By The Associated Press Sun., Feb. 3, 2019 SRINAGAR, India - India’s prime minster paid a daylong visit to disputed Kashmir on Sunday to review development work as separatists fighting Indian rule called for a shutdown in the Himalayan region. Shops and businesses were closed while thousands of armed government forces and commandos in flak jackets spread out across Kashmir and closed off roads with razor wire and iron barricades to prevent protests and rebel attacks during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit. India and Pakistan each administer part of Kashmir, but both claim it in its entirety. Rebels have been fighting Indian rule since 1989, demanding Indian-controlled Kashmir be united either under Pakistani rule or as an independent country. During his visit, Modi inaugurated some infrastructure projects and started foundation work on several others related to health care, hydropower generation and education at three places in the region. Traffic was … [Read more...] about India’s prime minister visits Kashmir amid protest strike
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India, the world’s largest democracy, is scheduled to hold its 17th Lok Sabha (lower house of Parliament) election this spring. Based on pre-election exit polls, political pundits surmise that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will fail to remain in the corridors of power. Despite his success in the 2014 election, Modi could not translate his electoral pledges into action once in power. He promised to create more than 200 million new jobs, bring billions of dollars’ worth of black money kept in offshore tax havens back to India, and prevent the rampant corruption seen during the tenure of prime minister Manmohan Singh such as the 2G spectrum scam, the Commonwealth Games scam and the coal scam. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox However, Modi’s tenure turned out to be even more outrageous than Singh’s, with the nation … [Read more...] about Foreign policy fiascos will haunt Modi in upcoming poll
The India-Pakistan relationship occupies a large space in the Indian imagination. It is infused with emotion and carries the burden of history. For many Indians, including politicians, it intrudes into India’s communal relations, thereby taking it beyond the classic domain of foreign policy and into the realm of India’s domestic politics. Naturally, this also impinges on the electoral considerations of Indian and Pakistani political parties. India’s political class, which – unlike Pakistan’s vis-a-vis India – takes the final call on the country’s Pakistan policy and strategy, is conscious of the complexities of managing bilateral ties. The political class has always wanted to establish friendly and cooperative relations with Pakistan, and for this purpose has desired that Islamabad discard its negative orientation toward New Delhi. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox Pakistan and terrorism It would largely … [Read more...] about India’s multiple options to deal with Pakistan
NEW DELHI - Bollywood superstar Priyanka Chopra apologized Sunday after a furor over an a US TV series that showed her uncovering a terror plot hatched by Indian Hindu nationalists. The episode of spy thriller "Quantico" showed Chopra's character, an FBI agent named Alex Parrish, thwarting the plan and noticing one of the terrorists wearing a Hindu rosary. The terrorists had tried to frame Pakistanis for the attack planned ahead of a summit on Kashmir, a disputed Himalayan territory that arch-rivals India and Pakistan claim as their own. Kashmir has been a source of historical tension between the nuclear-armed neighbors who have fought 2 wars over it. The episode, aired on June 1, triggered outrage in India with many fans taking to social media to "shame" the Indian-born actress and calling her a "traitor". Chopra, a former Miss World, said she was "a proud Indian and that will never change". "I'm extremely saddened and sorry that some sentiments have been hurt by a recent episode of … [Read more...] about News Bollywood star Chopra apologises over ‘Quantico’ Hindu terror plot
The recent "informal" summit between President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Wuhan, Central China's Hubei province, was historic. It was aimed at "resetting" Sino-Indian relationship, which goes back more than two millenniums. China and India - the second and seventh-largest economies in the world - represent almost 40 percent of the world population. Each is determined to lead the "Asian Century" to drive the engines of global economic growth, while the United States and Europe remain engaged in the 20th century's outdated game of geopolitics with Russia, especially in the Middle East. The rapid development and modernization of China has, for example, proven that it can govern its affairs locally and globally with more confidence than what India has accomplished over the years. With the unprecedented global influence of Beijing's comprehensive power, Washington has tried to revitalize its old "Indo-Pacific" region's "quad" strategy of Asian countries of … [Read more...] about Will the Wuhan ‘reset’ lead to ‘Asian Century’?