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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Nirupama Subramanian

Explained: When Junagadh voted to join India, and Pakistan got just 91 votes
Thu, Aug 06, 2020

Pakistan unveiled a new political map that includes Junagadh, in coastal Gujarat, whose decision to join India in 1947, formalised through a Plebiscite in 1948, was not accepted by Pakistan then.

‘It’s a game of who blinks first but the bad news for them is that it’s not going to be my mother’
Wed, Jul 29, 2020

Iltija Mufti, daughter of former J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti, says she is no politician but her mother's detention has forced her to speak up against all that has unfolded in Kashmir over the last year.

Azad Pattan: What is the PoK hydel project deal signed by Pakistan, China?
Thu, Jul 16, 2020

The $ 1.5-billion project is the second power project under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), for which an agreement has been signed in the last two months.

Maldives ex-President Mohamed Nasheed calls for closer ties with India
Wed, Jul 15, 2020

Nasheed, the founder of the ruling Maldivian Democratic Party, who was barred from contesting for the presidency because of his conviction by the previous government, contested the parliamentary elections in 2019 and was elected Speaker.

As Maldives reopens for tourists, India is likely to create special air bubble
Mon, Jul 13, 2020

The Maldives government has made a formal request in this regard to New Delhi, and an agreement may be reached in the next two or three days, The Indian Express has learnt.

Geelani’s resignation blows lid off Pakistan medical college racket and the shadow war within Hurriyat
Sun, Jul 05, 2020

The bombshell resignation of hardline Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani last week as “chairperson for life” of the APHC has caused a near implosion in the Hurriyat.

Dealing with Covid-19: Lessons from the experience of Sri Lanka
Tue, Jun 30, 2020

India’s small southern neighbour has kept its Covid numbers extremely low, and the number of deaths from the disease to only 11. How did Sri Lanka do it? The country’s Director General of Health Services, Dr Anil Jasinghe, explained the areas that Sri Lanka focussed on, and the steps that it took

Why Balochistan Liberation Army, which targets Chinese interests in Pakistan, may have attacked Karachi stock exchange
Wed, Jul 01, 2020

Pakistan Stock Exchange attack: If indeed this is an attack by the BLA, this is their second time in Karachi, Pakistan’s business capital and its largest city where the country’s biggest port is located.

Explained: Why Olof Palme matters – to Sweden, the world and India
Fri, Jun 19, 2020

According to one theory, the former Swedish Prime Minister, who was friends with Rajiv Gandhi, had helped Bofors secure the howitzer deal – and that he was killed because he had come to know about the dirty money that had changed hands.

Amid India-China standoff, meet the explorers who mapped Galwan’s lonely heights
Sun, Jun 14, 2020

From the 19th century onwards, as the Great Game unfolded between Britain and Russia for influence in Afghanistan, central Asia and neighbouring regions, several British and European travellers began to undertake expeditions into the ‘heart of Asia’.

Explained: The strategic road to DBO
Tue, Jun 16, 2020

In the reporting on the LAC stand-off, the Darbuk-Shyok-Daulat Beg Oldie (DSDBO) road has often appeared. What is this all-weather road built by India over nearly 20 years, and why does it matter?

Who is Cynthia Ritchie, mysterious American citizen who is roiling Pakistan’s politics?
Sat, Jun 13, 2020

Even as Pakistan grapples with a surge in novel coronavirus infections, many Pakistanis are finding l'affaire Cynthia Ritchie more rivetting at the moment.

Colombo to Dhaka: Beijing dials up its Covid diplomacy
Sat, Jun 06, 2020

According to the Ministry of External Affairs, Modi has spoken with leaders of more than 40 countries since March 11, when WHO declared a Covid pandemic.

UN report: Taliban were in touch with Al Qaeda through talks with US
Tue, Jun 02, 2020

A report by the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team details that Al Qaeda and Taliban held meetings through 2019 and in early 2020 “to discuss co-operation related to operational planning, training and the provision by the Taliban of safe havens for Al Qaeda members inside Afghanistan.

Explained: Why a top Afghan official visited the grave of ex-President Najibullah
Sat, May 30, 2020

In 1996, the Taliban shot Najibullah and strung his body up on an electricity pole. To recall him now is to recall the extreme violence of the Taliban. It is also a finger in the eye of Pakistan.

Explained: The new Indian road to Lipu Lekh, Nepal’s protests, and the area’s strategic importance
Wed, May 20, 2020

Nepal's objection then was the inclusion of Kalapani in the map, in which it is shown as part of Uttarakhand. The area falls in the trijunction between India, China and Nepal.

In murder of a popular Pashtun leader, focus on Pakistan’s only party that openly challenges the Army
Tue, May 12, 2020

At a time when Pakistan believes it has managed to pave the way for the Taliban to return to power in Kabul, the growing popularity of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement is an untimely thorn in the flesh.

Why the work of a writer in France of another era strikes a chord with our present predicament
Tue, May 05, 2020

The allegory in Albert Camus's 'The Plague' has to be read literally for the amazing exactness with which it describes the world at this time, while the underlying story about human conduct in war-time France holds up to us a mirror about the moral diseases of our own times.

IS-Khorasan, which attacked Kabul gurdwara, is led by ex-Lashkar man
Sat, Mar 28, 2020

The IS-K is a loose conglomerate of several jihadist tanzeem with differing targets and aims. The group's relations with the Taliban, and with Pakistan, are critical elements in its still evolving identity.

Test of regional solidarity lies ahead
Mon, Mar 23, 2020

If PM Modi’s gesture to SAARC is to go some way towards a solution for the region, India, which will be picking up the pieces itself, must have something to offer to its neighbours six months to a year down the line.

Mubashir Hasan (1922-2020): A warrior for democracy in Pakistan, peace with India
Mon, Mar 16, 2020

Dr Mubashir, who died in Lahore aged 98 Saturday, was an exemplary warrior for India-Pakistan peace, whose unstinting commitment and efforts toward the cause inspired peace activists on both sides for over 25 years.

Kashmiri Pandit colonies in Valley safe, fenced and gated: ‘It’s like dividing us again’
Fri, Jan 31, 2020

An Indian Express series 'Homeless At Home' Part 2: But local residents do not see the Pandit colony as a solution, and believe it could become part of the problem.

Kashmiri Pandits In Kashmir: Those who stayed back have a home — and a roomful of regret
Fri, Jan 31, 2020

Homeless At Home An Express Series Part 1: On January 20, 1990, the first big batch of Pandits had to pack their belongings and leave after a night of public threats by militants — the exodus surging between March and May that year and continuing in a steady stream for the next few years.

Explained: The Kashmir Pandit tragedy
Fri, Jan 24, 2020

Thirty years ago, the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley began. A look at the events leading to and during the flight, the administration’s role, their plight since, and the dreams of return amid uncertainty.

India can nudge US to revive our n-deal: Iran Foreign Minister
Sat, Jan 18, 2020

Javad Zarif reiterated that Iran was not interested in negotiating a new deal with the US, but wanted the Americans to honour the one inked after negotiations between 2013 and 2016.