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  • Has Xi Jinping found the answer to Hong Kong?
    By Akhil Bhardwaj  IANS | August 11   What started as a demonstration by 12,000 citizens against a proposed legislation for extradition of criminal undertrials to China has escalated into a daily assembly of over two million protesting against Chinese ainterference' in Hong Kong, an examination of police brutality under the gaze of international press and a demand for full democracy. Meanwhile, Chief Executive Carrie Lam's counter-mobilisation strategy is reduced to ma
  • Nehruvian secularism vs Ambedkar's idea of India
    By Sandeep Bamzai    New Delhi, August 11 (IANS) New emergent facts pertaining to Jammu and Kashmir and its Constitutional status from Dr S.N. Busis' laborious six volumes on B.R. Ambedkar -- "Framing the Indian Constitution" -- once again reiterate how Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru moved ahead with his idea of making the erstwhile Princely State his shop window for secularism given that the new democratic dispensation was headed by a Muslim in a Muslim majority
  • Why Modi acted now on Kashmir?
    By Deepika Bhan  IANS | August 11   The question is why did Modi chose ‘now to do what he has done with Article370? There was no big election in sight so as to create a build up for electoral gain. Neither was there any major crisis or any embarrassing situation for the government to find a succour in Kashmir. Perhaps, this was the best time to enact the best of action story for the Modi-Shah Combine. The ‘now' time had several elements going in the favour of th
  • It had to be a Gandhi, none else, chorused Congress leaders
    By Anand Singh   New Delhi, August 11 (IANS) The spectre of a split in the country's oldest political party was looming at the Congress Working Committee meeting on Saturday as leaders got emotional at the mention of a non-Gandhi to lead the Congress. It had to be a Gandhi, and no one else. Some leaders even threatened to sit at home rather than attend party meetings under a non-Gandhi. That decided the matter, and party seniors, including Ahmed Patel, approached for
  • Modi removes impediments to Kashmir becoming heaven on earth again
    By Nikhil Nanda  IANS   Prime Minister Narendra Modi has once again proved that he is head and shoulders above the run-of-the-mill politicians. His decision in respect of Jammu and Kashmir required many exceptional qualities. First and foremost was real insight into and understanding of the complexity involved in the Kashmir problem. Narendra Damodardas Modi was involved in the matter and politics of Jammu and Kashmir even when he was a simple party worker. Along wi
  • How India nixed UN in J&K
    New Delhi, August 9 (IANS) In a throwback to the past, it is important to note that on November 1, 1947, at a meeting of Governors General of India and Pakistan at Lahore, Mountbatten offered to resolve the J&K issue by holding a referendum. Rejecting the Mountbatten formula, Muhammad Ali Jinnah remarked that a plebiscite was "redundant and undesirable." H.V. Hodson has recorded in his book, The Great Divide, that Jinnah "objected that with Indian troops present and Sheikh Abdu
  • Plastic, plastic everywhere but not for African recyclers
    An employee sorts plastic bottles at the Weeco plastic recycling factory at the Athi River industrial zone near Nairobi, Kenya, May 15, 2019. Picture taken May 15, 2019. REUTERS/Baz Ratner   NAIROBI, August 9 (Reuters) - A sea of crumpled bottles spills across the courtyard of Lucy Luo Minghui's new $44 million plastic recycling factory in Nairobi, where plastic waste litters roadsides and clogs rivers. Yet, she can't get enough to sustain her business.   Her Weec
  • After 370, Kashmiris first
    By K. Yatish Rajawat  IANS | July 6   The momentum that Modi government has created with the decisive step of abrogating the section 370 has to be sustained. Political leaders thrive on positive waves as it can lead to shift in mindsets and this seems to be the purpose here. Mindset change is important if you want any behavioural change in a recalcitrant population. This is the biggest opportunity in front of the BJP government when it comes to these two new UTs- J&
  • Did pacifist Nehru prevent recapture of PoK?
