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Ashok Swain

Ashok Swain

Academicashok.swain@pcr.uu.se
The writer is professor of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University, Sweden.

By Ashok Swain

How Modi government is ensuring Kashmir becomes an international issue

OHCHR chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein has sought a commission of inquiry to probe Indian excesses in the Valley.

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Is 'jumla' Modi government's biggest contribution in 4 years?

Opposition parties and leaders are no more seen as adversaries, but as enemies.

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What Modi doesn't get about fixing India's ties with Nepal

The ongoing two-day visit comes on the heels of Nepal PM KP Oli's India visit in April.

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Why Modi is a bigger threat to Indian democracy than Trump is to America

Key institutions in India such as the judiciary, security agencies and EC have not been able to 'withstand' government pressure tactics.

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It's a pity VC has made a mess of JNU

The university has been on the boil for the past two years due to M Jagadesh Kumar's open promotion of Hindutva politics.

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India is the largest importer of arms, then why is the Army chief complaining?

It is not the lack of arms, but Modi government's failed foreign policy that is to be blamed for growing insecurities of the armed forces.

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Controversy over PM Modi’s degree damages reputation of India’s education system

The PM of India is not legally bound to hold any formal academic degree, but at the same time it is illegal to lie under oath.

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The problem with Modi attacking Congress when he travels overseas

PM is repeatedly using diaspora meetings as partisan events, not as an occasion to reach out to all Indians living abroad.

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Modi's Gulf visit: Migrant workers need protection

Return of labour force working overseas to India won't just hit the remittances flow but also deepen the unemployment crisis in the country.

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Political instability in Kashmir is posing a whole new level of danger for the Valley

The hyper-nationalism is forcing the divided diaspora groups to close their ranks and support Pakistan.

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Have Hindutva forces in India reignited the Khalistan movement overseas?

There are reports that Sikh and Kashmiri militants living in Europe have revived their ties.

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Why I think rule of only one man prevails in Modi's India

Urgent steps must be taken to bring back the people’s faith in the rule of law.

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Modi government's poor human rights record threatens to spoil India-EU Summit

Various European NGOs have been relentless in their demand for the EU to take a principled stand against India.

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Why I'm not celebrating Modi's birthday (and you shouldn't either)

A hard look at where world's largest democracy and its liberal values stand today.

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How open confrontation between China and India can kill BRICS

There are growing concerns about the survival of the group itself.

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In the garb of making India great, Modi has done a great disservice to democracy

Some electoral outcomes can be quite problematic.

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Why I'm not celebrating Independence Day in Modi's India

Under the prime minister's stewardship, a secular India is now veering towards a Hindu India.

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Why India will never be a successful Hindu Rashtra

The two major providers of the nation's stability are democracy and religious freedom.

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JNU VC Jagadesh Kumar does not seem fit for his job

His continuance as the vice-chancellor puts the university's future at stake.

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How flawed is India's foreign policy that China is threatening war with us?

The country's refusal to budge over Doklam has forced the Modi regime to give up its swagger and desperately look for a face-saving exit.

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Modi’s visit to Israel is an extension of his anti-Muslim politics

While the PM is avoiding a trip to the West Bank, he has found time to schedule a meeting with Moshe Holtzberg.

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Why Narendra Modi hates the English news media and what it means for India's democracy

There is no doubt that in India, there is very little space left for a free press and that space is shrinking fast.

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For the sake of Indian democracy, Modi should keep Army out of politics

Political opportunism can potentially extend the tutelage of the armed forces and undermine the sovereignty of citizens.

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Unrest in Kashmir is bad for India, but good for Modi government

Continued crisis in the Valley helps the BJP mobilise its support base in the name of Hindu nationalism.

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Three years of Modi government has gifted India public lynching

The regularity of such crime in different parts of India in recent years is not due to lawlessness but because of the state sanction behind it.

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India's absence from OBOR forum is testimony of Modi's failed foreign policy

A sensible thing could have been to work with Beijing to get an acceptable deal for it in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project.

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Because of Modi government, India can't match China's economic growth

Regional peace and internal stability have suffered a body blow under the BJP regime.

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A time will come when we'll blame Modi for Kashmir crisis

Hindu majoritarian politics of the Centre has also added to the despondency in the Valley.

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How Modi's Hindi-first is another step to divide India

The central government's glaring push for the language risks widening the divide in the highly diverse country.

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India has become a subject of ridicule internationally, thanks to Modi and BJP

In the last couple of years, the country's global image on three accounts - being democratic, secular and scientific - has been seriously dented.

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