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S. N. M. Abdi

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Violent rebellion not the solution

India and Pakistan are at each other’s throats in global forums over Jammu and Kashmir where the death toll of civilians is rising but both mysteriously and sadly even the pious speeches delivered by Delhi’s and Islamabad’s representatives at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva haven’t halted t

September 25, 2016

A desperate gambit

India’s political class has the amazing knack of milking any event for all it’s worth.

September 07, 2016

Modi’s B-word to boomerang

At an all-party meeting convened to defuse the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi suddenly targeted Islamabad for what he described as “pitiable conditions” in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan and Balochistan.

September 03, 2016

Bankruptcy of politics

The beauty of India lies in its contradictory voices ranging from the jingoist or sectarian to the principled and sensible giving ordinary men and women an insight into the intricacies of the burning issues of the day.

August 17, 2016

The RSS and Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi is often caught napping and appears sheepish at times. But let’s not forget that politics runs in his blood; he is a fourth-generation politician of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty and not an upstart.

July 26, 2016

Failure of foreign policy

The glaring failure of India to become a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) has an interesting sub-text: It pretty much highlights Prime Minister Narendra Modi's inability to make friends with world leaders like Chinese President Xi Jinping and sweet-talk them into bending rules for Indi

July 19, 2016

Citizenship for Hindu refugees raises questions

Come Independence Day — celebrated in India with great fanfare on Aug. 15 each year — and Hindus from Bangladesh and Pakistan living illegally in the Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled nation will receive the gift of a lifetime — Indian citizenship!

June 28, 2016

India must follow the Aussie example

The most bizarre aspect of Congolese student Masunda Kitada Oliver’s daylight murder in New Delhi and serial attacks on Africans in the capital itself and elsewhere in India is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government’s dogged refusal to acknowledge that the violence is blatantly racial in natur

June 11, 2016

Voters’ attitude toward corruption

How do Indian politicians and political parties shrug off corruption charges and romp home in elections? Voters in the world’s largest democracy seem to have full faith in legislators and ministers who accept bribes and blatantly misuse and abuse their office for personal gains.

May 24, 2016

Indian judiciary refusing to buckle down

A lot of Indians think that democracy in still alive in the country thanks to the judiciary. The truth is that there are only three really independent institutions left: The judiciary, Election Commission and Comptroller and Auditor-General of India.

May 21, 2016