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Peshawar massacre: A wake up call for India
Experts and analysts are hoping that the horrific Peshawar massacre of 141 persons, of whom 132 were school children, would be an urgent wake-up call writes Amit Dasgupta
 
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It will be business as usual for Pakistan's jehadis - and their backers
The mistake which is generally made while analyzing Pakistan is to regard it as a normal country. The horror and revulsion over the massacre of children in an army school in Peshawar should persuade the authorities to crack down on all groups of terrorists but the past experiences paint a different picture writes Amulya Ganguli
 
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Pakistan: Weaponisation of a nation
With the escalating inclination towards terrorism and lawlessness in Pakistan, the number of illegal weapons has also crossed the 60 million mark in the country writes Dr. Sanchita Bhattacharya
 

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The spread of IS in North Afri...

The Islamic State (IS) continues to expand its offensive operations, and is with great speed gain...

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Bangladesh’s war crimes trial ...

Bergman’s distortion of history has not gone down well in Bangladesh where the Liberation W...

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Islamic State arrives in Pakis...

Much has been said about the ideological differences between Al Qaeda and Islamic State, but we m...

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Afghanistan should not make a ...

Recent developments in Afghanistan, particularly President Ashraf Ghani's reaching out to Chi...

 

Worsening security in Afghanistan Author Name Two suicide attacks in Kabul on December 11, after a relatively calm week underlined the fragility of the security si...

An opportunity to outmuscle China in oil Author Name China’s dominance over India in overseas oil has been on clear display, but there is reason to believe that the...

Revisiting a piece of Sri Lanka in Goa Author Name A group of around 30 pilgrims surrendered themselves to nostalgia and prayer before a statue of Our Lady of Miracles ...

Hafiz Saeed supported against Taliban — but Pak’s creating new Frankenstein: Lt General (retired) B S Jaswal

Posted:Dec, 19 2014

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A Taliban attack on a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar has left 148 people — mostly children — dead. Lt General (retired) B S Jaswal, ex-Army Commander, Northern Command, spoke with Rohit E David on the appalling attack

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Worsening security in Afghanistan

Posted:Dec, 14 2014

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Two suicide attacks in Kabul on December 11, after a relatively calm week underlined the fragility of the security situation in Afghanistan. One of the suicide attacks was on a minibus carrying soldiers — a military target — but the other was on a French Cultural Centre located inside the French run Istaqlal High School located within hailing distance of the president’s palace.

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Afghanistan in 2030

In 2030, Afghanistan is a country with a population of about 46 million, compared to the 30 million at present. It is a nation at peace with itself and its neighbours. The country retains its re...

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Balochistan has a road map

Through a series of publications released last week, the Balochistan government has revealed its development vision that should be widely discussed by both experts and common citizens.

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Build it, and they will come

For Nepal to advance and prosper economically, quickly and inclusively, it would do well to focus on its travel and tourism sector. Other crucial sectors of the Nepali economy, such as agricultu...

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What makes us proud in December?

On November 11, 1970, the coastal region of Bangladesh (then East Pakistan) was devastated by one of the deadliest tropical cyclones in recorded history with the loss of over 500,000 human lives...

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Tamil Vote: Is It 2005, Again?

The Rajapaksas do not need Tamil votes to win. They just need Tamils to abstain from voting.

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200 days on, missing Dr Singh

History will judge me, Manmohan Singh said in his last comments as prime minister. It was 200 days on Thursday since he relinquished office. I am not surprised how some of his erstwhile critics ...

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UN Maldives commends government’s response in water crisis

The United Nations in the Maldives has commended relief efforts during the Malé water crisis, though the opposition has attacked the governments preparedness and subsequent handling of ev...

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Bhutan: Reconciling Economic Growth and the Environment

For nature lovers and those interested in politics, Bhutan is a special place. I can think of few countries that are better suited to observe — at close range — the contest of tradit...

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Pakistan School Carnage

 
sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/School-students.jpg What kind of mind believes that it can ascend to paradise from the graves of 132 innocent schoolchildren? The same mindset that kills at least 150 women, many pregnant, because they refuse to become sexual slaves in the Iraqi province of Al An...

