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India-Pakistan Relations Remain Tensed, Evacuation In Border Districts

India-Pakistan Relations Remain Tensed, Evacuation In Border Districts

The India-Pakistan relations remain tensed after India’s surgical strikes across the Line of Control Wednesday night. India admitted that one of its soldiers is in Pakistan’s custody. The army says that 22-year-old soldier Chandu Babulal Chauhan strayed into Pakistani territory “inadvertently” on Thursday and was captured. According to the army Chauhan, a soldier of the Rashtriya Rifles, did not take[Read More…]

Indian And Pakistani Citizens Speak Out Against War

Indian And Pakistani Citizens Speak Out Against War

We, the people of India and Pakistan, stand in solidarity with each other to speak out against war in any form because, in war, we are all losers regardless of who might appear to win. We hope that the elected representatives of both countries will exercise restraint, and act with wisdom, in the interests of lasting peace in our region,[Read More…]

Surgical Strikes: Nuclear South Asia On Tenterhooks

Surgical Strikes: Nuclear South Asia On Tenterhooks

Responding to nationalist clamouring for retaliatory strike against Pakistan in response to attack on Uri army camp on September 18th, Indian Army conducted surgical strikes across the LoC on Wednesday night, the DGMO said on Thursday in a press briefing. “Significant casualties have been caused in these strikes,” DGMO Lt General Ranbir Singh said adding, “the operation has now ended.”[Read More…]

Ms Ndiaye, Special Rapporteur’s Visit Sparks Hope For The Tamils

Ms Ndiaye, Special Rapporteur’s Visit Sparks Hope For The Tamils

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights announced that Ms Rita Izsák Ndiaye, UN Special Rapporteur on minority issueson problems faced by minorities in various countries, is to visit Sri Lanka from 10 to 20 October 2016. Her first three years term as the special Rapporteur started on 1st August 2011. She was given another three years on the[Read More…]

The Lesser-Known Pashtun Insurgency In Pakistan

The Lesser-Known Pashtun Insurgency In Pakistan

Is it not ironic that two very similar insurgencies have simultaneously been going on in Pakistan for the last several years: the Baloch insurgency in the Balochistan province and the insurgency of the Pashtun tribesmen in the tribal areas of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province bordering the United States-occupied Afghanistan. The Pakistani neoliberals fully sympathize with the oppressed Baloch nationalists but when it[Read More…]

Dear PM, The Solution To Kashmir Lies In Peace And Not War

Dear PM, The Solution To Kashmir Lies In Peace And Not War

My Dear Prime Minister, I am constrained to write to you, because of the recent developments in Jammu and Kashmir, the attack on our air station in Pathankot , and now in Uri, where we have lost precious lives not to mention the many injured. The lack of response by India to the latest attack, has clearly been due in[Read More…]

Bring Peace To The Sub-Continent Through Dialogue

Bring Peace To The Sub-Continent Through Dialogue

Pakistan- India Peoples’ Forum for Peace and Democracy (PIPFPD) PIPFPD expresses its concern over the growing tensions between India and Pakistan following militants’ attack on strategically important army base in Uri, Jammu & Kashmir. The leadership of both the countries needs to urgently act towards defusing the tense scenario rather than fuelling it. We appeal to the saner voices of[Read More…]

Pakistan’s Civil War In Balochistan Goes International

Pakistan’s Civil War In Balochistan Goes International

  Indian government’s recent decision to provide shelter to the secessionist Baloch leaders has internationalized the issue of low intensity civil war in Pakistan’s largest province of Balochistan where the army of Pakistan has launched a brutal operation to control the rebellion of Baloch nationalists. On Friday, CNN-News18 quoted Indian official sources as saying that India is all set to[Read More…]

Balochistan And The Oil And Trade Of India And China

Balochistan And The Oil And Trade Of India And China

Prime Minister Modi’s bringing up “Balochistan” during his 15th August address was criticised, especially since he omitted to mention the on-going, acute crisis in Kashmir. While the validity of criticism of omission may hold good, mentioning Balochistan could be a calculated move to reverse India’s traditional passivity against Pakistan’s aggressive India policy. India’s turning a spotlight on Balochistan has the[Read More…]

Has Modi’s Roar Distorted The Baloch Struggle?

