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Endless Wait for Justice
Brinda Karat

The searing image of the bodies of two cousin sisters — just 14 and 15 years old — hanging from a tree in Katra Sadatganj village in Badaun district of Uttar Pradesh brought home to the world the utterly despicable hypocrisy underlying India’s claims to being a democratic nation....

 

Normalising Sexual Violence?
Ratna Kapur

The brutal rape and lynching of two girls in Badaun should shock the collective conscience of all Indians, regardless of their class, caste, religious or ethnic background. But does it?....

 

Five hundred al Qaeda militants and 40 soldiers have been killed since the military launched an offensive against the group in April, Yemeni army spokesman, Colonel Saeed al-Faquih, told a news conference. Yemen's military mounted a campaign in the south of the country to try to crush the Islamist group that has killed hundreds of people….

 
There’s a Kind of Hush
Nicholas Kristof

There’s a Kind of Hush
Nicholas Kristof

What’s at stake is ultimately Myanmar itself. The army is powerful but has allowed murderous ethnic clashes and attacks on aid groups, undermining the economy and fuelling ethnic nationalism on all sides. In the absence of schools, Wahhabi madrasas are popping up ominously in closed camps. The role of Aung San Suu Kyi is particularly sad. She has lost international stature because of her unwillingness to speak truth to her people, while at home many voters object that she is insufficiently chauvinist…..

 

How Narendra Modi May Have Evolved into 'Modi 2.0'
Shashi Tharoor

For an opposition member of Parliament like myself, it would be churlish not to acknowledge Modi 2.0's inclusive outreach and to welcome his more conciliatory statements and actions. The moment he says or does something divisive or sectarian in the Modi 1.0 mould, however, we will resist him robustly. India's people, and its pluralist democracy, deserve no less.....

Option before Pakistan
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

Option before Pakistan
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

Optimism is good, but in practical life it is reality that always prevails, and not optimism. The experience of the past is enough to make us believe that the problems between India and Pakistan cannot be solved by conventional methods. Now is the time to rethink the whole matter. It requires a creative formula. A creative formula is never based on idealism: it can be based only on pragmatism. Practically speaking, pragmatism is the only option in this regard…….

MQM: Has The Machine Begun To Creak?
Nadeem F. Paracha

The constant flux that this city’s politics, economics and sociology are always in, has often seen the MQM use its strict disciplinary and organised aspects to systematically swamp, encircle and then absorb anything emerging from this flux, whether as a political and economic advantage to be gained or as a perceived threat to the party’s supremacy in the city. In the first few years of its existence or between 1984....

 
Bhindranwale Reborn
Praveen Swami

Bhindranwale Reborn
Praveen Swami

The cult of Mr. Bhindranwale, though, is undergoing a bizarre revival. YouTube is awash with home-made music videos eulogising Ms. Gandhi’s assassins: one rendition, possibly comprehensible only to semiologists and adolescent males, features bodybuilders with turbans and a promise that Khalistan police officers will be equipped with BMW sports cars. In another Khalistan anthem, images of Ms. Gandhi’s assassins are followed by advertisements seeking Sikh models.....

 

.... investigation against Jamaat was started during the previous tenure of Awami league, the process should be continued as the principle says that the policies initiated by one government should be continued by subsequent governments to ensure a stable governance system in the society. So to continue the journey of rule of law and justice initiated in 2010 through establishing the ICT BD, the trial of Jamaat as a criminal organization should be initiated without any delay to prove the competence of the Tribunal once again....

 

Ministry for Minorities May Be Tokenism Yet Again
Saeed Naqvi

The appointment of a Minister for Minority Affairs has been a huge letdown. During the election campaign, Narendra Modi had stated that he would be the Prime Minister of all 1.25 billion Indians. So demoralised has the Muslim been in recent years that a simple promise of equal rights was music to his ears. What the Congress has done to him in six decades of independence is clear in the Sachar Committee Report of 2006. In it he saw his decomposing visage…..

Under The Spreading Chestnut Tree …
Nadeem F. Paracha

After I bid farewell, I wondered what he meant by that. But then it struck me what this once robust, rebellious and articulate, but now old, ill and sad barber was really implying. Just before his death Rashid had supposedly asked his wife to cremate his body. And that’s what she did. I just shook my head and whispered to myself: ‘Mukhtar Bhai. Still cutting open heads and replacing brains.’....

 

Dear Najma Ji, I Have A Plan to Save Parsis
Farrukh Dhondy

Najma ji, you might by now be wondering why I thought of writing to Narendra ji in the first place. Don’t panic, I am not after the job of minorities’ minister even though I am well qualified in every way. All I would have been asking Narendra Bhai ji for was the ambassadorship to Tahiti, promising to look after India’s interests after I had seen to a few of my own. But after reading your statement I came to my senses, realising that life is not all grass skirts, hula-hula and breadfruit vodka. It is duty to one’s fellow human beings…

 

The Inevitable Consequence of Declaring Pakistan as an Islamic State
Markandey Katju

In Pakistan lawyers and witnesses for the defence in blasphemy cases are almost invariably threatened that if they do not withdraw they will be assassinated. Many judges are scared to hear such cases or to acquit the accused even if there is no credible evidence against him.....