 
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sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/School-students.jpg Children are the Achilles heel of nations. Like parents, countries deal with tragedy but if it involves children, the issue becomes a catastrophe. 

 
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sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/School-students.jpg Tuesday's earth-shattering killings in Peshawar took place on the 44th anniversary of the Pakistani surrender in Dhaka. Coincidence it might be, but what a poignant one.

 
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sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/School-students.jpg For the most part, the language we have used to describe the massacre of 132 school children in Peshawar has consisted of cliché: the perpetrators were evil, cowardly, animals. 

 
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sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/School-students.jpg Mass scale violence is sadly not uncommon in Pakistan, and the Tahrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has shown few scruples in attacking civilians in the past, yet the massacre of school children in Peshawar on Tuesday is unprecedented by all measures.

 
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sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/School-students.jpg The mistake which is generally made while analyzing Pakistan is to regard it as a normal country. The horror and revulsion over the massacre of children in an army school in Peshawar should persuade the authorities to crack down on all groups of t...

 
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sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/School-students.jpg   The smallest coffins are the heaviest to bear," was the anguished refrain of many of the hapless parents in Peshawar who lost their children to the dastardly attack by the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on Tuesday.

 
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sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/School-students.jpg   The smallest coffins are the heaviest to bear," was the anguished refrain of many of the hapless parents in Peshawar who lost their children to the dastardly attack by the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on Tuesday.

 
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sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/School-students.jpg My city Peshawar is no stranger to terrorist attacks but the massacre at the Army Public School (APS) is particularly gut wrenching in that almost 132 innocent children and nine staff members were killed in cold blood. Grown men cried on Peshawar&...

 
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sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/School-students.jpg Over the last few decades, Pakistanis have become accustomed to terrorists, as well as terrorism. But the Taliban’s slaughter of schoolchildren in Peshawar on Tuesday was an unprecedented act of savagery. 

 
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sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/School-students.jpg Time and again, the country has moved on and forgotten about the dead. But not this time   For the last decade or so, Pakistanis seemed to have lost the ability to be easily moved by news of tragedy and misfortune — so frequent ...

 
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sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/School-students.jpg December 16, 2014 is a sad day for Pakistan. But it is also a day of infamy for those who use Islam to justify evil actions, and a day of disgrace for those Muslims who choose to remain silent in the face of such barbarity.  

 
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sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/School-students.jpg As the profile pictures of friends on Facebook went black, most wrote, “The smallest coffins are the heaviest.” Disturbing footage emerging on December 16, as the Pakistani Taliban executed a well-planned attack on a military-run ...

 
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Fyodor Dostoevsky writes in Crime and Punishment that it takes something more than intelligence to act intelligently. Those words rang hollow in the report on the CIA torture recently released by the US Senate Intelligence Committee. 

 
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Revisiting the Indian Ocean zone of peace concept, which has led to long debates since 1971, may prove hazardous in the present context, because the rivalry that is taking shape in the region is between the U.S. and its allies, and China.

 
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Late last month, the PMO chaired a meeting of the three nodal ministries responsible for charting India’s line on global Internet governance.  

 
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Developing countries have every right to demand adequate financial resources from developed nations to help them cope with the additional challenges of dealing with climate change — the observed impacts of which are increasingly apparent and further predicted to increase with the ...

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For a long time, Himalayan kingdoms remained unaffected by the landmark events of world history. When countries like Nepal and Bhutan opened up to the outside world—the latter ...

 
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Not every individual in Kashmir in the early 1990s turned against the army driven by political vendetta. There were many who rebelled because it was hard for them to accept the killings and disappearance of people they knew. &n...

 
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Kiran Ahuja’s historical novel, set in the Amritsar of 1900-1940, traces the contrasting destinies deriving from two separate but identical acts of two classfel...

