India – reaching for Mars yet cursed with the caste system

by ZUBINA AHMED

“Liberty, Equality Fraternity”; at the time of the French Revolution these posthumous terms were the primary mottoes in use. Looking back at times, if we take out the word ‘equality’ and emphasize on its significance, little will we find its reach. The term equality in literal term means evenness. In practical sense . . . → Read More: India – reaching for Mars yet cursed with the caste system

#RapePublicDay on India’s Republic Day

While India marked its 67th Republic Day on Tuesday, some Pakistanis on Twitter attempted to put a damper on celebrations by pointing to the country’s rape statistics.

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An unbiased review of highly biased book

Fighting to the End: The Pakistan Army’s Way of War

by C. Christine Fair,

New York, Oxford University Press, 2014

This book is but the latest in a series of recent works – including T.V. Paul’s Warrior State and Aqil Shah’s The Army and Democracy: Military Politics in Pakistan – that criticize the Pakistan . . . → Read More: An unbiased review of highly biased book

How Obama’s Pakistan drone strategy created trust deficit

Last week, President Obama kicked off his final year as president with the annual State of the Union Address. The speech seemed an auspicious time to ask questions about the President’s legacy, and for the current group of SAV Visiting Fellows to reflect on the consequence of American policies in South Asia during this period. . . . → Read More: How Obama’s Pakistan drone strategy created trust deficit

Has Modi visit to Lahore made a difference?

In “The Art of War,” Sun Tzu wrote that “the key to victory is the ability to use surprise tactics.”

India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, is a man who knows how to spring diplomatic surprises.

He bookended 2015 with them.

In January, Mr. Modi broke with protocol to meet U.S. president, Barack Obama, on the . . . → Read More: Has Modi visit to Lahore made a difference?

Till India resolves its issues, will not perform there – Ghulam Ali

Pakistani ghazal singer Ghulam Ali, who was scheduled to perform on December 3 during the annual Lucknow Mahotsav, has cancelled his concert. The singer, who said he was perturbed by the “politics” over his concert in Mumbai after protests by Shiv Sena, said he will not return to India until “things settle down” and cancelled . . . → Read More: Till India resolves its issues, will not perform there – Ghulam Ali

India calls Bollywood star an agent of Pakistan

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khanwas on Tuesday dubbed as “anti-nationalist” and “Pakistani agent” by senior BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiyaand controversial Hindutva figure Sadhvi Prachi in their attack on him over his “extreme intolerance” comment. Vijayvargiya, a BJP general secretary and a former state minister of Madhya Pradesh, said Shah Rukh’s “soul” is in Pakistan though . . . → Read More: India calls Bollywood star an agent of Pakistan

The water sharing treaty between Pakistan and India

Key Points

The Indus Water Treaty has withstood periods of tension and conflict between India and Pakistan and has provided a pathway for the two neighbours to amicably resolve issues relating to transboundary water supply. Both countries clearly have faith in the treaty and believe they benefit from its existence. Increased pressure on the Indus . . . → Read More: The water sharing treaty between Pakistan and India

Gas pipeline deal between Russia – Pakistan confirmed

Pakistan and Russia have signed an inter-governmental agreement for the construction of 1,100-kilometer (684-mile) gas pipeline, stretching from southern Pakistan’s Karachi to Lahore in the country’s northeast.

Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak signed the agreement in Islamabad today (Friday).

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How India is killing the free speech

IN today’s India, secular liberals face a challenge: how to stay alive.

In August, 77-year-old scholar M. M. Kalburgi, an outspoken critic of Hindu idol worship, was gunned down on his own doorstep. In February, the communist leader Govind Pansare was killed near Mumbai. And in . . . → Read More: How India is killing the free speech