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India vigilante groups include gau rakshaks who claim to protect cows

Cow protection patrol stops bus in northern India - 'gau rakshaks' are part of the new breed of freelance vigilantes operating across the country, often with official blessing

India, a nation of vigilantes and lynch mob justice

MJUKUL KESAVAN
NEW DELHI

As corrosive vigilante nationalism seeps into Indian universities, the armed forces, and law and order institutions, it is just a small step to full blown fascism with its ever-lurking Brownshirt street justice. more…

The Rohingya Rubik's Cube

Myanmar Buddhist hardline monks say no to Rohingyas

Hardline Buddhist monks remain opposed to Rohingya integration

VIJAY VERGHESE
HONG KONG

Can the strangely silent Aung San Suu Kyi lead Myanmar to a genuine national reconciliation with the Rohingyas? more…

Now say hello to halal travel

Young Muslim women are enjoying the freedom of secure travel

Muslim women can look forward to secure travel at halal hotels

VIJAY VERGHESE
HONG KONG

A US$220 billion Islamic travel market has the world scrambling to get things just right for these careful new travellers. more…

Rule Brittania and
the rape of India

The Delhi Durbar of 1877 was held on a cold January morning in Coronation Park to proclaim Queen Victoria the Empress of India

The Delhi Durbar of 1877 proclaimed Queen Victoria the Empress of India

SHASHI THAROOR
NEW DELHI

As Indian manufacturing was crushed - in favour of British industry - pomp and pageantry created an aura of imperial power. more…

Nepal turns corner
as Delhi demurs

Nepal's May-June 2017 polls are a game changer

Nepal's 2017 poll is changing the power make-up of the country

KANAK DIXIT
KATHMANDU

Nepal's new Constitution permits the devolution of unprecedented power to village and urban units. more…

If the money's right

How much do world leaders get paid to shake hands and smile on TV? Quite a bit, it turns out, but not if you're at the helm of the world's most populated country. Read more

Guns and oil in China Sea

The disputed waters of the China Sea have seen their share of conflict, with growing tensions and clashes involving China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Japan. Read more

Virulent viruses sweep Asia

Asian outbreaks of Avian influenza (H7N9) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) have left hundreds ill and the death toll is rising. Read more

The rich-poor gap continues to grow

The rich-poor gap continues to grow, in USA and Europe too

Poverty is not an unknown factor, even in the USA

GRAEME MAXTON
SINGAPORE

A new book, Reinventing Prosperity, suggests radical solutions to ending the global wealth gap, and righting climate too. more…

Tackling North Korea

Ultimately, a "Sunshine" policy to bring North and South together is the only way to avoid those mushroom clouds. See world opinion

No lap dance aloft

An inflight electronics ban throws up more questions than answers. Will it really make a difference? more…