 
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“Pashtuns are very hospitable and friendly, if you are mindful of their customs and traditions.” — Dr Hassan Abbas

 
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The First World War was probably the last war that soldiers went to with a sense of glory and the feeling that something good may come of it. The war itself was to prove otherwise, particularly as the ...

 
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Through ages nations have been torn apart and much of it due to internal turmoil that has wrecked civil societies cutting across cultures and civilizations. By the same token families have been put thr...

 
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Jerusalem comes alive through the story of an Indian family we did not know existed.  

 
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The Pakistan military believes parliamentary democracy is inappropriate for the country and sees itself as its saviour.

 
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The book details the life of Mujib and the various transitions he underwent - from a young man who vigorously championed the cause of Pakistan, a homeland for South Asia's Muslims in the 1940s, to his joining the fledgling Awami Muslim Leag...

 
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Can five seemingly unrelated stories spread across four countries - Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka - have anything in common? Yes, seems to say journalist author Meenakshi Iyer, as she unveils gripping tales of hu...

 
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New Delhi: For close to a century, many generations of an Indian family have been looking after the Indian Hospice, a symbol of India`s heritage, in the old city of Jerusalem. This existence...

 
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The latest book by the former New York Times contributor and author Arif Jamal meticulously describes why there should be little expectation of a trial and due punishment in November 2008 Mumbai attacks.

 
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When enacted, a written constitution takes on a life of its own. It has its own ethos, and its own philosophy. It ultimately guides the destiny of the country for which it is written. In the long and detailed Constitution o...

 
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The packed hall at the Galle Literary Festival was stunned into silence by a series of abuses hurled on a Sri Lankan human rights activist by a member in the audience. 

 
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Few countries get the kind of international political and policy attention that Pakistan draws. The nation’s pivotal role in shaping the global war on terror and the American occupation of Afghanistan after 9/11 has g...

 
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Fair’s assessment of the Pakistan army is out: it is an ideological war machine that is not amenable to any inducements or assuaging of its security concerns.

 
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The attack on the Indian consulate in Afghanistan's Herat Friday brings into sharp focus a book, written by an American journalist and published this year, that traces Pakistan's lin...

 
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Penguin Books India is proud to announce the publication of one of the most sensational books of the year: 

 
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Some titles like Evolving Dynamics of Nuclear South Asia will never go out of fashion. And, if a much-awarded former fighter pilot were to offer a manuscript, most publishers may not even read it before committi...

 
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Even as India elects a new government, some of the most important figures in its strategic establishment have been making the time to read a new book on China: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, his aides say, has been through journalist Shishir Gu...

 
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A colleague recently visited Lahore to cover a fashion show. She enjoyed her sojourn but experienced a poignant episode when returning which she immortalised on Facebook.

 
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The great Indian election continues to generate global interest and wonder, partly on account of its uninterrupted success and partly because of the obvious challenges of demography, geography, and the mind boggling...

 
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Ms Gall’s account of Dr Mohammed Najibullah’s lynching, a war crime by any standard, matches what many Afghans and Pakistan’s Pashtun nationalist leaders have said all along. She also chronicles that the ISI...

 
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As the world's largest democracy gears up for the general election, political parties are literally promising the moon. Amid this extensive wooing, a few books have done honest postmortems of Indian governance, highlighted grievances of peo...

 
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It is frequently described as the most dangerous place in the world. With suicide bombings and shootings, terrorists camping on its territory, high and entrenched levels of fundamentalism and anti-Western sentiment, rampant social, ethnic and s...

 
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In his latest novel, Romesh Gunesekera zooms in on post-war Sri Lanka, grappling with the ghosts of its troubled past.

 
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“My father came back in early August 1947 to take us away from Lahore. ‘I don’t like the stampede and the rush,’ he said. But he couldn’t leave because of the riots,” recalls Khalid Chima, ...

 
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Targeted killings of terrorists in badlands of the world has been taken to a new high by the US and looks likely to intensify in the foreseeable future amid indications that other major powers may also adopt th...

 
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Let me confess that this is not the book I set out to write. The book I had in mind was about the unchanging face of Muslim fundamentalism in India. But barely a few weeks into research, I discovered I was completely on the wrong track. The big...

