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Uyghur repression in China's Xinjiang has implications for region

Ethnic tension in the Xinjiang autonomous region of China is increasing. The tension is no longer limited to Xinjiang but is spreading across the border to other Central Asian states as well. According to media reports, over the past six years at least 1,000 people have died in ethnic tensions in Xinjiang.

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Warren's criticism of Trump foreign policy has lessons for other countries

Opposition leaders in other parts of the world, including India, would do well to learn from Warren’s logical criticism of Trump. It is easy to criticize policies, but it is important to remain nuanced, and give constructive suggestions, like Warren, writes Tridivesh Singh Maini

Stephen Hawking: Graduating to metaphysics in India, yet unheard on climate change

After his visit to India in 2001, he crossed the boundary of rationality from astrophysics to metaphysics, writes Rajendra Shende

Will Modi and Trump learn the right lessons from recent poll defeats?

While most Indians were observing recent domestic political developments; with surprise defeats for the ruling BJP in its pocket boroughs and a likelihood of the opposition uniting against the Party for the 2019 national elections, writes Tridivesh Singh Maini

It’s time to reimagine South Asia: On India-China-Pakistan cooperation

India-China-Pakistan cooperation can transform the subcontinent — joining a renamed CPEC would be a good start, writes Sudheendra Kulkarni

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In northeast India, water-management practices to deal with climate change

In a small village on the north bank of the Brahmaputra in Assam in northeast India, farmer Horen Nath stood gazing at his partially submerged paddy field. The floods had kept their annual date but mercifully, the farmer said, the waters have started receding. "The weather has become very strange of late. We always had ample rain,

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UAE, Saudi Arabia can help India meet any oil deficit, says UAE envoy

Even as the US-imposed sanctions on Iran has put India’s energy security in jeopardy, United Arab Emirates Ambassador to India Ahmed Albanna has allayed fears of an oil shortage, saying hi...

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