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Urdu Newspapers in India

The declining fortunes of Urdu newspapers seem to be reversing as major media houses are beginning to invest in Urdu media. Largely catering to the Muslim population in the country, its impact in terms of representing Muslim interests and shaping Muslim opinion is enormous. Domestically, almost all Urdu media outlets regularly highlight the theme of Muslim victimhood at the hands of the Indian state. Internationally, these outlets are consistently critical of Israel, the United States and the West for their propaganda vis-à-vis international Islamic terrorism and adverse foreign policy towards Muslim nations.

The ‘Quad’ Again

In the name of a “rules-based order,” Australia, India, and Japan support US dominance of the Asia–Pacific region.

India’s Opposition to China–Pakistan Economic Corridor Is Flawed

China is opening up its land borders in Xinjiang to interact more freely with Central Asia and Europe. China and Pakistan are jointly building the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor, which passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. India views this as a violation of its sovereignty. Geopolitics rather than geoeconomics predominates India’s thinking on possibilities offered by the revival of the old Silk Road by the Chinese.

Deepening Regional Integration

In a major bid to facilitate cross-border transportation and trade, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal signed the landmark Motor Vehicle Agreement in June 2015. Is this agreement capable of unlocking the huge trade potential of these countries and deepening regional integration in a region known to be the least integrated in the world? This note attempts to address some of these questions, reviews the salient features of the agreement and discusses the challenges involved in its implementation.

India and Myanmar Tangled Ties

India's reluctance to shake off her once imperial presence in Myanmar continues to cloud bilateral ties between the two countries. The United Kingdom and India, involved in the governance of Myanmar since Britain's annexation in 1885, have the grandest ambassadorial residences. But they are also the two countries who have the least influence on the rulers in Yangon. The British residence was once that of the general manager of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company; Britain took it, and the green- walled staff compound over when the company was wound down in the 1950s. The Indian residence housed the chief agent of the Imperial Bank of India until its rebirth as the nationalised State Bank of India in 1954. In a city of grand though decaying houses, the 106-year-old residence sets it apart, despite it being marred by a huge parabolic dish, in the upper balcony, to tune into satellite television stations; is so large that it has quarters for 22 servants quarters and spacious grounds; the 'pangka' hooks can still be seen on the ceilings.
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