South Asian Outlook
By Thalif Deen *
When the United Nations commemorated its first ever “international day for the total elimination of nuclear weapons,” the lingering question in the minds of most anti-nuclear activists was: are we anywhere closer to abolishing the deadly weapons or are we moving further and further away from their complete destruction?
By Satya Sagar *
Though ‘No’ finally trumped ‘Yes’ and the United Kingdom stayed ‘united’ the recent referendum for Scottish independence holds several important lessons for both votaries of separatism as well as national unity everywhere.
By Ajai Sahni
Editor, SAIR; Executive Director, ICM & SATP
"Why is there no storm in your ocean?" Maulana Aasim Umar, now designated as the leader of al Qaeda's jihad in the Indian sub-continent, had demanded of Indian Muslims in June 2013, "Today, when the call of Jihad is being raised all over the world and Muslims of every region have started Jihad in their lands to eradicate the system based on global disbelief, the leaders of the global Jihad have the right to ask... Why is it that the Muslims of India are totally absent from the fields of Jihad?"
By Deepak Nagpal
Relations between India and the United States have been on an up-and-down trajectory since Independence in 1947. While the seeds of distrust sown during the Cold War era and India's testing of nuclear weapons have seen bilateral ties plunge to new lows, the recent Indo-US civil nuclear deal saw relations surge to new heights.
By S. Binodkumar Singh
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management
After days of negotiation between the two Presidential candidates, former Foreign Minister Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and former Finance Minister Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, an agreement for the formation of a National Unity Government was signed on September 21, 2014, in the presence of incumbent President Hamid Karzai, Cabinet members and other high level Government officials. The resolution of the protracted faceoff following allegations of massive electoral rigging, was facilitated by the United States (US).
By Naimul Haq
Until five years ago, Shima Aktar, a student in Gajaghanta village in the Rangpur district of Bangladesh, about 370 km northwest of the capital Dhaka, was leading a normal life. But when her father decided that it was time for her to conform to purdah, a religious practice of female seclusion, things changed.
ICT-2 orders to send two War Crimes accused to Chapainawabganj district jail: The International Crimes Tribunal-2 (ICT-2) ordered to send two War Crimes accused of Shibganj sub-District, Mahidur Rahman (80) and Afser Hossain (75), to Chapainawabganj district jail and submit progress report on investigation against them on November 2 in the case for crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971. Earlier, on September 15, Mahidur was arrested from Dadonchalk village and Afsar Hossain from Satrashia village in Chapainababganj District. A local court sent them both to jail showing them arrested in a case over bomb explosion at Shibganj Shahid Minar on March 26, 2014. The Independent, September 24, 2014.
By Naresh Newar
Living in a makeshift tarpaulin shelter, which barely protects her family from the torrential rainfall or scorching heat of this remote village in southern Nepal, 36-year-old Kamala Pari is under immense stress, worrying about her financial security and children’s safety.
CPDCC for seven constitutional bodies in new statute: The Constitutional Political Dialogue Committee (CPDCC) of the Constituent Assembly (CA) in a meeting on September 27 decided to go for seven constitutional bodies in the new constitution, whereas there are only five such institutions at present. The CPDCC decided to increase the number of constitutional bodies to seven, giving constitutional status to the existing National Women´s Commission (NWC) and National Dalit Commission (NDC). The NWC and NDC were established in March, 2002 but neither of these have so far been given constitutional status. Myrepublica, September 28, 2014.