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Does Lord Meghnad Desai’s question “A country of many nations, will India Break up” raised in his latest book “The Raisina Model” make any sense? Why would India break up? What are the challenges for India’s unity? Is there an identity crisis in India? Is it the power imbalance among Indian states? Is it growing income disparity among peoples and states? Is religious, ethic, caste and/or regional fault lines running through the length and breadth of India? Is it beef ban?
Why is Pakistan expelling dozens of foreign-funded NGOs? Is it the fall-out from Save The Children NGO’s alleged collusion with the CIA in fake polio vaccination scheme to find Osama Bin Laden? Is it a general concern about the NGOs role in subverting and corrupting society as explained by Stephen Kinzer’s book “The Brothers” about John Foster and Alan Dulles? Is it the State Department documents describing US-funded international NGOs as “force multipliers”, “partners”, “agents of change” and “an efficient path to advance our foreign policy goals”?
How did Democrat Doug Jones’ pull off a win in the US Senate race in deep red Alabama? Did the allegations of sexual harassment against Republican Roy Moore play a big role? Or was it the heavy turn out of black voters that overwhelmed the vast majority of white voters (65% of white women, 74% of white men) who voted for Roy Moore? Would the result have been different if more women voted for Moore? Does it save considerable embarrassment for the Senate Republicans to see an openly racist, Islamophobic, homophobic, pedophile Judge Rpy Moore lose in a state in the Deep South?
Viewpoint From Overseas host Faraz Darvesh discusses these questions with Misbah Azam and Riaz Haq (www.riazhaq.com)
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