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New Cold War in Afghanistan
Musa Khan Jalalzai

New Cold War in Afghanistan
Musa Khan Jalalzai

The Unity Government is not lessoning to the Chinese and Russian leader that Taliban should be accommodated in the political set up to bolster the fight against the ISIS terrorist group. The United States and its allies are increasingly worried that any deepening of ties between Russia, China and their own Taliban group, their supply of modern weapons, and the deployment of their intelligence units across Afghanistan may cause further intensification of civil war in the country....

 

The Tragedy of Bangladesh
Kuldip Nayar

Bangladesh has to renew its ethos, the image of a secular democratic country. Organisations like the Jamaat-e-Islamia would drag it to fundamentalism. But that was not in the mind of Sheikh Mujib-ur-Rehman, father of the nation, who wanted to establish a country which would not discriminate against the minorities. Sheikh Hasina, to her credit, wants to follow his footprints. But she has become authoritarian but her action does not reflect that. This is the tragedy of Bangladesh....

 

Going Forward, India Needs Battle Pigs Not Elephants To Tame Pakistan
Praveen Swami

For generations of military history students, the story of how the humble pig defeated the Indian elephants of the King of Macedonia, Antigonos II Gonatas, has had a simple lesson: in war, it’s often the smarter side, not the stronger one that wins.....

 

Faint But Unmistakable Echoes Of ISIS In India
Vijaita Singh

Investigators insist the number of Indians leaning towards the terrorist group is miniscule in proportion to the Muslim population and much less when compared with countries such as France, the U.K, Russia and even China....

Europe's Lack of Strong Leadership Leaves It Vulnerable To Terrorism
Simon Tisdall

Meanwhile Isis, under pressure in Syria and Iraq, is openly attempting to take its fight to the “enemy” in Europe’s heartlands. And Europe cannot expect much help from an inwardly focused Donald Trump. It is uncertain whether Europe can cope....

Tragedy of Bangladesh
Kuldip Nayar

Organisations like the Jamaat-e-Islamia would drag it to fundamentalism. But that was not in the mind of Sheikh Mujib-ur-Rehman, father of the nation, who wanted to establish a country which would not discriminate against the minorities. Sheikh Hasina, to her credit, wants to follow in his footsteps. But she has become authoritarian and her actions do not reflect that. This is the tragedy of Bangladesh....

 

Turkey, Russia and an Assassination: The Swirling Crises, Explained

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which took place at an art gallery in the Turkish capital where Mr. Karlov was speaking. The gunman, who was killed at the scene by security forces, shouted “God is great” in Arabic and later said in Turkish: “Don’t forget Aleppo. Don’t forget Syria.”....

Indian Strategic Communication Must Aim to Overcome Pakistan’s State of Delusion
Syed Ata Hasnain

Pakistani citizens continue to believe that India has not accepted the creation of Pakistan and is working towards dismembering it. That belief is often reinforced by strong Indian statements during strategic debates on the viability of weakening Pakistan. It is unfortunate that Pakistanis hardly read or believe in the writings of some of their own columnists, who profess that Pakistan’s obsession with attempting to weaken India and playing strategic games is weakening its own edifice....

 

The site today houses the Al Aqsa Mosque compound, the third holiest site in Islam. Control over the site has been a persistent source of friction between Israel and the Palestinians, and has sparked violence between the two sides....

 

Nagrota in Perspective: It Is Just One of the Thousand Cuts By Which Pakistan Hopes To Bleed India
Syed Ata Hasnain

There is no solution to Pakistan’s aggressive intent and strategy except to hurt it more than we get hurt. Days of gentlemanly soldiering are perhaps over. Hybrid war is a dirty game and the more we muddy our hands the more we will secure ourselves....

 
Dileep Padgaonkar—A Thinker Journalist
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, New Age Islam

Dileep Padgaonkar—A Thinker Journalist
Dileep Padgaonkar

His colleagues have unanimously observed that he was a strict follower of principle. In this respect he has left behind an example for those who come after him. By profession DileepPadgaonkar was a journalist, but he was a different kind of journalist. We can say that he was a man with a difference, and a writer has very appropriately said that difference is beautiful. ...

 

Cure by Cricket: the Game Has the Potential to Normalise India-Pakistan Ties
Khaled Ahmed

But Pakistan needs to open up to cricket. Its cricketers are remarkably talented. The PCB must persuade the world of cricket that it is safe to visit Pakistan. Sadly, the non-cricket-playing world of politics isn’t happy about how Pakistan has dealt with its home-grown enemy, with a global al Qaeda and Islamic State nexus....

