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Demographic impact of Christian Missionaries: India needs the equivalent of Russia’s Yarovaya law

Demographic impact of Christian Missionaries: India needs the equivalent of Russia’s Yarovaya law It would be appropriate if the Government of India recognized forced and deceptive religious conversions as a real social issue and brought laws banning proselytizing similar to the parts of Yarovaya law in Russia.   SHASHANK GOYAL JUNE 15, 2019 Engagements1467 Get selected articles on WhatsApp In 2004, when BJP, under Prime Minister Vajpayee, lost election and Congress came back into power, an Indian Pastor  narrated  to a foreign interviewer the following details – The previous government in India (BJP) was a “Hindu” governmentThey did nothing except building 68,000 Hindu temples in the last 5 yearsThe Congress party is in the government now and they love ChristiansNow they have another window of 5 years to take Gospel of Christ to villages in India Short 2 minutes video of this interaction can be watched  here . Fifteen years later today in 2019, Christian Missionaries are st

Kashmir: What Pakistan needs to know

Expert Comment ▶ What Pakistan needs to know is that within the Kashmir Valley, realisation is gaining ground that nothing is to be gained from Pakistan. ▶Equally and gradually, it is dawning on the Kashmiris that a fate similar to that of PoK and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa would await them were they to join that country. ▶Also, the type and extent of financial assistance that have flowed into J&K from India is unlikely to come from Pakistan. ▶ In fact, the existing financial condition of Pakistan indicates it has nothing to offer and it is actually the financial state of J&K that runs the risk of being exploited.

INDIA: Muslim students bag 80% of government scholarships

Updated : June 15, 2019 11:57 AM IST * Among the students who received scholarships, 88 lakh were Muslims, 8.26 lakh Christians, 5.45 lakh Sikhs and 5.2 lakh Hindus.* *More than 1.4 crore applications were received in 2018-19, of which 1.08 crore were verified.* IANS Students from the Muslim community received about 80 percent of total scholarships offered under 20 Central government schemes in 2018-19, official data shows. Those from the Christian community came in at second place with 7.5 per cent share while it was 5 percent for Sikhs and 4.7 per cent for Hindus, according to the National Scholarship Portal managed by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. More than 1.4 crore applications were received in 2018-19, of which 1.08 crore were verified. Among the students who received scholarships, 88 lakh were Muslims, 8.26 lakh Christians, 5.45 lakh Sikhs and 5.2 lakh Hindus. There were 1.94 lakh (1.8 percent) Buddhists and 1.07 lakh (1 per cent) Jains in the

PAKISTAN: Multiple fronts

Multiple fronts Irfan Husain June 15, 2019 ONE of the fundamentals of strategy, as taught in military academies around the world, is that a successful commander avoids fighting on multiple fronts. But here we are, facing many political, economic, military and ideological problems internally. Externally, we are virtually isolated, relying on Saudi Arabia and China to bail us out. To make things worse, most of these problems are of our own making. Instead of blaming outsiders for creating them, we need to confront our own demons. However, before a problem can be solved, we first need to acknowledge that it exists. The next step is to evolve a consensus, and forge the political will to take the tough measures needed. But in a security state like ours, it is not always national interest, based on logic and reason, that dictates decision-making. Instead, we have permitted a warped ideology, developed and pushed by the establishment, to take over the public discourse. In this brief ov

GCSC Cyberstability Update, 14 June 2019

GCSC Cyberstability Update, 14 June 2019 Your news update on the GCSC, its members, and relevant developments in the field of international cyber affairs. Join the conversation and receive weekly updates by signing up to the newsletter below. For more information about the GCSC, please visit . HIGHLIGHTS: Global Commission Meeting in The Hague, the Netherlands This article was published on the  GCSC website , 23 May 2019 The Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace will hold its third meeting of 2019 in The Hague, the Netherlands, on 16-17 June. The Commission meeting will take place prior to EuroDIG, being held at the World Forum in the Hague from 19-20 June 2019. The GCSC will help kick off the EuroDIG conference by holding a Zero-Day event on Tuesday 18 June from 14:30-16:00 in room Yangtze 2 of World Forum The Hague ( Pre 07: “Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace – Towards a Cyberstability Framework ). Tags:  Global Commission