Has Modi’s Roar Distorted The Baloch Struggle?

Indian Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi, a rare orator and one of the few strong individuals ever produced in post-partition Bharat has expressed his displeasure with the way the Pakistan authorities are handling the cause of Balochistan.  The alarming expressions were a part of his Independence Day speech. Subsequent to his speech, many Indian pundits have come out with their[Read More…]

Sri Lanka: Dear Mr. President! — ( An Open Letter)

Sri Lanka: Dear Mr. President! — ( An Open Letter)

Dear Mr. President, The wave of political enthusiasm which generates hope for a nation sans, bribery & corruption, mismanagement of the state resources, and the cunning culture of bureaucracy, in general the culture of cheating the ordinary citizen, is sadly being shattering and flattening, though you are still managing to keep the high tone in the course correction. It is[Read More…]

Terrorism In Pakistan And South Asia

Terrorism In Pakistan And South Asia

The recent bout of terrorist attacks in Pakistan reminds us once again that it is one of the worst victims of terrorism perpetrated by religious extremist groups claiming their adherence to what they call the puritan Islam. According to Global Terrorism Index the top 5 countries affected by terrorism include Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Pakistan and Syria accounting for 78 percent[Read More…]

Should India And Pakistan Invite Back British Rule?

Should India And Pakistan Invite Back British Rule?

  Preposterous! you say.  Take a closer look: The countries have now been independent for 69 years.  Just a few days before the recent Independence Day(s) festivities — the two countries have a difference of opinion on when and celebrate on different days — a man named Matibool returning home from a night shift as a security guard was run[Read More…]

Sri Lanka And Office Of The Missing Person

Sri Lanka And Office Of The Missing Person

Sri Lanka with one of the worst records in human rights violations has come up with a positive step. It has passed the missing person bill with some amendments in unanimous way. The bill was passed with the support of TNA and JVP. The passed bill has certain good features; it will try to search and identify about 65000 missing[Read More…]

Pakistan’s Dirty War In Balochistan

Pakistan’s Dirty War In Balochistan

Quetta hospital bomb blast, killing more than 90 people, is the latest grim reminder to the ceaseless violence in Pakistan’s strife-torn volatile province of Balochistan. The deafening blast that ripped through scores of mourners in a Quetta hospital on Monday (August 8) has killed at least 93 people, mainly lawyers, in this year’s bloodiest terror attack in Pakistan. The massive[Read More…]

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Prevention Of Electronic Crime Bill (PEC) Continues Draconian Laws In Pakistan

  The state of Pakistan is all set to unleash its iron fist by promulgating laws that curb free speech. This is a proactive step taken by the State to muzzle criticism and silence dissent. Freedom of speech and expression form the bedrock upon which the pillars of democracy stand; this freedom allows the public to air grievances and to[Read More…]

Why Urban Rich Kids, Not Poor Taliban Terrorise Bangladesh?

Why Urban Rich Kids, Not Poor Taliban Terrorise Bangladesh?

Locals and foreigners in Dhaka formally grieved for the victims of the Gulshan Attack one month after the incident. The local and international reaction to the July 1 terror attack at Gulshan has been far more intensive than the collective reaction to all the previous terror attacks in Bangladesh since 1999; there had never been any such mass grieving for[Read More…]

Changing Homelands: Hindu Politics And The Partition Of India

Changing Homelands: Hindu Politics And The Partition Of India

Joya Chatterjee’s path breaking work, Bengal Divided: Hindu Communalism and Partition, 1932-1947, shows how decisive was the minority Bengali Hindu community’s role in the secondary partition of Bengal in 1947, so is Neeti Nair’s Changing Homelands: Hindu Politics and the Partition of India (Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA 2011) another seminal study of the minority Punjabi Hindu community’s important role in the partition of the Punjab between India and Pakistan

The Military-Industrial Complex Of Pakistan

The Military-Industrial Complex Of Pakistan

Before the signing of the Iran nuclear deal last year, BBC’s defense correspondent, Mark Urban, alleged in a report [1] that Pakistan’s military has made a clandestine deal with Saudi Arabia that in the event of Iran developing a nuclear weapon, Pakistan would provide ready-made nuclear warheads along with delivery systems to Saudi Arabia. Moreover, it should be remembered that[Read More…]