 
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Authors: P.V.S. Jagan Mohan and Samir Chopra Publisher: HarperCollins, 2013 

 
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Book: 1971: A Global History of the Creation of Bangladesh, Author: Srinath Raghavan, Permanent Black Pages: 358, Price: Rs 795

 
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Authors: Husain Haqqani Publisher: PublicAffairs; November 5, 2013 Hardcover: 432 pages Language: English Price: US$ 28.99

 
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Author: Rajmohan Gandhi Hardcover: 400 pages Publisher: Aleph Publishers

 
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Archer Blood was the American consul general in Dhaka (then Dacca) in 1971-72. He not only witnessed the slaughter of thousands of civilians by the Pakistani Army and dutifully reported on the genocide to his government but also, when the US co...

 
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A rare insider’s narrative on the world’s fastest growing nuclear complex

 
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Delhi by Heart: Impressions of a Pakistani Traveller   Author: Raza Rumi   Pu...

 
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More than Maoism: Politics, Policies and Insurgencies in South Asia   Edited by: Robin Jeffrey, Ronojoy S...

 
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Pakistan: Moving the Economy Forward Publisher: Lahore School of Economics, 2013

 
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Ishtiaq Ahmed’s interesting book demonstrates how and why a weak and apolitical army evolved into the most powerful institution in Pakistan, virtually having de facto veto power over politics. It also controls Pakistan’s nuclear wea...

 
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A Sri Lankan constitutional amendment done with Indian backing to devolve autonomy to provinces remains "historically significant and indispensable", says a new book by a well known political scientist from the island nation.

 
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Ishtiaq Ahmed’s latest book is another outstanding piece of scholarship by an erudite scholar. This intellectually stimulating work is an important addition to the corpus of writings on modern and contemporary Pakistan, which by design an...

 
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Contrary to popular wisdom in India, a new book on Ravana, the 'demon king' in the Ramayana epic, says he ruled a rich and vast kingdom in ancient Sri Lanka, wrote books and built a maze of underground tunnels to protect his empire....

 
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A courageous, comprehensive and no-holds-barred account, by a veteran journalist, of a 66-year-old nation that is still trying to find its identity and fighting its own demons…

 
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The 30-year-old ethnic conflict in the Sri Lankan state, an essentially Sinhalese majoritarian preserve, and the uncompromising and relentlessly violent Tamil leadership claiming a separate state, Tamil Eelam, on behalf of the Tamil minority of...

 
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Book: India's Foreign Policy: A Reader; Edited: Kanti P. Bajpai and Harsh V.Pant Critical Issues in Indian Politics Series; Publisher: OUP Price: Rs 1095; Pages: 464

 
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Such a massive tome (663 pages) on a country that calls itself India’s only permanent friend in South Asia demands serious attention. Bhutanese scholarship is so rare and scholarship on Bhutan has been so scanty since M...

 
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India and China have shared historical ties and, as immediate neighbours, have seen many ups and downs in their relations. As a result, bilateral ties between the two countries...

 
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Delhi-based poet Sudeep Sen has been invited to address the Nobel Laureate Week being held in Saint Lucia, a sovereign island country in the eastern Caribbean Sea, in January. Mr. Sen is the first Indian, and the only one thu...

 
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Book: Fountainhead of Jihad Author: Vahid Brown and Don Rassler Publisher: Hachette India Price: Rs 650

 
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'Imperialists, Nationalists, Democrats: The Collected Essays of Sarvepalli Gopal'  edited by Srinath Raghavan. Permanent Black, 444 pages, Rs 895....

 
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Samudra Manthan: Sino-Indian Rivalry in the Indo-Pacific Author: C. Raja Mohan Publisher: OUP Price: Rs 895 Pages: 329

 
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Author: Raghu Rai Publisher: Niyogi Books Price: Rs 1495 Pages: 115

 
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BOOK: "False Sanctuaries: Stories from the Troubled Territories of South Asia", AUTHOR: Meenakshi Iyer;  PUBLISHER: Bibliophile South Asia (Promila & Co.);  PAGES: 282; 

 
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Like so much else in India’s recent past, the First Afghan War (1839-42) means little to India’s elites. But the military history of the British Raj has been a specially neglected domain. With their many other preoccupations, India&...

