they had elected a president who might just bring the troops home from Afghanistan. After nearly seventeen years of grinding war in that poor, desolate and ultimately ins

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