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China and India count down to joint military drill

China and India count down to joint military drill

China and India will launch a two-week joint military drill on Tuesday, the first exercise of its kind since the two Asian giants were locked in a tense border stand-off in the Himalayas 18 months ago. Analysts said the drill could help rebuild trust between the two countries’ militaries, but would not erase mutual suspicions. […]

India’s Strong Man: Narendra Modi Remains an Authoritarian at Heart

India’s Strong Man: Narendra Modi Remains an Authoritarian at Heart

Narendra Modi became prime minister of India in 2014, with a consummate mastery of political communication and a superficial nod to democratic language. Two of his favorite phrases translated into something like this: “Summon the Power of 1.25 billion Indians,” and “Everyone Together, Everyone’s Progress.” Like a Napoleonic figure, he represented the people. It was […]

The Connections Are What Count

The Connections Are What Count

One of the earliest recorded accounts of technology transfer between India and China is a sweet story from the mid-seventh century. An embassy from the Tang emperor to the court of the Indian King Harsa returned home with knowledge of a special product the Chinese craved: sugar. Accompanied by eight monks, two “technicians” who knew […]

The Various Festive Diary of Indi

The Various Festive Diary of Indi

Plundered for centuries, conquered multiple times, home to some of the oldest civilisations in the world, the birthplace of three major religions— Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhism—India is a country that is as diverse as the people that inhabit it. Therefore, to understand the festivals of India, one must first understand that India is a secular […]

Gay rights and global culture

Gay rights and global culture

Is there really such a thing as a global culture? Consider gay rights. Last Thursday the Indian Supreme Court decriminalized homosexuality. Last April a court in Trinidad and Tobago found colonial-era laws banning gay sex to be unconstitutional. And late last year, Australia became the umpteenth state to legalize same-sex marriage. There is a slow-motion […]

The Indian government and the Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity

The Indian government and the Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity

India is investigating Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity amid allegations that it has been selling babies. The government has asked officials to inspect the charity’s centres across India. The order came after a nun and an employee were arrested earlier this month for allegedly selling a baby in the eastern state of Jharkhand. The charity […]

A Relationship Committed To Success

A Relationship Committed To Success

India and South Korea share one dream, that of economic success and peace From dispatching a batch of medics in 1950-53 during the inter-Korean war, to maintaining diplomatic relations with both the north and the south during the cold war, ever since its independence, India has chosen to maintain a civil relationship with the Korean […]

South Korea-India cooperation

South Korea-India cooperation

President Moon Jae-in urged efforts to expand bilateral cooperation between Korea and India, saying such cooperation will ensure not only a better future for the two countries but also peace and prosperity for the entire region. “The possibility of economic cooperation between South Korea and India is limitless. India not only possesses talented human resources […]

Desert Women Snap up Dump Truck-Driving Jobs

Desert Women Snap up Dump Truck-Driving Jobs

Breaking the Social Barriers As Sindh province of Pakistan is expeditiously executing an ambitious project of coal mining and establishing a coal-fired power plant in the Thar Desert to resolve country’s energy crisis, a select group of women eyes a road out of poverty by snapping up dump truck-driving jobs that once only went to […]

The Menace Of Fake News

The Menace Of Fake News

Last April, the office of the Indian Cabinet Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Ms. Smriti Irani, issued a directive. It lay down new guidelines punishing journalists for publishing fake news. Understandably, there was fierce and widespread criticism from the journalists. “These norms are an attempt to intimidate and muzzle the free press in an election […]

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