 
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Journalist-author Frances Harrison tells ANJANA RAJAN her book on the human suffering engendered by Sri Lanka’s “hidden war” is written with the belief that if people know, they will care

 
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"La Nueva India" ( The New India) is the first Latin American book on the rising of India in the twenty first century in the Spanish language. It was launched on December 4 at Santiago, Chile.

 
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After Joseph S Nye coined the term “Soft Power” (culture, language etc), it became a fad and, for some, an academic necessity to use it to discuss notions of ‘power’ in international politics. Though accepted, still unmo...

 
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This study seeks to solve the following puzzle: In 1947, the Pakistan military was poorly trained and poorly armed. It also inherited highly vulnerable territory vis-à-vis the much bigger India, aggravated because of serious disputes wit...

 
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Author / Editor: P R Kumaraswamy   Middle East Institute at New Delhi, 2012   Kindle Direct Publishing, Amazon for MEI@ND, September 2012  

 
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Book: Ramkinkar: The Man and the Artist Author: A. Ramachandran Publisher: NGMA Pages: 168 + plates

 
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The middle class will decide the course of liberalisation in India which will become more micro-level in search of solutions to problems, says writer and journalist Hindol Sengupta in his new book, "The Liberals".

 
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The future of Afghanistan depends upon how it strengthens its fledgling democratic institutions and arrests corruption, says Sujeet Sarkar, the author of a new book on the war-ravaged country.

 
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Author(s): Bipul Chatterjee and Joseph George Publisher: CUTS International

 
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Author(s): Robert D. Lamb, Liora Danan, Joy Aoun, Sadika Hameed, Kathryn Mixon, and Denise St. Peter Publisher :Center for Strategic and International Studies ISBN 978-0-89206-738-1 (pb)

 
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Book: Afghanistan in Transition Beyond 2014? Author: Shanthie Mariet D`Souza (Ed.) Pages: 264 Price : Rs. 795 Publisher: Pentagon  

 
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Book: The Prabhakaran Saga Author: S. Murari Publisher: Sage Publishers Pages: 362 Price: Rs.425

 
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Authors: Rumel Dahiya and Ashok K. Behuria 2012

 
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Book: The Unfinished Memoirs Author: Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (Translated by Dr Fakrul Alam with a preface by Sheikh Hasina) Publisher: Penguin Viking Pages: 323 Price: Rs 699

 
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The book is a chronological account of the partiation of Punjab Province of British India

 
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Book: Nepal in Transition: From People’s War to Fragile Peace Author: Edited by Sebastian von Einsiedel, David M. Malone and Suman Pradhan Publisher: Cambridge University Press Pages: 398...

 
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Book: The Taliban Cricket Club Author: Timeri N. Murari Publisher: Aleph Pages: 325 Price: Rs 595

 
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Burma has been ruled by a succession of military regimes which rank among the most oppressive dictatorships in the world.

 
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In these turbulent times, Jawaharlal Nehru's policies of non-alignment and mixed economy need to be revisited, says P.C. Jain, author of a book on India's foreign policy during the first prime minister's tenure.

 
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The killing of Osama bin Laden spotlighted Pakistan's unpredictable political dynamics, which are often driven by conspiracy theory, paranoia, and a sense of betrayal. In Pakistan, the late prime minister Benazir Bhutto famously declared, t...

 
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The growing English language publishing industry in India has taken a step north with three veteran publishers - David Davidar, Ravi Singh and Kapish G. Mehra - joining ranks to push high-end literary fiction from the subcont...

 
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The subcontinent can become a paradise in the region by retaining cultural, social and political identities of countries like India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, says former Pakistani Army officer, journalist, writer and commentator Abdul Rahman Si...