    By Sandeep Bamzai    New Delhi, August 5 (IANS) By most accounts, Jawaharlal Nehru was a pacifist, influenced to a great degree by the liberal education he obtained in the UK. Such liberal leanings -- formed on the template of a deep knowledge of Indian culture, society and history -- determined his outlook on not only foreign policy, but also conflict. As India searched for a post-colonial identity, Nehru's thinking was predicated on the nation becoming a leader of
  • An empty narrative on secularism
    By D.C. Pathak    There is a spate of seminars and round tables hosted by illusive think tanks and intellectual groups operating out of India - often with the collaboration of foreign-based strategic analysts - on the likely directions the Modi government in its second tenure may be taking to advance its nationalist agenda. Like in the past, the discussions are couched in scepticism about such matters as 'secularism', 'intolerance', 'pluralism', 'majoritarianism' and 'i
  • 'Man who knows too much' -- Karan Singh -- says tread cautiously on Art 35A, 370 
    New Delhi, Aug 3 (IANS) He is the Man Who Knows Too Much, Dr Karan Singh or Tiger as his father Maharaja Hari Singh used to call him fondly, formerly Regent of J&K (from June 20, 1949, he acted as Regent), then Sadr e Riyasat (from November 17, 1952 to March 30, 1965, Karan Singh was the elected head of state of Jammu and Kashmir). On 30 March 1965, Karan Singh, who became the first Governor of Jammu and Kashmir (till May 15, 1967) and the last residual link between feudal and mona
  • That river has rights: new strategy to protect planet
    A view of the Kapawi river, in the Ecuadorean rainforest of Kapawi, some 165 miles (266 kilometers) southwest of Quito October 20, 2008. REUTERS/Guillermo Granja     [adsense:336x280:9821285681] In a growing global movement, environmentalists are trying a new legal route to protect the planet - vesting rivers and reefs with "rights of nature"   WASHINGTON, August 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For some, human rights are not enough - it's nature's tu
  • In 21st century, threats 'from all sides' for Latin America's original languages
    Teacher Blas Duarte shows letters in the Maka language at a school used by children of the Paraguayan ethnic group Maka, in Mariano Roque Alonso, Paraguay July 18, 2019. Picture taken July 18, 2019.  REUTERS/Jorge Adorno   VALLE DE LAS PALMAS, Mexico, July 28 (Reuters) - At school in Tecate in the 1950s, a city sitting on Mexico's border with the United States, Josefina Meza was welcomed by a chorus of children's chants in a language she did not understand. "Pinches
  • Tax exemption never really helped
    By Vinod Mirani  IANS | July 28 Just when the film industry had forgotten what tax exemption or, the popular term, 'tax free, meant, the phrase is back in the use. The Hrithik Roshan-starrer, "Super 30", has been granted tax-free status in the states of Delhi, Gujarat. Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The granting of a tax free tag to a film used to be a regular feature with some state governments since the cinema and the entertainment tax collection were state subject
  • Thousands occupy disputed land in New Zealand in Māori rights protest
    Maori people prepare to welcome Britain's Prince Harry on to Putiki marae during his visit to Whanganui, May 14, 2015. REUTERS/Anthony Phelps     The country's largest builder plans to develop 480 houses in the city of Auckland on land that is seen as culturally significant   WELLINGTON, July 28 (Reuters) - Thousands of people protested in New Zealand on Saturday against a proposed housing development on land seen as sacred to the indigenous Māori people,
  • WASA 50th Annv enters 4th day
    Sechü Zubza | January 14 : The 50th anniversary of Western Angami Sports Association (WASA) has entered the fourth day here today with Wokha Deputy Commissioner Rovilato Mor as host of honour. Speaking on the occasion, Mor greeted the WASA 50th Anniversary on its 4th Day of the tournament. He also expressed his hope that the players can excel and can become good players in Archery as “we are good hunters by nature since time immemorial and hence almost everyone knew the art of shoot