Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi revoked Article 370 of the Indian constitution which gives autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir. India's decision flared up new tensions in the region and led to protests in Jammu and Kashmir as well as in neighboring Pakistan.These decisions did not come as a surprise, taking into account the discourse and practices of India's ruling, Hindu nationalist, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). There is an increasing pressure on the Muslims in India and increasing communal riots targeting businesses, places of worship, schools and even the homes of Muslims in different states.Rising levels of tensions between India and Pakistan is not just a demonstration of an inter-state escalation or a conflict but is a more profound tension which infiltrates the ordinary people, spreading a sense of hate.There is a persistent decline in pluralism and tolerance of ethnic, religious and other minorities in South and Southeast Asia. The recent escalation in Jammu and Kashmir has … [Read more...] about The Kashmir crisis and the decline of pluralism in Asia
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KUALA LUMPUR: It was the largest migration of foreign fighters seen in history. Today, with the defeat of the Islamic State group, some experts believe that one of the biggest threats the world is facing is the return of the fighters. Of the 41,000 people believed to have travelled to join the self-declared caliphate, an estimated 1000 people were from southeast Asia, some of whom have already returned to plot attacks in their home countries. “If you see the fall of ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) and say that we’re going to enter a peacetime period, (you’d be) wrong,” warned Ahmad El-Muhammady, a counter-terrorism analyst at the International Islamic University, Malaysia. People often make the mistake of thinking that once a terrorist organisation has been crushed, “it’s dead”. But its members would spread globally and could remain “hidden from the government radar”. “We’re going to see another rise,” he … [Read more...] about Islamic State fighters heading home: Is southeast Asia ready?
Malaysia is a Muslim majority country in Southeast Asia, with a population of over 30 million consisting of Malays (67.4 percent), Chinese (24.6 percent), Indian (7.3 percent) and other races (0.7 percent). Muslims make up slightly over 60 percent of the total population, followed by adherents of Buddhism (19.8 percent), Christianity (9.2 percent), and Hinduism (6.3 percent). In addition, indigenous religions such as Animism are practiced as well. It can be said that all religions and ethnicities coexist together harmoniously in Malaysia. The arrival of Islam in Malaysia can be traced back to the 13th century via Arab and Indian Muslim traders and its spread across the country took place between the 15th and 16th centuries. Since then, Islam has been at the center of daily life in every Muslim household. Peace, harmony, unity and tolerance are vital components in the hearts of Malaysian Muslims as well practitioners of other religions in Malaysia. Therefore, it is easy to see Islamic, … [Read more...] about A passage to Southeast Asia through Malaysia
Uber Technologies' shares fell nearly 9 percent in their New York Stock Exchange debut, marking a rocky start for one of the most high-profile US companies to go public since Facebook seven years ago. The fall in shares undermined Uber's strategy of pricing its oversubscribed IPO conservatively at US$45 per share to avoid a repeat of rival Lyft's stock market struggles following a strong debut in March. Uber's shares opened at US$42 and touched a low of US$41.06 in early trading on Friday. Lyft was down 4 percent, well below its IPO price. Uber admits it might never make any money The most popular item on Uber Eats is... Uber driver banned after dropping pregnant woman in the woods The lacklustre market response comes against the backdrop of a spike in trade tensions between the US and China and increased investor scepticism about Uber's ability to turn profitable soon enough. Nelson Chai, the company's chief financial officer who was at the NYSE to mark the first day of the stock's … [Read more...] about Uber goes public, shares plummet