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India faces challenge of another Afghan transition as the Taliban heads towards Kabul

India’s participation in Moscow conference consistent with earlier policy By M. K. Bhadrakumar Political transition has been a recurring feature of Afghanistan’s modern history. Once in every 10-20 years, transitions appeared – the coup d’etat against King Zahir Shah in 1973, the violent takeover by the communists in 1978 (“Saur …

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The Gulf Crisis Reassessed

The “13 Demands” from the coalition of states that have implemented a blockade of Qatar are incompatible with principles of international law. By Richard Falk The dysfunctionality of the Gulf Crisis, pitting a coalition of four countries, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt against tiny Qatar, is emblematic of the …

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Israel boycott ban: Shunning Israeli goods to become criminal offence for public bodies and student unions

Critics say move amounts to a ‘gross attack on democratic freedoms’ By Oliver Wright Local councils, public bodies and even some university student unions are to be banned by law from boycotting “unethical” companies, as part of a controversial crackdown being announced by the Government. Under the plan all publicly …

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A Fabricated Controversy

The real reason for attacking the Aligarh Muslim University was not Jinnah’s portrait. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has found another opportunity to encourage hooliganism by Hindutva goons in university campuses. This time, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) is the target. The so-called controversy revolves around a portrait of Muhammad Ali …


Jinnah and the BJP

By Tariq Hasan Isn’t it the right time that Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, speaks out his mind on the Jinnah photograph controversy, presently rocking not just the Aligarh Muslim University campus but also the wide world outside the campus? It is quite clear that if the Prime …