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Human trafficking is a major crime in the country. Unfortunately, not all of its nuances have been either understood or addressed. Although there is now a proposed legislation to tackle the menace, the Bill has problem areas.

 

Even here, the audience may be narrowing. In Pakistan, there is a big market for Indian movies in their multiplexes. For decades this revenue was lost to Bollywood because the movies were pirated. Under former president Pervez Musharraf, the official screening of movies was allowed, benefiting both nations. Today all Bollywood movies are shown there. Unfortunately, the current state of ties between the two countries has been allowed to deteriorate so much that we should not be surprised if Musharraf's wise decision is reversed.

 
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Each time I travel to India I’m struck by the rush of memories and the need to share them; flickering memories of bungalows in Lahore, school days in Lyallpur, fruit trees in Attock. The conversations proceed as if by rote — nostalgia; regret at the diminishing contact; expressions of affinity and kinship; a heartfelt wish to visit Pakistan in their lifetime.  
 
A Bollywood celebrity is asked if she identifies as feminist; she demurs, but adds that she’s all for equality between the sexes. And then her denial of feminism becomes the news, inspiring headlines and prompting much eye-rolling among urban Indians who do identify as feminist (myself included). Last month it was the actress Tabu who said she liked the work of poet and women’s rights activist Maya Angelou but added that this “doesn’t make me a feminist though.
 
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Many watched the recent discussion on atrocities on Dalits in the Lok Sabha with hope. They felt that since the present policy has had limited success in reducing atrocities on Dalits, the discussion would throw up a new initiative. What emerged at the end of day, however, did not touch the core issue: The roots of the continuing violence against Dalits and a durable solution to the problem. 

 
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Biriyani is an extremely popular street food in India The attempt to put some food out of the reach of people is a not-so-subtle warning that perceived and rigid dietary borders should not be crossed. By targeting sellers, the food police may end up driving such food underground, just as prohibition has led to a thriving black market in alcohol in the western state of Gujarat.
 
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In an earlier article in The Pioneer, ‘When judges become Generals’ (July 12), I had been fairly critical of the Supreme Court Bench of Justice Madan Lokur and Justice UU Lalit on some of its interim directions in the case of alleged extra-judicial killings in Manipur.

 
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We live in exciting times. Marshall McLuhan would have termed this as a brand new world of allatonceness — a world where time has ceased, space has vanished.  
 
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In sharp contrast, Mariyappan Thangavelu and Varun Singh Bhati, who won gold and bronze medals, respectively, at the Rio Paralympics, have received a muted response—only the sports ministry, the Tamil Nadu and UP governments have offered them cash rewards.  
 
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The surrogacy debate appears to have been hijacked by libertarians of various hues without due diligence on the very many issues that need to be addressed. To begin with, it is important to understand that surrogacy is not a natural biological process. Therefore, the procedure ought not to be accepted without proper scientific evaluation of the consequences thereof.  
 


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India's successful launch of putting a record 104 satellites into orbit is a wake-up call for China's commercial space industry which has a lot to learn from New Delhi's frugal space programme, a Chinese government mouthpiece that publishes in English said in one of its rare editorials in which it commended an Indian action
 
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The Islamic State (IS)  and its ideological affiliates  in Pakistan have claimed responsibility for this attack and threatened that this is only the beginning of such an anti-Sufi /Shia  campaign to exterminate the apostate – or ‘non-believer’ writes C Uday Bhaskar for South Asia Monitor.
 
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spotlight image India has vital interests in the Middle East and going by the spurt in political engagements since May 2014, the region is a top priority for Prime Minister Narendra Modi writes Md. Muddassir Quamar for South Asia Monitor
 
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The recent violence that took place in Nagaland against the 33 per cent reservation given to women is not only sad, but it would certainly hurt the holistic development of the entire State. The recent violence that took place in Nagaland against the 33 per cent reservation given to women is not only sad, but it would certainly
 
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Society for Policy Studies in association with India Habitat Centre invites you to a lecture in the Changing Asia Series by Dr.Pratap Bhanu Mehta, President and Chief Executive, Centre for Policy Research on Asia: Hope for the Future or Prisoner of the Past?    ...
 
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spotlight image Earlier this week, just after United States President Donald Trump’s top adviser on national security resigned in controversy, a European intelligence official asked a reporter the question on everyone’s mind: “I was hoping you could tell me what’s going on over there [in the US].”
 
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It is high time that Taiwan differentiated its position from Beijing’s claim on South China Sea, writes Namrata Hasija for South Asia Monitor.
 
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At the moment, Nigerian President Muhammad Buhari is able to stop the violence by pushing the Islamists to the vast Sambisa forests of the Borno State At the moment, Nigerian President Muhammad Buhari is able to stop the violence by pushing the Islamists to the vast Sambisa forests of the Borno State
 
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Sometime in later half of last year when Indo-Pak tensions peaked, military operation heads in J&K received unusual calls on their landlines. Sometime in later half of last year when Indo-Pak tensions peaked, military operation heads in J&K received unusual calls on their landlines.
 
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India remians the inflexible bête-noir for Pakistan, yet there are few books by Indian authors that have sought to interpret the prodigal neighbour in a holistic, informed and empathetic manner.

 
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The line that Mortimer Durand drew across a small map in 1893 has bled the Pashtun heart ever since. More than a century later both sides of that line remain restless. But the mystery behind what actually happened on 12 November 1893 has never ...

 
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What went wrong for the West in Afghanistan? Why couldn't a global coalition led by the world's preeminent military and economic power defeat "a bunch of farmers in plastic sandals on dirt bikes" in a conflict that outlasted b...

 
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What will be Pakistan's fate? Acts of commission or omission by itself, in/by neighbours, and superpowers far and near have led the nuclear-armed country at a strategic Asian crossroads to emerge as a serious regional and global concern whi...

 
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Some South African generals, allied with the British forces, sought segregation from the enlisted men, all blacks, after being taken prisoners of war. The surprised German commander told them firmly that they would have to share the same quarte...

 
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