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Kashmir: Defusing The Tinderbox

Samarth Pathak | Posted 07.20.2016 | World
Samarth Pathak

With multiple questions and no ready answers, these are dark times indeed for India's Kashmir Valley. Nearly a fortnight since security forces killed Burhan Wani, a 22-year-old militant who enjoyed immense popularity among a sizable section of the youth, the region remains on the boil.

The Great Indian Footprint: Discovering an Inspiring India

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 06.09.2016 | World
Natasha Srdoc

Three successful entrepreneurs embarked on a journey in India to capture inspiring stories. It's a first-hand learning experience to better understand India's geography, culture, arts, history, infrastructure, cities, towns, and villages. 

I am a Secular Indian Kashmiri

Aarti Tikoo Singh | Posted 04.12.2016 | Religion
Aarti Tikoo Singh

The idea of secularism that the founding fathers Gandhi, Nehru, Patel, and Ambedkar fought for is something we have slowly come to purge from our public discourse in modern India. "Secular" has now become the new slur; the secular is the new outcast.

The Globalization of War

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 04.04.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

To use a term that has become commonplace in our world when discussing commerce, the prospect of nuclear conflict has globalized war and it's a nightmare of the first order.

The Most Dangerous Place on Earth

Dilip Hiro | Posted 04.04.2016 | World
Dilip Hiro

Alarmingly, the nuclear competition between India and Pakistan has now entered a spine-chilling phase. That danger stems from Islamabad's decision to deploy low-yield tactical nuclear arms at its forward operating military bases along its entire frontier with India.

Refusing to Rein in Hindu Zealots Could Spell the Undoing of Narendra Modi

Dileep Padgaonkar | Posted 03.02.2016 | World
Dileep Padgaonkar

NEW DELHI -- Here are the telltale signs of a government in serious trouble: when it sniffs a conspiracy in every criticism aimed at it; when it deploys state power in a ham-handed manner to curb dissent; when it looks the other way as its supporters abuse, intimidate, injure and even murder its ideological and political foes; when it seeks shelter behind a veil of high-decibel nationalism; when it dons the mantle of victimhood; and, not least, when it attracts ridicule more than rage.

Modi Is Using Nationalism to Deflect Attention From His Failures. Don't Be Fooled.

Shivam Vij | Posted 02.25.2016 | World
Shivam Vij

NEW DELHI -- Modi is using the nationalism card to deflect political discourse away from his failures. He has lost key state elections, the economy is faltering and there is a palpable sense that he is unable to deliver. And the situation may soon get worse. The next general elections are in 2019. Who knows how many of us are going to be arrested for sedition, called terrorist if we are Muslim or beaten up by lynch mobs before then.

The Other Bomb: Pakistan's Dangerous Nuclear Strategy

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics
Joseph V. Micallef

Successful test of the Hatf-5B Pakistan ballistic missile In recent years the concern over nuclear proliferation has centered on Iran's ongoing effor...

I Am A Liberal, And I am Not Opposed To India's Beef Ban

Ash Murthy | Posted 09.16.2015 | World
Ash Murthy

So-called progressives have been quick to criticize the beef ban as an affront to religious freedom, tolerance and personal choice. But it is paradoxical to talk of tolerance while turning a blind eye to the trauma and cruelty that the bovines face in the mostly unlicensed and ill equipped slaughterhouses in India.

Heavenly Srinagar

Sriya Chakravarti | Posted 08.06.2015 | Travel
Sriya Chakravarti

Srinagar has been the fascination of many. So, this summer when I got an opportunity to travel to this most famous "go to" Hindi movie shooting location of the 70's and 80's, my heart jumped to it.

Fiftieth Anniversary of the 1965 Pakistan Invasion of Kashmir

ADST | Posted 08.06.2015 | World
ADST

In the summer of 1965, India and Pakistan returned to the battlefields of Kashmir in a renewed attempt to establish their respective claims over the disputed, fertile region. On August 5th, more than 25,000 Pakistani soldiers, disguised as Kashmiris, infiltrated the area, mingling with their Muslim coreligionists and encouraging insurgency.

