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Mixed signals from Ladakh

Is the glass half empty? Or, is the glass half full? How would you choose to describe the recent meeting of the Indian and Chinese army commanders at Chushul-Moldo border in Ladakh?  It may not seem to make a lot of difference. But it does. After all, if the water reaches fifty percent of the glass, the objective truth is that the half-way mark has been reached.  The issue, therefore, is how that truth is...

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

Sri Lanka is flirting with default

COLOMBO: Almost three years since terrorists blew up hotels along Colombo’s lovely beaches and two years since covid-19 shut down international travel, tourists have begun returning to Sri Lanka, providing sorely needed foreign exchange. The country’s stockmarket has been bounding along, up by more than 80%...

Kashmir Press Club ceases to exist, building han...

The govt. said the decision was ‘in view of the unpleasant developments and dissensions between various groups of journalists’. The Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday said the Kashmir Press Club (KPC) ceased to exist and the building had been handed over to the Estates...

Income of 84% Indian households fell in 2021 whi...

The income of 84% Indian households declined in 2021 while the number of billionaires in the country grew from 102 to 142 during the last year, non-profit group Oxfam said in a report released on Sunday. In its report titled “Inequality Kills”, Oxfam said that in 2021,...

Kashmir's apple growers demand action against Ir...

SRINAGAR -- With prices tumbling and unsold produce piling up, Kashmir's apple growers are demanding government help to curb imports from Iran which they say are undermining the centuries-old industry. The agriculture sector is critical to the economy of the region of Jammu and Kashmir,...

SAM Special

Sri Lanka is China's ‘pearl’ in the Indian Ocean region

Back in 2009, when Chinese money, technology, and foresight were building the Magam Ruhunupura Mahinda Rajapaksa Port in Hambantota in southern Sri Lanka, the prefab homes for the Chinese workers toiling inside the construction site were arranged to spell “China” in fairly big fonts. Just to make it easy to detect the word “China” from above, for the eyes in the sky maybe. About a decade or so later, China’s bold typeface on the tropical...

Issues

Siachen recollections

According to a Hindustan Times story of Jan 13, Indian chief of army staff Gen M.M. Naravane, addressing a press conference in New Delhi on the previous day, stated that India was “not averse to the possible demilitarisation of the Siachen glacier, but the precondition for that...

Why Narendra Modi and Amit Shah refuse to condem...

Why has there been a sudden surge in organised hate crimes against Muslims and Christians all over the country? The conventional narrative has been that such right-wing attacks are aimed at harassing and isolating the religious minorities and demoralising them. Political scientist Zoya Hasan sees the recent...

Hindu bigots are openly urging Indians to murder...

“All hindus must pick up weapons and conduct a cleanliness drive,” bellowed a Hindu priest at a three-day “religious parliament” in north India last month. Another speaker fired up the large crowd even more crudely: “If a hundred of us become soldiers and kill two million...

‘Make in India’s’ Muslim marginalisation

Toronto: By looking to turn itself into a global manufacturing hub, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is trying to address the absence of large manufacturing in India. Planned manufacturing exports are expected generate revenue in foreign currencies, thus enabling the import of...

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

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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.