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Migrant and nation

Migrant and nation

Pakistan’s inability to govern its territory effectively is in large measure due to its burgeoning refugee population

By: Khaled Ahmed On Sunday, September 16, Prime Minister Imran Khan announced that he would start “work immediately” on providing passports to the children of refugees born in Pakistan. He might soon have to eat his words because the opposition parties plus the army would have none of it. As many as 1.5 million children […]

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Myanmar and the limits of pan-Islamism

Myanmar and the limits of pan-Islamism

The paradox of Muslim solidarity is that its global character is dependent on the West, conceptually and politically

By: Faisal Devji Since Myanmar’s latest bout of violence against the Rohingya began in 2012, there has been a slow uptick of outrage in the Muslim world. But it was only recently, once international observers described what was happening there as an ethnic cleansing, that Muslim concern became more vocal than protests in Europe or […]

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Black British history: A study in erasure

Black British history: A study in erasure

Black people are a part of the fabric of Britain, yet pupils are not taught the full story of Black history in schools.

By: Paula Akpan Growing up in the UK as a black person means that you’re living an existence that is constantly erased, particularly in school. Many will recall the history topics that were covered by the National Curriculum: a look at the infamous timeline of Nazi Germany, explorations of the Vietnam war and an in-depth […]

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Sabarimala Temple: The BJP Ploy and the Congress Folly

Sabarimala Temple: The BJP Ploy and the Congress Folly

BY: S.RAMACHANDRAN PILLAI THE RSS and the BJP have been desperately trying to capture a space for themselves in the political sphere of Kerala for the past many decades. The RSS has been working in Kerala for more than seven or eight decades and has been trying to revive all sorts of obscurantist and superstitious […]

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Two debatable draft laws

Two debatable draft laws

BY: I.A. Rehman PARLIAMENT is currently seized of two significant bills, one for punishing the crime of causing enforced disappearance and the other for the trial of blasphemy and other offences under the cybercrime law. Both demand thorough deliberation. The first draft law, the Protection against Enforced Disappearances Act, 2014, is meant to replace the […]

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Government needs a shared understanding and an effective and credible spokesperson on economic policy

Government needs a shared understanding and an effective and credible spokesperson on economic policy

Economy, media, message

BY: Sanjaya Baru An important instrument of economic policy-making in a market economy is credible, consistent and timely communication. The role of the media in economic management is not often recognised even by professional economists. Politicians, however, ignore this at their own peril. Crises are inherent to market economies but managing them is the key […]

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Slow burn to rage

Slow burn to rage

BY: Vaishna Roy The degree and extent of the revelations over the last fortnight have revealed an ugly, festering side to our society. The long, arduous and often invisible history of women’s struggle needed this spectacular release valve. And it’s historically appropriate that social media became the multiplier and aggregator of voices. For too long, […]

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China is trying to erase the Uighurs and their culture

China is trying to erase the Uighurs and their culture

Uighurs are neither extremists nor separatists as Beijing claims. They just want their rights.

By: Rukiye Turdush Just imagine what it would be like if armed security forces stormed into your home, arrested your loved ones, put them in a concentration camp, and took away your children. This is what happened to the family of 44-year-old Turghunjan, who I met while on a visit to Turkey to interview Uighur […]

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Reading between the rankings

Reading between the rankings

A university’s culture is its most valuable resource. Feeding a repressive culture bodes ill for India

BY: Pulapre Balakrishnan Two recent developments draw our attention to the state of India’s universities. The first is the release of the annual ranking of the world’s universities by the Times Higher Education (THE). The other is an announcement by the Prime Minister, as reported in the press, which has an even closer bearing on […]

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The new non-alignment

The new non-alignment

Washington may frown, but New Delhi can’t afford to ignore old ally Russia.

By: Sushant Singh During or immediately after the 1962 India-China border war, Soviet Union provided no military assistance to India while Washington was generous with offers to Jawaharlal Nehru’s call for help. Barring that small blip, Moscow has always stood by India, both in providing latest military equipment and classified military technology — say, nuclear […]

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