What a few from India could learn from the anti-hijab protest in Iran

Iran has enforced a strict dress code which requires women to wear head scarves in public, and prohibits tight trousers, ripped jeans, brightly coloured outfits and clothes that expose the knees.

New Delhi, Sep 20: Iran has been witnessing protests over the death of a young woman who had been arrested by the morality police. The authorities said on Friday that Mahsa Amini, 22, died in hospital three days after being in coma. She was arrested by the morality police after she visited the capital on September 13.

Reports said that the police provided no information on her arrest other than citing the hijab rule. Her mother said that Amini was detained despite her following the rules. She was wearing a long loose robe. She was arrested despite pleas made by her brother.

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India, China disengage at Gogra Hot Springs, but friction points remain

While this is a positive development and there could some amount of normalcy in the ties, India will have to wait longer for the process to be completed in the other areas

New Delhi, Sep 12: It came as a surprise to all when India and China announced that their respective armies would be disengaging at the Gogra Hot Springs PP-15 along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh.

A joint statement read that the disengagement would begin on September 9 and the process would be completed by September 12.

The decision to disengage was taken during the 16th India-China commander level talks. It was decided to disengage in a coordinated manner which is conducive to peace and harmony, a joint statement released by the Ministry of Defence said.

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China plays ‘friends’ with Nepal but India checkmates with trade tact

Beijing has been making attempts galore to reduce Nepal’s dependence on India. But Nepal cannot distance itself from India because Kathmandu is dependent on Indian ports to facilitate its trade across different parts of the world.

New Delhi, Aug 30: In recent years, China has stepped up activities in Nepal. In the past, Nepal’s Tibetan community of 25,000 were China’s primary’s concerns and today Beijing interferes in Nepal’s internal affairs too.

During that visit, PM Modi declared that ties between India and Nepal are unshakeable like the Himalayas. He also emphasised that India and Nepal’s ever strengthening friendship would benefit the entire humanity in the emerging global situation.

Jianchao, during his visit, held a 45-minute discussion with Nepal’s Prime Minister, Sher Bahadur Deuba during which he stressed on the importance of China-Nepal ties. He also urged CPN (UML) Chairman K P Oli and CPN (MC) leader Pushpa Kumar Dahal, also known as Prachanda, to work in unison to ensure the continuing importance of the communists in the Nepal government.

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Conversions, abuse, sexual crimes: Will Pope apologise for these when he visits India too?

A report in 2021 said that the Christian Church and its priests were indulging in widespread sexual exploitation and further termed the apology by Pope Francis as a mere formality under pressure.

Pope Francis

New Delhi, Aug 12: The papal apology tour in Canada has grabbed headlines. Pope Francis was on a six-day visit to Canada to apologise to the indigenous people for abuse in government schools run by the Roman Catholic Church.

During his visit in July, the Pope said that he was pained that the Catholics had supported oppressive and unjust policies against them.

Reports last year had said that the Pope is likely to visit India in 2022 or early 2023. The question is whether the Pope would offer apologies to the numerous numbers of conversions that have taken place in India. There have been multiple reports of abuse by the Church in India, especially in Goa.

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India-China LAC meet: Nations talk peace but no breakthrough again

India and China failed to make any headway during the military commander level talks, but agreed that peace and stability would be maintained

New Delhi, July 19: The 12-hour meeting of the military commanders of India and China was held on Sunday amidst the stand-off along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh.

While the stalemate continues with both sides failing to achieve a breakthrough, a joint note by the two sides reaffirmed that the resolution to the remaining issues would help in restoration of peace and tranquility along the LAC and enable progress in bilateral relations.

The Corps of Commanders of both the sides agreed to stay in close contact and also maintain dialogue through military and diplomatic channels and work out a mutually acceptable resolution of the remaining issues.

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India scales up vigil, fears refugee crisis may turn into local conflict

The Indian agencies are closely keeping a watch on the refugees from Sri Lanka and feel that it could turn into a local conflict

New Delhi, July 11: The crisis in Sri Lanka has blown out of proportion and over the past couple of months the island has been witness to violent protests. Last week protesters stormed the Presidential palace forcing Gotabaya Rajapaksa to flee and announce his resignation.

Sri Lanka does occupy a place in India’s neighbourhood policy. However, over the years New Delhi and Colombo have not been able to foster closer trade and development ties. This eventually led to China’s rise in the island nation.

Since 2015, China has been the largest lender to Colombo and also its bigger foreign direct investment.

The Chinese investments in Sri Lanka have time and again failed as it failed to generate the kind of local employment that Colombo may have wished for. This has led to Sri Lanka defaulting and surrendering strategic townships and ports such as the Hambantota in exchange.

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OIC’s double standards on religiophobias stand exposed

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India has often criticised the selective criticism by the OIC and also said that the grouping shouldn’t interfere in India’s internal matters

New Delhi, Jun 23: India rejected the criticism by the Organisation for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and said that the efforts to combat religiophobia will not succeed if the rising hatred against Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists are ignored.

India’s Permanent Representative T S Tirumurti told the General Assembly, that it is time that the UN member states condemned hatred against non-Abrahamic religions as well and stop being selective in combating religiophobias.

India has several times in the past criticised the OIC for meddling in India’s internal affairs. The OIC has been selective in its criticism. Look at how the Sikhs and Hindus have been targeted in Afghanistan over the years, but the OIC remains mum on the issue. It has also failed to comment on the atrocities that were meted out to the Kashmiri Pandits and also the recent spate of selective killings.

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The ban on re-export of Indian wheat and how it will benefit Indian migrants too

India wants the wheat it exports to the UAE to be consumed locally and not re-exported

New Delhi, Jun 16: Welcome to the international economic impact of hate read a tweet by actress, Richa Chadha following news reports that the United Arab Emirates had decided to suspend export of Indian wheat for four months.

Citing the state news agency, WAM reports said, “UAE to suspend exports of Indian wheat for four months.”

The statement has been clearly misinterpreted and the UAE has only decided to suspend the re-export of wheat and flour from the grain originating in India. This is in reality is only an assurance that UAE will use whatever wheat it imports only for domestic purposes.

Sources tell OneIndia that the ban is on the re-export. This is a decision that was taken to stop Indian wheat from being re-sold for a period of four months. This would mean that the Indian wheat that is sold to the UAE will not be used for any other purpose other than domestic consumption.

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Since when did Qatar, Kuwait, Turkey become champions of religious freedom, human rights

Kuwait had in 2021 April rejected requests by Hindu and Buddhist communities to cremate bodies of their deceased in the city

New Delhi, Jun 09: The controversial statements made by two BJP spokespersons one of whom has been suspended and another removed has led to at least 15 nations condemning the same.

There was condemnation from Qatar, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, Kuwait among others. India on its part rejected criticism from Pakistan, Turkey who are part of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and reminded that these countries are serial violators of minority rights.

The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) was brought in by India to protect the persecuted minorities including Hindus, Sikhs, Christians and Ahmadiyyas by Pakistan.

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