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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 102


India - Sri Lanka Relations At Cross-Roads

Just when Prime Minister Narendra Modi is going great guns with his neighbourhood diplomacy- the latest manifestation of the policy being a visit to Kathmandu, relations with Sri Lanka appear to be nose-diving for reasons which are entirely not in control of Delhi.

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Development Deficit Along The Border

At long last India is going to pay attention to development of infrastructure along the border with China. A massive road network and robust telecommunication facilities are planned that will benefit the security forces and local people alike.

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Why Can’t BJP Face Polls in Delhi

The Bharatiya Janata Party has tied itself in all sorts of knots as pressure mounts on it to decide what to do with the suspended Delhi assembly—should it be dissolved and fresh polls ordered or should the BJP form a government by whatever means. But it will appear that the other major players in Delhi politics, the Aam Admi Party and the Congress are not absolutely clear about their next step either.

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NDA Appeasement Of The Akalis Is Wrong

The Hooda government has set up a separate Haryana Gurdwara Prabhandhak Committee for the state in an obvious bid to shore up the Congress party’s electoral fortunes and to create a wedge between the Akali led government in Punjab and the BJP-led government at the centre. New Delhi has put pressure on the Haryana government to revoke the bill that has placed the Sikh shrines and Gurudwaras in Haryana outside the ambit of the Amritsar-based Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee. The Haryana governor Jagannath Pahadia gave his assent to the bill just days before he demitted office frustrating the BJP-Akali Dal plans to force a roll back.

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'Roti' On The Firing Line

Whoever imagined that the humble ‘roti’ could be seen as an instrument in efforts to divide the voter on communal lines? That the word, roti, was almost universally used in news reports instead of the elegant ‘chapati’ is beside the point. A widely aired TV footage showed a Shiv Sena MP, Ranjan Vichare, egged on by his party colleagues, trying to push a ‘roti’ into the mouth of a fasting Muslim employee at the New Maharashtra Sadan (NMS) near the landmark India Gate in Lutyen’s New Delhi. It led to a nation-wide uproar that was to be expected.

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How to safe guard the neglected Himalayas

The abandonment of the policy of “benign neglect” of the north Himalayan borders by India came in the wake of nearly 600 intrusions by Chinese troops within the course of one year all along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

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Modi Raj In Public Perception

Rather than regretting that he was denied the pleasure of a 100-day ‘honeymoon’, Narendra Modi, the prime minister, should be pondering about the negative public perception of certain actions his government taken soon after assuming power. Of course, there are not decisions like the Saarc constellation at his swearing-in ceremony that have been universally hailed, though the worth of those gestures will be known only later.

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Middle East No More Attractive Job Market

Indian nurses and workers who were able to return home safely from the bloody civil strife in Iraq and nearby areas have reportedly said they would ‘never’ return to the country.

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New FDI For Defence

As the Jailey’s maiden budget cleared the decks for 49 per cent FDI in defence, it is pertinent to point out that Indian is currently the importer of the largest value of weapons by any country. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) India takes in 12 per cent of the global arms imports.

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'Shahansha' And His 'Shah'

If the Lok Sabha polls are to be viewed with the benefit of the hindsight it might be said that it was a predictable contest in which the ‘Shahzada’ (prince) was comprehensively trounced by the ‘Shahanshah’ (the king).

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