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India at 70: The curse of caste

By P Chidambaram By any standard, varna, caste and untouchability made Hindu society one of the most oppressive, exploitative and less productive social systems in the world. Related News One of the lessons that I have learned over the years is that a sense of caste superiority (or being casteist) …

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West’s suspicion of BRICS cooperation outdated

By Liu Lulu As the 2017 BRICS summit draws closer, voices suspicious of the bloc’s sustainable growth and prosperity have emerged. Some Westerners speculate that the BRICS luster is fading as some members are witnessing stagnant growth or are mired in trade spats and political tensions. The West has long …

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India and South Asia

By Kazi Anwarul Masud Why, one may ask, despite common cultural heritage and long bonds of history and added to these factors was Indian humanitarian intervention during the Bangladesh Liberation War Indo-Bangladesh relations, notwithstanding public diplomacy by the authorities of the two countries, a portion of the people of Bangladesh …

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Japan, Russia to agree on joint economic projects

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin are to agree on priority projects for joint economic activities on the 4 Russian-held islands claimed by Japan. Abe will begin a 2-day visit to Vladivostok in Russia’s Far East on Wednesday to attend the Eastern Economic Forum. The summit …

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Expanding horizons key to BRICS’ 2nd golden decade

By Zhao Minghao The months-long Doklam border standoff between China and India has been peacefully resolved. The two sides are both founding members of BRICS and both hope to maintain unity among emerging economies. As Chinese President Xi Jinpingonce said, “The BRICS cooperation is an innovation, which transcends the old …

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Economic logic behind B&R outweighs risks

By Joyce Chimbi Much has been made of China’s Belt and Road initiative that will directly involve trade between 65 countries globally, and eventually affect the lives of two out of every three people around the world. This is, as a result, a mega project with a global buy-in, particularly …

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