India­Pakistan Trade: Challenges And Opportunity

Sajad Padder* [*Sajad Padder is a doctoral Fellow in the Department of Political Science, University of Kashmir, Srinagar and presently teaching at the UNESCO­Madanjeet Singh Institute of Kashmir Studies]. Introduction South Asia has a continuous history of seven thousand years. It has a composite culture developed through a historical process wherein the emphasis has been on uni

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India ­ China Relationship: A Case Of Trust Deficit

Snehalata Panda* *Snehalata Panda, Emeritus Professor, Berhampur University, Odisha. Backdrop Strong commercial ties moving in tandem with threats and competition epitomize China’s relation with India. The end of the cold war added a new dimension to their relationship because interests of both the countries converged on economic development. Strategies were innovated to promote

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Human Security And Peace Prospects In Central Asia

Introduction Central Asia has always been a blend of cultures due to its massive migrations and the mixing of peoples coming from outside. In this context this mixture of people in many ways reflected both the best and the worst that each group had to offer. In the “Great Game” of the Nineteenth century influ­ences from the North and the South played a part in shaping the region1 in the worl

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India ‘s Neighbourhood Policy: An Overview

Introduction The spectacular victory of the BJP under the leadership of Mr. Narendra Modi had a matching euphoric swearing­in ceremony. The occasion had all the glitter and glamour with the presence of the leaders of the SAARC countries. Invitation to these neighbouring countries has been variously viewed. It is perceived as a diplomatic master stroke, a desire on the part of Mr Mod

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Shanghai Cooperation Organization: Progress and Pitfalls by Tabasum Firdous

Dr. Tabasum Firdous is Senior Assistant Professor, Centre of Central Asian Studies, University of Kashmir. Shanghai Co-operation Organization (SCO) was founded in 20011 . Its importance and relevance to international community became manifest during past decade of evolution. As a regional cooperation organization of Eurasian continent, it opened new vision for the development of that vast region...

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Kashmir A Paean for my Pir Dastgir by Riyaz Punjabi

The magnificent Dargah of Pir Dastgir has been reduced to shambles in a devastating mysterious fire. As we mourn the devastation of this bastion of our spiritual and ethno-cultural heritage, many of our friends from without are unable to comprehend the significance of this multi-dimensional edifice of our spiritual and cultural ethos. Dargah it was, but it was equally an institution, which epitomi...

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Kashmir: Recovering Its Shared Heritage by M. Maroof Shah

Introduction Kashmir is famous for its scenic beauty and handicrafts but in the informed academic circles it is most prized for two things viz; Kashmir Saivism and Sufi poetry. It is strange that even ordinary Kashmiris are not fully cognizant of this and in Kashmir’s textbooks on history and culture both appear only on margins. It implies that we can’t meaningfully talk about uniqueness of Kas...

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American role in Afghanistan: Challenges in the Post-Soviet Era by Manoj Kumar Mishra

Introduction The response to the 9/11 terrorist attack by waging war against Afghanistan points to America’s larger interests in the region. According to Gerard Toal “One can find evidence of a counter-modern tendency in certain geopolitical crises where global threats are territorialised as threats from ‘rogue states’. The problem of weapons of mass destruction, for example, becomes the proble...

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The Case of Palestinian Refugees: The Victims of Unending Conflict by Anju Lis Kurian

Introduction Article 15 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948 declares that ‘everyone has the right to a nationality’.1 The right to nationality is a fundamental human right in the international sphere. It is the right from which all other rights and entitlements flow- right to education, medical care, work, property ownership, travel, and state protection- in a nutshell, actual rep...

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China Factor In South Asia by Subhash Chopra

The Western demonization of China as Dragon power has tried to create a bug bear image in the minds of people across the world, not excluding South Asia. However, not everyone has fallen for it. Even the West, though wary, is more than eager to expand trade relations with the fastest growing global economy. Countries like Britain have introduced Mandarin as one of optional new languages being tau...

