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The vital importance of the visit to the UAE was readily apparent in the crowd of dignitaries that were watching the event. Although I was unable to see the entire delegation - as I had found myself stuck behind a scrum of photographers and cameramen - I did manage to catch a glimpse of some of the UAE's most prominent figures, such as Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nayan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation....

 

As Its Friends Befriend India, Pakistan’s Ruling Elites Must Come To Terms With New Regional, Global Realities
Husain Haqqani

Pakistan’s ruling elite, especially its all-powerful military, tends to see other nations as close to India or as friends of Pakistan. The Pakistani narrative often ignores economics and sees international relations in binary terms, emphasising religion and ideology. Some Pakistani commentators have already started taking pot-shots at “fellow Muslims” embracing “Hindu India” at the expense of Pakistan. Ironically, UAE is not the first Gulf Arab Muslim country affirming friendship with India as chief guest at India’s Republic Day parade. Former Saudi King Abdullah was the chief guest at the 2006 parade and proudly declared India his “second home.”...

 

And if he doesn't, the enormous blowback won't merely affect him; it will keep America in the same horrific bind it's been in for a long, long time: war is money; war floats a basically bereft economy; war destroys lives; war kills hope; war keeps putting the lie to "America, the bastion of freedom for every person on Earth"...

 

India-UAE: Step Up Natural Partnership
Talmiz Ahmad

India and the UAE are natural business partners: While India is a global economic powerhouse; the UAE has a diversified economy and is a global centre for trade, logistical connections, tourism and finance. It is also the major supplier of oil to India, is an important trade partner and the premier destination for India’s exports....

Not Justice: Bombay HC’s Order In Mohsin Sheikh Case Rewrites Jurisprudence Of Provocation In Dangerous Ways
Faizan Mustafa

“The fault of the deceased was only that he belonged to another religion. I consider this factor in favour of the applicant/accused. Moreover, the applicants/accused do not have criminal record and it appears in the name of religion, they were provoked and have committed murder,” observed Justice Mridula Bhatkar in her six-page order while granting bail to three main accused in the killing of Mohsin Sheikh, an innocent young IT professional of Pune, who was returning after dinner on June 2, 2014 and was wearing what the judge has recorded as “pastel green colour shirt and had sported a beard”. With this order, India cannot anymore complain against the hate crimes committed against Indians in Australia and America....

Goodbye, Barack Hussein Obama: America's First 'Muslim President'
Wajahat Ali

Obama always made clear he was a Christian, but never distanced himself from Muslims in response to spurious rumours about his faith. His first major interview was given to Al-Arabiya in 2009. A few months after becoming president, he gave a speech at Cairo University, intended to repair and restart relations with Muslim-majority communities reeling from the reckless, unnecessary wars in Afghanistan and Iraq...

 
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....

 
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