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The state tradition of South Asia that prevailed when Muslim armies entered the Indian subcontinent was the fiction that the ruler is the protector of all communities despite his personal affiliation with a particular religion or sect. Muslim rulers continued to subscribe to such praxis after defeating their opponents and consolidating their power writes Ishtiaq Ahmed

 
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On May 29, Pakistan officially announced that 129 soldiers and 11 civilians had died on April 7 after a massive avalanche buried the military unit operating in Ghyari, near the Siachen glacier writes Sunil S

 

 
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The NATO Summit held in Chicago on May 20-21 under the leadership of U.S. President Barack Obama to deliberate on the future of Afghanistan may well be the tipping-point for the already strained U.S.-Pakistan relationship. Writes C. Uday Bhaskar.

 
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There is a venerable old saying, in Hindi, which declares: Ulti Ganga behti hai. It means literally that the Ganges River (Ganga) is flowing backward. It refers obviously to things going  in the wrong direction, or upside down writes Harold Gould

 
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When Prime Minister Manmohan Singh begins his three-day Myanmar visit on May 27, he will have more going for him and India than Rajiv Gandhi -- the last Prime Minister to visit that country writes Preet Malik

 
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As India hosts Maldives President Mohammed Waheed Hassan Manik for a week beginning May 11, the talk at the high table is going to be influenced by ground realities that are emerging in Male writes Rashmi Saksena

 
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Saadat Hasan Manto , one of  South Asia’s  greatest  short story writers - was born on May 11, 1912 in village Paproudi near Samrala town in the Ludhiana district of the undivided Punjab province of British India writes C Uday Bhaskar

 
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I was back in Thimphu after a break of 33 years, having last visited in January 1979 when I was posted as Director in the Ministry of Commerce. My first association with Bhutan, however, was during 1967-1970 when I was posted to the Political Office for Sikkim and Bhutan, which was located in Gangtok writes Preet Malik

 
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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton  is currently on a  short-notice visit to  South Asia  that brings her to Bangladesh and India  after her visit to China  (May 3 – 4) where the status of the dissident lawyer Chen Guangcheng  became the more visible aspect of the US-China dialogue, writes C  Uday  Bhaskar.

 
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The National League for Democracy’s (NLD) success in the by-elections of April 1 will tend to be seen in the same way as the contest in Myanmar has always been viewed these past two decades writes Dr. Khin Zaw Win

 


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spotlight image Ties between India and Japan are probably at their best ever, Japanese Ambassador to India H.E. Kenji Hiramatsu told India Review & Analysis’ Nilova Roy Chaudhury, as he outlined how the two countries have moved closer. Ahead of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit
 
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Vowing to stop “radical Islamic terrorism,” United States President Donald Trump warned September 19 of strong action against countries that support or finance organisations like the Taliban.
 
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That regional cooperation in South Asia is lower than optimal levels is well accepted. It is usually ascribed to – the asymmetry in size between India and the rest, conflicts and historical political tensions, a trust deficit, limited transport connectivity, and onerous logistics, among many other factors.
 
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Former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan said ‘In order to become a more developed country, India has to get people who owe taxes to actually pay them.’ This is one of the major objectives that Modi sought to achieve though demonetization and he has largely succeeded.
 
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The two-day visit to Kashmir by a Congress team headed by Dr Manmohan Singh team has called for restoration  of the dialogue with the separatists to address the ongoing turmoil in the state.
 
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The Communist Party of China (CPC) is expected to amend its constitution at the upcoming national congress.
 
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Médecins Sans Frontiéres (MSF) or Doctors Without Borders has urged Myanmar to grant international humanitarian organisations unrestricted and independent access to the conflict-torn Rakhine state to enable provision of humanitarian assistance to the hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people.
 
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In an unprecedented warning delivered at a world forum, United States President Donald Trump on September 19 threatened North Korea with total destruction if his country is forced to defend itself and its allies against the threats from Pyongyang.
 
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It is a privilege to be invited to this most prestigious of law schools in the country, more so for someone not formally lettered in the discipline of law. I thank the Director and the faculty for this honour.
 
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Title: A Bonsai Tree; Author: Narendra Luther; Publisher: Niyogi Books; Pages: 227 Many books have been written on India's partition but here is a firsthand account of the horror by a migrant from what is now Pakistan, who ...

 
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As talk of war and violence -- all that Mahatma Gandhi stood against -- gains prominence across the world, a Gandhian scholar has urged that the teachings of the apostle of non-violence be taken to the classroom.

 
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Interview with Hudson Institute’s Aparna Pande, whose book From Chanakya to Modi: Evolution of India’s Foreign Policy, was released on June 17.

 
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This is the continuing amazing spiritual journey of a Muslim man from Kerala who plunged into Vedic religion after a chance encounter with a Hindu mystic under a jackfruit tree in the backyard of his house when he was just nine. It is a story w...

 
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History is told by the victors but in our modern age, even contemporary events get - or are given - a slant, where some contributors soon get eclipsed from the narrative or their images tarnished.

 
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