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 […]
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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 […]
Narendra Modi’s historic victory in the world’s largest democracy may prompt the United States to change its policy on India. “India is a big ship and it will take time to change direction” — Gunjan Bagla, Amritt Ventures The Indian election result has lived up to its billing as one of the country’s most significant votes in its history: it’s a devastating defeat for the Congress Party and the Nehru-Gandhi family that has dominated the party […]
India needs more than opposition groups like the Third Front to unify the nation and to ensure stability. The Indian political scene is abuzz with action at the onslaught of approaching elections. Bargaining with allies, negotiations, and experimenting with new combinations are all part of the game to wrest power at the national scene. Recently, eleven parties got together to present an alternative to government formation by national parties like the Indian National Congress and the […]
A new India needs a new script, and Rahul Gandhi has indeed spelled out its contours. In a recent television interview, the All India Congress Committee (AICC) Vice President Rahul Gandhi issued a strongly expressed demand for action for the new Indian political milieu. The political circles are abuzz with a new lexicon to define the Indian political system. Every Indian voice today has ideas like empowerment and the need to end closed systems. From the beginning, Rahul […]
The arrest and treatment of Devyani Khobragade, deputy consul general of the consulate general of India in New York City, has caused diplomatic tensions between the United States and India. In a tit-for-tat response to the United States’s “deplorable” treatment of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, New Delhi has asked Washington to recall one of its diplomats. Khobragade, deputy consul-general in New York, was arrested in December 2013 on the charge of visa fraud for allegedly underpaying her […]
US bill to protect traditional marriage from gay-friendly federal government. Recently in the United States, Senator Mike Lee and eleven original cosponsors introduced legislation to protect religious organizations from discrimination by the federal government for supporting traditional marriage. The Marriage and Religious Freedom Act bars the government from denying any person or group tax-exempt status for exercising their religious conscience rights. “This bill protects the rights of individuals and organizations from religious discrimination by the […]