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by N S Rajaram on 20 Jul 2018 0 Comment

Even fifty years after independence, it is unfortunate but true that Indians continue to view themselves and their history through colonial glasses. The education system for the most part continues to be based on the Macaulayite model. This is especially so in subjects like history, which include long discredited theories like the Aryan invasion and the Arya...

by Naagesh Padmanaban on 19 Jul 2018 5 Comments

The Supreme Court of India in its recent judgement on a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Shanti Bhushan (TOI July 7th 2018) has reiterated, for the third time in eight months, that the Chief Justice of India (CJI) will have sole authority on allocating cases in the top court. The judgement, although it pertains to the internal administration of the ...

by James M Dorsey on 18 Jul 2018 1 Comment

A United Arab Emirates-backed Saudi effort to wrest control from Jordan of Islam’s holy places in Jerusalem signals a sharper, more overt edge to Saudi religious diplomacy and the kingdom’s quest for regional hegemony that risks deepening divides in the Muslim world. The effort also serves to support Donald J. Trump’s plan for a resolution of the Israeli-Pal...

by Bhaskar Menon on 17 Jul 2018 3 Comments

Drugs constitute the highest volume of business in the global black market. The Geneva-based UN Office of Drugs and Crime has estimated that the Afghan opium/heroin trade is worth some $60 billion a year. It also estimated the overall street value of all forms of mind altering drugs to be $500 billion. It backed away from that figure under challenge but much...

by Bhaskar Menon on 16 Jul 2018 2 Comments

Oxfam announced in January this year that a new billionaire had been created every two days in 2017. It turned out to be a serious undercount. London’s Sunday Times reported in May that one had appeared every day — or rather, every 0.97 days. Some other startling facts about the worlds’ super-rich: ​All the world’s 2,754 billionaires together now have $9.2 t...

by James M Dorsey on 15 Jul 2018 5 Comments

Increased Pakistani dependence on China to help it avert resorting to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to avoid a financial and economic crisis, spotlights fears that the terms of Chinese investment in massive Belt and Road-related projects would not pass international muster. Concerns that China’s US $50 billion-plus investment in Pakistani infrastruct...

by B S Harishankar on 14 Jul 2018 12 Comments

The veteran scholar of Indo-Jewish studies, Professor Nathan Katz, records that during his visit in 1984 to the Kochi synagogue in Kerala, a Jewish lady, Sarah Cohen, made some touchy remarks to his wife about the chanting of prayers at a Hindu temple nearby. Professor Katz observed that the commingling of Hebrew and Sanskrit prayers is more a harmony than a...

by James M Dorsey on 13 Jul 2018 1 Comment

Iran, in the latest of a series of incidents on its western and south-eastern borders, said it had disbanded a Pakistan-based cell of ant-Shiite militants in a clash this week on the Iranian side of the border. The clash, shrouded in mystery like similar past incidents in the ethnic Baloch province of Sistan and Baluchistan, and Kurdish areas in the West, oc...

by R Hariharan on 12 Jul 2018 2 Comments

China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) conducted a military drill in Southwest Tibet on June 25 to test civilian-military integration and logistic support in high altitudes. Beyond the military dimensions of the exercise, it has connotations on India-China relations and on President Xi Jinping’s process of consolidating his power through civil-military integ...

by Claudia Waedlich on 11 Jul 2018 4 Comments

Tomorrow [June 26], we commemorate the International Day of Torture: commemorating the victims of cruel torture around the world, and we come here to discuss the victims of the Enforced Disappearances. All deprived nations in Pakistan, but especially about the startling rise in numbers in the Pashtun areas and in Balochistan, from where every day we receive ...

by Sandhya Jain on 10 Jul 2018 9 Comments

India’s foreign policy has its task cut out - to ensure the safety of the Hindu-Sikh community within Afghanistan or its safe repatriation to India (or migration elsewhere) with full citizenship and rehabilitation. In a positive move, New Delhi has issued long-term visas to members of Afghanistan’s Sikh and Hindu communities and offered them the right to...

by James M Dorsey on 09 Jul 2018 1 Comment

If the notion that history repeats itself is accurate, it is nowhere truer than in the Middle East where the international community, caught by surprise by the 2011 popular Arab revolts, has reverted to opting for political stability as opposed to sustainability, ignoring the undercurrents of change wracking the Middle East. Major powers do so at their peril...

by Israel Shamir on 08 Jul 2018 1 Comment

Helsinki after Singapore! The summit Trump-Putin will hopefully take place this month in the Finnish capital, after being delayed and delayed for ages. We had expected the two strong men to meet right away after Trump’s historic election, but the summit didn’t take place, for Trump had been besieged by Mueller’s Gestapo and accused of being a Russian agent. ...

by James M Dorsey on 07 Jul 2018 1 Comment

Iran’s Indian-back port of Chabahar, inaugurated months before the United States re-imposed sanctions on the Islamic republic, is where Asia and the Middle East’s multiple political conflicts and commercial rivalries collide. Chabahar was destined to become a player in geopolitical and economic manoeuvring between China, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Saudi A...

by William Blum on 06 Jul 2018 0 Comment

The current mass exodus of people from Central America to the United States, with the daily headline-grabbing stories of numerous children involuntarily separated from their parents, means it’s time to remind my readers once again of one of the primary causes of these periodic mass migrations. Those in the US generally opposed to immigration make it a point ...

by Imtiaz Wazir on 05 Jul 2018 1 Comment

An anti-Pakistan demonstration was staged by activists of the Pashtun Takhafuz Movement (PTM) outside the UN headquarters in New York on Friday, June 29, 2018, to protest against the Pakistani security establishment for its direct and indirect involvement in human rights abuses against the suppressed ethnic Pashtuns. The state-sponsored terrorism on both sid...

by James M Dorsey on 04 Jul 2018 0 Comment

Embattled former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak was the main loser in May’s election upset that returned Mahathir Mohamad to power as his country’s anti-corruption crusader. Yet, Mr. Razak is not the only one who may be paying the price for allegedly non-transparent and unaccountable governance. So is Saudi Arabia with a Saudi company having played a k...

by Ramtanu Maitra on 03 Jul 2018 1 Comment

The rise of China and India as major economic powers and their close relations with Russia adjoining Europe could make the Eurasian zone, along with Southeast and East Asia, a motor for development in the coming decades. Both India and China have done very well in maintaining, and even upgrading, their relations with these two areas of future prosperity. In...

by Ramtanu Maitra on 02 Jul 2018 1 Comment

In April, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi flew to Wuhan, China, to have a two-day, informal one-on-one summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping [April 27-28]. The objective of the two leaders was to repair and re-energize stuttering Sino-India relations. Following that informal summit - although much of the content of their deliberation remains confident...

by Naagesh Padmanaban on 01 Jul 2018 1 Comment

Two news items in the recent past caught the attention of many. They deserve closer scrutiny since it provides good insights into a thriving business in India. It is indeed representative of a deep and well entrenched industry that has prospered by profligate peddling of false narratives in India. The first was observations made by none other than the...

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