 

Let’s Get down To Business
Mehr F Husain

Idealism aside, if India and Pakistan can make headway on noncontroversial issues like trade, why not start from there? As it is, Pakistan is already grappling with one too many issues apart from ensuring that this government is not toppled. Right now, at this point in time, the Pakistani nation has faced or is facing natural disasters, famine, and struggle against eradicating polio, political assassinations and violence, battles against internal terrorism, ethnic and sectarian violence, a long history of dictatorships stunting political and economic growth, provincial insurgencies, regional isolation, and international condemnation amongst many many others…..

 

Before discussing the need or efficacy of a regional court for South Asian nations, one must look to the great body of work the SAARC has accomplished with its members. Through the creation of the SAARC Development Fund, various projects, including technological and environmental studies, have brought together experts from across the subcontinent. SAARC has passed several major treaties to deal with problems like human trafficking and the suppression of crime and terrorism…..

 

India and Pakistan: Banking On Each Other
Kunwar Khuldune Shahid

People in India and Pakistan are optimistic that the handshake between the Indian prime ministers in New Delhi earlier this week, during the swearing in ceremony of Narendra Modi, would actually bring about all of the symbolic changes that it promises. Modi and Sharif are among them……

 

New Architecture of Dialogue
Najam Sethi

This way of seeing Pak-India relations through the prism of “winning and losing”, or who gains what, is characterised as a Sum-Zero Game in which Pakistan’s loss is India’s gain and vice versa. Zero-sum games are the opposite of win-win situations – such as a trade agreement that significantly increases trade and welfare between two nations. The problem with the Sum-Zero approach in dealing with India is two-fold…..

 
Sunset in America
Khurram Husain

Sunset in America
Khurram Husain

Today, almost everybody here agrees that this is a superpower in decline, that it has neither the stomach nor the financial wherewithal to police the world that it is facing a rising arc of challenges from smaller regional powers that throw their weight around in their neighbourhood with an impunity that is becoming ever more emboldened. China and Russia top the list, but even in a region like Latin America, which the superpower once considered its backyard, it treads as if walking on eggshells……

 
Invisible in the House
Christophe Jaffrelot and Gilles Verniers

Invisible in the House
Christophe Jaffrelot

It is up to the new government to decide if it will take it up or not, signalling, in the process, if Heptulla’s presence in the cabinet is merely symbolic. But given the new balance of power in the Lok Sabha, it remains to be seen if anyone will lend their voice to a minority that is increasingly absent from public life at the national level......

 

People drift into their own little world and zone-out when they are engaged with their smart-phone — completely ignoring what is going on around them. Absorbed device users are oblivious to danger. In fact, it can even kill you, like it did to this young man……

 

Will The ‘Deep State’ Allow Peace?
Bruce Riedel

Modi has pledged to seek better relations with Islamabad but only if it cracks down seriously on the deep state’s patron-ship of terror.   He has significant potential economic carrots and sticks to use with Sharif who knows Pakistan needs to dramatically improve trade with India if it is to get its own economy moving. ... More than five years after Mumbai justice has yet to be served. The small fish have been brought to account for their role but the big fish are still free and dangerous.  Modi and Sharif are smart to meet but the challenge will be for Pakistan to control its own hardliners.  If not it is all but certain that LeT will stage another attack and force Modi to react forcefully after the outrage.  That could put the entire subcontinent on the brink of catastrophe.....

 

Turning Point in Indian Politics
Tufail Ahmad

Modi told his biographer Andy Marino that “the democratic values that I found” during the anti-Emergency struggle became “a part of my DNA”; he explained: “I became aware; I understood the Constitution, I understood the rights, because before that I was living in a different world. The Emergency became a university for me.”…..

Our Addiction to the Internet Is As Harmful As Any Drug – And What Passes For Comment These Days Is Often Simply Foul Abuse
Robert Fisk

But the dirt, racism, foul abuse, the lies and innuendo and slanders and bullying on the web, in blogs and text messages and chat rooms, has become a sickness. “Trolls”, we call these psychologically disturbed people, and even that is indicative of our craven addiction to technology. So awed are we – so “taken over” by the new science of communication – that we have to liken these poison-pen writers and abusers to creatures of Scandinavian mythology rather than to the fantasists and racial bullies whom they really are……

 

In First Message as PM, Modi Says, 'Let Us Script A Glorious Future For India'
Narendra Modi, PM of India

"Together we will script a glorious future for India. Let us together dream of a strong, developed and inclusive India that actively engages with the global community to strengthen the cause of world peace and development,".......

 

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To Gain Muslim Confidence, Discard UPA Tokenism
Saeed Naqvi

Just when the nation was preparing itself for Narendra Modi's swearing in ceremony on Monday, all Indian newspapers published a story the Prime Minister must find time to read. It is a story of Mohammad Saleem and five others set free, after 11 years in jail, by the Supreme Court for having been falsely implicated in the Akshardham temple attack case. In fact the police had earlier offered them a choice: would they like to be charged for the Godhra train burning, Haren Pandya's murder or the Akshardham attack? .....

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