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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2764

The long arms of Hindutvadi supremacists are troubling
How long are the arms of Hindutvadi fascists? Recently, messages urging British Hindus to vote against the British Labour Party in the general election are being circulated on WhatsApp, raising concerns about the chat app's role in spreading divisive political content. Sky News has seen more than 20...
Sunday, November 10, 2019 - 13:35 By Habib Siddiqui
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China’s forced assimilation of Uyghurs is repugnant and dehumanizing
Last week, on Tuesday (Oct. 29, 2019) two groups of United Nations member states issued dueling statements over China's treatment of the predominantly Muslim Uyghur minority in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), highlighting a global divide on Beijing's human rights record. Speaking at th...
Sunday, November 3, 2019 - 16:35 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: The peculiar case of Japan vis-à-vis the Rohingya tragedy
Recently Myanmar’s de facto leader Suu Kyi met the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo. "With regard to the alleged human rights violations in Rakhine State, it is indispensable that the Myanmar government and military take appropriate measures promptly," Abe was quoted by the Japanese Forei...
Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 12:32 By Habib Siddiqui
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The Han Supremacists of China: Part 2
Chairman Mao tried to sell the Marxist-Leninist thought to solve the ethnic problem in his multi-ethnic country (PRC). Not only did the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) fail but Mao’s social engineering proved to be highly destructive. It led to the widespread discrimination and segregation of the non-...
Sunday, October 13, 2019 - 04:39 By Habib Siddiqui
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The Han Supremacists of China – Part 1
‘Sinicization’ is defined as bringing people who are not of Chinese descent under the influence of Chinese culture. Truly speaking, it is a process where societies that are traditionally non-Chinese are put under the influence of the Han Chinese communities, by adapting to their culture, customs, an...
Sunday, October 6, 2019 - 11:25 By Habib Siddiqui
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The 74th UNGA highlights the ‘disquiet’ world we live in
The 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) opened the past week amid simmering tension in the Middle East over recent attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities, which Saudi Arabia and the United States blame on Iran. It also came just days after millions of young activists and thei...
Sunday, September 29, 2019 - 11:09 By Habib Siddiqui
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9/11 – Eighteen Years Later
On Wednesday the USA observed the 18th anniversary of 9/11. The attacks on the soil of the USA was committed not by a hostile state but reportedly by non-state Muslim zealots that were affiliated with Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda. Nearly 3000 individuals of all faiths died in the attacks. Since the mi...
Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 06:02 By Habib Siddiqui
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The Common Root of Supremacists – part 3
Supremacist ideology propounds that human beings can be divided into entities or groups, which can often be around racial lines but such divisions need not be limited to "races" and can include divisions along ethnicity, language, caste, color and creed that should be kept separate; that certain gro...
Sunday, September 8, 2019 - 11:40 By Habib Siddiqui
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The Common Root of Supremacists – Part 2
Hindutva (or "Hinduness") as a movement, advocating the promotion of Hinduism, was coined by Chandranath Basu (a Bengali essayist) in the late 19th century.It was popularized by Vinayak Damodar Savarkar of the Hindu Mahasabha [a right wing party, which identified India as a "Hindu Rashtra" (Hindu Na...
Sunday, September 1, 2019 - 05:40 By Habib Siddiqui
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The Common Root of Supremacists – Part 1
Thanks to Donald Trump’s surprising victory in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, what was once a mistrust has now evolved into unfiltered love and fondness for the government. The white supremacist see one of them in the highest citadel of power. They feel emboldened and empowered, and have energ...
Monday, August 26, 2019 - 09:28 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: The Recent Crimes of the Supremacists in the USA and India
Abu Hurayrah (RA) reported that Prophet Muhammad (S) said: ''By Him in Whose hand is my soul, a time would come upon the people when the killer would not know why he killed and the victim would not know why he was killed.'' [Sahih Muslim] There is carnage everywhere these days from one part of our g...
Sunday, August 11, 2019 - 07:03 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: Learning to learn
A man came to Libnani, a Sufi teacher, and this interchange took place: Man: “I wish to learn; will you teach me?” Libnani: “I do not feel that you know how to learn.” Man: “Can you teach me how to learn?” Libnani: “Can you learn how to let me teach?” [The Sufis: Idries Shah] Merriam-Webster defines...
Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 08:39 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: My Thoughts on the G20 Summit in Osaka
The 2019 G20 (Group of 20 nations) Osaka summit has ended in Osaka, Japan. It is the fourteenth meeting of G20. It was held on 28–29 June 2019 at the International Exhibition Center in Osaka. It was the first G20 summit hosted by Japan. The G20 is an international leaders' forum comprising 19 countr...
Sunday, June 30, 2019 - 08:15 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: The Sobering Statistics of the ‘Displaced’ people
June 20 was observed as the International Refugees Day. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is a United Nations program with the mandate to protect refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people, and assist in their voluntary repatriation, local int...
Monday, June 24, 2019 - 01:17 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: Indian election results – Why and What’s Next?
On May 23, 2019 the weeks-long elections in India delivered a stunning victory for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A second term for a Hindutvadi fascist party that pampers and promotes a Hindu majoritarian agenda defying India's secular constitutional order...
Sunday, June 2, 2019 - 06:38 By Habib Siddiqui
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Latter From America - Trying to make sense of the Sri Lankan Tragedy
Thanks to the state and non-state actors, our world is increasingly becoming insecure and unsafe for ordinary civilians. No place is safe and secure for them! A shooter rushed inside a classroom Tuesday (April 30, 2019) and opened fire killing two students when 30 other students were attending a li...
Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 07:56 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: The Significance of ‘Isra and Miraj in Islam
‘Isra and Miraj were the most miraculous and dignified journeys of the Prophet (Sal-lal-lahu alayhi wa sal-lam), which took place in the Shab-e-Miraj (or the Night of Miraj) in the month of Rajab before his migration to Madinah. This miraculous journey was Allah’s wonderful response to the Prophet’s...
Monday, April 15, 2019 - 14:18 By Habib Siddiqui
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Whither Pluralism in the USA?
Pluralism still remains a far cry in the USA where Christian evangelism and conservatism got rejuvenated by the presidency of Donald Trump. More than a quarter of Americans identify themselves as evangelists who see themselves as Jesus Christ’s soldiers for making the USA a Christian nation. Eighty...
Monday, April 1, 2019 - 01:56 By Habib Siddiqui
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Letter From America: Speaking Truth to Power – the case of Ilhan Omar
Truth and justice have always been an anathema to the despots around the world who resort to torture and oppression to silence their adversaries. They are not oblivious of the truth but are averse to it being afraid of its impact that may weaken their control over the people. They like to conceal th...
Monday, March 25, 2019 - 07:37 By Habib Siddiqui
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Speaking Truth to Power By Habib Siddiqui The people who are either in power or with wealth and influence like to be followed or obeyed and usually don’t like detractors challenging their wrong views or opinions. Speaking truth to power is not easy and re
The people who are either in power or with wealth and influence like to be followed or obeyed and usually don’t like detractors challenging their wrong views or opinions. Speaking truth to power is not easy and requires moral courage and deep conviction. Thus, it is not difficult to see the rarity o...
Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 03:57 By Habib Siddiqui
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