Russia is using Syria as a proving ground for the advanced weapons systems and hybrid-warfare tactics it might well employ in a future conflict with the West.
BY: Hal Brands For anyone who thought that the winding down of the campaign against Daesh would cause the Syrian civil war to recede from the headlines, the last few weeks have been a rude awakening. Far from abating, the Syrian conflict is intensifying, with a brutal assault – reportedly involving chemical weapons – by […]
Lambasting the British is easy. India needs to examine its own inability to nurture debate.
By: Rajmohan Gandhi Laali Vadlamani, the young woman whose term as the Oxford Union president is just ending, is perhaps the first Telugu-origin person elected to that prestigious post. Other South Asians who have held that office include Benazir Bhutto and Tariq Ali from Pakistan, Lalith Athulathmudali from Sri Lanka, and India’s Girish Karnad […]
A face-saving deal might be the best-case scenario than one that stands the test of time
By: James Gibney US President Donald Trump has upended expectations and interrupted the drumbeat toward war on the Korean Peninsula with his agreement to meet Kim Jong-un at “a time and place to be determined.” But what happens if talks with “Little Rocket Man” blow up on the launching pad? The odds are high. […]
The announcement of the peace initiative was preceded by months of national consensus building in Afghanistan.
By: Hekmat Khalil Karzai On February 28, President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan made the most comprehensive offer inviting the Taleban to join direct, formal peace talks with the government. The offer, made without preconditions, recognises the role of the Taleban in Afghan politics and seeks to proceed toward a peace agreement. Ghani’s offer is […]
The judgement itself is in violation of Article 5, since it gives the impression of bias and partiality against a specific community
By: Yasser Latif Hamdani The second Amendment to the Pakistani Constitution of 1973 was the last nail in the coffin of Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s Pakistan. The whole Anti-Ahmadi movement in the subcontinent has its genesis in Congress’ backing of Majlis-e-Ahrar-e-Islam which used the anti-Ahmadi slogans to attempt to draw a wedge in the Muslim League […]
By: Kamran Yousaf To mark Women’s Day on March 8, a group of Saudi women jogged on the streets of Riyadh. In two weeks’ time, the oil-rich Arab state will have its first-ever fashion show. For a while it looks unreal that such a transformation is taking place in Saudi Arabia. The fashion week or […]
In 2014, Karnataka paid over $150,000 for housing minister Ambareesh's treatment in Singapore.
By: Bikram Vohra Two high profile individuals in India have been diagnosed this week as seriously unwell. Chief Minister of Goa and former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar reportedly has pancreatic cancer, and character actor Irrfan Khan it is being said has a brain tumour. One wishes them both the best of luck and expresses the […]
It appears that the centre’s aim is to impose cosmetic changes on GB’s governance structure.
BY: Afzal Ali Shigri THE constitutional rights of the residents of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) continue to be denied because Pakistan keeps linking the area to the Kashmir dispute. This dispute in itself is like the proverbial Gordian knot — impregnable to all attempts to resolve it, no surprise given the persistent historical deadlock with India over […]
India’s ruling party runs the risk of losing credibility by adopting contradictory stances depending on the regional sensitivities to win elections
BY: Amulya Ganguli The Shakespearean phrase “fair is foul, foul is fair” can be one way of describing the contradictory nature of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) policies in different parts of India. The ruling party’s penchant for trimming its sails in accordance with regional sentiments as, for instance, over the consumption of beef, can […]
The portrayal of Alauddin Khilji is setting off many arguments.
BY: Khaled Ahmed Malaysia banned the Bollywood film Padmaavat citing its negative portrayal of a Muslim ruler. The film attracted protests in India accusing it of distorting history by portraying a dissolute Muslim ruler’s “love” for Queen Padmavati of a Hindu Rajput warrior clan. But India’s Supreme Court allowed the film to be screened. Pakistan […]