A Former Buddhist Kingdom “Ladakh” Reckons With Modernization

THE MOUNTAIN KINGDOM of Ladakh, long known as Little Tibet, was for centuries an important nexus among Central Asian traders who sought pashmina wool shorn from sheep grazing in the high-altitude Changthang region. Under Indian rule, after partition in 1947, Ladakh was caught up in conflicts between India and Pakistan, and later with China.

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Bahrain: Human rights on the brink of crisis

Bahrain is at boiling point. The hundreds of Bahrainis who have taken to the streets to protest against these shocking executions, which were carried out amid allegations of torture and after unfair trials, have been met with excessive use of force by security forces, as well as an escalation in the ongoing crackdown on freedom of expression,” said Lynn Maalouf.

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In Tamil Nadu, a passionate debate emerges about culture, animal cruelty, and what it means to be ‘Tamil.’

On social media, an overwhelming number of proponents of Jallikattu have made arguments in favor of saving the practice, reiterating how central it was to Tamil culture. The monolithic entity that Tamil culture seems to have become during the progression of the debate over Jallikattu has culminated in the proponent camp decrying any and all opposition of Jallikattu as inherently anti-Tamil.

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