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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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Pakistani scholar accuses BBC affiliate of exploiting his expertise

Prof. Dr. Ishtiaq Ahmed, Professor Emeritus, Stockholm University has accused an affiliate of the BBC - Voltage TV Productions - of exploiting his expertise on the partition.

Will China raise the stakes at Doklam?

India and China today find themselves in a situation that is all too familiar. Troops from both sides have previously engaged in similar standoffs, most recently in 2013, at Daulat Beg Oldi near Aksai Chin.

Indians need to understand power play

The Doklam stand-off and a variety recent opinion pieces in magazines and newspapers draws attention to the poor state of defence policy preparedness and the lack of meaningful higher defence control in India. 

India's cultural reach is vast beyond measure

It is just past midnight, Indian Standard Time, as I write these words. As August 15 begins, 1.25 billion of her citizens are marking 70 years since India's independence.

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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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