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by Sandhya Jain on 13 Nov 2018 4 Comments

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s failure to renegotiate parts of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) during his visit to Beijing (Nov. 1-5) affirms President Xi Jinping’s inflexible commitment to making China a leading world power by 2049, the centenary of communist rule. The Border & Road Initiative (B&RI) and military power are keys to this...

by B S Harishankar on 12 Nov 2018 8 Comments

Recent attempts by certain lobbies to link controversial archaeological sites of Keezhadi and Pattanam has raised questions on their agendas. Keezhadi is at Sivaganga district near Madurai in Tamil Nadu, while Pattanam is at Ernakulam in Kerala. There are neither ceramics nor other cultural remains reportedly unearthed at these sites to show the alleged...

by Israel Shamir on 11 Nov 2018 1 Comment

I was hesitant to write on the subject while the Pittsburgh dead weren’t buried yet. I know, it is not a valid consideration for the militant pundits. The US Jews accused President Trump and the Israeli Jews blamed Palestinians for the shooting as on the cue before the victims were declared dead. However, you can’t talk sense before the dead are laid to rest...

by Bhaskar Menon on 10 Nov 2018 3 Comments

On 12 June 1975, a judge of the Allahabad High Court found Prime Minister Indira Gandhi guilty of several minor counts of using government machinery to help her 1971 election campaign (such infractions as use of an official jeep to get to her rural constituency, and use of electricity from a government office by organisers of a rally). He voided her election...

by K P Prabhakaran Nair on 09 Nov 2018 37 Comments

The question is explosive in the current Indian socio-political context. Many factors are intertwined, emotionalism, religiosity, and what not. As a scientist, I look at the question with a rational mind. Let’s first discuss the current global food situation vis-à-vis that of India. According to the most recent data made available by the Food and Agriculture...

by Jaibans Singh on 08 Nov 2018 3 Comments

Pakistan’s Blasphemy Law is among the most brutal and discriminatory legislations in the modern world. On the face of it, the law prohibits blasphemy against any recognised religion and provides for punishment ranging from fine to death. In actuality, it is being used to suppress and brutalise the minorities in the country - Hindus, Christians, Ahmadis, etc....

by B S Harishankar on 07 Nov 2018 8 Comments

The German philosopher Hegel observed that India existed for millennia as a wonderland in the European imagination due to its treasures, both intellectual and natural, which have lured people over the ages. Yet mainstream Indian historiography, especially of the Left, has adopted a policy of ‘outright rancor and omission’ towards our knowledge traditions...

by James M Dorsey on 06 Nov 2018 2 Comments

If Saudi Arabia is under pressure to give chapter and verse on the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in its consulate in Istanbul, Iran risks straining relations with Europe at a time that it needs European support the most by targeting ethnic rights activists. Mr. Khashoggi’s murder has focused attention on Saudi harassment and intimidation of dissident...

by Kanchan Gupta on 05 Nov 2018 11 Comments

Just before he fell ill and was admitted to hospital, never to return home again, Girilal Jain would often tell his close friends about how was working on a book in which he would grapple with the question of Hindu nationalism. This book had been in the making for the past many years – first in the depths of his mind later in the form of notes. Any other aut...

by P M Ravindran on 04 Nov 2018 11 Comments

Remembering the above quip in the context of the events that have unfolded in Kerala post the Sabarimala verdict of the apex court on September 28, 2018 is not just coincidental. It was a 4:1 judgment of a bench headed by the then Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra, himself. The majority opted to rule in favour of a cosmetic notion, touted as gender equalit...

by James M Dorsey on 03 Nov 2018 0 Comment

Khan’s insistence on a refocus of CPEC takes on added significance given that Pakistan is turning to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to help it avert a financial crisis with a loan of up to US$ 12 billion and its agreements with Saudi Arabia involving US$ 6 billion in financial support and could produce some US$ 10 billion in investments that would be ...

by James M Dorsey on 02 Nov 2018 2 Comments

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan lands in Beijing on November 3, the latest head of government to seek a renegotiation of commercial terms and/or focus of projects related to China’s infrastructure and energy-driven Belt and Road initiative. He follows in the footsteps of his Malaysian counterpart; Mahathir Mohamad has suspended US$ 26 billion in Chinese-...

by N S Rajaram on 01 Nov 2018 7 Comments

In the fullness of its wisdom, the Congress has divided Hindus as Good and Bad depending on whether one supports building a temple at the sacred site in Ayodhya or not. At least that is how I, a Bad Hindu as my name indicates (RajaRam) view the statement of Congress leader Sashi Tharoor. By this logic, a Good Hindu opposes the Ram Temple. Let us next try to ...

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