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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1921

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Gujarat, Hindutuva Holy Cows

Suman Ghosh, the maker of a documentary on Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen may need to thank Pahlaj Nihalani, chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), for making his work known to a world-wide audience by ordering that six words be beeped out from it. Without it, the documentary, the Argumentative Indian, might not have travelled very far from ‘liberal’ and intellectual audiences.

Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen
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International Community needs 2nd Thought for Burma

Half a Century and two decades (1947-2017), i.e. three generations of Burmese has suffered in the intense civil war with no end in sight.

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Should the International Community help find:- The Union of Burma without the Myanmar?

Four months ago the world was celebrating the inauguration of a brilliant and charismatic Burmese leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi as the de facto leader of the Union of Burma which her father had founded in 1947, replacing the Junta’s rule for nearly half a century (1962-2016). Today the country is on the edge of an abyss: the installation of a mendacious and cathartic fair sex Chancellor in the patriarchal society of the last frontier.

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Does Parliament Represent People’s Voice?

With session after session being wiped out in the last several years, especially in the chilly months of the winters, Parliament no longer seems to echo the voice of the people. That is what the Prime Minister seems to believe as he informs us that he prefers to rely on ‘Jan Sabha’ to convey his message because he is not ‘allowed’ to speak in Lok Sabha. It is ironic that the country’s most loquacious politician who has the ears of the people says that he is not ‘allowed’ to speak. If anything Narendra Modi can be accused of ‘over speaking’.

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Democracy Without Parliament

India’s position as the world’s largest democracy remains unchallenged only on demographic ground. The only nation to have more people than India is China and that country is anything but a democracy. Its Communist rulers will not allow even a whiff of democracy in the land of the Great Wall. But take away the population-based boast about the form of rule and India shows up as anything but a model democracy.

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Dubious Ways to Claim People’s Approval

According to Indian government announcement, an App ‘survey’ has found that well over 90 per cent of the countrymen and women support ‘demonetisation’ (an inappropriate nomenclature, according to some) as a result of which Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes became illegal within four hours of the Prime Minister Modi making that known on November 8 evening.

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India’s English Advantage Is Slipping

Teaching and studying of the English language is widely believed to be the major factor in India’s impressive presence in the IT world. A good many Indians speak the language fluently and many have made a mark writing in that ‘foreign’ language. But with the current political thrust bent upon discrediting the English language in the country, looking down upon it as a reminder of India’s subjugation by the British, India’s advantage appears to be in jeopardy.

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Some Historic And Archeological Facts About Sri Lanka - Sri Lankan Solidarity Movement

The Sri Lankan Tamils demanding a ‘Tamil homeland’ is a totally bogus demand as per the history and archaeology of the country. Even a few months back, a discovery was made of an archaeological site in Anuradhapura (the ancient capital of the Sinhala people) dating back to 800BC and included beads, pottery etc. Anuradhapura was a large village by 900BC and there was an expansion into a city by 600BC.

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Patritism On Parole

Patriotism which is identified with being loyal to one’s country cannot be decried except perhaps by the ‘ultra’ liberals whose calling includes ridiculing the nation and its leaders. For ordinary people, patriotism’ is not just about becoming martyrs from enemy bullets but also loving one’s country, warts and all, and respecting it even when being critical of the rulers and their policies.

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Remote Control Politics Harming Opposition

The scene does not look good for the Opposition in India not only because of internal strife and divisions but also because the ‘high command’ of these parties tries to force its decisions on state units. The top leaders of different Opposition parties appear to be incapable of reading the mood in the states and yet expect their fortunes to smile.

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