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Omair Ahmad

Omair Ahmad

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The writer is the South Asia editor of www.thethirdpole.net, reporting on water issues in the Himalayan region.

By Omair Ahmad

A few truths about Kashmir crisis that Twitter trolls don't get

The decision to deploy the military to suppress a rebellion set off by the decades-long suppression of democratic rights has only deepened the problem.

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What India stands to lose by abandoning Tibetans for ties with China

BJP coming to power in 2014 was greeted with enthusiasm by the exiled community.

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When Modi doesn't return as PM in 2019

What stops the government that comes into place in 2019 from continuing down the self-destructive path that we have taken since 2014?

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The failure, and hope, of Muslim politics in India

Partition meant that the community's population was vastly reduced, impacting their political influence.

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On corruption, BJP has proved it isn't a 'party with a difference'

The party has done nothing to hold to account those responsible for graft in IPL or Vyapam scam.

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Doklam again: India must brace for a more dominant China

If New Delhi is to challenge Beijing as the principal security provider in Asia it has to show that it can do better.

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Wrong to rail against Dalai Lama for not condemning violence on Rohingya Muslims

He has no responsibility in this tragedy beyond that of being a moral and religious teacher.

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Could we please stop making Holocaust analogies?

By focussing on an 'exotic', horrible crime we are overlooking the mundane mass murders that are closer to home, and which are much more dangerous.

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Understanding Israel as an Indian Muslim

The suffering of the Jews in the Holocaust is too great to easily serve as an analogy to anything else.

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The real tragedy of India's absence from China's OBOR plan

The most important benefit - jobs - for Indians through this massive infrastructural project is now not going to take place.

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What Kashmiri Pandits lost to the Valley

It would be presumptuous for us to demand that people move on. But that is not the story I want to end with.

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Avoiding another season of disasters in Kashmir

Yelling azadi is well and good, but what is this azadi, is it merely drawing a border on the map?

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Demonetisation shows in times of crisis the common people of India come through

The public desperately wants change, but even make sacrifices for ill-considered ideas?

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Elite liberals should have no say in India-Pakistan peace building

Peace is not a joke, nor can it be won by ignoring the serious problems that exist between the two countries.

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Why AAP is the future of Indian politics

Since Kejriwal's party has no hidden paymasters to placate, its key incentive is to respond to its base – exactly what democracy is supposed to be about.

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China's new Silk Road will lose to India-Pakistan hostilities

The route would promote much more trade in the region. However, there is Kashmir in the middle of all that.

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I was in Kashmir during Eid, it was utterly heartbreaking

All we received were rumours and stories of one person killed here, another there.

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What does it mean when Census says 42.7% Muslims illiterate in India

It is hard to believe that prejudice is the main reason that the community is so underrepresented.

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Many faces of Sajjad Lone

From dissident to supplicant, his story is that of how high hopes of dignity are thrown away for money and position.

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If Indian liberals bore you, are you a bad person?

It seems, left to their own, members of Indian society do not seem to encourage freedom for everybody.

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What do we talk about when we talk about Indian Muslims?

It makes little sense to consider all Muslims can be seen through the lens of faith and ritual alone.

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Missing IAF aircraft: Our hypocrisy regarding military lives is disgusting

The deployment of the armed forces to quell civil unrest is the passing off of responsibility for political decisions.

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India needs a referendum more than Kashmiris do

Using force over the decades has only led to less and less legitimacy of Indian claims on Kashmir rather than more.

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Why violence in Kashmir is a political choice

This was their responsibility. This is their guilt.

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India makes Kashmir poorer, not richer

We have failed Kashmiris at every step, stolen their resources, their rights – and then wonder why they do not love us.

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In Malcolm X's teachings we can find the cure of ISIS

Muslims – who are the principal victims of the violence of the Iraq War as well as ISIS – have a choice.

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There's no such thing as a moderate Muslim

We can try and build a better, more open, more just world. That is a political challenge, not a religious one.

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Indian pollution, made in Germany

Is capitalism killing our environment?

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NSG fiasco: Fault in India's foreign policy

We have had to swallow our big talk when confronted with the reality of our capabilities.

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The unsaid privilege of fasting during Ramzan

It should make you pause and consider how much you have that you do not need.

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