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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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How BJP’s ascendancy stumbled in India’s south

How BJP’s ascendancy stumbled in India’s south

BJP's recent electoral upset in the Indian state of Karnataka could be the beginning of a Congress comeback.

By: Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay Never has British Prime Minister Harold Wilson’s quip about a week being a long time in politics appeared more apt. A week ago, leaders of India’s ruling party, the Hindu nationalistic Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), fed sweets to one another on live television to celebrate “victory” in India’s southern state of Karnataka. […]

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The currency of shame

The currency of shame

By: Rohit Chakraborty Zadie Smith has called shame “quite a useful emotion”. But as I stood before Tipu’s Tiger at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, I did not find my shame particularly useful. The V&A, especially its South Asia wing, is awash with a sizeable loot from India that is on display without […]

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What a governor must do

What a governor must do

Supreme Court must now address itself to protecting the institution from political machinations.

BY: Kapil Sibal Had the governor played by the rules, the nation would have been saved an unsavoury spectacle. There was no doubt that the post-poll Congress-JD(S) alliance had the numbers. The BJP, with only 104, could not have manufactured a majority except through dubious means. In such situations, it is important for constitutional authorities […]

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After Karnataka

After Karnataka

The assembly poll may have reset the field for the political contest in 2019.

By: Chandan Gowda Local ethical traditions had rarely been invoked in an assembly election in Karnataka before. During this election, however, it was different. Both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi struggled to pronounce the ethical maxims of Basavanna, the founder of the Lingayat dharma in the 12th century: Nudidante Nade (Let […]

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Muslim unity?

Muslim unity?

The sound and fury of the OIC meeting highlights our challenges.

  By: Huma Yusuf OUR (Pakistan) prime minister on Friday joined leaders from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to condemn the recent violence in Gaza, the “brutal” and “criminal” actions of Israel, and the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem. Our prominent role in the special meeting fits the religio-nationalist mood that […]

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The Hot Winds of Hindutva Will Pass

The Hot Winds of Hindutva Will Pass

Secularism needs to be strengthened

By: KULDIP NAYAR The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) is not just a place of learning. It was in the forefront of a movement for the demand of Pakistan and still leans towards what is considered beneficial to the millat. A photo of Mohammad Ali Jinnah on the wall of Kenney Hall, the most prestigious place […]

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ROLE OF MEDIA IN CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND PEACE BUILDING

ROLE OF MEDIA IN CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND PEACE BUILDING

BY: Dr.Tasaduk Hussain Itoo INTRODUCTION Kashmir dispute is not only causing damage and untold misery to the people of the state, both in terms of economic losses and loss of precious lives, but it is also a root cause of confrontation between Pakistan and India for the last six decades. International Crisis Group Report 2003 […]

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This moment in the Valley

This moment in the Valley

Goodwill gestures, like the unilateral ceasefire, can be rewarding — but only if all stakeholders are engaged.

BY: M M Ansari The Centre has acceded to the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister-led all party demand for a unilateral ceasefire during Ramzan and the Amarnath Yatra. At a time when the cycle of death and destruction seems unending, a gesture of compassion and love is the best option. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti steered […]

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Trump and the Iran deal

Trump and the Iran deal

Hussain H Zaidi ‘Pacta sunt servanda’, which ensures the sanctity of treaties, lies at the heart of international law and inter-state relations. By walking out on the July 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal, the US has set aside this fundamental norm of global governance. Why has […]

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