 

Congratulations, America: You Just Elected a Man Accused of Sexual Assault to Avoid a Woman
Holly Baxter

This will forever be known as the election that proved the US would rather elect any sort of man than a qualified and competent woman. American voters, I hope you’re proud.....

 

J&K: Fragmenting Ceasefire
Ajit Kumar Singh

The Indian Army had carried out a 'surgical strike' inside Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) in the early hours of September 29, 2016, inflicting heavy casualties and damage to terror launch pads in the region. Unconfirmed reports suggest that at least 38 terrorists and their handlers, as well as two Pakistani soldiers were killed in the strike. No Indian casualty was reported.....

 

War, With Ad Breaks
Raza Rumi

 If the task of journalists is to inform, educate and question, then this line is untenable. How can a politician’s questioning — especially someone who’s been at the helm of power — risk national security? Whether there was covert governmental intervention or not, it is baffling as to how a supposedly independent media house assumed itself to be an arm of the security architecture of the country....

 

Saying It with Science
Mala Kumar

“Science is very effective in feeding the intellectual hunger of young people. Only with knowledge can they think for themselves and learn to analyse the religious scripts that they memorise. Most often it is the children of the poorest Muslims who attend madrasas. With only religious texts to lead them, and if they can read only in one language, how can you expect them to develop their personality and prosper in society?”...

When Abuse Meets Silence: Part of the Reason for the Silence in the Aradhana Case Is Religion
Praveen Swami

Politicians and the criminal justice system are notoriously fearful of being seen as intruding into sacred space, witnessing barbaric practices like child marriage. There is also a more profound problem: The notion that children are the property of their families, with no independent rights. Children across the world are subjected to horrific violence....

 

Cyril Almeida’s Story Points To Old Fault Lines and New Strains in Pakistan Army-Govt Relationship
Ayesha Siddiqa

It will at best bring back memories of the incarceration of a prominent journalist, Najam Sethi, in the late 1990s under Nawaz Sharif’s watch. While that old story remains a mystery too, it seems the prime minister hasn’t gotten rid of the habit of owning sins committed by the army — and then getting punished for it....

 

Hindutva’s ‘Purification’ Drive
Christophe Jaffrelot

The crowds at the Dargahs shows that while ideologues may be attracted by Saudi Arabia, popular Islam continues to be turned towards local sacred sites: “Purification” through “nationalisation” is redundant in the case of Indian Muslims, who always looked at the land of their saints as their holy land....

 

The Symbolism of National Flags and their Significance in Society

Does that mean that the new comers should wear the swimming trunks or bikinis made out of the Australian flags when in their new home as the Australians do? No, not at all, for there is “no compulsion” either way. But if they do wish to do so, there is no cultural taboo attached to it at present; unless the law of the land changes and makes it illegal later, then all must obey the law!...

 

It was an interesting little community in which belief in witchcraft, witchcraft accusations, and witchcraft-related killings and destruction of property, were fairly common. In this particular case, the young men suspected the elderly woman of having bewitched two of their comrades, one of whom was her step-grandson....

 

Of Iconoclasts, Autocrats, Dictators
Khaled Ahmed

Bhutto was dangerous, “enigmatic, charismatic, complex, paradoxical, eventually suicidal”, carried by the miasma of populism that can kill most economies today. Soon things started going wrong and insolvency — rather than the utopia of Roti, Kapra and Makan — overtook Pakistan....

 

How Best Can India Play the Balochistan Card against Pakistan
Pramit Pal Chaudhuri

The mixed history of India’s involvement with Balochistan is a reminder that this is an extremely difficult ploy to use successfully. The record, however, does seem to indicate that civil society gambits like Bugti as opposed to supplying weapons to insurgents may be the most effective means to put this thorn back into Pakistan’s side...

 

India and Pakistan are Rearranging the Thresholds of Conflict
Ayesha Siddiqa

However, these are tough times for peace and stability in the region as the two militaries test and redefine their thresholds. Any miscalculation could result in an inadvertent but costly escalation. At the end of the day, there are no prospects for a decisive victory by either side and sacrificing over a billion lives or more is too big a risk to take....

Surgical Strikes: Bodies Taken Away On Trucks, Loud Explosions, Eyewitnesses Give Graphic Details
Praveen Swami

The Pakistan Army responded by locating jihadist launch-pads alongside its camps, thus minimising contact between local residents and groups like the Lashkar. However, the massive street violence in Kashmir has led to a surge in the visibility of jihadists across the Neelum valley....

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Fresh Terror Build-Up at Posts along Loc, PM Modi Briefed At CCS

By Praveen Swami

 
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