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Nuclear Weapons Free Zones: Concept And History by Sanand C. Sadananda Kumar

Introduction Nuclear weapon free zone (NWFZ) refers to a zone completely without nuclear weapons. These free zones are a central concept in the disarmament and a regional conflict reduction effort, which signifies a specified region in which countries commit themselves not to manufacture, acquire, test, or possess nuclear weapons. United Nations (UN) Disarmament Commission Report in 1999 point...

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Transforming The Traditional Societies Roots of Conflicts And Violence – I by Riyaz Punjabi

Introduction The demise of Cold war has brought the conflicts in the post-colonial traditional states to the fore. The globalization project coupled with the objective of ushering these states into a democratic framework has created its own dynamics. Thus, the initiatives of transforming the traditional societies have been generating a great deal of conflict and violence within these societies ...

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Changing Dynamics Of Kazakhstan-U.S. Relations by Quaisar Alam

Introduction The pace of the global change has quickened dramatically since 1989 till 2012, when the dismantling of the Berlin wall, together with profound political transformation in Central-Eastern Europe, signaled the collapse of the Soviet Empire. The events of Central Asian States in the post-independence can be divided into two phases: a) the interlude before the September11 events in USA...

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Sociology And Social Transformation: International Perspective by T. K. Oommen

The discipline of sociology is a product and a manifestation of social crisis. That is why it is argued that industrial society is the prime concern of sociology. It is also suggested that sociology is the offspring of modernity and its mission is to understand the specificity of the modern world. Further, it is contented that it is not sensible to speak of modern societies in the plural, beca...

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India’s Role And Interests In Afghanistan by Manoj Kumar Mishra

Introduction India and Afghan-istan has shared time -tested historical, cultural and political connections. Prior to the partition of Indian subcontinent, Afghanistan was a neighbour of undivided India and had a history of close contacts with Indian people and vice versa. The close relationship dates back to the days of Gandhara civilisation which flourished on the border regions of India and A...

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PAKISTAN: THE DANGEROUS PORTENTS by Riyaz Punjabi

The radicalization of state and society in Pakistan is assuming precarious proportions. The rising tide of religious fundamentalism has grave implications for the state and society in that country. It needs to be recognized that the neighboring countries will not remain immune from this state of affairs and it would equally have ramifications for them. The state structures in Pakistan have already...

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The Protection of Human Rights: A Balanced Approach by RIYAZ PUNJABI

The concern for the protection and promotion of human rights has assumed a new priority at the international level. The periodic monitoring of human rights situation in different parts of the world by the reputed international NGO’s is well recognized. However, the regular monitoring and the assessments carried out by UN Council of Human Rights mechanisms and mandate holders appears to have ass...

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Jammu & Kashmir: Democracy and Human Rights by RIYAZ PUNJABI

INTRODUCTION:

The Jammu and Kashmir ( J&K) state government has completed three years in the office and has entered its fourth year. The life of J&K state assembly, unlike the other states of India, is six years. In fact, the term of state assemblies was extended from five to six years in 1975

when Mrs. Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India, imposed emergency in the...

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Asma Jahangir:Pakistani intelligence plotted my assassination

Pakistan's most renowned human rights activist Asma Jahangir claims that the country’s security agency plotted to murder her. In an exclusive interview with DW, Jahangir talks about her fears. Asma Jahangir is Pakistan's leading human rights activist and former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association of the country. She was the chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, a no...

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Regional Assertions In Pakistan

The Pakistan state and society have been facing the crucial issue of ethno-cultural assertions for quite some time now. The assertions in Baluchistan and Sindh have acquired violent forms leading to grave violations of human rights. The Seriaki (Multani) speaking people in Punjab have been demanding a separate Province for long. The first reaction of the state has been to put the issue under th...

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Journal of Peace Studies, a quarterly research journal is being published under the auspices of the Centre since 1993. The Centre publishes Occasional Papers / Monographs and Books on various issues relating to peace and conflict from time to time.

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