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AEHRF makes interventions in the HR Council Session

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Asian Eurasian Human Right Forum (AEHRF), a Delhi-based NGO with ECOSOC status made two video interventions in the 44th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on July 13 and 16. Speaking on item 3 of the agenda on ‘Human Rights of Women in prisons, Dr’ K. N Pandita, President AEHRF reminded the Council of “United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners” (Nelson Mandela rules) that the essence of these rules is to treat the female prisoners as human beings and not targets of human rage, revenge, or lust. Continue Reading…

Sub-continent: What is in the throes of danger?

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By K.N. Pandita

Chinese intrusion in Eastern Ladakh some weeks ago is neither an isolated nor a sporadic event. It is a pre-meditated plan with close relevance to the ominous situation developing in South Asia from the Himalayan heights to the Indo-Pacific region. China’s threatening postures and dubious moves either in the South Sea or in Galwan Valley of Eastern Ladakh, are signs of coercion and hence an indirect threat to peace in the region. Continue Reading…

Why Muslims neglect the Uighurs

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By K.N. Pandita

The US Secretary of State announced the imposition of visa restrictions on such Chinese officials as are found responsible for perpetrating atrocities on Uighur Muslims of the autonomous region of Xinxiang, formerly known as Eastern Turkestan. Continue Reading…

India invited to G-7 Camp David summit

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By K.N Pandita

During a 25-minute telephonic talk on June 2, President Trump invited PM Modi to the G-7 Summit likely to be held in Camp David in September this year. Originally scheduled for 10-12 June, the summit had to be postponed owing to the corona pandemic. Continue Reading…

Pakistan: An enigma for the Islamic world

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By K. N. Pandita

One wonders whether Pakistani leaders are conscious that the Muslim world in general, and the Arab world in particular, are unable to ascertain the locus standi of their country among the comity of Islamic nations. Their confusion stems from the fact that Pakistan was created as the homeland for the Muslims of India but India still, 73 years after the partition, retains more Muslims than Pakistan, indeed is the home to the second largest Muslim population in the world. Continue Reading…

The great game in Inner Asia

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By K.N. Pandita:

India-China standoff in Eastern Ladakh is something more than what meets the eye. A plethora of reportages and commentaries on the Sino-Indian flare-up on Eastern Ladakh border has been published by the international media. Experts and observers have expressed various shades of opinion on the incident and have also tried to link it to the history of border skirmishes between the two sides. Continue Reading…

WHO and Covid-19; Mired in a controversy

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By K.N. Pandita

It is not simply the terms of trade but the rise of China and the possibility it may overtake the US as the world’s greatest power that is at stake. At the beginning of the Trump administration, some commentators suggested that before he left office, China would overtake the US in terms of the size of its economy. Continue Reading…

On the threshold of new world order

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By K.N. Pandita

A columnist of the New York Times made a cryptic but deeply meaningful comment on COVID-19. He wrote, “The corona virus is more like an earthquake, with aftershocks that will permanently reshape the world.”

Instead of talking about recovery from the wildly spreading virus, pragmatism demands that we focus on what shape the world economy, governments and social institutions will take even if we are able to control the scourge in next six months. We need to visualize the new direction which civilization is likely to shape in the near future. Continue Reading…

India struggles to pre-empt COVID-19

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By K.N. Pandita

Under the headline ‘China didn’t warn public of likely pandemic for 6 key days’, Pakistan’s widely circulated newspaper Dawn published the deeply researched report of the Associated Press. The report gives an exceptional peep into the sordid story of China’s handling of the deadly pandemic, which put succinctly, has been a stinging concoction of cluelessness, hysterical secrecy, and punitive reprisal measures against the leakage of news. Continue Reading…

From Tablighi da’wa to Coronavirus-19

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By K.N. Pandita

“The Tablighi Jamaat had in 2010 over 80 million followers spread out over more than 150 countries. The exact numbers are difficult to track because the Jamaat doesn’t follow a centralized system”, wrote the Pew Research Center’s Religion and Public Life Project in Washington. Continue Reading…

Abusing Covid-19 Public Curfew

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By K.N. Pandita

How sad that some intransigent people in some parts of the country fail to listen to the warnings issued by the government at various levels. No less a person than the Prime Minister repeatedly said that he would request the public with folded hands to stay back home and not come out on streets to make crowds. The reason for this kind of unique appeal and with such a profound humility by the highest authority in the country deserves extraordinary regard and response. Continue Reading…

