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Exploring The Beautiful Lakshadweep Islands

Exploring The Beautiful Lakshadweep Islands

By Ubaidulla Thangal, Management Professional
Location India India

Lakshadweep is a group of islands in the Laccadive Sea off the southwestern coast of India. India has witnessed new economic and political contours with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Lakshadweep group of islands, consisting of 36 coral islands spread across the Arabian Sea of which 10 islands are inhabited and the rest are uninhabited, are arguably one of the most beautiful unexplored terrains in the world. The groups of islands are geographically situated at the […]

January 26, 2015 · 0 comments · Culture, India, Travel
Jammu & Kashmir: Mortar Shelling Gets the Upper Hand Again

Jammu & Kashmir: Mortar Shelling Gets the Upper Hand Again

By Paulo Casaca, Director of SADF
Location Belgium Belgium

The tragedy in Jammu & Kashmir will continue unless we confront jihadism in whatever theological configuration, geopolitical scenario or instrumental form it assumes. The 2014 elections in Jammu & Kashmir led to inconclusive results, with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party, the BJP, obtaining results successful enough to force its entry in government but not high enough to avoid coalitions. Since the provisional results were declared in December 23, an agreement for a government has […]

January 9, 2015 · 0 comments · India, Pakistan, Politics
Jammu & Kashmir: Voting Fingers are Subduing Fingers on the Kalashnikovs

Jammu & Kashmir: Voting Fingers are Subduing Fingers on the Kalashnikovs

By Paulo Casaca, Director of SADF
Location France France

Indian Jammu & Kashmir lies close to areas of most strife in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and East Turkestan in China. SAINT QUENTIN — It became one of the most symbolic sentences in the campaign: “While a finger on the trigger of an AK-rifle takes a life, the one pressing a button on the EVM changes the destiny of a nation.” In other part of the speech, the Indian Prime Minister used the same finger comparison to […]

December 15, 2014 · 0 comments · India, Pakistan, Politics, South Asia
When Food is the Medium: Enjoying the Lunch Box

When Food is the Medium: Enjoying the Lunch Box

By Binoy Kampmark, Lecturer at RMIT University, Melbourne
Location Australia Australia

Food is always more than the thick line of culture. Food lets people communicate. Bad food causes the conversation to sour with indignation; good food stimulates and thrills. It is both medium and message, allowing individuals to engage, to discuss, and even to joust. This year has seen this theme explored. There was Lasse Hallström’s The Hundred-Foot Journey, which sees an improbable effort to open an Indian establishment opposite a one star Michelin restaurant in […]

November 24, 2014 · 0 comments · Culture, India, Media
Kashmir: Brought by the Flood

Kashmir: Brought by the Flood

By Paulo Casaca, Founder of South Asian Democratic Forum
Location Thailand Thailand

Will the lessons brought by the latest Kashmiri floods be understood? CHIANG MAI, Thailand — September 2014 will be remembered in the greater Kashmir area for the worst floods in more than a century, with one million people displaced, hundreds of confirmed victims and incommensurable material destruction. As a United Nations special report released on September 17 revealed, natural disasters displace four times more people now than they did back in 1970, South Asia being […]

September 19, 2014 · 0 comments · Environment, India, Pakistan
Why Article 370 Matters for India and Pakistan

Why Article 370 Matters for India and Pakistan

By Rachna Sharma, Hotelier
Location India India

What does Article 370 have to say about the disputed territory of Kashmir, one of the most contentious issues between India and Pakistan? A few months back Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted “Mark my words & save this tweet – long after Modi Govt is a distant memory either J&K won’t be part of India or Art 370 will still exist. Art 370 is the ONLY constitutional link between J&K & rest […]

September 10, 2014 · 0 comments · India, Pakistan, Politics, South Asia
India’s Newest Rape Law Needs Tweaking

India’s Newest Rape Law Needs Tweaking

By Gajanan Khergamker, Independent Editor and Legal Counsel
Location India India

Mumbai’s police stations have witnessed a surge in the number of rape complaints, with more and more women coming forward to lodge criminal protests. Rape is a crime but not one merely of passion. It’s a weapon used to subjugate, to perpetrate hate, to force submission, to prove a point, to avenge, even satiate the need for retribution, however misplaced. For obvious reasons and in sharp contrast to most other crimes as or more grievous, […]

August 11, 2014 · 0 comments · India, Politics, South Asia