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India’s economic revival package is an uncommon mix lacking focus

Covid-19 will be remembered in the history of mankind as an unprecedented pandemic which not only has a health contagion dimension but also a global economic disaster dimension. It remains one of a number of notable economic crises the world has witnessed, the most striking of which was the Great Depression of 1929.  However, the similarity ends with the economic disaster part. Covid-19 carries more misery due to the added uncertainty of fighting with an...

South Asian Brief

‘CRADLE TO GRAVE’ TERRORISM

Welcome to South Asia Brief. This week, Afghans mourn an especially brutal day of attacks, the coronavirus is detected in a Rohingya refugee camp, soldiers from India and China come to blows, and why Facebook is apologizing about its work in Sri Lanka.

“The entire cycle of life is being attacked-from cradle to grave.” That’s what...

Reports

Cyclone Amphan’s death toll rises to 80 in India...

More than 80 people were killed by the powerful cyclone that slammed into India and Bangladesh on Wednesday, wiping out thousands of homes and drenching low-lying areas in torrential rain, officials said on Thursday. Many of the dead were crushed by falling trees, electrocuted by...

US Wants India, Pakistan to restore Kashmir truc...

A senior American diplomat says the United States wants India and Pakistan to restore a mutual truce in Kashmir to de-escalate tensions over the disputed Himalayan region. The statement by Alice Wells, the outgoing principal deputy assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asia,...

Indian Muslims skip shopping to support migrants...

Charity has assumed greater significance for Indian Muslims this Eid-ul-Fitr as many decide to skip pre-Eid shopping and donate money to help the needy instead. The hashtag #EidForMigrants featured prominently on social media this week amid calls to support migrants who were forced to walk...

India Out: Pakistan, China, Russia and Iran join...

Pakistan, China, Iran and Russia on Tuesday urged all sides in Afghanistan to declare a “comprehensive ceasefire throughout the war-torn country” as they welcomed the recent power-sharing agreement between President Ashraf Ghani and Dr Abdullah Abdullah. The special representatives of these four countries held a...

SAM Special

Horses for courses: Thoughts on reforming Pakistan’s health sector

The Imran Khan government came to power in Pakistan in 2018 saying that fighting poverty and corruption is its main objective. To reach 'Naya Pakistan', a new poverty alleviation program “Ehsaas” was launched in March 2019. Dr Sania Nishtar, a public health specialist and seasoned poverty and health care politician, took charge while also taking control of the Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) that needed upgrading.  Initiated by the Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) government in...

Issues

With release of new map, Nepal and India enter a...

Nepal on Wednesday released its new political and administrative map, the first since the signing of the Treaty of Sugauli in 1816, including territories that have long been claimed by both Nepal and India, prompting analysts to describe it as a “cartographic war” between the...

3-yr Tour of Duty or 5-yr Short Service Commissi...

Even as the Army is looking at a three-year voluntary stint, or ‘Tour of Duty’, to boost recruitment, a five-year-old proposal to making the Short Service Commission (SSC) lucrative and practical is still pending. The proposal had been formulated by a group of experts constituted...

How is India altering demographic dynamics in Ka...

Pakistan on Wednesday welcomed the Organisation of Islamic Conference’s (OIC) rejection of a new domicile law imposed by India in occupied Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan believes that the law aims at altering demographic dynamics in Kashmir. “Pakistan welcomes OIC statement strongly condemning and rejecting Indian...

Myanmar’s integrity test in ICJ

The clock is ticking down to a May 23 deadline for Myanmar’s government to provide demonstrable evidence that it has taken substantive action in the first four months of 2020 to protect its Rohingya minority from genocide. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) imposed that...

Editor`s Choice

India and the politics of Covid pandemic

India and the politics of Covid pandemic

The World Health Assembly’s virtual meeting on May 18-19 has brought into focus the politics of the Covid-19 pandemic in the international arena. The WHA...
Shaping India’s response in a global hinge moment

Shaping India’s response in a global hinge mo...

The most important improvements concern its national security structures and their work, and flexibility in thinking India finds itself in an increasingly dangerous world, one...
Trump’s threat to Iran has a hollow, angsty ring

Trump’s threat to Iran has a hollow, angsty r...

A tweet by the US President Donald Trump on April 22 said, “I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any...

Focus

Modi's plan to rebuild India's parliament draws fierce criticism

It was built by Sir Edwin Lutyens as the grand imperial heart of India, then reclaimed as the seat of power for an independent republic. Now, government plans to redevelop Delhi’s emblematic central vista and build a new parliament have drawn fierce criticism. Writing in the Guardian, the acclaimed Indian-born sculptor Anish Kapoor has described the plans to rebuild the nation’s power corridor as an act of “political fanaticism” by Narendra Modi, India’s Hindu-nationalist prime...
I call upon world leaders to cut military spending by 10% to 15%. This is the least they should do now, as a first step toward a new consciousness, a new civilization.
MIKHAIL GORBACHEV, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate & former President of USSR.