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Rage over mythical beauty Padmavati shows ugly side to a new India

  0 comments   |     by Vir Sanghvi

Several groups condemn the mythical tale as a distortion of history with some going so far as issuing death threats against the director – despite never having seen the movie Something strange and bewildering is happening in India and nobody is sure where it will lead. Over the past two weeks, the media landscape has been dominated by the campaign against Padmavati

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Hindu extremists threaten to torch British cinemas showing Bollywood film

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British film distributors are reconsidering the release of a Bollywood blockbuster after its production sparked threats, violence and protests in India over the belief that it insults a legendary 14th-century Hindu queen. After false but persistent rumours that the film depicted Padmini in intimate love scenes with the Muslim king, there were protests, attacks on the set and dire

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Hindu extremists threaten to torch British cinemas showing Bollywood film

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British film distributors are reconsidering the release of a Bollywood blockbuster after its production sparked threats, violence and protests in India over the belief that it insults a legendary 14th-century Hindu queen. After false but persistent rumours that the film depicted Padmini in intimate love scenes with the Muslim king, there were protests, attacks on the set and director, and threa

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“Human Rights Violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir

  2 comments   |     by IPRI Publication

A one-day workshop titled “Human Rights Violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK): Kashmiri Aspirations and Responsibility of International Community” was organized by the Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI) on August 8, 2017 at IPRI conference hall, Islamabad. The workshop consisted of one working session, in addition to an inaugural session. The three sub-themes

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Sri Lanka’s Reconciliation Agenda by Shakthi De Silva

  4 comments   |     by Shakthi De Silva

Sri Lanka looking committed in building institutions and mechanisms, brick by brick and in middle of balancing relations with East vis-a-vis West but internal human rights situation still a challenge. Sri Lanka continues to maintain a delicate balance in its ties

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Peace in Kashmir - Kashmiris won’t accept a bilateral deal with India

  0 comments   |     by AG Noorani

DINESHWAR Sharma, New Delhi’s ‘interlocutor’ for Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), left after a five-day visit, announcing that “there is no plan, there can’t be a plan” and “it is going to be a long, drawn-out exercise”. He has only an illusion of dialogue to offer. Everyone of consequence in J&K shunned him. A union home ministry official said that the J

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Trumps Diplomatic Vandalism-By recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

  3 comments   |     by Saeed Ismat

By recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the facade of US neutrality on the Palestine –Israel issue has been lost. Trumps shifting US embassy to Jerusalem is a body blow to Palestinian cause. In so doing United States has taken sides and granted sovereignty of entire Jerusalem to Israel.  The consequences of this move are impossible to predict other than the fact that this

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Pakistan: Russia's New Best Friend? by Arif Rafiq

  2 comments   |     by Arif Rafiq

As the U.S.-India embrace tightens, former Cold War foes Pakistan and Russia are bolstering ties with one another. Pakistan was an early Cold War partner of the United States, ultimately helping to evict the Soviets from Afghanistan in 1989. While India proclaimed a policy of non-alignment, it was firmly allied with the Soviet Union, which served as its chief defense supplier for decades. Those

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Land rights protests met with militarised response and brutality

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Arbitrary arrest and detention, shootings, tear gas, and killings. This is, how local authorities, military and police have reacted to non-violent protests of indigenous peoples throughout 2016. People were shocked by how the protesters at Standing Rock were met with a disproportionate militarised response. At the same time in India and Bangladesh, land rights protesters were met with even hars

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Afghanistan’s tryst with China begins – in Washington

  0 comments   |     by M.K. Bhadrakumar

Afghanistan has been accepted as a permanent member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Jin Liqun, president of the Beijing-based institution, formally presented a certificate confirming the country’s new status to Afghan Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi on Friday on the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank meetings in Washington. The Afgh

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