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Will China Boycott Goods from the United States of America?

The United States of America (U.S.) and the People’s Republic of China (China), are locked in a fierce trade tussle. Both countries have imposed tariffs which threaten to de-stabilise the integrated global economic order. China has a history of bel....

Indus Commissioners Meeting at Lahore: Need for a New Approach to Indus Waters Treaty

India and Pakistan have just concluded their 115th Indus Commissioners` meeting at Lahore. The meeting involving technical discussions, was successful to the extent that the structured dialogue process within the provisions of the Indus Water Treaty ....

Bangladesh's quest for Sufi and Liberal Space

Sufis are accepted as a moderate strain of Islam and often being described as the ‘Mystic Muslim’ too. Historian Richard Eaton has identified several strands and references to Sufis and Pirs during 16th Century in the documented Musli....

Fighting Drug Abuse in India: Greater Focus on ‘Demand’ side is Required

Late last month, six northern States and a Union Territory joined hands to tackle the rising drug abuse menace in the region. Ruled by different political parties, they have come together, cutting across ideologies, to plot a common strategy. The ini....

BIMSTEC: Poised to make Progress?

India’s commitment towards establishing regional connectivity has been reiterated once again at the Bay of Bengal initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) Summit held at Kathmandu on August 30-31, 2018. According ....

Lead, Kindly Light! - The Importance of Teachers in Our Lives

India has always bowed in veneration before the teacher. Why? Ancient Indians considered Creation itself a great sacrifice on the part of the Cosmic Being. This act of sacrifice is to be replicated by human beings in all their actions to uphold this ....

In Defense of Nationalism

In 1917, Rabindranath Tagore came out with a booklet on nationalism. It was a collection of three articles and a poem. Two of these, ‘Nationalism in the West’ and ‘Nationalism in Japan’, were lectures delivered in the USA in 1916-17 and in Ja....

Pakistan Economy: Challenges Ahead for the New Government

Now that Imran Khan has assumed the office of the Prime Minister of Pakistan, the most pressing challenge for him would be the management of Pakistan’s economy. These revolve around mounting debt (both domestic and external), growing Chinese loans ....

Building Dams with Donations

So dire is Pakistan’s financial health that it has been reduced to mobilise money from individual donors to build infrastructure projects which will cost hundreds of thousands of crores of rupees. In his first speech after becoming the Prime Minist....

The Ottoman Syndrome

The newly elected leader Imran Khan of Pakistan, in his very first tweet, commiserated with President Erdogan tweeting, “On behalf of the people of Pakistan and myself, I want to let President Erdogan and the people of Turkey know we are praying fo....

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