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India’s aggression over Kashmir


Narendra Modi’s high-handed action over the disputed territory is likely to revive conflict with Pakistan The crisis over Kashmir, triggered by the Indian government’s decision to impose direct rule from Delhi, has universal relevance. It says (...)

Between throwing rocks and a hard place : FPI and the Jakarta riots

Ian Wilson 03/06/19

Many of the questions surrounding who was responsible for the violence that erupted in Jakarta on 21–22 May will likely never be answered. Prevailing theories suggest roles for a mix of interests and actors, involving paid thugs, religious (...)

Modi Won Power, Not the Battle of Ideas

Amartya Sen 31/05/19

The Hindu nationalists were victorious. What does that say about India ? Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India has led his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party to a major victory in the country’s general elections, winning more than 300 of (...)

India : National Register of Citizens and the Supreme Court

Alok Prasanna Kumar 30/07/18

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, which has met with fierce resistance in the north-eastern states, especially Assam, is likely to be shelved by the union government and not introduced in this session of Parliament (Bhattacharya 2018). The (...)

Maroc. Le hirak ou la révolte dans le Rif

Maâti Monjib 13/06/17

Depuis plusieurs semaines, le Rif marocain est en ébullition. Une révolte sociale, politique et identitaire, qui rencontre un écho dans le reste du pays et illustre les impasses du pouvoir. Celui-ci est d’autant plus exaspéré que le hirak (mouvement) (...)

Secousses islamistes en Indonésie

Marie Beyer, Martine Bulard 29/05/17

Djakarta, 9 mai 2017. « Coupable de blasphème ». Le gouverneur de Djakarta, M. Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, couramment appelé Ahok, a été condamné à deux ans de prison ferme pour ce délit, bien inscrit à la Constitution mais très contesté au sein d’une (...)

Indonesia : the perils of a protest

Dwi Kiswanto 21/11/16

In the aftermath of Jakarta’s 4 November anti-Ahok demonstration, Dwi Kwiswanto outlines what Indonesian political actors can learn. And if lessons go unheeded, the consequences are real and severe, he warns. Two Fridays ago, a massive (...)

Essor d’un bouddhisme radical dans la Birmanie en transition

Aurélie Leroy 18/12/15

8 novembre 2015, premières élections législatives libres en Birmanie depuis la fin de la dictature militaire. Jour auréolé par la victoire écrasante de la Ligue nationale pour la démocratie d’Aung San Suu Kyi qui remporte la majorité absolue au (...)

Myanmar’s Least-Wanted Political Party


A tiny political organization supports the Rohingya The Democracy and Human Rights Party, one of the smallest registered ones in Myanmar’s Nov. 8 general elections, is the only party willing to represent Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya Muslims, (...)

Movements are not radical anymore : Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy, Udhav Naig 21/09/15

The writer-activist observes that the Left needs an intellectual re-evaluation of the role played by caste in Indian society. The fortunes of the Left in India are not going to change dramatically just by effecting a change in its leadership. (...)

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