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As the long awaited trial for war crimes draws to a close, steam has been gushing forth from the faultlines of Bangladeshi history. Verdicts on the trial of the first two charged with heinous crimes against the people in 1971 evoked widespread protests and strikes by the Jamaat-e-Islami, whose leading figures are under the scanner of the War Crimes Tribunal writes Amb. Deb Mukharji

 
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The swift and secret execution of Afzal Guru by hanging at Delhi’s Tihar Jail brings  procedural closure to the audacious terrorist attack on the Indian Parliament  on  December 13, 2001 and the long drawn-out judicial process with political overtones that followed. The terror attack which was traced to the Jaish-e-Mohammad, a group led by Maulana Azhar, (who in turn was one of the terror suspects  spirited away in the December 1999 Kandahar aircraft hijacking) had a contour of premeditated enormity about it, almost bringing India and Pakistan to war in early 2002 writes C Uday Bhaskar

 
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There’s been a silent and unobtrusive Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) revolution up in the Himalayas. Nepal has been able to bring about a change in societal perception through this revolution, becoming the first country in the world to recognize its third gender and the first in South Asia to legalise homosexuality writes Kaveri Mishra

 
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The year 2013 began on a negative note for India-Pakistan relations, with Islamabad officially delaying the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to India. The decision to grant MFN status, taken in 2011, was scheduled to become operational this year. This delay was followed by border skirmishes and the brutal killing of two Indian soldiers by Pakistani Army personnel at the Line of Control on January 8 writes Anuradha Rai

 
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The reason why nations place a significant part of their nuclear arsenals on board nuclear-propelled ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) is because of their invulnerability, in comparison with static airforce bases and missile sites or even mobile launchers. Once at its patrol station, a few hundred meters underwater, the SSBN is considered safe from prying sensors, including satellites writes Adm (Retd) Arun Prakash

 
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On January 10, over 100 people were killed and 200 injured in a spate of bombings in Quetta, which were clearly targeted against the Shia Hazara community. On January 18, a Shia legislator belonging to the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM), along with his armed security guards, was assassinated. Hardly a day passes when there is no sectarian violence in Pakistan; the targeted killings of persons belonging to rival sects in places like Quetta, Karachi, Parchinar and Gilgit-Baltistan have become the norm writes Alok Bansal

 
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For the past year, northern Mali - nearly two-thirds of the country - has been overrun by groups belonging to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJWA), and Ansar Dine (Defenders of the Faith). These Islamic militants have imposed a harsh Sharia law, banned alcohol, smoking and music and forced women to wear headscarves. They have been destroying the Sufi shrines which they consider as idolatrous.It is time pluralist India spoke out and saw Mali didn't become another  Afghanistan writes Saroj Mohanty

 
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The King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, will be the chief guest for the 64th Republic Day of India, on January 26, 2013. With this invitation Bhutan will be the second country whose leader has been invited four times as chief guest on Republic Day. France is the only other country enjoying such a distinction. In 1984 and 2005, King Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the present king's father, was invited as chief guest on Republic Day writes Obja Borah Hazarika

 
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It has long been believed in India that there are elements in Pakistan, especially in the army and the ISI, its spy agency, who do not want any peace between the two countries because, in that case, they will lose their salience in Pakistani society. The latest beheading and mutilation of two Indian soldiers near the Line of Control in Kashmir have been seen as yet another attempt by these groups to derail the peace process writes Amulya Ganguly

 
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The dramatic arrival of a Pakistani cleric, Allama Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri, from Canada where he had been settled since many years created quite a stir though no major upheaval. At least 1000,000 men, women and children joined the long march which began in Lahore and reached Islamabad on 14 January writes Ishtiaq Ahmed

 


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spotlight image Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has confirmed his presence for the occasion. In an exclusive interview with INDIA REVIEW & ANALYSIS, Indonesia’s Ambassador to India, Sidharto R.Suryodipuro, reminded Nilova Roy Chaudhury that the first Chief Guest for India’s Republic Day celebrations, in 1950, w
 
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The words of Ho Chi Minh  “Nothing is more precious than independence and liberty” rang true for the people of the erstwhile East Pakistan when, with increasing brutality, the West Pakistani oppression spread across the land, writes Anwar A Khan from Dhaka
 
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In a significant boost to New Delhi's Act East Policy, India and Japan set up the Act East Forum on Tuesday as agreed during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to India this year for the annual bilateral meeting that would help to focus and catalyse development in India's Northeast.
 
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  United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reiterated on Friday Washington's warning that “all options are on the table” to meet North Korea's nuclear threat while offering to keep the lines of communication with Pyongyang open.
 
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The 15th trilateral meeting of the foreign ministers of Russia, India and China concluded in New Delhi on Monday with many nuanced takeaways embedded in the joint statement of 46 paragraphs. Reiterating that the forum “is not directed against any other country”, the statement underlined the importance of the establishment o
 
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The first thing that one sees when a flight approaches New Delhi is thick smog that envelopes the city and its lack of greenery.  In almost all other major cities of India lack of greenery is the most obvious sight that one sees when approaching it by air.
 
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Pakistan has agreed to allow the rupee to depreciate after holding talks with the International Mone­tary Fund (IMF) on the country's economy.

 
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Two major global changes in the past year; the ‘Brexit’ referendum and the advent of Donald Trump, writes Sandeep Kaur Bhatia

 
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It is also imperative for India to explore other regions for markets. Its trade deficit with Latin America has been narrowing. Also, its trade with Mexico, Colombia and Guatemala has increased, ...

 
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Over the last 25 years, India's explosive economic growth has vaulted it into the ranks of the world's emerging major powers. Long plagued by endemic poverty, until the 1990s the Indian economy was also hamstrung by a burdensome regulat...

 
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Title: A Ticket to Syria; Author: Shirish Thorat; Publisher: Bloomsbury India: Pages: 254; Price: Rs 399

 
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Gorichen, a majestic peak in the Eastern Himalayas at an altitude of 22,500 feet, is the highest in Arunachal Pradesh. Beautiful to look at and providing a fantastic view from the top, it is extremely tough climb for mountaineers.

 
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It is often conjectured if the reason for long-standing conflicts and insurgencies, in the developing world, especially South Asia, is not only other powers fishing in troubled waters but also the keenness of arms industries, mostly Western, to...

 
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Title: The People Next Door -The Curious History of India-Pakistan Relations; Author: T.C.A. Raghavan; Publisher: HarperCollins ; Pages: 361; Price: Rs 699