Xi Jinping attends SCO summit

TRIVIUM CHINA Xi Jinping was kicking it up in the Kyrgyz capital in on Friday, in anticipation of the 19 th  Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit. Some context:  The SCO and its predecessor, the Shanghai Five, have been around since 1996. The group is a China-led eight-member strong organization, focused on economic and security issues. For this summit, all eyes will be on: Problems between member states India and PakistanWhat will – or won’t – be said about China’s Uighur camps in Xinjiang Why does Xinjiang matter?  Kazak nationals have reportedly been interned in the camps. Given that Kazakhstan is an SCO member, we’re curious to see whether Kazakh officials raise any objections with the Chinese. Xi kept busy while waiting for the summit.  Yesterday, he held separate bilateral talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov. He’s also expected to chat with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan

Veera Ballala III of Tiruvannamalai

Of the many reasons why you should go see Tiruvannamalai, one of the main ones is that it is very deeply connected with Veera Ballala III. Now how does a Kannada king be involved so deeply with a shrine in proper Tamil country? It was the early fourteenth century, a period of great turmoil and destruction for South India. Malik Kafur had come and gone. The next raid by Ulugh Khan uprooted the Pandyans from Madurai and established a sultanate in the ancient Tamil city. Veera Ballala III, the great Hoysala king, was driven from his capital of Dwarasamudra. And that is when he shifted to Tiruvannamalai. From this temple town he proceeded to resist the complete capture of the south by the Turks.He fought for 30 years before being killed by the Madurai sultanate's forces. Having lost all his sons to death he had adopted the deity of Tiruvannamalai as his own son and to this day Arunachaleshwara performs the annual rites for his father, the brave Veera Ballala III. A gopuram built by

Forget about Dalit voters. Tell us why upper caste Hindus voted for BJP like never before

Opinion Forget about Dalit voters. Tell us why upper caste Hindus voted for BJP like never before India’s upper caste analysts have held Dalits & backwards responsible for Modi’s return to power, keeping their own group away from scrutiny. DILIP MANDAL 13 June, 2019 11:59 am People at a rally by PM Narendra Modi (Representational photo) | PTI India’s Left, liberals and the secular analysts have been worried over the past three weeks: why would the non-Yadavs and the non-Jatav Dalits vote for the BJP and bring Narendra Modi back to power? Much of the socio-political analysis of the Lok Sabha election results since 23 May has focused on the backward castes, the underclass, and the Dalit voters and how they shifted towards the Bharatiya Janata Party. The analysts appear to have deliberately sidestepped the fact that it’s the upper castes that predominantly voted for the BJP. But for liberals like Satish K. Jha and Sudha Pai, the burden of defeating the BJP is only on the shou

The Indian Dalit man killed for eating in front of upper-caste men

By Vineet Khare BBC Hindi, Uttarakhand  19 May 2019  India BBC Image captionJitendra was a carpenter and the only breadwinner in his family A helpless anger pervades the Dalit community in the remote Indian village of Kot. Last month, a group of upper-caste men allegedly beat up a 21-year-old Dalit resident, named Jitendra, so badly that he died nine days later. His alleged crime: he sat on a chair and ate in their presence at a wedding. Not even one of the hundreds of guests who attended the wedding celebration - also of a young Dalit man - will go on record to describe what happened to Jitendra on 26 April. Afraid of a backlash, they will only admit to being at a large ground where the wedding feast was being held. Only the police have publicly said what happened. The wedding food had been cooked by upper-caste residents because many people in remote regions don't touch any food prepared by Dalits, who are the bottom of the rigid Hindu caste hierarchy. "The scu

Can China Solve Pakistan’s Energy Crisis?

