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Turmoil in Tagore’s ‘abode of peace’
The Bengali Bard’s Legacy And Vision Under Threat From Hindutva
A 20-year-old under-graduate student from Bangladesh Visva Bharati, the university that the poet established at Santiniketan or Abode of Peace, found out to her dismay that it was no longer an abode of peace but of Hindutvic intolerance.
The student, Afsara Anika Meem, was asked to leave India for “anti-government” activities, by India’s external affairs ministry earlier in February this year. Meem’s “crime” was that she had shared pictures on Facebook of the anti-CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act) protests that were held at the Visva Bharati campus last December. TO READ FULL ARTICLE CLICK HERE.
ON THE MOVE?
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Pradeep phoned Indian high commission official
After retired major Sinha Md Rashed Khan was shot dead by police in Cox’s Bazar, officer-in-charge (OC) of the Teknaf police station Pradeep Kumar Das, now under arrest, made a phone call to an official of the Indian High Commission in Chattogram.
Meanwhile, an intelligence agency report said that Pradeep had called the Indian high commission official at 5:00 pm on 3 August. The day after the phone call, fabricated reports about Sinha appeared in three Indian online news portals. The reports said that Sinha had been involved in all sorts of misdeeds while serving in the SSF. TO READ FULL ARTICLE CLICK HERE.
India’s Ladakh nightmare is far from over
India appears to be stuck in the proverbial rock and a hard place. The country is struggling with the worst economic downturn, an interminable pandemic and a festering border dispute with China that has morphed into an embarrassing conflict with its mighty neighbour.
When asked to comment on the situation after the agreement to de-escalate, Dr Ashok Swain, a professor of Peace and Conflict Research at Sweden’s Uppsala University bluntly said, “There is no end to this crisis. India is waiting for China to withdraw its troops, which will not happen.” TO READ FULL ARTICLE CLICK HERE.
India hurts itself with border belligerence
Pakistan has been quite restrained toward India's moves since August 2019. Pakistan is not as strong as India militarily, but the Kashmir issue is crucial to Pakistan. If the Pakistani government doesn't show a hard-line stance toward the disputed territory, it would lose public support. As a result, Pakistan makes tough response to every offensive move by India, and takes countermeasures when necessary.
While conflicts with China have not been effectively eased, why has India remained offensive toward Pakistan? TO READ FULL ARTICLE CLICK HERE.
Line of death: China places H-6 bombers near India border
According to Military Watch Magazine, new images released by the Central Theatre Command of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) show several H-6 bombers have been deployed near the disputed Line of Control (LOC).
The H-6’s considerable firepower, deploying a wide range of standoff cruise missiles, can potentially provide the PLA with a major advantage in the event of a future clash in the Ladakh region, the report said.
Given the scarcity of airbases on both sides, the ability to strike Indian bases at long ranges could be enough to turn the balance in the air. TO READ FULL ARTICLE CLICK HERE.
Islamophobia in the US presidential election
Trump's alliance with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi calls for obvious parallels between the two, particularly around their overt policies of Islamophobia. This was most apparent during Trump's February visit to India, during which sectarian violence in the streets of New Delhi revealed the ugly reality of Hindu supremacy in India. A Trump victory is sure to see the right-wing alliance between the two nations flourish.
Also there is little to suggest that Harris's biracial identity would be a sign of progress. In fact, a Biden presidency will likely mean a continuation of Trump-era support for Modi's ethnonationalist project of Hindutva, an ideology that has been calamitous for Muslims and caste-oppressed Indians. TO READ FULL ARTICLE CLICK HERE.
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