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Soft targets and scapegoats: Who are the real culprits behind the gruesome Sri Lanka bombings? By Umakanthan Packiyam

The Easter Sunday serial bombings in Sri Lanka aimed at churches and foreigners has shocked the world in terms of its intensity and devastation. This has deepened the contours between the communities even further.


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India should be wary of Trump's new South Asia policy
Manisha Chakraborty

Although the COMCASA defence pact allows real-time intelligence sharing on location of vessels in the ocean, it is aimed more at facilitating US operations in the Indian Ocean Region, preserving their hegemonistic approach with the support of India, writes Manisha Chakraborty   

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.

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