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India’s microfinance is losing its soul

By Moin Qazi Microfinance has lately been facing trouble because of what observers apparently feel is the dilution in the purity of its mission. When it started, microfinance was a financial tool being used for social good. Now it has increasingly become a social tool used as a way to …

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Summer of 2014 to autumn of 2017

By P Chidambaram I did not set the cat among the pigeons. In fact, my grievance was that nothing that more knowledgeable persons (leave aside my views) wrote or said seemed to have any effect on the government and its management of the economy. A course correction was not effected …

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Facts about Indian atrocities in Kashmir

By Nawz ON October 27 each year, Kashmir Black Day is observed nationwide in Pakistan and also across globe. This is day when Indian forces unlawfully, forcefully and in blatant violation of international law occupied Kashmiris’ land, which started darkest period in J&K history. State terrorism that India unleashed on …

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Pakistan PM Speech at UNGA

By Shahid Khaqan Pakistan’s commitment to the principles of the United Nations is evident from the long record of its constructive role in the initiatives and contributions that have shaped the decisions and discourse at this world body on decolonization, development, trade, international law, human rights, refugees, peacekeeping, security, disarmament …

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Rohingya crisis explodes again

The Rohingya have been called — by a United Nations spokesperson, no less — “the world’s most friendless people.” That status was brutally confirmed last month as Myanmar’s security forces clashed with Rohingya insurgents. Hundreds were killed in the violence, and tens of thousands of civilians were forced from their …

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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West’s suspicion of BRICS cooperation outdated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

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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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