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Can BJP Climb Higher in 2020?

If the last few weeks of the year just gone by are set aside, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party can look back to 2019 with satisfaction. The BJP was certainly more than pleased with its thumping victory in the Lok Sabha polls last May in which it exceeded its 2014 performance followed by success in achieving most of the goals of its Hindutva agenda. It was able to sell stories of its success in giving Pakistan the stick. Narendra Modi has remained the most popular leader of the country.

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The Dots that Connect the Swiss to the Tamil Diaspora

Since Swiss special envoy Jorg Frieden’s visit, who specially flew down to resolve the matter of the fabricated abduction, there is a blanket of silence from both Sri Lankan and Swiss Governments. Is this a sign of stalemate where neither side is willing to budge from their stand or whether the Swiss had decided to make peace with evidence is anyone’s guess? The whole Swiss saga, including the matter of granting asylum to IP Nishantha Silva, who is wanted in connection of a murder case, is now either dead or dormant. We can only hope that the inconclusive ending does not come back with a vengeance at a later date to haunt Sri Lanka.

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Do Muslims matter in Modi’s India?

Since sweeping to power for the second time in May of 2019, Narendra Modi and his BJP government have delivered within six months what they have been promising to their chauvinistic Hindutvadi supporters. Kashmir’s special status as a state is gone with Article 370. The site for the historic Babri Masjid is now cleared for building a Hindu temple – the Ram Mandir.

Do Muslims matter in Modi’s India?
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The True Color of OIC at The Hague

Dr. Mahathir Mohammad, in his opening speech of the Islamic countries at Kuala Lumper, hits the nail on the head “The Muslim countries are in a state of crisis, helpless and unworthy of this great religion which is meant to be good for mankind,” was in fact demonstrated earlier, at the ICJ (International Court of Justice) regarding the Rohingya Crisis.

The True Color of OIC at The Hague
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2019: India improves journo-murder index

As the year 2019 is approaching the finish line, India appears to improve its journo-murder index with only two casualties this year. As the world witnesses murders of nearly 50 scribes for journalistic works till date (95 casualties in 2018), India’s share has also gone down considerably from six to two incidents of journo-killings.

2019: India improves journo-murder index
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The name Mary is mentioned in the Quran 34 times. Jesus is mentioned 25 times in the Quran.

Many Catholics engaged in evangelization with Muslims point to Islam’s reverence for Mary as a possible bridge between the two religions. What exactly do Muslims believe about our Blessed Mother?

The name Mary is mentioned in the Quran 34 times. Jesus is mentioned 25 times in the Quran.
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Sri Lanka’s new president re-sets foreign policy to ‘neutral’

With ceremonies redolent with symbolism, followed by administrative moves that sent clear messages to the public, Gotabaya Rajapaksa took office as President of Sri Lanka signaling a clarity of purpose and a no-nonsense approach to his duties that lay ahead.

Sri Lanka’s new president re-sets foreign policy to ‘neutral’
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Brexit: UK reached important milestone in the long journey ahead

With the passing of the withdrawal agreement bill by an overwhelming majority of 124, the United Kingdom is on course to leave the European Union by January 31, 2019, provided that both the Houses of Parliament ratify the bill.

Brexit: UK reached important milestone in the long journey ahead
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Letter From America: The making of Hinducracy in Modi’s India

BJP’s (Bharatiya Janata Party) landslide re-election victory under Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves no doubt that Hindutvadi divisive forces have grown steadily like a cancer in the body politic of India that is beyond cure. They have essentially nailed the coffin of Gandhi-Nehru-Azad’s ‘secular socialist’ India that many people admired, rather ignorantly. In practice, India has neither been secular nor socialist. It has always functioned as an upper-caste Hindu state.

Letter From America: The making of Hinducracy in Modi’s India
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Nepal – A Victim of Legacy of British Colonial Times

India has recently moved to divide Indian occupied part of Kashmir into two federally administered territories of Ladakh and J&K despite protests from within as well outside India. Soon after stripping the IoK's special status and splitting the Himalayan region in August, the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs published an updated map of India in November 2019 which created disturbance not only in Pakistan (because of obvious Kashmir issue) but in China and Nepal as well.

Nepal – A Victim of Legacy of British Colonial Times
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