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Secret life of Article 370: Nehru's use of ruthless force to integrate Kashmir behind veil of 'special status' offers lessons for today

Secret life of Article 370: Nehru's use of ruthless force to integrate Kashmir behind veil of 'special status' offers lessons for todayFirstpost   • Aug 19, 2019 22:14:19 ISTBy Praveen SwamiFrom the gracious verandah of the Tara Niwas, fanned by the cool September breeze, Kashmir's prime minister would stare across the mountains, perhaps hoping imagination could transport him to the homeland he had lost. Ever since he had arrived, an uprising had swept Kashmir, pitting the state against mobs armed with rocks. Inside eight days, 37 people had been shot dead by police and troops in the days after his arrest, and 500 people had been arrested, including legislators.He did not know this, yet: even the radio set in the palace that was now his prison had its dial locked in place with a wire, and sealed to the anodyne burbling on Radio Kashmir.Ever since the National Democratic Alliance hollowed-out Article 370, liberals — here, as well as Pakistan and the West — have cast the…

Secret life of Article 370: Nehru's use of ruthless force to integrate Kashmir behind veil of 'special status' offers lessons for today

Secret life of Article 370: Nehru's use of ruthless force to integrate Kashmir behind veil of 'special status' offers lessons for todayFirstpost   • Aug 19, 2019 22:14:19 ISTBy Praveen SwamiFrom the gracious verandah of the Tara Niwas, fanned by the cool September breeze, Kashmir's prime minister would stare across the mountains, perhaps hoping imagination could transport him to the homeland he had lost. Ever since he had arrived, an uprising had swept Kashmir, pitting the state against mobs armed with rocks. Inside eight days, 37 people had been shot dead by police and troops in the days after his arrest, and 500 people had been arrested, including legislators.He did not know this, yet: even the radio set in the palace that was now his prison had its dial locked in place with a wire, and sealed to the anodyne burbling on Radio Kashmir.Ever since the National Democratic Alliance hollowed-out Article 370, liberals — here, as well as Pakistan and the West — have cast the…

Clingendael China Center: Silk Road Headlines 15 August 2019 

An experimental report (or net assessment) by CSIS in Washington DC, entitled [China and the U.S.: Cooperation, Competition and/or Conflict], addresses the rise of China as a ‘global superpower’. The report addresses various dimensions of China-US relations such as China’s evolving national strategy, its emergence as an economic power, the significance of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, key areas of military focus (for instance China 2019 defense white paper), the views from other Asian actors, and Chinese force development and modernization among other things. This rather comprehensive report tries to map out broad trends instead of focusing on specific numbers and stats.It is impossible to summarize the full scope of the report here. Some key points, however, stand out. In terms of the strategic priority of China, a key point that is emphasized in the report is that “China's economic progress, and regional economic outreach, will often be more of the central focus of its grand…

China seeks to justify Xinjiang camps

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On Friday, the State Council Information Office released a new white paper on the re-education camps in Xinjiang.The paper seeks to explain the need for the camps:“For some time Xinjiang has been plagued by terrorism and religious extremism, which pose a serious threat to the lives of the people in the region.”“Addressing both the symptoms and root causes and integrating preventative measures and a forceful response, Xinjiang has established vocational education and training centers in accordance with the law to prevent the breeding and spread of terrorism and religious extremism.”Unsurprisingly, the paper puts a positive spin on the camps and says they have been successful:“These efforts have eradicated extremist thoughts, delivered widely recognized results, helped to safeguard social stability in the region, and protected the environment for the healthy development of religions.”Get smart: This white paper won’t convince anybody outside China that the camps are justifi…

CPEC authority being established for ensuring continuous progress on different projects: PM

August 19, 2019ISLAMABAD, Aug 19 (APP):Prime Minister Imran Khan Monday said the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Authority was being established for ensuring uninterrupted progress on different projects.The authority would be most effective in ensuring timely completion of the CPEC projects, besides ensuring better coordination and cooperation among all the relevant departments, the prime minister said while chairing a high level meeting to review progress on the CPEC projects.The prime minister observed that the CPEC was a practical manifestation of the multi-dimensional and strategic partnership between the two countries.The meeting was attended by Minister for Planning and Development Khusru Bakhtiar, Minister for Communication Murad Saeed, Minister for Energy Omar Ayub Khan, Advisor on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood, Special Assistant on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, Special Assistant Nadeem Babar, Board of Investment chairman, federal secretaries, chie…

Think India needs to learn how to crush terrorism in Kashmir from Israel? Think again

By Praveen Swami, Aug 09, 2019 19:45:50 ISTIsrael’s counter-terrorism response is much tougher on civilians; Kashmir had 9.3 civilian fatalities per 100,000 population, whereas, it was 36.7 in Palestinian territoriesIndian forces killed many more non-state combatants than Israeli forces in 2009-2019 — 1,828 to 1,254Israel kills a lot more civilians — but isn’t better than India at fighting actual terrorists.Israel’s counter-terrorism response is much tougher on civilians. Between 2009 and 2019, Israel killed 1,771 Palestinian civilians while Kashmir saw 647 civilian fatalities, however, over half of them were victims of terrorists, not Indian forces. Adjusting for population, Kashmir had 9.3 civilian fatalities per 100,000 population, whereas, it was 36.7 in Palestinian territories.Indian soldiers in Kashmir. PTIAdvertisementLots of Indians think Israel’s also better at killing terrorists. Not so. Indian forces killed many more non-state combatants than Israeli forces in 2009-2019 — 1…