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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 113

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Letter from America: Why not Claim the Entire Bangladesh?

It see ms Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is all but ready to form the next government in India. Or, so it sounds. The Hindutvadi divisive forces have been steadily growing like a cancer inside India for generations, and they call themselves Hindu nationalists. What’s Hindu nationalism but fascism, fanaticism, communalism, racism and bigotry?

Letter from America: Why not Claim the Entire Bangladesh?
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Letter from America: Untangling Myth of Emperor Aurangzeb’s Reign

In a polarized world that we live in (which is, sadly, getting ever more polarized now by every minute and hour), we have often assumed that what is good for “our” people had to be bad for the “other” people.

Letter from America: Untangling Myth of Emperor Aurangzeb’s Reign
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Letter from America: Thoughts on Bangladesh – 12

Does history repeat itself? If we are to ask this question, the overwhelming response we’ll get is that it does. However, it may not be always true. Take for example the case of Bangladesh that had its national election four months ago in which the Awami League (AL) alliance, which has been running the country in the preceding five years, easily won without the participation from the major BNP-Jama’at alliance.

Letter from America: Thoughts on Bangladesh – 12
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Letter from America: When uttering the truth can be a sin!

Last Saturday (March 29, 2014) Republican hopefuls for the 2016 presidential election - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R), Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) and Ohio Governor John Kasich were in Las Vegas, courting donors. They were invited at the Republican Jewish Coalition's (RJC) 2014 Spring Leadership Meeting. They all spoke, addressing topics ranging from fiscal responsibility to foreign policy, offering, of course, a strong defense of Israel.

Letter from America: When uttering the truth can be a sin!
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Letter from America: The Question of Minorities – part 4

In 1909, a Hindu communalist by the name of Colonel U.N. Mukherji wrote a pamphlet Hindus: A Dying Race. His projections, based on the study of census data between 1881 and 1901, suggested that Hindu demographic share was declining with every passing decade. Col. Mukherji met Swami Shraddhanand of Arya Samaj at Calcutta in 1911. His novice study prompted Swami Shraddhanand to formulate Shuddhi and Sangathan. It was a project to bring back converted Hindus into their native Hindu fold. The rest is history!

Letter from America: The Question of Minorities – part 4
Letter from America: The Question of Minorities – part 4
Letter from America: The Question of Minorities – part 4
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Letter from America: The Question of Minorities - 3

Pro-Indian agents, who never accepted the partition of India, claim that some 5.3 million Hindus had left East Pakistan between 1947 and 1971. Not only do they fail to share any credible source for such claims but they are also delinquently silent about the exodus figures of Muslims from India in the same period to Pakistan.

Letter from America: The Question of Minorities - 3
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Letter from America: The Question of Minorities – 2

The term illiberal democracy was first used by Dr. Fareed Zakaria (of CNN’s GPS program) in a 1997 article in the Foreign Affairs journal. By this he meant a governing system in which, although elections take place (a necessary requisite for democracy), citizens are cut off from knowledge about the activities of those who exercise real power because of the lack of civil liberties; it is not an 'open society'.

Letter from America: The Question of Minorities – 2
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Letter from America: The Question of Minorities – 1

Being a minority is never a pleasant experience for most people in our globe unless one is part of a dominant or domineering group. But even in the latter case when a minority is dominating a majority – as it has happened throughout history with colonial enterprises, to protect its privileged status – it formulates laws that are highly dehumanizing and discriminatory, which can create serious unpleasant psychological problems.

Letter from America: The Question of Minorities – 1
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Letter from America: Central African Republic – the New Frontier in Ethno-religious Cleansing

Massive ethno-religious cleansing of Muslims is continuing in Central African Republic (CAR). Antonio Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, said in a statement, “Shocking barbarity, brutality and inhumanity have characterized this violence.”

Letter from America: Central African Republic – the New Frontier in Ethno-religious Cleansing
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Letter from America: Thoughts on Bangladesh – 10

Corruption is quite pervasive in South Asia. A study conducted by Berlin-based Transparency International (TI) in year 2005 found that more than 62% of Indians had firsthand experience of paying bribes or influence peddling to get jobs done in public offices successfully.

Letter from America: Thoughts on Bangladesh – 10
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