KASHMIR-RIGHS

Kashmir’s New Status: Why the West Turns a Blind Eye to Democracy Deficit in India Brian Cloughley

  0 comments   |     by Brian Cloughley

On August 23 the New York Times reported that the Indian Ministry of External Affairs “won’t say why foreign journalists continue to be blocked from setting foot in Kashmir” but managed to obtain a compelling first-

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BJP is Indianising Kashmir or leading to Kashmirisation of India

  0 comments   |     by Pratap Bhanu Mehta

The story of Indian democracy written in blood and betrayal. There are times in the history of a republic when it reduces itself to jackboot. Nothing more and nothing less. We are witnessing that moment in Kashmir. But this moment is also a dry run for the political desecration that may follow in the rest of India.  The manner in which the BJP government

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Bangladesh Sees India Validating Two-nation Theory and Abjuring Secularism

  0 comments   |     by Tariq A Karim

Since Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s game-changing visit to India in January 2010, bilateral relations between the two countries have been reconfigured phenomenally, in qualitative and substantive terms. The two countries amicably resolved, completely, their long-festering land boundary dispute and equally long-troubling maritime border dispute (alt

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India: Intimations of an Ending – Part I

  0 comments   |     by Arundhati Roy

The rise of Modi and the Hindu far right. It is a long eye opener article and LISA is presenting it in three parts While protest reverberates on the streets of Chile, Catalonia, Britain, France, Iraq, Lebanon, and Hong Kong, and a new generation rages against what has been done to their planet, I hope you will forgive me for speaking about a place wh

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Sacred thread of the soul

  0 comments   |     by Jawed Naqvi

SIKHS across the world are celebrating Guru Nanak’s 550th anniversary today, and the fervour is enhanced by the opening of a key road between Pakistan and India that leads to his shrine in Kartarpur in Pakistan. Among the non-Sikhs who have revered Nanak are great Muslim poets. Nazeer Akbarabadi among them (1740-1830) in a paean to the Guru celebrated him for

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Hindu Nationalists Head Off a Cliff in Kashmir

  0 comments   |     by Pankaj Mishra

Long on a roll, right-wing nationalists finally seem to be overreaching. Evidence came from two different sources this week: India and Britain.  Brexit, advocated and promoted by mostly English nationalists, always threatened the breakup of Great Britain. With new Prime Minister Boris Johnson now vowing to leave the European Union on Oct. 31 without a deal and

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Whatever it takes

  0 comments   |     by Ashraf Jehangir Qazi

THE Indian lockdown of nine million Muslims in the Kashmir Valley seems to be unending. Has India made a ‘major strategic blunder’ or has it pulled off a major fait accompli? In other words, is there a greater likelihood of India having to reverse its Aug 5 decision or is it effectively irreversible despite Pakistan’s vigorous diplomacy and the unp

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Kashmir, India and the World

  0 comments   |     by Saeed Ismat

On the first day of year 2020, India completed 150 days of siege of Kashmir – longest ever in any place with the world’s longest-ever internet blockade.  The military cordon remains entrenched and unwavering to activate with the usual brutality but this time around with a wild vengeance whenever Kashmiris display any potential for resistance. So far, the only reason Kashmi

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J&K continues to be haunted, as parts of India ‘degenerate’ into quasi-Kashmir situation

  0 comments   |     by Rajendran Narayanan, Sandeep Pandey

“Jab har saans mein bandook dikhe toh baccha kaise bekhauf rahe?” (How can a child be fearless when she sees a gun in every breath?) remarked Anwar, a gardener from Srinagar, when asked about the situation in Kashmir. On November 30, 2019, a walk through an iron gate in a quiet neighbourhood of Srinagar took us inside a public school. It was 11

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Demolishing Human Rights in India

  0 comments   |     by Fr Cedric Prakash SJ

This past year from December 2018, had two significant 70th anniversaries: first, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (10 December 1948) and then, of the promulgation of the Constitution of India (November 26, 2019). It is quite certain that the makers of the Indian Constitution took inspiration from the UDHR. Strangely enough, as if on cue, ever

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