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The New Great Game - Implementation of the trade-Munir Akram

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THE recent India-Iran-Afghanistan agreement to develop a trade route from Chabahar to Central Asia has been portrayed by Indian commentators as having changed the historical ‘Great Game’ for control of the connection between South and Central Asia through Afghanistan. It has been claimed that the agreement will end India’s ‘isolation’ from Central Asia and Pakistan

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China leads resistance to India joining Nuclear Suppliers Group

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China leads resistance to India joining Nuclear Suppliers Group: diplomats Reuters VIENNA: China is leading opposition to a push by the United States (US) and other major powers for India to join the main club of countries controlling access to sensitive nuclear technology, diplomats said on Thursday as the group discussed India's membership bid. Other countries opp

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Hindu nationalists have many ways to silence writers

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Hindu nationalists have many ways to silence writers Pankaj Mishra writing for the Guardian on Arundhati Roy: said:- Controlled by upper-caste Hindu nationalists, Indian universities have been purging “anti-nationals” from both syllabuses and campuses for some months now. In a shocking turn of events last month, Rohith Vemula, a PhD student in Hyderabad, killed himself. Accused of &

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The problem of Secret Tax Havens By Dickshit Sengupta

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Panama is a tax haven, but Mauritius is one with which India has a comprehensive double tax treaty. This complicates matters more. In popular Indian imagination, a tax haven is generally associated with Switzerland and its numbered bank accounts. But tax havens are

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View from Bangladesh: The Hindu Dilemma Via Dhaka Tribune

  0 comments   |     by By M Serajul Islam | Via Dhaka Tribune

India’s recent decision to let Bangladeshi Hindus stay there indefinitely has made many people happy, but the move raises some tricky questions. By M Serajul Islam | Via Dhaka Tribune A retired secretary to the government who recently returne

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Sri Lanka’s Delicate Balancing Act by Patrick Mendis

  0 comments   |     by Patrick Mendis and Dániel Balázs

Sri Lanka’s position is indicative of an emerging new Indo-Pacific order, where regional countries seek to remain strategically neutral while selectively engaging with the major powers in order to serve their own interests. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (2nd R) and Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe (2nd L) attend the signing ceremony of bilateral cooperation documents

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Why is Assam burning? Most editors are failed writers, argued T S Eliot

  0 comments   |     by Aijaz Zaka Syed

Most editors are failed writers, argued T S Eliot. By the same logic, television hosts must be failed politicians and activists, I guess. Every time I watch folks like Bill O’Reilly of Fox News and Arnab Goswami of Times Now, I am reminded of the Spanish Inquisition. While O’Reilly has spawned around himself an alternative universe of his own where Islam is out to capture the

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Castes In India: Their Mechanism, Genesis And Development

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Paper presented by Dr, B. R. Ambedkar in the Anthropology Seminar of Dr. A. A. Goldenweizer at The Columbia University, New York, U.S.A. on 9th May 1916 - Source: Indian Antiquary, May 1917, Vol. XLI On the 100th anniversary of the presentation of Dr. Ambedkar's seminal paper "Castes In India: Their Mechanism, Genesis and Development" we are republishing it as a tribute to h

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Breaking myths of 1971 Pak-India War By S. M. Hali

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Forty two years since the 1971 Pak-India War, it is time to rest some of its myths. It is believed that India machinated the war to avenge Pakistan’s adventurism in the pre-1965 War “Operation Gibraltar” and planned to sever East Pakistan, building on the grievances of the Bengalis. In fact India had been conspiring much before 1965. The surreptitious visit of Sheikh Mujib to

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Violence as a Spectacle: The Dalit Question By Parvin Sultana

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While many have been euphoric that our great nation has moved beyond caste, frequent cases of caste violence prove otherwise. Dalits who were made to bear the brunt of untouchability are placed at the lowest rung of the social ladder and are often victims of the worst kind of atrocities. While formal laws banning untouchability and prevention of atrocities have been passed to s

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