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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1888

Shaikh’s Murder – Is this the start of a sinister plan in Modi’s India?
A 28-year-old Muslim man was beaten to death in Pune, India on Monday night (June 2) by Hindutvadi zealots with suspected links to a Hindu fundamentalist outfit over a Facebook message they found offensive, according to police. The victim - Mohsin Mohammed Sadique Shaikh - had been living in Pune...
Friday, June 13, 2014 - 07:21 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Shaykh Sa’di
Shaykh Sa’di was one of the greatest sages of the Muslim world. Growing up as a child in Bangladesh, I first came across a story about this great scholar in my text book. It was an intriguing piece which never escaped from my mind. Shaykh Sa’di was once invited to a wealthy man’s mansion. He goes...
Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 11:57 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Our Crazy World!
In the early 1980s, I lived in Isla Vista, California, for two years and a half. Located nearly a hundred miles north of Los Angeles city and edging the shore of the Pacific Ocean, with a round-the-year spring like climate, it is a small university town catering mostly to the needs of the stude...
Sunday, May 25, 2014 - 08:56 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Modi’s Win in India
The Indian people have spoken and have elected Narendra Modi resoundingly as their man to lead their impoverished but promising nation of some 1.25 billion people. Modi has been described by many as a ruthless murderer, a fascist, a racist and a bigot, espousing a chauvinist agenda that favor one co...
Monday, May 19, 2014 - 10:12 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Is India a budding hegemony or a regional leader?
Thirty years ago, Indian political scientist, writer and foreign affairs commentator (late) Dr. Bhabani Sen Gupta wrote in the India Today: “The Indian elephant cannot transform itself into a mouse. If South Asia is to get itself out of the crippling binds of conflicts and cleavages, the six will...
Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 07:55 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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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. 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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