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War on COVID-19 will shift balance of power from US to China and Russia

Historically, wars fought between empires or coalitions of countries, as in the First World War and Second World War, have changed the global balance of power. Today, while the world’s super-powers as well as regional rivals are putting trillions into defense, it is the COVID-19 pandemic that seems to be changing the world in significant ways.    US President Donald Trump’s “Chinese virus” has already turned into an “American virus” because of the pace at which...

South Asian Brief

Social distancing is a privilege

Welcome to South Asia Brief. This week, we focus on the coronavirus crisis once again, exploring how various countries are imposing lockdowns. Look closely at the picture above. Migrant workers in Ghaziabad, part of Delhi’s National Capital Region, pack into (and on top of) buses to get back home as hundreds...

Reports

Bangladesh allows Indian cargo flights to reach...

From getting Bangladesh’s nod to allow flights which are carrying supplies to the North-East over its territory to facilitating nearly 50% of the trucks to move with essential goods after drivers were allowed to use their driving licence as proof, instead of a pass, an...

India hospital shuts after surge in coronavirus...

A major private hospital in Mumbai has been closed to new patients and declared a coronavirus containment zone after 26 nurses and three doctors tested positive, an official has said. Since the virus hit India - which has been under lockdown since March 25 with...

Indian Navy sailor dies in accident onboard unde...

A navy sailor has died in an accident onboard one of Indian Navy's under-construction nuclear submarines. Considering the secrecy of the project, the Navy has not divulged the name of the submarine. The Incident happened at Navy's Vizag-based eastern naval command ship building centre jetty...

The Covid-19 pandemic in the eyes of a Rohingya

The Covid-19 pandemic is now a global crisis. People all over the world are affected, and some of those at particular risk are Rohingya refugees. Many Rohingya now live in one of the world’s largest refugee camps, in Cox’s Bazar district, Bangladesh. As a Rohingya...

SAM Special

Muslim bashing in India obscures critical socio-economic issues

Muslim-bashing is back again in full force in India, this time partly due to the indiscretion of the Tablighi Jamaat located in Nizamuddin in Delhi. The Tablighi Jamaat, a fast growing puritanical Islamic organization founded in India in 1926, had organized a mass national and international conference on March 13 and 15 which had attracted more than 4000 delegates from India and abroad.  And expectedly, given the current coronavirus pandemic, this concourse became a happy...

Issues

Taliban launches campaign to help Afghanistan fi...

When 55-year-old Khairullah from a village in Afghanistan's northern Jawzjan province was invited to join a meeting after Friday prayers on March 27, he was not prepared for what he witnessed. Despite the unusually cold spring weather, Khairullah, who asked for his name to be...

Why soft power is pivotal for Pakistan

Why write about soft power at a time of the Covid-19 crisis? Because the global health emergency helps to illustrate its significance and impact. It also makes sense to evaluate the importance of soft power for Pakistan’s diplomacy in the post-pandemic world. If soft power...

Don’t threaten Afghans, it will be counterproduc...

The Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs in the US State Department, Alice Wells dropped a bombshell early morning today on the Afghan government and the country’s political elites and caught by surprise the international donors, too by...

Living locked down life away from Kashmir

When the news about the coronavirus broke two months back, I paid absolutely no heed. I was more attentive to the communal riots that had gripped India and killed many innocents. However, with each day the deadly virus gagged headlines as it killed people and...

Editor`s Choice

Why Ranjan Gogoi’s RS nomination is wrong!

Why Ranjan Gogoi’s RS nomination is wrong!

This is not an article about Justice Ranjan Gogoi. One of the brightest judges to preside over the Supreme Court (SC), he may be the...
Delhi’s shame is India’s shame

Delhi’s shame is India’s shame

More than 100 days since protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, or the CAA began, and weeks after the worst ever communal riots in Delhi...
India has slid to being a majoritarian state in economic despair

India has slid to being a majoritarian state...

It is with a very heavy heart that I write this. India faces imminent danger from the trinity of social disharmony, economic slowdown and a...

Focus

'Muslims are foreigners': Inside India's campaign to decide who is a citizen

For nearly two years, Mamoni Rajkumari, a lawyer, spent her days deciding who was an Indian citizen and who was not as part of a tribunal reviewing suspected foreigners in the state of Assam. Then, she says, she was dismissed for not declaring enough Muslito be non-citizens. "I was punished," she said. Rajkumari, 54, has found herself on the front line of India's citizenship wars. In addition to the tribunals, which Assam has operated for...
We know where the Muslim population is large there is always trouble — because the Islamic ideology says so.
Subramanian Swamy, BJP MP.