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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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India’s international relations at odds with domestic public discourse

India’s foreign policy under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has attained a level of maturity which allows it to assert itself in an effective manner. This is aimed at protecting the country’s national interests in a sustained way.

Stoking conflict by evoking religion: Bane of our times

Many violent conflicts throughout history have had their genesis in inter-religious differences as well as intra-religious / inter-denominational disputes.

Gandhi was like a God to Einstein

Two of the greatest minds of the 20th century arguably were Mahatma (Mohandas Karamchand) Gandhi and Albert Einstein. Both were born and died within 10 years of each other.

Criticism should not derail Modi’s economic policies

Critics of the Narendra Modi government are now having a field day with strong support from the media, providing wide coverage to adverse views and highly critical remarks against the government’s policies and programmes.Is there really a slowdown in the Indian economy?

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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,


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...