To Indians and Other South Asians of Indian-origin
By Hon. Michael Chan
Ontario Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade
Sixty-seven years ago, an entire nation gained the right to self-determination – and it has never looked back.
It’s a privilege to be able to share a few words with South Asian Outlook readers this month as we observe India’s Independence Day, and to do so in my new role as Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade.
By Sanchita Bhattacharya
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management
On June 25, 2014, a US State Department media note announced amendments to the Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) and Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) entity designations of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) to add the following aliases: Jama’at-ud-Dawa (JuD), Al-Anfal Trust, Tehrik-e-Hurmat-e-Rasool, and Tehrik-e-Tahafuz Qibla Awwal.
The terrorist attack on Karachi airport showed that Pakistan’s intelligence had badly failed to provide true information about terrorist networks in Karachi.
By Musa Khan Jalazi *
During the last 16 years, Pakistan and India have doubled the number of their nuclear warheads, making them the fastest growing nuclear weapons states in the world. However, India has deployed a nuclear triad of bombers, missiles and a submarine capable of firing nuclear weapons. Pakistan has also developed a network of nuclear weapons factories, plutonium reactors and nuclear missiles. India has invested a lot on spy satellites, aircraft, drones and early warning radar, while Pakistan has developed spy and modern warning systems.
By Ajit Kumar Singh
Research Fellow, Institute for Conflict Management
While the rest of the world has focused its attention towards bloodbath in the Arab World, where the Islamic State of Syria and al Sham (ISIS), now rechristened as Islamic State, has created havoc, Afghanistan is plunging deeper into chaos. The political upheaval arising out of the power struggle following the disputed presidential elections has added to the people's misery, as the security scenario deteriorates rapidly.
By Fazal M. Kamal *
In spite of its complete hold on all branches of government, evidently, the enduring legacy of the present administration in Bangladesh is going to be its abject failure to ensure safety and security for people’s life, limb, liberty and property. Aside from its inability to solve murders and disappearances over the years the ruling party has been in office, now what is obvious and scary---and worse still---is the degeneration of many members of what are purported to be law enforcing units.
Government would make befitting reply if BNP and its allies kill people hurling petrol bombs and uproot railway lines in the name of movement, says Communication Minister Obaidul Quader: Communication Minister Obaidul Quader on July 30 said that the Government would make a befitting reply if Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its allies uprooted railway lines and kill people hurling petrol bombs in the name of movement. He also urged Awami League (AL) party leaders to refrain from any attack and provocation. At the same time, he made a call to AL leaders and activists not to stay idle. Dhaka Tribune, July 31, 2014.
By S. Binodkumar Singh
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management
On June 28, 2014, five main Maoist parties of Nepal, including the Pushpa Kama Dahal aka Prachanda-led Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M), the Mohan Baidya aka Kiran-led Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-Maoist-Baidya), the Matriya Yadav-led CPN-Maoist (CPN--Maoist-Matriya), the Mani Thapa-led Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP) and Pari Thapa-led CPN-Unified (CPN-U), at a special function at Buddha Nagar in the national capital, Kathmandu ,signed an agreement to constitute an alliance. Addressing the function, Prachanda observed that the alliance was formed “with an aim of unification among the communist parties”.
Seven parties form Federal Republican Front: On July 10, seven opposition parties, the Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M), Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum-Democratic, Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum-Nepal, Tarai Madhes Democratic Party, Sadbhawana Party, Tarai Madhes Sadbhawana Party-Nepal and Federal Socialist Party-Nepal, formed a new front - Federal Republican Front - Nepal, pledging to struggle for identity-based federal constitution. The front's 16-point concept paper unveiled at a programme in Kathmandu states the objective of the front is to ensure self rule in pradeshes and shared rule at the centre in a federal set-up. Himalayan, July 11, 2014.
By Ravi Nitesh *
There is so much diversity all around us. It includes culture, history, and geography as static diversities and political situations and other continuous changing practices as dynamic diversities for which one individual or community becomes different than another at any point of time. For the already recorded or static diversities that developed over a longer period of time, we know about each other through various available mediums, however for moving diversities and changes of present time, that may also include present short term socio-political changes and often be seen as news, is usually communicated through media.
By Dr. Mahboob A. Khawaja *
Pakistani politics is hub of intrigues and backdoor conspiracies. Democracy stands no chance to take roots in the current highly volatile and disruptive political culture. Feudal lords turned politicians would have hard time to define the democratic norms and principles in a rational manner. The take-over of Islamabad by the military is unwanted and unwise. The Generals do not have the moral and intellectual capacity to manage political problems. Rationality spells out a clear picture of political failure of the civil administration. There is no national emergency warranting military intervention or administration of the capital security and governance.