The Present Dire State Of Bangladesh

The Present Dire State Of Bangladesh

  It was a classic instance of bolting the barn door after the horse had made its getaway… But wait, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Let’s begin at the beginning. Without any sliver of doubt it can be unequivocally declared that almost the entire fault for the enhanced mayhem—with its concomitant loss of precious lives—in Bangladesh should justifiably be[Read More…]

Sri Lanka: Ranil’s Dream And The Delusional Opposition

Sri Lanka: Ranil’s Dream And The Delusional Opposition

Arresting of an intelligence officer attached to Sri Lanka Army over the murder of late Lasantha Wickramatunge has sparked questions about the underworld of the state, and questioned the very ruling elements of the government. The investigation of this blatantly committed daylight murder has turned into yet another all-consuming matter in the political arena. Flies are around, bugs are moving,[Read More…]

 Imran Khan’s Faustian Bargain

 Imran Khan’s Faustian Bargain

The predicament of Imran Khan’s fanboys has been somewhat like the pubescent girl who falls head over heels in love with a promiscuous playboy; and when her friends try to knock some sense into her by telling her that your sweetheart is cheating on you, instead of opening her eyes up, she thinks that her friends are jealous of her[Read More…]

Sri Lanka: Neither Anti-Tamil Nationalism Nor Anti-Sinhala Nationalism Would Solve The Convolution

Sri Lanka: Neither Anti-Tamil Nationalism Nor Anti-Sinhala Nationalism Would Solve The Convolution

It was yet another period of dark days in the history of Jamaica, where gobbled and devoured political parties along with other interest groups were instigating and fueling brutal civil war. The people in the country had no escape but to pray for their last moments of life to be lived in peace. Both political parties were using gangsters to[Read More…]

Sri Lanka: Post-War Abyssal

Sri Lanka: Post-War Abyssal

But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?  ― Albert Camus Here is the disastrous and forlorn situation that many are facing in the post-conflict situation in Sri Lanka. Seven years have been passed but the wounds of the bloody conflict keep putrefying society due to absence of healing. In his recent[Read More…]

IS In Sri Lanka: Intelligence Hoax or the Real Threat?

IS In Sri Lanka: Intelligence Hoax or the Real Threat?

Interesting but frightening reports are coming out from the mainstream media in India on the ongoing ideological covert operations by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria known as ISIS or ISIL or IS, in Sri Lanka. Almost all news stories are able to quote the Indian intelligence sources anonymously, while those news pieces have been dramatically decorating the imminent threats.[Read More…]

Edhi : Greatest Of The Great, Warmest Of The Warm!

Edhi : Greatest Of The Great, Warmest Of The Warm!

This is [ Pakistan] a good country. It’s just run by bad people  – Abdul Sattar Edhi The most fundamental question every human being at least one time in life will ask himself/herself is – ‘what is the meaning of the life?’ There is no fixed answer to this question but in fact, the answer is itself is a representation[Read More…]

Political Responses And Interventions To Dhaka café Terror attack: A critical perspective

Political Responses And Interventions To Dhaka café Terror attack: A critical perspective

  The article will critically examine and explore the recent Dhaka café terror attack. It will specifically examine the role of the law enforcement agencies in handling the crisis and will question the effectiveness and appropriateness of law enforcers’ interventions. In addressing this issue, the key focus will remain whether the human rights of victims and perpetrators were respected (Masferrer[Read More…]

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Come China Come: Let’s Have The Dragon-Lion Dance !

Come China Come: Let’s Have The Dragon-Lion Dance !

  China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi is here in Colombo on a two day official visit. It has been very interesting and a pinking diplomatic relationship that  Sri Lanka as a sovereign nation  has developed since the ancient times with the Republic. Whatever may the recorded history placed before us be, one thing is certain and that is that  China[Read More…]

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Three Killed In Terrorist Attack In Bangladesh

Three Killed In Terrorist Attack In Bangladesh

In a terrorist attack near a mass Eid prayer gathering in Kishoreganj in Bangladesh two policeman and a woman were killed and 13 people were wounded. One attacker had been shot dead. Three terrorists were arrested, one of them injured. A group of terrorists reportedly attacked one of the policemen with a knife and threw homemade bombs at a school[Read More…]

Terrorism Gains Foothold In Bangladesh: What’s The Way Out?

