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Najeeb Ahmed disappeared from his hostel room in JNU. What made him disappear? What fear? What consequence? No one seems to know. A boy disappeared from his hostel room without his phone, his wallet and his book of poems. He left no footprints. Did a storm carry off his body like a tree?

 
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For over three weeks now, we have endlessly heard, seen and read, in a section of the mainstream media, stories about a missing student from New Delhi's premier Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). It is indeed traumatic for the family and difficult for his friends.   
 
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Culture and cinema have long been a way to thaw the frosty relations between the two countries—one of last year’s most popular Bollywood films was about a Hindu man helping a lost Pakistani girl find her way home. Today, the cultural bridge has been severed by what Dass calls a patriotism that is “defined according to jingoist terms.” 

 
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On Diwali, Delhi’s denizens bedecked their homes and invitingly lit lamps for Goddess Lakshmi to visit. But if the goddess of wealth had entered the capital, she would have got lost in the smog, choked, been deafened by the noise of fire-crackers and hurriedly moved on to her next port of call, skipping the city.  
 
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The statement of the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) that Muslim women across the country feel secure under the Sharia law and do not want Uniform Civil Code (UCC) professes to speak on behalf of 84 million Muslim women. I cannot speak for 84 million, but, as a believing and practising Muslim woman, I say with humility that they do not speak for me. Let me explain.

 
India’s street has decreed that Pakistani actors will not act in Indian movies. In reaction, Pakistan has taken down all the Indian movies and the cinema halls are getting ready to become shopping plazas once again.  
 
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So, the RSS should leave education to those with domain knowledge. A new uniform clearly has not meant a new mindset. Thank god, it has not had its way on English, or else I would not be writing this column in English and you would not be reading it.

 
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The coming months are certain to see much huffing and puffing over a UCC. No doubt some of the debate will be educative but there is also a danger that it could produce a contrived polarisation, and derail attempts to put an end to a practice that denies a large number of Indian women dignity and justice.

 
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Food loss and waste is an area in the food and agriculture sector where adaptations to climate change are important. Food loss and waste generates about 8 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions.  
 
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The trivia goes that the news from Washington to New York reached after the mailer from New York had left the port and hence a boat was sent in hot pursuit of the mailer to pass the news of Lincoln's assassination

The trivia goes that the news from Washington to New York reached after the mailer from New York had left the port and hence a boat was sent in hot pursuit of the mailer to pass the news of Lincoln's assassination

 


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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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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to visit Israel later this year – a first by an Indian head of the government that comes 25 years after the two countries established full diplomatic ties. The visit, a long awaited one.
 
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spotlight image For a Dongria child, the schooling process not only displaces him of the community and the land but also displaces him from his own way of seeking truth i.e through nature, writes Rajaraman Sundaresan for South Asia Monitor.
 
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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 The sanctions-only approach toward North Korea spearheaded by the United States has been a conspicuous failure, encouraging the reclusive nation to rapidly advance its nuclear and missile programmes.
 
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China bluntly warned that if the 'One China' principle is compromised or disrupted, the sound and steady growth of the bilateral relationship, as well as bilateral cooperation in major fields, would be out of question, writes Dr. Sudhanshu Tripathi 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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