Category: Current Issues

Burmese Refugees in India

Country of origin background Burma gained independence from Great Britain in 1948. Following the 1962 coup d’état, the leadership shifted from democracy to a military junta, the fore-runner of the current ruling regime; the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC). In 1990, despite multi-party legislative elections that resulted in the main opposition party, the National League …

Hindu Pakistani Refugees in India

Country of Origin Background India was partitioned in 1947, leading to the creation of two sovereign states: India and Pakistan. The Hindu population of Pakistan, numbering roughly three million, is largely concentrated in the southern province of Sindh. The majority of the population are Dalits, impoverished landless labourers. Although some minor clashes occurred from time to …

Bhutanese Refugees in India

Country of origin background Bhutanese Refugees in India Ethnic Nepalese people started arriving in Bhutan in significant numbers in the early 20th century. By the 1980s they accounted for a quarter of the Bhutanese population. In the mid to late 1980s, the authorities began to view the growing numbers of Hindu Nepalese in Bhutan as a …

Tibetan Refugees in India

Country of origin background Tibetan Refugees in India As recently as 1914, a Peace Convention was signed by Britain, China and Tibet that formally recognized Tibet as an independent country. Representatives from the major monasteries governed the country with the Dalai Lama heading the government. The Tibetan people have a deep-seated faith in religion and Buddhism …

International Refugees in India

The lack of specific refugee legislation in India has led the government to adopt an ad-hoc approach to different refugee influxes. The status of refugees in India is governed mainly by political and administrative decisions rather than any codified model of conduct. The ad hoc nature of the Government’s approach has led to varying treatment of …

Corruption in India & Anna Hazare: A hero or a ………..? Is he God or Gandhi? From a different viewpoint

Everyone wants to be on news these days. No matter what way you choose for that. In Hinduism people worship God in temples in form of statues. In Islam they worship Allah and Christians worship Christ. But now the time has come when innocent people of India have quit worshiping their Lords and started worshiping “Humans” …

Barack Obama: Talks to college students at St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai

The United States President, Barack Obama, gave a motivating speech at St. Xavier’s College campus in Mumbai. Students present at the campus got an unusual opportunity not only to see and hear Obama, but they also got a golden opportunity to interact with the President. This doesn’t happen generally that the president comes to India and …

Barack Obama: Purpose of the US-India Business and Entrepreneurship summit

Barack Obama, The United states President, has announced certain significant points on Indian investment in the American markets and the American investments in Indian markets in his speech at the Hotel Trident in Mumbai. The president has said in his speech that India and the US both are very powerful countries and they have great potential …

Diwali: Festival of Lights

Diwali is one of the biggest festivals of Hindus, celebrated with great enthusiasm and happiness in India. The festival is celebrated for five continuous days, where the third days is celebrated as the main Diwali festival or ‘Festival of lights’. Different colorful varieties of fireworks are always associated with this festival. On this auspicious day, people light up …