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Indian TV channels in vanguard of movement to demonize Muslims

Last month, the unthinkable happened in the history of Indian television. A man in his late 40s donning a saffron waistcoat scorched the screen of a news channel- known as Sudarshan TV. He was Suresh Khanderao Chavhanke, chairman, managing director, and editor-in-chief of Sudarshan News.  Known for its right-wing leanings and open support to the Hindu extremist ideology since its inception in 2007, the news channel hogged the headlines in newspapers when its owner announced...

South Asian Brief

India Sets Coronavirus Record

Welcome to South Asia Brief, the weekly newsletter that keeps you up to date on a region that is home to one-fourth of humanity. Today: India sets a worldwide record for the most coronavirus cases in a single day, Pakistanis express outrage over rape, Bangladesh...

Reports

China, India send in supplies for thousands of b...

The Chinese and Indian militaries, locked in their worst border stand-off in decades, have shifted focus to logistical support as both sides race to bring in supplies for the thousands of troops in the remote Himalayan region before the brutal winter sets in. Senior military...

Integrity of Myanmar polls questioned amid confl...

Tens of thousands of minorities in Myanmar remain without the right to vote, while access to information has been hampered due to internet restrictions and the coronavirus lockdown, rights groups told the United Nations in Geneva on Wednesday, saying the situation raises questions about the...

Pillar number 11 along Nepal-China border in Hum...

Pillar number 11 along the Nepal-China border in Humla district, which was said to have been missing, has been found. According to Bishnu Bahadur Lama, chief of Namkha Rural Municipality, an inspection team, led by Humla Chief District Officer Chiranjibi Giri, “found” pillar number 11...

Israel Aerospace Industries got undue benefit fr...

A Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report tabled in Parliament Wednesday pointed out irregularities in the purchase of aero engines for Unmanned Aero Vehicles (UAVs) by the Indian Air Force from Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). The report states that the IAI gained undue benefits of...

SAM Special

DHA Karachi and CBC disparaged wrongly

The Pakistan Meteorological Department has confirmed that Karachi received the heaviest rain in a single day in 90 years when 231 mm fell in just 12 hours on August 27. The Hub Dam water level crossed 338.5 feet, the highest in 13 years. During August 2020 alone, Karachi received 484 mm (19 inches) rain. With rainwater and overflowed water from nullahs and drains flooding most of the main roads and streets in residential areas, people’s...

Issues

China’s Sri Lanka foothold a dilemma for India

There are three categories of statesmen: those addicted to Twitter (Donald Trump, Narendra Modi, Javad Zarif, et al); those who shun it (Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel, Xi Jinping, et al); and those with selective uses for the micro-blogging app. Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa...

India braces for mass protests over contentious...

India's latest agriculture reforms, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi says will help double farmers' income, have sparked a massive uproar, with opposition parties and growers calling them "anti-peasant." Amid protests by farmers, mainly in the northern states of Punjab and Haryana, Parliament this week cleared...

Nepal should stop selling its youth to the India...

The Battle of Plassey was the precursor to colonialism in India, which taught modern India how the East India Company took advantage of a domestic power tussle in Bengal and ruled the country for the next 200 years. India’s transition to independence and democracy still...

The India-China Ladakh crisis: Why so silent, wo...

Toward the end of last week, a Western analyst who specializes in East Asian strategic affairs messaged me to discuss the latest turn in the ongoing India-China military standoff in Ladakh, as we have periodically done over the last few months. But this time around,...

Editor`s Choice

India’s silenced parliament

India’s silenced parliament

After a nearly six-month hiatus, the Indian parliament will reconvene in mid-September at a time of deepening national crisis. But I fear that it may...
The making of a Hindu India

The making of a Hindu India

On August 5, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for a Hindu temple in the northern city of Ayodhya. This fulfilled the...
Why US Indo-Pacific strategy will fail

Why US Indo-Pacific strategy will fail

Since Donald Trump was elected to the US presidency, he has expanded the Asia-Pacific region to include the Indian Ocean, renaming the enlarged area “Indo-Pacific”...

Focus

India

What the death of a Bollywood star says about life in Modi's India

India crossed another grim milestone last Wednesday, surpassing five million total COVID-19 cases, less than two weeks after exceeding the four million-mark. On the same day, the death toll reached 82,066 with 1,290 new fatalities, the biggest single-day spike. Mounting aggression on the country's border, rising farmer suicides, record unemployment, and a collapsing economy only added to the sense of despair. But instead of focusing their attention on such of issues of great consequence, India's...
If you want to be an opinionated columnist or a partisan campaigner on social media then that is a valid choice, but you should not be working at the BBC.
New BBC director general Tim Davie on social media.