Terrorism Gains Foothold In Bangladesh: What’s The Way Out?

Bangladeshi politicians, analysts, intellectuals, and media should do the following three things for the sake of durable peace and order in the country: a) stop denying the existence of terrorism, as there is hardly any country without terrorists or terrorist sympathisers, in the post-9/11 world; b) fight terrorism not only with force but also through education and mass motivation; and c) do not think of gaining political leverage by falsely implicating political rivals or personal adversaries as terrorist agents. Terrorists gain most in divided and fractured countries. Examples abound.

Myanmar In Transition And India

Myanmar In Transition And India

It is two months since the government controlled by Aung San Suu Kyi took charge in Myanmar. The elections that brought her to power were free despite western fears that the military regime would not allow freedom. The question being asked today is “to what extent will Myanmar change?” Amid what look like earth shattering events is there continuity with[Read More…]

 Theocratic Criminals Strike In Pakistan

 Theocratic Criminals Strike In Pakistan

The criminals-cum-terrorists flying the flag of their ‘only true’ religions continue destroying whatever is humane, rational, creative and secular in the Indian-subcontinent. The latest victim is great musician and qawwal Amjad Sabri Saheb, one of the world’s best known Sufi musicians. He was known as a great practitioner/performer of genre of Sufiana verse with roots tracing back to 13th Century.[Read More…]

The South Asian Armageddon

The South Asian Armageddon

According to Dilip Kashmir is the root cause of enduring enmity between India and Pakistan. Three wars have been fought by the rivals on this, “toxic bone of contention”. He quotes President Bill Clinton who called the India Pakistan border in Kashmir as the most dangerous place on Earth! The most worrisome aspect is the Indian Cold Start doctrine involving massive tank thrusts and Pakistan’s response with the tactical nuclear weapons at the disposal of the field commanders. A limited encounter can rapidly escalate and result in a total nuclear exchange. It is a more worrisome scenario than Richter Scale 8 earthquake!

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Avijit Roy - Blogger brutally murdered in Dhaka Bangladesh

Who’re Killing Freethinkers In Bangladesh? Some Unresolved Issues

Of late, terrorists or unknown assailants have killed freethinking writers and bloggers, a couple of foreign nationals, and two LGBT activists in Bangladesh, around 36 people since February 2015. And almost ritualistically, killers have been bragging about their acts, and proclaiming to be al Qaeda, ISIS, Ansar al-Islam, or Ansarullah Bangla Team affiliates. Interestingly, some Bangladeshi politicians claim (a) various[Read More…]

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A Bangladeshi MP Plays Judge-Jury-Prosecutor!

A Bangladeshi MP Plays Judge-Jury-Prosecutor!

A Bangladeshi MP – who paradoxically represents the ruling coalition as well as its opposition in the parliament – recently played the proverbial role of the judge, jury and prosecutor. He and his associates publicly tortured and humiliated a headmaster of a local school at Narayanganj, for his “blasphemous” comments against Islam. I don’t want to discuss the alleged blasphemy[Read More…]

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Sri Lanka: A Comment On The Proposed Office Of Missing Persons

Sri Lanka: A Comment On The Proposed Office Of Missing Persons

The attitude towards murder is one thing on which hardly any progress can be made in Sri Lanka. Murder is regarded as quite normal and not something to worry too much about. This attitude is also something that should worry everyone. It is this attitude we see in the proposed Office of Missing Persons (OMP). In most cases, the simple[Read More…]

Defiance Of Law And Impunity In Bangladesh

Defiance Of Law And Impunity In Bangladesh

Karl Marx, among other critics of imperialism, had some kind words for British colonial rule in India, especially in regard to the prevalent rule of law in the colony. The civil and criminal laws, as evolved in Bangladesh – as in all the former British colonies, worldwide – are based on the British Common Law. However, barring a handful of[Read More…]

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