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KASHMIR VICTIM OF CONFLICT

KASHMIR VICTIM OF CONFLICT

By: Bhat Qaisar The Muslim majority population in the Kashmir Valley suffers from the repressive tactics of the security forces since India & Pakistan got separated. Human rights abuses have been a part of the campaign against Muslim Kashmiris, particularly after the outbreak of a full fledged armed struggle in 1990’s. The oppression has manifested […]

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Where anything goes

Where anything goes

Message of Cobrapost sting: Media subservience to power, its contempt for the citizen.

By: Pratap Bhanu Mehta The credibility of India’s news-producing infrastructure has long been in tatters. There are brave journalists, risking even death, who still have some fidelity to truth. But a number of prominent media institutions have over the years become a toxic amalgam of veniality, fanaticism, irresponsibility and subservience to power. The media has […]

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Consent may not always be a marker of democracy

Consent may not always be a marker of democracy

The unquiet ones

By: Uddalak Mukherjee In a recent interview, Justice J. Chelameswar, who will retire from the Supreme Court next month, made some observations that are pertinent to the crisis that confronts Indian democracy today. Among other things, Chelameswar voiced his unequivocal support for the principles of debate and dialogue in the democratic project. He further added […]

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U.S.-North Korea: a deal that can be done

U.S.-North Korea: a deal that can be done

The Korean imbroglio reflects America’s fear of any meaningful adjustment to the global balance of power

By: Zorawar Daulet Singh The whirlwind U.S.-North Korean bromance hit a temporary roadblock last week. If American President Donald Trump’s decision to open direct talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un a few months ago came as a surprise, last Thursday’s dramatic somersault to pull the plug on a summit that could have ushered in […]

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Will Sadr’s victory diminish Iran’s influence in Iraq?

Will Sadr’s victory diminish Iran’s influence in Iraq?

Muqtada al-Sadr's election victory has given him enough leverage to curb foreign influence in Iraq.

By: Zaid al-Ali Iraqi Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr and his Sairoon coalition have now been confirmed as the winner of Iraq’s parliamentary elections with 54 seats. The closest runner-up is Hadi al-Amiri’s Fatah list which has obtained 47 seats. These results have already imposed a new dynamic, which will have an impact on the country’s […]

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Normalising ties with India

Normalising ties with India

A shift in India’s strategic posture could open the door to addressing, if not fully resolving, the major issues.

By: Munir Akram EVEN as Indian and Pakistani guns continue to thunder along the Line of Control in Kashmir, there are several signals of a desire on both sides to improve relations. Most notably, Pakistan’s army chief has on several occasions articulated an openness to evolving a modus vivendi with India, dubbed the ‘Bajwa doctrine’. […]

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A perfect balance

A perfect balance

When Gandhi advocated a two-party system for India

By: Ramachandra Guha Many Western democracies are characterized by the alternation of power at the national level between two parties, one somewhat left of centre, the other somewhat right of centre. Thus, in the United States of America, you have the Republicans and the Democrats, in the United Kingdom the Conservative Party and the Labour […]

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Nature’s instinct is integrative, holistic. Let us learn from this

Nature’s instinct is integrative, holistic. Let us learn from this

Mashobra musings: What will India be like at 100 — in 2047? In Mahatma’s bicentenary in 2069? We don’t know. But our social, intellectual, ethical and ecological investments today will help determine the answers

By: Ram Nath Kovind At 5 am this morning, I went for an early morning walk with my grandchildren to the Shimla Water Catchment and Wildlife Sanctuary. This is just outside Mashobra, where I have been staying for the past five days. The Sanctuary is so close and yet so far from the noise of […]

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Why the NYT is really wrong about Kashmir

Why the NYT is really wrong about Kashmir

A recent editorial by the New York Times demonstrates little understanding of what is actually going on in Kashmir.

By: Hafsa Kanjwal & Mohamad Junaid On May 18, the New York Times published an editorial entitled “A long shot in Kashmir”. The editorial completely misrepresents the nature of the Kashmir issue and reinforces the false notion of it being a “territorial dispute” between India and Pakistan. In addition, it raises the bogey of “Islamism” […]

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Challenging the gun culture

Challenging the gun culture

By: Kamila Hyat The tragic death of 17-year-old Sabika Sheikh, during what should have been a 10-month-long academic term at a US high school in Texas as an exchange student, has in one way or the other shaken all of us. For many, the idea that a vivacious, talented young girl who had won the […]

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