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Epos converses with Dr. Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra

by Nicolamaria Coppola (EPOS)
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South Asia continues to be in turmoil with India and Pakistan engaged in a fierce cold fight over a number of issues, primarily Kashmir. In the following exclusive interview for EPOS, Dr. Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra, an expert on conflict management and peace building with a focus on South Asia, and associated with EPOS as Senior Fellow, talks about the state of India-Pakistan relations, violence in Kashmir and related issues, which are not only relevant for South Asia but also for the world

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Bringing Peace Back to Kashmir

Friday, 22 July 2016 17:39
by Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra (EPOS)

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Recently, more than thirty people were killed in Kashmir in exchange of turmoils between Indian security forces and Kashmiri people. Unless it is contained, violence may escalate and plunge the whole region into deadly cycle of attacks with loss of civilian life and consequent economic destruction. India and Pakistan must revive the peace process. The more they procrastinate, the more the stalemate would be hardened. The more they dry the channels of bilateral communication, the more it will be opportune for the spoilers to exploit the volatile situation. EPOS analyst Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra analyses the situation from the ground, discussing the ongoing violence in Kahsmir and the challenges that all the actors are going to face, and he gives EPOS' readers an exclusive point of view on the issue 



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by Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra (EPOS)

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The hopes of revival of India-Pakistan peace talks received a set back after the Pathankot incident in the first week of January 2016. The Pathankot incident belied the hopes, and in turn weakened the constituency of peace and strengthened the constituency of spoilers. Pathankot happened after one week of Indian Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Lahore.  India has demanded that unless Pakistan takes action against the culprits of the attack, it would not engage in dialogue. Pakistan’s position has been it would take action on the basis of evidence. What will it happen? What future for India-Pakistan peace process? Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra, EPOS analyst from India and expert in conflict management in South Asia, has given his answer to these and other questions



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by Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra (EPOS)

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Pakistan’s National Security Advisor (NSA) called off the meeting with his Indian counterpart scheduled for 23 August 2015 at New Delhi. The agreement stipulated that the NSAs would meet to discuss all issues related to terrorism: while India insisted that both the countries must abide by the agreement, Pakistan insisted on expanding the agenda of the talks. Pakistan contended that the talks should be without any conditions and the agenda should include Kashmir. India argued that the composite dialogue can be resumed in a peaceful atmosphere and Kashmir cannot be part of the NSA level talks. Why? In the following exclusive article for EPOS, Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra discusses the issue deeply, and gives EPOS readers an illuminating point of view on the question



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Epos converses with Seema Shekhawat

by Nicolamaria Coppola (EPOS)
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Seema Shekhawat is an Indian social scientist and expert in gender, conflict and peace; in this exclusive interview for EPOS she talks about the film India's Daughter, and the echo and the effects that its banning has had in India. India's Daughter is a "controversial" documentary-film directed by Leslee Udwin, based on the 2012 Delhi gang rape and murder of Jyoti Singh, a 23-year-old woman. Before the film was even released, it has been banned in India and has caused much upheaval. Why has Delhi banned and censored the documentary? What is India afraid of? Seema Shekhawat replies to these and other questions, and she analyses the issues of rape in India, arguing that both society and state together have to act to prevent sexual violence against women

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Will Modi and Sharif revive Lahore?

Monday, 30 June 2014 09:02
by Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra (EPOS)

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In 1999, former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee visited Lahore on the invitation of Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. During the visit both the leaders signed the Lahore Declaration to promote bilateral relations. Sharif and Vajpayee shared a vision of peaceful and stable South Asia. Fifteen years later, on 26 May 2014, Sharif was invited by the newly elected Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi to attend his swearing ceremony in New Delhi. What will change in Indo-Pak relations? Will Modi and Sharif revive the spirit of Lahore?



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by Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra (EPOS)

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Peace is a scarce commodity in South Asia. India and Pakistan fought more against each other than developing friendly relations: they remain at loggerheads over territorial disputes and other contentious issues. Nawaz Sharif holds a promise for a better future for Pakistan, and also for India-Pakistan relations and for South Asia



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by Gregorio Baggiani

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The question of the legal regime of the Caspian Sea, though apparently characterized by a merely legalistic and economic aspect, really hides a political and geopolitical issue of great relevance. Situated at the geopolitical confluence of actors of international importance (China, India, Russia, USA, EU, Iran and Turkey) the Caspian Sea has gradually assumed a strategic role and has attracted the attention of a great number of state and non-state actors present on the international scene


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