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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2038

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Nexus Spells Trouble in Punjab

State assembly polls in Punjab are still a year away but the campaign bugle has been sounded. Leaders of the ruling Akali Dal-BJP government and their main challenger, the Congress have addressed large public meetings where they spoke the language of election campaigns. Both the parties got a shock when the new kid on the political block, the Aam Admi Party, held a rally of its own with an impressive crowd listening to the party convener, Arvind Kejriwal, taking on both the Akali-BJP combine and the Congress.

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Spurt In Terror Activities In Punjab

The arrest of an ISI agent from Pathankot on Feb 2, 2016, who worked as a labourer at Mamoon cantonment, recovery of two AK -47 rifles, two Insas rifles and a large quantity of cartridges and a magazine from a tributary of Doaba canal and the recent countrywide arrest of 15 suspected moles of the ISIS, including the son of a top retired army officer from Vasco Railway station in Goa on Feb 3, 2016, make one believe that the intelligence agencies are on the prowl looking for nefarious elements trying to foment trouble in Punjab and elsewhere in the country.

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Troubled Canal Cruise

It was in 1976 that the chief ministers of the time in Punjab and Haryana, Giani Zail Singh and Banarsi Das Gupta, exchanged letters on constructing a canal to link the basins of the Sutluj and Yamuna rivers. It was to boost irrigation facility in the two premier agriculture producing states of India and reduce dependence on tube wells.

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Vigilantism Unlimited!

Vigilantism seems to have overtaken India. Self-appointed moralists and super patriots are finding it easier to prey upon targets on the streets, on campuses and even inside court rooms.

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Pakistan's War on Scholars

Pakistan's military and intelligence agencies are waging a nasty war on U.S.-based scholars whose writings and public statements undermine cherished narratives promulgated by the army that has dominated Pakistan's governance for most of the state's existence. These agencies aim to intimidate, discredit, and silence us.

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Grumbling Allies Should Worry BJP

The talk of the coalition era coming to an end at the Centre is an illusion created by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party after it won an impressive majority in the last Lok Sabha poll. It was an image building exercise when the BJP agreed to continue the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) though it did not need support of any other party when it formed the government under the leadership of Narendra Modi in May 2014.

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Racial Slur On India

There was a countrywide uproar in India when about five years ago following a series of ‘racial’ attacks on Indian youth in Australia. The outrage in India is equally strong when there are reports of attacks on people of Indian origin or Indian nationals living in the US. Some of these attacks resulted in death. The host countries generally refuted the allegations of a racial angle in the attacks on Indians. But few in India were willing to accept that.

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Kashmir In A Limbo

While the Modi government busies itself in an unseemly political war in Arunachal Pradesh because of alleged defiance of ‘beef’ ban and a reported plot by the ousted chief minister to harm the state governor and his family, it would be well advised to attend to a more urgent problem in another state functioning without a chief minister: Jammu and Kashmir.

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TULF calls for the unity of all Tamil speaking people

The country as a whole is in a much confused state, if not at least various ethnic groups are. We men and women are merely watching while our puzzled children, unaware of their future are playing cricket and football.

TULF calls for the unity of all Tamil speaking people
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Akhand Bharat Possible in a Different Form

Not many are likely to buy the ‘clarification’ given by the RSS that it supports the idea of an ‘Akhand Bharat’ in the cultural sense, not a forcible reunification of the sub-continent that was divided by the British before they left in August 1947. Ram Madhav, the BJP general secretary appointed to the post by the RSS to keep an eye on the ruling party, had set off an untimely controversy when the Qatar-based Al Jazeera TV network put out a previously recorded interview with him just after Narendra Modi had dropped by uninvited at Lahore to celebrate the birthday of his Pakistani counterpart and the wedding of his granddaughter on Christmas Day last year.

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