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UN sets the clock back in Kashmir, and why Sunny Deol owes Muslims an apology

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.
UN Human Rights Council

The UN’s Kashmir report is weirdly silent on Pakistan’s dreaded terrorist groups

Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nepal are members of the UN Human Rights Council. India, with a brilliant record of upholding human rights, has no representation.
Vijay Mallya

Indian prisons and prime-time media may just save Vijay Mallya from extradition

The evidence on prison conditions have been cited to argue that the unsatisfactory and unhygienic nature of Indian prisons would be a breach of Mallya’s human rights were he to be sent back to India.
The Pashtun rally | Justice for Pashtuns FB page

Grand Pashtun rally kicks off, demands freedom and release of missing persons

Here's what's happening across the border: Pakistan to consider decriminalising consensual sex on UN's suggestion, and bad healthcare conditions continue to pose a challenge.
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif meets Chinese President Xi Jinping

Friends with limited benefits: China won’t save Pakistan during crises of its own making

There are areas where, although China is willing to spend political capital on Pakistan’s behalf, it doesn’t like being repeatedly put in the position where it has to do so.
Dalveer Bhandari

Dalveer Bhandari, judge behind landmark orders, gets second ICJ term

Dalveer Bhandari known for several landmark orders, was selected as a judge in the International Court of Justice for the second time with support from both UN General Assembly and Security Council.
A Not In My Name protest being held in Gurgaon. Is India's soft power being eroded?

Attempts at remaking India are eroding its soft power globally

India's soft power globally is being undermined by the fact by the impression that it is being governed by obscurantist and intolerant forces. 
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Global Pulse: Trump doubles down on N.Korea, Netanyahu follows his playbook

Donald Trump has suggested that his remarks against North Korea were not tough enough.

#GlobalPulse: Zuma’s ‘secret’ no confidence vote, Iran gets Renault despite sanctions

South African President Jacob Zuma is facing the first anonymous no confidence motion of his political career.

GLOBAL PULSE: Qatar’s isolation, Nikki Haley’s smart politics and curbs on religious names in Xinjiang

THE ISOLATION OF QATAR In the region’s most serious diplomatic crisis in years, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain have broken off diplomatic relations and all land, sea, and air contact with fellow Gulf Arab state Qatar. Saudi Arabia said the move was necessary to protect the kingdom from terrorism and extremism. Qatar has long faced criticism from its Arab neighbours over its support of Islamists. The chief worry among them is the Muslim Brotherhood, outlawed by both Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Western officials also have accused Qatar of allowing or even encouraging funding of Sunni extremists, like al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria. Qatar’s air base is home to the US military’s central command, and some 10,000 American troops.  It is unlikely that Saudi Arabia would have instigated this action against Qatar without first informing the US.   NIKKI HALEY PLAYS SMART POLITICS IN TRUMP ERA Is Nikki Haley Trump administration's lone...

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PM Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah

Is RSS wary of Modi-Shah? A quiet ‘support’ to Raj Thackeray in Maharashtra signals so

BJP emerging as single-largest party in 2019 won’t be enough for Modi because many, including some in RSS, see a ‘threat’ in his return.
CJI Gogoi

Is Supreme Court handling sexual harassment allegation against CJI Ranjan Gogoi correctly?

Two advocates Monday wrote to the Bar Council of India criticising it for its support to CJI Ranjan Gogoi and called the hearing a ‘travesty of justice’.


Indian Coast Guard

Indian Coast Guard increases maritime surveillance following Sri Lanka blasts

More ships and aircraft have been deployed to ensure India faces no security threat after a series of blasts killed 290 in Colombo, a Coast Guard official said.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.