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South Asia #10

  • Khan on Afghanistan
  • India and debt
  • Facebook’s user base
  • India joining the process
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Washington Post

Peace is within reach in Afghanistan. A hasty international withdrawal would be unwise

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Imran Khan says that peace is within reach in Afghanistan but a hasty international withdrawal would be unwise.

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The Wire

Sixty Years of the Indus Waters Treaty and How It Survived Many a Fraught Moment

A little over 60 years ago, on September 19, 1960, the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) was signed between India and Pakistan to share waters from the Indus rivers system (IRS).

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Daily Maverick

Maverick Citizen Op-ed: Modi’s Madness: India’s secularism on trial

Shaheen Bagh Anti CAA-NRC protests that went on for months in Delhi over Dec 2019-Jan-Feb 2020. (Photo: Deepak Chaturvedi)

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The Diplomat

Sri Lanka’s Democracy on the Edge

With the Sri Lankan government presenting in Parliament the draft of the proposed 20th amendment to the constitution (or 20A as it is called) on September 22, another step toward the constitutional dismantling of democracy in the country has been taken.

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As Afghanistan peace talks stutter, U.S. says violence levels too high

WASHINGTON – The level of violence in Afghanistan is unacceptably high and the United States expects further setbacks during talks, the Special Representative for Afghanistan said on Tuesday, as the Afghan government and Taliban remained far apart on even basic issues 10 days into talks meant to end two decades of war.

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The Hindu

India has joined Afghan peace process at the right time, should engage Taliban directly: Hamid Karzai

The former Afghanistan President says, “Ceasefire is a demand of an overwhelming majority of Afghan people, especially Afghan mothers. This goes to both sides of the talks to the government side and to the Taliban side.”

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Nikkei Asian Review

India is running out of money, Mr. Modi. Embrace foreign debt.

Amit Jain is a Singapore-based consultant who helps clients navigate frontier markets and fragile states. He provides technical assistance and transaction advice on upstream projects.

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Facebook has more users in India than anywhere else. It’s now dealing with a hate speech crisis

Facebook is facing multiple simultaneous controversies in the United States, particularly around disinformation, hate speech and political bias. But those issues are also playing out — sometimes in more sinister ways — around the world, including a country where Facebook has more users than anywhere else.

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Lowy Institute

Intra-Afghan talks and future of Pakistan-Taliban relations

The reshuffling of the Taliban leadership ahead of the intra-Afghan negotiations, which began this month in Doha, has underscored that the militant group is trying to emerge from Pakistan’s shadow and to bolster its political legitimacy, particularly since the signing of the US-Taliban deal in February. Its primary aim appears to be to remove the label of being Pakistan’s proxy – an image that not only has negative implications for the Taliban in Afghanistan, but has also invited reproach from its arch-foe, the Islamic State.

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Asia Times

China’s Sri Lanka foothold a dilemma for India

There are three categories of statesmen: those addicted to Twitter (Donald Trump, Narendra Modi, Javad Zarif, et al); those who shun it (Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel, Xi Jinping, et al); and those with selective uses for the micro-blogging app.

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