Kashmir – The Independence Movement Much More Dangerous Than Catalonia’s

At the moment everyone is pitching in on the situation in Catalonia as the real story. Having held a referendum on independence, in defiance of the Spanish constitution, the Catalan regional parliament must have expected Madrid to defend that constitution by not recognising the result, re-imposing direct rule to prevent it being enacted and jailing …

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Stones, Rods & Fists: Chinese & Indian Troops’ Border Brawl Caught on VIDEO

Footage showing a clash between Chinese and Indian border guards at the disputed Pangong Lake in the Himalayas earlier this week has appeared on social media. The video has not been verified but the incident has been confirmed by Indian officials. The narrow, serpentine 135-km long body of water, located 4,300 meters above sea level, …

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Indian, Chinese Soldiers Clash Following Alleged Chinese “Incursion”

In what may be the first documented clash between Chinese and Indian soldiers who have been piling up across the border between the two nations over the latest territorial dispute, Reuters reports that "Indian and Chinese soldiers were involved in an altercation" in the western Himalayas on Tuesday, "further raising tensions between the two countries …

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India’s Army Chief Defends Soldier who Used Man as Human Shield Against Stone-Throwers

India’s army chief has defended a soldier who tied a Kashmiri man to his 4x4 to deter stone-throwing demonstrators, claiming that “innovations” are required to fight the “dirty war” in Kashmir. Major Leetul Gogoi tied 26-year-old Farooq Ahmad Dar to his jeep last month, using him as a human shield and a warning against stone-throwers. …

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India Faces Growing Pressure over Kashmir

International pressure on India to resolve the festering Kashmir conflict is likely to increase in the coming months. The situation in the Kashmir Valley, the epicenter of a powerful Pakistan-backed armed insurgency against the Indian state since 1990 and the main bone of contention in the India and Pakistan territorial dispute, has deteriorated over the …

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Trump, Consummate Deal Maker, Seeks the Mother of All Deals in South Asia

The Indian government has divulged very little information – hardly any – regarding the visit by the United States National Security Advisor Herbert Raymond McMaster to New Delhi an April 18. The reticence is extraordinary, since Indian elites are usually exuberant when American dignitaries arrive. And McMaster happens to be the first official from the …

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China-India: Heightened Tensions Across the Himalayas

Next week’s provocative visit of the Dalai Lama to the Chinese-contested town of Tawang is set to mark a low point in relations between New Delhi and Beijing. China and India, on paper at least, are very close partners. Both Asian Giants are members of BRICS, and the latter in poised to officially enter the SCO later this year. Trade …

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India’s Crackdown in Kashmir: Is This the World’s First Mass Blinding?

For the past month, while the attention of the world has been fixed on every dramatic twist in the US presidential election, the renewal of armed conflict between India and Pakistan has barely touched the headlines. In the past few weeks, the two nuclear states have, between them, killed two dozen civilians and injured scores …

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