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The facade of Indian democracy

Seventy-five years ago, India gained freedom and declared itself a secular state. The constitution of the world’s largest democracy provides for “freedom of conscience and the right of all individuals…

Demographic engineering

Indian authorities have recently permitted temporary residents in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) to register as voters. This is yet another attempt by the Indian government to change…

India and the hijab

Muskan Khan – a hijab-wearing Muslim college student in the town of Mandya in Karnataka, India – shot to international fame when she stood up against harassment by a group…

Kashmir: a sea of traumatized humanity

From a tourist’s lens, being born in Kashmir is a blessing to be cherished. To a Kashmiri, however, it equates to a lifelong imprisonment. From the moment a Kashmiri is…

National security wordplay

A reinvented wheel with spokes of jargon, cliche, and complacency was presented last month as the National Security Policy (NSP), a more comprehensive version of the Internal Security Policy instituted…

Reality that bites India

In the largest democracy in the world, autocracy flourishes. Known as Modi’s India it has become a one-man show. A show that goes on despite scathing attack by world leaders,…

Wake up before it’s too late — II

Turkey was not admitted to the European Union (EU) mainly because of the fact that the union is inherently a grouping of predominantly white Christian countries. Turks have learned many…

Sin of appeasement

The bulldozing of legislation facilitating Indian spy-terrorist Kulbhushan Jhadav in the joint session of parliament was the latest evidence to confirm that “we are in the presence of a disaster…

The continuing foreign policy catastrophe

Appeasement of India, paralysis, vacillation, attack on diplomats, and loudspeaker diplomacy – all this and more has characterised the Imran Khan (IK) regime’s foreign policy in the last three years.…

Why Kashmir matters

THIS year, Aug 5 will mark two years since India unilaterally and illegally stripped Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) of its special status. These two years have been a sombre…