Massacre of Sikhs in Kabul

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By K.N. Pandita

“Sikhs have suffered widespread discrimination in the conservative Muslim country (Afghanistan) and have also been targeted by Islamic extremists. Under Taliban rule in the late 1990s, they were asked to identify themselves by wearing yellow armbands, but the rule was not enforced. In recent years, large numbers of Sikhs and Hindus have sought asylum in India, which has a Hindu majority and a large Sikh population. Continue Reading…

Harsh words spoil diplomacy

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By K.N. Pandita

Iran has joined three other Islamic countries to express “anguish” on what they call “killing of Muslims” in recent communal riots in north-eastern Delhi. Turkey and Malaysia lost no time to react angrily on the incident. The OIC has also given vent to similar statement. Continue Reading…

Sauvé diplomacy, not harsh words

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By K.N. Pandita

Iran has joined three other Islamic countries to express anguish on what they call “killing of Muslims” in recent communal riots in north-eastern Delhi. Turkey and Malaysia lost no time to react adversely on the incident. The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has also given vent to a similar outburst. Continue Reading…

Iran’s foreign policy: A bundle of complexities

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By K.N. Pandita

Iran is different from other Middle East countries. Iranians are descended from the Aryan and not Semitic stock. The Shia-Sunni sectarian divide is an important factor in assessing Iran-Arab relations. Though Shia Islam is Iran’s state religion and she has made a valuable contribution to the enrichment of Islamic civilization, yet ethnic divide obstructed harmonizing of relations. Iran never forgave the Sunni Arabs for denying Ali (Prophet Muhammad’s son-in-law) and his progeny the right of succession to the Islamic caliphate after the demise of the Prophet of Islam. Continue Reading…

US-Taliban sign a peace deal

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By K.N. Pandita

Stakeholders in the 19-year old US-Taliban war in Afghanistan exude happiness over the signing of the peace deal on Saturday in Doha, the capital of Qatar. It is more than a year that the sides were pursuing the deal but hurdles cropped up unexpectedly only to defer the clenching of the peace. The last time peace talks were suspended by President Trump when, in retaliation to the killing of an American soldier by the Taliban in Afghanistan, he had broken negotiations unilaterally. However, it took a great deal of effort on the part of peaceniks on both sides to put things back on the rails and resume talks. Continue Reading…

Pakistan’ new defence partner

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By K.N. Pandita

Turkish President Erdogan was recently on a two-day visit to Pakistan. He addressed the joint session of the two houses in Islamabad besides holding a joint press conference with the Pakistan Prime Minister. In his address to the previous UN General Assembly, Erdogan was critical about India on Kashmir. Despite attempts by Prime Minister Modi to iron out angularities with Turkey things did not improve. Continue Reading…

India must help defuse Iran-US tension

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By K.N. Pandita

After some select Asian countries, China, India, and Pakistan achieved nuclear capability, its impact on regional strategy was obvious. Even repercussions of the neo-proliferation possibility had its impact on regional strategy in the Asian continent. Its reverberations were also noticeable in the Western world. As long as the nuclear monopoly rested with the UK, Russia, and France on the European continent, and with the US as the team leader, the talk of real nuclear threat to the world remained much subdued. Continue Reading…

Congress opposes CAA

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If not democracy then what?

By K.N. Pandita

Anti-CAA demonstrations took violent turn in some Muslim dominated districts of the country. Rowdy crowds have inflicted huge damages on public property. This raises an important question. Have the people of this country taken to the spirit of democracy during the seventy-three years of popular governance? In the course of its long stint in power since independence, the Congress has been claiming with great élan that it is making an enviable experiment of moderating Indian Muslims by using a proven tool called secular democratic dispensation as is enshrined in the Constitution. Continue Reading…

Why opposition is mad on CAB

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By K.N. Pandita

The opposition in the Parliament has gone mad on the CAB. It has many components, and each component has its own reasons to oppose CAB. There is no convergence on the question of why to oppose the bill. Muslim leaders like Owaisi and others of his flock oppose it because the bill exposes the hyperbole that Islam or an Islamic State is equitable to the people of non-Islamic faith. Congress opposes it because the bill creates serious doubts among its Muslim constituency about Congress’ effectiveness to speak for them. TMC opposes it because Mamta has burnt her boats with the Hindus of Bengal and, therefore, she must cling to the Muslim vote, right or wrong, for her survival. This is how religion is politicized. Continue Reading…