Chinese President Xi Jinping and then-Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif inaugurate CPEC projects in April 2015. Image Credit:  Pakistan Prime Minister's Office CPEC has great promise, but Pakistan must be clear-eyed about the environmental and political costs. By Sheraz Aziz June 12, 2019               Pakistan’s energy crisis is a key factor hampering its economic growth. The public bears the brunt of this chronic shortfall, which is caused by several factors. Nothing has worked so far to find a permanent fix to this crisis, so the Pakistani government and the public have welcomed China’s recent intervention. Beijing is interested in making substantial investments in the country’s energy sector under the  China-Pakistan Economic Corridor  (CPEC). CPEC is a part of China’s ambitious  Belt and Road Initiative , which aims to connect Europe, Africa, and the rest with China to increase trade and growth. When President Xi Jinping announced a $46 billion investment,

China Story Yearbook

* Download * 👉 In 2018, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) was, by most measures, more powerful than at any other time in its history and had become one of the most powerful countries in the world. Its economy faced serious challenges, including from the ongoing ‘trade war’ with the US, but still ranked as the world’s second largest. Its Belt and Road Initiative, meanwhile, continued to carve paths of influence and economic integration across several continents. A deft combination of policy, investment, and entrepreneurship has also turned the PRC into a global ‘techno-power’. It aims, with a good chance of success, at becoming a global science and technology leader by 2049 – one hundred years from the founding of the PRC. In surveying the various ways in which the Party-state wields its hard, soft, and sharp power, the China Story Yearbook: Poweroffers readers a sense of the diver

Who are behind the termination of IT Commissioner S K Srivastava who exposed NDTV and Chidambaram frauds? Who are behind the termination of IT Commissioner S K Srivastava who exposed NDTV and Chidambaram frauds? At whose instigation was the name of S K Srivastava added to the list of corrupt IT Officers? By   Sree Iyer  - June 12, 2019 At whose instigation was the name of S K Srivastava added to the list of corrupt IT Officers? “ Ye jo hua, accha nahi hua! ” These were the words that came to my mind when I saw the list of Income Tax Officers being sent into forced retirement. Income Tax Commissioner  Sanjay Kumar Srivastava , who exposed the 1000s of crores-worth tax violation and money laundering of NDTV and their links with the corrupt former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, was terminated by the Central Government on  fake  cases of sexual abuse in the garb of the arbitrary Provision Rule 56(J) of Fundamental Rules. This Rule was generally used to terminate the services of persons who crossed the age of 50 years and were caught for serious cases like corruption and tho


Lee Byunghun Dec 3, 2015   by   Caitlin Byrne It’s red carpet time again in Brisbane, Australia. Last week the "New World City" hosted the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) for the ninth year in a row. Presenting the best films of the Asia Pacific region to a global audience, APSA is a surprising and quite remarkable tribute to cultural diplomacy. Far more than just red carpets and glamour, APSA was initiated by Founding Chairman Des Power AM in 2007 with the endorsement of UNESCO and the International Federation of Film Producers (FIAPF). Its mission is quite simple: to recognize and promote the cinematic excellence and cultural diversity of the Asia Pacific. Yet, this is no simple task. Depending on your perspective, the Asia Pacific spans from Egypt in the west to the Cook Islands in the east, from Russia in the north to New Zealand in the south, includes some 70 nations, and is home to 4.5 billion people. It represents the world’s most dynamic, diverse and fastest

The Pashtuns: A developing faultline in Pak The Tribune, India Tilak Devasher  While several factors account for the stunning popularity and mobilisation of the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM), a key element has been the apathy of mainstream Pakistani political parties, especially the Pashtun ones like the Awami National Party (ANP) towards the plight of the Pashtuns. Posted at: Jun 10, 2019, 6:05 AM Last updated: Jun 10, 2019, 6:06 AM (IST) Cry for justice: Pashtun protests were provoked by the January 2018 extra-judicial killing of a Pashtun youth, Naqeebullah Mehsud. Tilak Devasher Member, National Security Advisory Board  Conventional wisdom in and about Pakistan has been that the dominant Punjabis had coopted the Pashtuns as a junior partner to rule the country. Thus, whether it was the army, the paramilitary or the bureaucracy, the Punjabi-Pashtun partnership was lording over the smaller ethnic groups like the Baloches and Sindhis. However, Pashtun protests during the past year have seen the firs