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India–Pakistan power play 2019: A Sri Lankan perspective By Piyumi Fonseka

The Indian subcontinent is home to two of the largest armies on Earth. Not only are the armies of India and Pakistan among the world's largest, but they have stood on alert facing one another since the dissolution of the British Indian Army in 1947.

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Press freedom under attack in Kashmir

The intimidation, harassment and detention of journalists in Jammu and Kashmir by the state threatens basic freedom of expression norms, Amnesty International India has said. 

India's apex court verdict decriminalising same-sex ties worth celebrating
By Vipanchika Sahasri

Today’s landmark Supreme Court judgement in India to scrap Section 377 (of the Indian Penal Code) that made same-sex relations criminal is a great leap in social thinking.

125 years later Vivekananda's message of religious unity and tolerance echoes from Chicago
By Ashok Easwaran

A century and a quarter after Swami Vivekananda's rousing speech to the World Parliament of Religions in 1893, the World Hindu Congress has declared its objective to re-connect the 1.1 billion Hindus worldwide with their common heritage and their spiritual link to people of all other denominations.

In Kerala's man-made disaster, united we stand
By K P R Nair

What actually caused the recent devastating floods in Kerala? This was the worst ever in Kerala since 1924 or what is popularly remembered  as the 'big floods' of 99 (according to Kolla Varsham or Malayalam era it is year 1194).

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