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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 727

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. A glaring example is the personality of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, who ruled India for 50 ye...
Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 07:46 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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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 runnin...
Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 06:48 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Dr. Fuller's Ludicrous Theory about ethno-centric Buddhism
My attention has been drawn to Dr. Paul Fuller's article which has appeared in the DVB. Here below I share my observations. Throughout history there have always been people, even those who appear to be intellectuals, who justified the crimes of despots and ruthless murderers under certain pretexts....
Monday, April 7, 2014 - 08:30 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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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 Spri...
Sunday, April 6, 2014 - 07:00 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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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...
Monday, March 31, 2014 - 06:58 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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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 th...
Sunday, March 23, 2014 - 20:53 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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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...
Monday, March 17, 2014 - 01:58 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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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 sta...
Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 13:48 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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China’s Hanification of Xinjiang is Failing
On Saturday, March 1, more than 10 assailants slashed scores of people with knives at the Kunming train station in Yunnan province in southern China in what state media said Sunday was a terrorist assault by ethnic Uyghur (also spelled as Uighur) separatists from the far west. Twenty-nine slash vi...
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 23:23 By Habib Siddiqui and A.R.M. Imtiyaz
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Myanmar’s Suspension of MSF’s Work in Arakan is Criminal
Medicines Sans Frontieres (MSF), the Nobel Prize-winning charity group also known as Doctors Without Borders, have been asked by the Mynamar government to shut its operation inside Arakan. The group has been operating in Burma (Myanmar) since 1992 under an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with the...
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 07:41 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Minorities in the Indian Sub-continent
Many Indian Hindus often present a very rosy picture about Indian democracy and secularism, while stereotyping its neighbor Bangladesh negatively. They blame Muslims for the partition of India and the communal riots that rock India almost on a regular basis. Let me make some observations here. Fo...
Monday, March 3, 2014 - 06:49 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Modi Shows his Hindutva Color
Well, when a bird flies like a duck, swims like a duck and sounds like a duck it is no brainer that it is a duck. Narendra Modi, the BJP leader, has for some time tried to sell his 'development' image that he is pro-business, hiding his true Hindutvadi self until, of course, very recently. In his...
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 01:31 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Indian Expats in Bangladesh
A couple of years ago, during my visit to Bangladesh I got a glimpse of globalization inside Bangladesh when I met some Indian Engineers who were working for a reputable home building company. A friend of mine later introduced me to some Indian engineers working for Bangladeshi ship-builders in Chi...
Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 12:31 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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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.” He also said the country’s new government is i...
Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 09:57 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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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. In 2013 India has ranked 94...
Sunday, February 9, 2014 - 10:07 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Thoughts on Bangladesh – 9
In a casual conversation with some friends in a popular café in the capital city Dhaka, I was told that Bangladeshi’s worst enemies are their own guys. They, of course, meant people in authority that matter. Upon inquiry, they mentioned the sad saga of the tea industry. Last year, Bangladesh import...
Sunday, February 2, 2014 - 07:28 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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The Rohingya People: The Most Suffering People On Earth
The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide was adopted by the United Nations 65 years ago in December of 1948. The U.S. didn’t ratify the Genocide Convention for another 40 years. The late Sen. William Proxmire, a Democrat from Wisconsin, took up the task in the 1960...
Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 07:00 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Rabindranath Trivedi Lies again distorting facts
While browsing the Asian Tribune this morning, where my weekly Letter from America appears every Sunday, I was shocked to see an article by Rabindranath Trivedi, who is long known as a Hindu fanatic that is in the business of spreading false information and making mountains out of moles in his treat...
Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 18:49 By Dr Habib Siddiqui
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The Rohingyas of Myanmar - Does Anyone Care about their plight?
At the Milwaukee International Conference last year it was noted with great concern that what was going on in the Arakan State was nothing short of genocide. The current events in Myanmar again confirm our fear. In a recently published article, journalist Dr. Ismail Salami of Press TV demonstrated...
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 08:09 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: My Thoughts on Bangladesh – Part 8
In the late 1970s I lived in Canada for two winters and had the honor of studying under a very brilliant professor – Dr. Muhammad Nabil Esmail. He is an Egyptian Canadian internationally recognized as an expert on computational methods in engineering. As a foreign student coming from a third world...
Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 08:49 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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