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Expert warns of impending ‘genocide’ of Muslims in India

A genocide of Muslims in India could be about to take place, an expert said to have predicted the massacre of the Tutsi in Rwanda years before it took place in 1994, has warned. Gregory Stanton, the founder and director of Genocide Watch, said during a US congressional briefing there were early “signs and processes” of genocide in the Indian state of Assam and Indian-administered Kashmir. “We are warning that genocide could very well happen...

SOUTH ASIAN BRIEF

India and China’s border conundrum

Welcome to South Asia Brief.

The highlights this week: New Delhi and Beijing conclude their 14th round of talks in an ongoing border crisis, India announces the official dates for state elections in the coming months, and a hit Netflix show casts a Pakistani movie star

Reports

Myanmar's pro-democracy forces resist with crypt...

BANGKOK/YANGON -- Myanmar's National Unity Government, a pro-democracy group, recently announced that it officially endorses domestic distribution of the cryptocurrency Tether in a move to resist Myanmar's military, which seized control of the country last February, using fintech. Tether is issued by a Hong Kong...

Sri Lanka economists tell government to default...

COLOMBO -- Sri Lanka's top economists and business leaders are urging President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's government to default on a debt repayment next week and to use the nation's foreign currency reserves to buy fuel, food, medicine and other essentials. Ajith Nivard Cabraal, governor of the...

India says boundary talks with Nepal through exi...

The government of India has said that outstanding boundary issues with Nepal will be settled through the established mechanisms and channels. The Indian response on Saturday comes amid an outcry in Nepal against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent statement on the expansion of a road via Lipulekh, a territory...

Journalists decry ‘forcible takeover’ of Kashmir...

Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir – Journalists have decried the “forcible and illegal takeover” of an independent media body by a group of journalists with the alleged help of local administration in Indian-administered Kashmir. Outgoing KPC members say that, on Saturday, a group of journalists barged into the...

SAM Special

Why this bar to get information on Digital Security Act?

The Information Commission of Bangladesh has been facing a test. This is because of a complaint filed with the commission by a rights activist as he did not receive certain information about the Digital Security Act from the police. This probably has provided a chance for the commission members to prove whether this constitutional institution has any autonomy or not. Media reports say, rights activist Saad Hammadi in June 2021 sought information from the Bangladesh...

Issues

Human Rights Watch slams BJP governments for gro...

Colombo: The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has slammed the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) government in India for gross violations of human rights in 2021, in its report for the year released now. The report says that critics of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government, including...

Rich Western countries stand by as Afghans face...

On January 11, the United Nations emergency relief coordinator, Martin Griffiths, appealed to the international community to help raise US$4.4 billion for Afghanistan in humanitarian aid, calling this effort “the largest ever appeal for a single country for humanitarian assistance.” This amount is required “in the hope...

Sri Lankans forced to cut back on food in worst...

BANGALORE - Sri Lankans are struggling with shortages and spiralling prices of essential staples like rice, coconut, milk and fuel as the island nation grapples with its worst ever economic crisis. The country faces the prospect of bankruptcy this year if it does not rebuild...

India’s government is ignoring, and sometimes ev...

Pulses raced as 12th-graders answered maths problems at St Joseph’s School in Ganj Basoda, a provincial town in the state of Madhya Pradesh, on December 6th. They faced a tough trial: national board exams that decide who gets into India’s best universities. But it was not...

Editor`s Choice

‘15 minutes to save the world’: a terrifying VR journey into the nuclear bunker

‘15 minutes to save the world’: a terrifying...

It became clear that things had gone terribly awry on this particular day when I saw that the most moderate option on the desk in...
3 things I learnt from a 'wasted' two pandemic years

3 things I learnt from a 'wasted' two pandemi...

If you have had contact with people over the past few months, and I don't mean to rub it in if you haven't, then there...
Living with Covid-19: Coming to grips with our anger and angst

Living with Covid-19: Coming to grips with ou...

They call it ennui. You know, that lingering mix of feelings of listlessness and tedium, of being adrift, bereft of neither a sense of anticipation,...

Focus

India

The forgotten legacy of Fatima Sheikh, India’s first Muslim teacher

On January 9, Google honoured Fatima Sheikh, a reformer and educationist, with a doodle on its homepage on her 191st birth anniversary.  Sheikh is widely regarded as India’s first Muslim woman teacher. She taught at an all-girls school in the 1840s, despite severe opposition from feudals and conservatives who followed a rigid caste system.   That was a time when only privileged men had access to schools.  But her work has largely been forgotten - she’s relegated...
The United States should swallow the bitter pill of working with the Taliban-led government in order to prevent a failed state in Afghanistan.
Laurel Miller of the International Crisis Group, arguing for more U.S. engagement with the Taliban regime in Kabul.