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Exodus and eviction in Sri Lanka's civil war - Nirupama Subramanian, Hindu
At a time the debate on Sri Lanka is focussed on the first five months of 2009 during which a yet undetermined number of Tamil civilians lost their lives in the final phases of the Army's military push against the LTTE, an anthropological discussion of how the island's two main minorities – Tamils and Muslims – view family, home, and homeland from the prism of their 30 year-experience of conflict might seem esoteric.
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An Indian rockstar at Madison Square - Rasheeda Bhagat, Business Line
Pakistan's new spymaster - Ajai Shukla, Business Standard
Why US media can't get enough of the Indian PM - Prashant Jha, Hindustan Times
The fight against Islamic State will help define America’s role in the world - Economist
Taking back Pakistan - Muhammad Tahirul Qadri, NYT
Modi meets Netanyahu, gets West Asia briefing - Ritu Sarin, Indian Express
Won't tolerate disrupters in HK: China - Saibal Dasgupta, Times of India
Modi's master card: Easy visas for US - Chidanand Rajghatta, Times of India
Pak admission of lapse may revive talks - Indrani Bagchi, Times of India
Indian diaspora makes mark in foreign policy - Suhasini Haidar, Hindu
Rockstar Modi sings all the high notes in New York - Economic Times
A historic reception, in their own words - Yashwant Raj, Hindustan Times
Democracy, Afghan-style - The Economist
Pak climbs down to admit: ‘our Hurriyat invite was bad timing’ - Indian Express
Modi hits out at Pak on terror - Saurabh Shukla, Mail Today
Chinese sub docking in SL worries India - Rajat Pandit, Times of India
Modi seeks global convention on terror - Suhasini Haidar, Hindu
Ghani and Abdullah have a long way to go - Ashok Behuria, Pioneer
Waltzing on the world stage - Saurabh Kumar, Pioneer
Congressional panel to hold briefing on anti-Sikh riots - Suhasini Haidar & Narayan Lakshman, Hindu
Jihad, by the book - David Ignatius, Washington Post
In a first, Modi to meet Israel PM - Pramit Pal Chaudhuri, Hindustan Times
Sharif raises plebiscite, Modi arrives in New York to cheers - Yashwant Raj, HT
Boots aplenty, but all on wrong feet - Gwynne Dyer, Pioneer
The Great Stagnation and the G-20 - Alok Sheel, Mint
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An Englishman's description of “Hindoo” society, as he saw it in the early 1790s, when colonial system had not begun to extract and ravish the land and its indigenous frameworks, makes a fascinating reading of our collective self and capacities. In his “Sketches of the Hindoos” (1790, 1792), Q Craufurd, for example, noted that where the “destructive hand of the conqueror” had not fallen, the Hindoos, under their “native sovereigns” were “governed on principles of the most just and benevolent policy. In those countries (local principalities) the lands were highly cultivated; the towns and their manufacture flourish; the villages were composed of neat and commodious habitations, and filled with cheerful inhabitants; and wherever the eye turned, it beheld marks of the mild protection of the Government, and of ease and industry of the people.” Craufurd saw this especially in the southern parts, a region which had remained relatively insulated from invading hordes.
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