Pakistan Tests Modi's Mettle With Gurdaspur Terror Attack

C. Christine Fair | Posted 08.04.2015 | World
C. Christine Fair

MUMBAI -- The Gurdaspur attack should remove any doubt that Pakistan's men on horseback do not want peace with India. India would be behooved to tell its international backers bluntly that there is no "India-Pakistan problem" -- only a Pakistan problem.

Kashmir: Picking Up the Pieces

Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din | Posted 04.20.2015 | World
Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din

When I think of Kashmir, I picture my grandmother strolling through her manicured garden in our family home in Raj Bagh. 'Cookie Mummy', as I used to call her, would be flanked on both sides by tall flowers standing at attention to salute her.

Thousands Flee Intensifying India-Pakistan Clashes

Reuters | Posted 03.08.2015 | World

By Fayaz Bukhari SRINAGAR, India, Jan 6 (Reuters) - Thousands of Indians have fled from their homes as fighting between India and Paki...

Could the Administration Have Waited to Hold Kashmir Elections?

Sajad Rasool | Posted 02.09.2015 | World
Sajad Rasool

For a politically volatile region like Kashmir, where the prevailing animosity between Army troops and the locals often escalates into gunfire from the former's AK47s, disappointment in the state isn't a newfound notion.

Washington Must Recognize India as Another Great Power to Be

Doug Bandow | Posted 12.25.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

No doubt the Obama administration feels overwhelmed. Who has time for India? But make time President Obama must. India matters today. It will matter much more tomorrow, especially if Prime Minister Modi commits his political capital to eliminate barriers to entrepreneurship, investment and growth.

Pause In Kashmir Fighting Brings Respite For Civilians

Reuters | Posted 10.10.2014 | World

By Fayaz Bukhari SRINAGAR, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Fighting between India and Pakistan paused on Friday after days of heavy shelling and gun battles acr...

Paradise Floats on -- the World Watches

Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din | Posted 11.23.2014 | World
Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din

India and the international community's poor response to the disaster in Kashmir will exacerbate an imminent health and food crisis for years to come, thereby fueling existing political and social tensions in the volatile region.

Are Kashmir's Floods India's Katrina Moment?

Yousra Y. Fazili | Posted 11.15.2014 | World
Yousra Y. Fazili

The world is watching to see if Modi can rise to the occasion and show that he is capable of rising above the sectarianism that plagues Indian politics to lead Kashmir into the bosom of a potentially kinder mother India.

Why India and Pakistan Are Always Fighting -- Explained

Seriously Skewed | Posted 11.12.2014 | Comedy
Seriously Skewed

To understand the scope of this challenge, the NSA tapped Modi's phone (without a court order, of course) to listen into his conversation with the Pakistani government just last week.

'Green News Report' - September 9, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 11.09.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Catastrophic floods in Pakistan & India; Historic flooding in Phoenix, AZ...

Seven Minute Guide to Peace and Prosperity in Pakistan

Ben Barber | Posted 11.05.2014 | World
Ben Barber

A few weeks ago I was asked to set down in a seven minute speech my ideas on how Pakistan can reverse years of stagnation and resume the path of developing peace and prosperity for its 180 million people.

Modi's Greta Garbo Moment on Kashmir

Sherry Rehman | Posted 10.26.2014 | Politics
Sherry Rehman

There is no crisis between India and Pakistan that has not been tried on for size. The latest one, though, comes at a time that could have been pivotal for a sustainable thaw between the neuralgic neighbors.

Obsessed With India, Pakistan Risks Anarchy

Husain Haqqani | Posted 10.22.2014 | World
Husain Haqqani

Since independence, Pakistanis have been told that their country is a "citadel of Islam," that its destiny is to be an Islamic state and its army is "the sword of Islam." Advocates of modern, secular values, even pluralism, are denigrated as "enemies of the ideology of Pakistan." Pakistan's establishment, led by its military, also seeks parity with India, not only in the legal sense of sovereign equality between nations but in military and political terms. This ideological milieu has helped religious-political groups exercise greater influence on national discourse than is justified and led to the outgrowth of jihadi groups, one more extreme than the other.

Back Channel or Front

Sunil Sharan | Posted 10.05.2014 | Politics
Sunil Sharan

Reestablishment of a diplomatic back channel is an outcome of the recent parlays between Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi and Pakistani prime minister, Nawaz Sharif. But what has the back channel achieved?