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Legend  has it in the  South Asian sub-continent  and beyond   that  the pilgrim gets to visit  Ajmer and offer prayer at the shrine of   the Sufi saint Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti   ( c. 1142 – 1230 AD)  only when there is a ‘bulaava’. This quintessential   Hindustani word  may be inadequately translated as a beckoning from an intangible writes C. Uday Bhaskar

 
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In the screwy world that Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief Hafiz Saeed inhabits, the $10 million US  bounty on his head will be seen a badge of honor and likely defeat the broader purpose of discrediting terrorist outfit leaders writes Mayank Chhaya

 
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Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), has reportedly secured at least 40 of the 45 seats for which bye-elections were held on April 1 writes Preet Malik

 
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As the sun sets on the mighty Irrawaddy today, the last votes have been cast in Myanmar’s by-elections. People have spoken. What they want will be clear when results are announced in about a week’s time. Whatever the outcome, the country’s transition to democracy has reached a memorable milestone writes Rajiv Bhatia

 
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The controversy over the leaking of a  confidential communication between the India Army chief , General VK Singh, and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has become increasingly bitter and acrimonious as the deliberations in Parliament suggested writes C Uday Bhaskar

 
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Much to the apparent relief of New Delhi, Colombo has made reassuring statements after India’s vote in favour of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution censuring Sri Lanka for alleged human rights abuses during the final days of its protracted war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). But this relief is likely to be short-lived -- for two crucial reasons writes Rashmi Saxena

 
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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s four day visit to  the South Korean capital Seoul from Sunday (March 25) to attend the second Global Nuclear  Security Summit will also include a major bilateral meeting with the South Korean President Lee Myung-bak  that will be important as part of India’s  comprehensive ‘look east ‘ policy, writes C. Uday Bhaskar

 
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‘Pakistan won the Asia Cup, but Bangladesh won the hearts of the people,’ said the commentator as former World Champions Pakistan beat the home team by two runs in a nail-biting finish in the Asia Cup final on March 22. Dhaka has indeed been a lucky venue for Pakistan, writes Prasanna Kumar

 
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Presenting the Union Budget for 2012-13 on March 16, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee proposed a negative list of 17 items, barring which all services will henceforth be taxable. While this is not something that the Indian consumer will be jubilant about, Pakistan’s recent decision to accord Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to India has been hailed as a major breakthrough in Indo-Pak relations writes Parthasarathy Chaganty

 
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The Indian defence expenditure for the financial year 2012-13 has been budgeted at a fairly high figure of $38.5 billion, this is not unreasonable -- but is well below China's corresponding figure of $100 billion, writes Cmdr. Uday Bhaskar

 


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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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The eight members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) should strengthen cooperation against terrorism and build it into its framework, India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said in New York on September 20.
 
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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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Reflections on September evoke a host of memories.
 
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  During the budget session of the legislative assembly, the Chief Minister informed the  House about state’s missing children. According to her, as many as 162 children have gone missing in the past three years.
 
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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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Finally breaking her silence on the Rohingya exodus, Myanmar’s state counsellor and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has said that her government would like to understand the root causes of the refugee crisis and investigate charges of human rights abuses.
 
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The apprehension was justified. US President Donald Trump’s disregard for institutions and fondness for reckless rhetoric meant that his maiden appearance at the annual UN General Assembly was a closely watched affair.
 
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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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