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Friday, April 18, 2014

India Beware: Bangladesh is Staring at Anarchy

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With no end in sight to political turmoil rooted in historic conflicts and sectarianism, Bangladesh is edging closer each day to chaos.

Repatriation Still a Far Cry in Bhutan: Exiled Journo

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Evicted from Bhutan at the age of 11, Vidhyapati Mishra spent two decades in U.N.-funded Bhutanese refugee camp in eastern Nepal before resettling in the United States. Just a week before his departure from Nepal to Charlotte of North Carolina, self-learned journalist Mishra also featured in the New York Times with his powerful narrative story exposing the other side of the Bhutan’s gross national happiness.

India Just Scored a Self Goal

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At the peak of campaigning by Bhutan’s two political parties for the recently concluded National Assembly (NA) elections, word spread that India was unhappy with the shrill nature of arguments – and their counters – related to India. Almost immediately, the said conversation was cooled down by both the parties and the campaigning from thereon stayed clear of it.

An Even Match

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A November 2011 report by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, a US congressional advisory panel, urged the White House and US Congress to scrutinize China’s military expansion and pushed for a tougher stance against, what it dubbed as, anticompetitive Chinese trade policies.

Forgetting Nehru

Studio/Oct.51,A22a(i)The Ambassador-designate of France to India, Comte Stanislas Ostrorog called on the Prime Minister, at Parliament House, New Delhi on October 5, 1951. Photo taken on the occasion shows (L. to R.):- Shri I.S. Chopra, chief of protocol, Government of India; Comte Stanislas Ostrorog, the French Ambassador-designate to India; and Shri Jawaharlal Nehru, the Prime Minister of India.

Nehru’s chequered legacy is used selectively by no less than his own party, the ruling Indian National Congress (INC). Putting an abrupt end to his socialist programs with economic liberalisation policies in 1991, the Congress party nonetheless chose to kick-start its political campaign for the recent Uttar Pradesh (UP) state elections, with Nehru as a poster child.