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by N S Rajaram on 19 Aug 2019 8 Comments

Following the revocation of Article 370, Kashmir has become an integral part of India. Mr. Amit Shah has expressed the goal of recovering the rest of the territory of occupied Jammu and Kashmir, as well as Aksai Chin now held by China. This presents both challenges and opportunities as POK has two distinct entities, Azad Kashmir and the northern area known a...

by B S Harishankar on 18 Aug 2019 15 Comments

The new Karnataka government under B.S. Yediyurappa has ordered the Kannada Culture Department to stop celebrating Tipu Jayanti, the birth anniversary of Tipu Sultan that the State has been observing for the past few years, in November. The order has not raised any ripples in the state, barring statements by former chief minister Siddaramaiah who initiated...

by Radha Rajan on 17 Aug 2019 2 Comments

Whereas in Hindu tradition of statecraft or rajdharma wars were fought for dharma and by dharma between kingdoms and states where everyday life of the people of the warring states was guided by their adherence to sanatana dharma, war for the adherents of Abrahamic faiths is about bringing all the world under their One God: overt war, covert war and war by ot...

by Punarvasu Parekh on 16 Aug 2019 3 Comments

August 5, 2019 will be etched in history. The abolition of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir State and its bifurcation into two Union Territories (Jammu and Kashmir with a legislature and Ladakh without one) is India’s Berlin Wall moment. As with the demolition of the Babri structure, India will not be the same again. The centre’s action has generated ...

by The Saker on 15 Aug 2019 1 Comment

This new reality is particularly visible in the Middle-East where countries like the United States, Israel or Saudi Arabia (this is the so-called “Axis of Kindness”) are currently only capable of deploying a military capable of massacring civilians or destroy the infrastructure of a country, but which cannot be used effectively against the two real regional ...

by The Saker on 14 Aug 2019 10 Comments

“Missing the forest for the trees” is an apt metaphor if we take a look at most commentary describing the past twenty years or so. This period has been remarkable in the number of genuinely tectonic changes the international system has undergone. It all began during what I think of as the “Kristallnacht of international law,” 30 August September 1995, when t...

by Thierry Meyssan on 13 Aug 2019 0 Comment

After three years of relative withdrawal from the international scene, Turkey has specified its direction. While still remaining a member of the Atlantic Alliance and its integrated command structure, it intends to express its independence. It will not receive orders either from the Atlantic Alliance or the Collective Security Treaty Organisation. On the int...

by Pepe Escobar on 12 Aug 2019 1 Comment

Russia is meticulously advancing Eurasian chessboard moves that should be observed in conjunction, as Moscow proposes to the Global South an approach diametrically opposed to Western sanctions, threats and economic war. Here are three recent examples. Ten days ago, via a document officially approved by the United Nations, the Russian Foreign Ministry advance...

by Jaibans Singh on 11 Aug 2019 0 Comment

With the reorganisation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir done and irrevocable, all eyes are on the possible fallout, more so from Pakistan. The neighbouring country has partially recovered from the shock to rustle up a response, however incoherent and disjointed. In the initial stages came the tweets: “CCC on Kashmir situation at GHQ. Forum fully...

by B S Harishankar on 10 Aug 2019 40 Comments

In the early 1980s, the leftists organized protests, waving red flags outside central government offices in West Bengal and Kerala, against the introduction of computers in banks and institutions, which they designated as a capitalist evil and a bourgeois conspiracy to rob the proletariat. Three decades later, in 2004, the then Marxist chief minister of West...

by Kamran Mofid on 09 Aug 2019 4 Comments

In memory of the people who perished in the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, I ask all the friends of the Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative to hold a one-minute silent prayer and to light a candle to remember the victims and to pray for the realization of lasting world peace, free from the weapons of mass destruction. On 6...

by Ashok B Sharma on 08 Aug 2019 1 Comment

The integration of South Asia remains a distant dream. Pakistan seems to be the only irritant in the way of consolidation in the region. The bitterness between India and Pakistan has stalled the process in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). Islamabad has denied India access to another SAARC country, Afghanistan. But Iran which is n...

by James M Dorsey on 07 Aug 2019 0 Comment

Climate change, much like war, could prove to be a geopolitical and commercial gold mine. At least, that is the take of DP World, Dubai’s global port operator, and Russia’s sovereign wealth fund. DP World is partnering with the fund, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) to create an all-year round maritime sea route from Europe to Asia through the Arcti...

by Sandhya Jain on 06 Aug 2019 16 Comments

Former Mumbai police commissioner and director general of police, Gujarat and Punjab, Julio Ribeiro, recently expressed unhappiness with the Bharatiya Janata Party for inducing 10 Congress MLAs to its side in Goa, deviating from its political philosophy and ethics. Recalling his friendship with Ms. Laxmi Kanta Chawla and Hit Abhilashi in terrorism-afflicted ...

by N S Rajaram on 05 Aug 2019 7 Comments

The recovery of M-24 sniper rifles suggests that now Pakistan army riflemen are engaged in the terror war in Kashmir. This could be the reason behind the movement of a large contingent of 35,000 troops by the Indian Government. This has potential to escalate into a full...

by Ramtanu Maitra on 04 Aug 2019 2 Comments

In Myanmar, China’s BRI faces a different set of problems. The Myanmar government is under pressure from the international community for its poor handling of the Rohingya crisis. What particularly hurts Naypyitaw is repeated attacks from the United Nations on the issue. Yanghee Lee, the U.N. independent expert on human rights in Myanmar, said in late June th...

by Ramtanu Maitra on 03 Aug 2019 1 Comment

With the four-decade-long rapid rise of China as a world power beginning in the 1980s and continuing through the first two decades of this millennium, after decades of virtual political and economic stagnations under Chairman Mao Zedong, it became essential for China to develop a new and wide-ranging strategy to sustain what it has achieved and make long-ter...

by Murugavel on 02 Aug 2019 43 Comments

The call by Dr. K. Krishnasamy, chief of Puthiya Thamizhagam Party, to get the Pallar community out of the Scheduled Caste list and rename them as ‘Devendra Kula Vellalar’ has not roused mixed feelings among the Pallar community members, but is causing outrage among the numerically large and historically vibrant Vellalar community for unfairly claiming...

by James M Dorsey on 01 Aug 2019 1 Comment

China’s infrastructure and energy driven US$ 1 trillion Belt and Road initiative involves risky bets across a swath of land populated by often illiberal or autocratic governments exercising power without independent checks and balances. Seeking to reduce risk, China is bumping up against the limits of its own long-standing foreign and defence policy principl...

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