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Hungary approves crackdown on foreign NGOs

On Tuesday, Hungary’s parliament approved a strict new law against nonprofits that receive foreign funds, defying calls from the European Parliament to drop the bill. The move was largely seen as part of right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s bid to control public discourse and a way to curtail the influence …

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Dynamics of Indian society

By Dr. Kan Once, secular India, as perceived by its founding fathers, immediately after decolonisation, has become a true Hindu state. Today, this danger is being felt by almost all political parties (less BJP and its allies) and particularly the non-Hindu minorities, which once were the symbol of secularism. Today, …

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The loss of innocence

By Happymon Jacob The unprofessional behaviour of the young — perhaps even well-meaning — Army Major in the Kashmir Valley is proof of how an aggressive political establishment, and the ‘popular’ support it enjoys, can transform the unlawful act into a nationalist issue. Otherwise, how is it that pinning a …

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China to select 10,000 volunteer teachers to Xinjiang, Tibet

URUMQI, June 16 (Xinhua) — China will dispatch 10,000 teachers to Xinjiang and Tibet autonomous regions to support local education. Currently, 1,500 teachers from other provinces are in Xinjiang and Tibet. They train local education staff and share resources. Another batch of 4,000 teachers will be selected and sent to …

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Can smartphones speed secularism in India?

By Ding Gang “Hello sir, can we take a photo together?” During my travels in India, I often encountered young Indians who wanted to take a picture with me, an older Chinese man. They held brand-new smartphones, with smiles on their faces. The brands the Indians mostly use are VIVO, …

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Beijing’s goodwill shown in India joining SCO

By Long Xingchun India and Pakistan were finally admitted as full members to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) on Friday at its 2017 summit in the Kazakh capital of Astana. A common concern from the international community is that the two historic enemies may bring their bilateral contradictions into the …

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In Kashmir, India is witnessing its Gen. Dyer moment

By Partha Chatterjee There are chilling similarities between the justifications advanced for the actions of the British Indian army in Punjab in 1919 and those being offered today in defence of the acts of the Indian army in Kashmir. “It was my duty – my horrible, dirty duty,” the general …

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Geopolitical bias blinds India to benefits of cooperation with China

By Liu Jianxi China denied accusations that its military helicopters had violated India’s airspace on Monday. Reports from India claimed that the Chinese aircraft had been seen hovering over the “Barahoti sector” of the China-India boundary. China’s foreign ministry responded to the reports, saying they were “regular border patrols” on …

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Why India should rethink Belt and Road

By Amitendu Palit Asian regional connectivity will significantly change in design and capacity due to the Belt and Road Initiative that comprises the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road. This ambitious China-led connectivity plan links the continents of Asia and Europe through an integrated network of …

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