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The Indian Empire At War; by George Morton-Jack; Little, Brown Book Group; Pages 582; Rs 699

World War I was a long and brutal military confrontation between the major  powers  of the early 20th century fought across the trenches of Europe and in large swathes of Asia and Africa  resulting in the death of  millions of hapless soldiers and civilians who became unwitting pawns in the great global ‘game’.

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All hope is not lost: 'Comrade in arms' former RAW and ISI chiefs team up in new book

Theirs has been the most vicious of all relations -- one was a former chief of India's RAW and the other of Pakistan's ISI -- but their coming together in a first-of-its kind groundbreaking book of dialogues highlights that "all hope is not lost" as far as sub-continental relations are concerned.

India faces existential threat from within: Shivshankar Menon

National Security is often a topic that has remained confined to the realm of international relations. There has perhaps been very little effort made in the Indian context to analyse the traditional and non-traditional threats facing the country. In such a scenario characterised by dearth of information, the launch of "The Oxford Handbook of India’s National Security" edited by eminent scholars and academicians, Sumit Ganguly, Nicolas Blarel and Manjeet S Pardesi, in New Delhi paved the way for a debate that reexamined the very concept of national security.

Religion as Critique: Islamic Critical Thinking from Mecca to the Marketplace by Irfan Ahmad

Irfan Ahmad makes the far-reaching argument that potent systems and modes for self-critique as well as critique of others are inherent in Islam--indeed, critique is integral to its fundamental tenets large part on South Asian traditions.

Bangladesh is totally Islamised now: Taslima Nasrin

Women rights crusader and controversial Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasrin was only 32 when she was hounded out of her country and forced to live in exile in Europe and America. Twenty-four years on she's lost all hope of returning to her native country, where fundamentalist crowds once bayed for her blood and where she feels she "would be killed right away".

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Cyclonic storm Gaja batters South India

A severe cyclonic storm, Gaja, battered the coast of the southern Indian state Tamil Nadu on Friday, leaving at least 15 people dead and causing widespread destruction.

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Iran, India discuss trade cooperation under US sanctions

India and Iran discussed ways of continuing biliateral trade under reimposed US sanctions, Eghtesad Online news website reported.

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