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The long drawn-out, high-visibility, murder-corruption-sex scandal involving one of China’s top political leaders – Bo Xilai – has come to an end with the Chinese communist apex, led by outgoing President Hu Jintao, announcing the expulsion from the party writes C Uday Bhaskar

 
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China’s hunt for energy resources has driven it far and wide, into the continents of Africa and Latin America; and its hunt for a place at the negotiating forums of the world polity, without alarming the powers that matter writes Obja Borah Hazarika

 
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India and Pakistan have completed two rounds of their “resumed dialogue process” that was reviewed recently by External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna and Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar in Islamabad writes Shubha Singh

 
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While India and China are Asia’s two largest neighbors and the most populous nations in the world, their high-level political contact is limited and more so in the defence sector writes Uday Bhaskar

 
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Rimsha Masih, the 14 year old Christian girl charged with blasphemy in Pakistan last month, must have felt some respite in the early hours of September 2, when the Islamabad police arrested Imam Khalid Jadoon Chishti writes Gayathri Sreedharan

 
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India faces complex internal security challenges and the deliberate attempt  by certain external agencies to  stoke communal and sectarian  strife will be the most important security challenge for the next decade. The cynical manipulation of religion for electoral gain is a malignancy that India has to fight against writes C. Uday Bhaskar

 
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It is absurd to claim that heinous acts of terrorism that take place in Pakistan, or are traced to Pakistan, are orchestrated by Pakistani state agencies, especially the ISI, ( many in India believe otherwise ) but one cannot deny that lapses in security arrangements are persistent and serious and cumulatively they pose a danger both to e Pakistan and other states as well. Needless to say, Afghanistan and India, the two most immediate neighbours are always worried about the safety of the security arrangements in Pakistan writes Ishtiaq Ahmed.

 
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Bangalore, Chennai and Pune witnessed the worst-ever flight of panic-stricken people from the Northeast, sparked by threatening SMSes and social media messages. More important and alarming than the sheer numbers is the sense of fear and distrust this may set off among Indian citizens who have taken years to venture out to the heartland of their country writes Lt. Gen (Retd.) A.S. Lamba

 
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The attempted rape and heinous murder of Pallavi Purkayastha, a young lawyer in Mumbai on August 10 by a 22-year-old security guard, followed the gang-rape of a young woman working with the Delhi Jal Board on the Agra highway a day before. These two gruesome incidents are only the most recent “news stories” of a shameful reality of India in 2012 writes Uday Bhaskar

 
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Thirty-seven years and still counting. Bangladesh yet again prepares to commemorate August 15 as National Mourning Day. It was on this fateful day in 1975 that the then President and founder of Bangladesh, Sheikh Mujibur Rehman, was brutally assassinated along with most of his family members by none other than officers and soldiers of the country’s Army. It is nothing but shameful that justice has not been done decades after the killing of one of the tallest political leaders in the post-World War II period writes Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury.

 


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spotlight image Relations between India and Peru  are united by El Niño and the monsoon yet separated by vast distances across oceans.  Jorge Castaneda, Ambassador of Peru to India, talks to INDIA REVIEW & ANALYSIS exclusively about what is bringing the two geographically-apart countries closer.
 
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The United Nations General Assembly rallied around world court Judge Dalveer Bhandari of India on Monday in his bid for reelection, defying the Security Council where permanent members and their allies put up a fight to protect one of their own, Britain's Christopher Greenwood.
 
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  It has now been admitted that the shrines in Kashmir are not safe. However, the safety measures put in place by the concerned are not up to the mark. This harsh reality came to fore during Khankah-e-Moula blaze.
 
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Another anti-China report has been issued by the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission. The commission, created by Congress, has in past annual reports proposed extremely negative policies towards China. This year is no exception.
 
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This week a major United Nations gathering on climate change gets underway in Bonn, Germany.
 
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In its own coded and diplomatic style, the World Bank has warned that the government’s growth story is now at risk given the scale of the macroeconomic imbalances growing within it.

 
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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

 
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Could the North Korean nuclear issue which is giving the world an anxious time due to presence of hotheads on each side, the invasion of Iraq and its toxic fallout, and above all, the arms race in the teeming but impoverished South Asian subcon...

 
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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.