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Foreign Aid to India

In spite of all of the recent news about aid to Pakistan dominating the media, the fact remains that resurgent India has received more foreign aid than any other developing nation since the end of World War II--estimated at almost $100 billion since the beginning of its First Five-Year Plan in 1951. And it continues to receive more foreign aid in spite of impressive economic growth for almost a decade.



India was the…

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Added by Riaz Haq on March 24, 2014 at 9:47pm — No Comments

Economic History of India Since 1 AD

When the British arrived in Mughal India, the country's share of the world GDP was 25%, about the same as the US share of the world GDP today. By 1947, undivided India's share of world GDP ($4 trillion in in 1990 Geary-Khamis dollars) had shrunk to about 6% (India: $216 billion, Pakistan: $24 billion). Since independence, India's contribution to world GDP has shrunk further to about 4%, according to British Economist Angus…

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Added by Riaz Haq on March 5, 2014 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Sri Lanka is a Shining Example For India and Pakistan

Since the end of the civil war in 2009, Sri Lanka has been booming even as the rest of South Asia region has lagged.…

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Added by Riaz Haq on February 15, 2014 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

Hindu Nationalists Force Recall and Destruction of "Anti-Hindu" Book

"If someone makes a cartoon of the prophet Mohammad, Muslims are outraged around the world. So why should anyone write anything against Hinduism and get away with it?" Dinanath Batra



Batra, the man who oversaw revisions in Indian history textbooks for the country's National Council of Education, Research and Training (NCERT), has forced Penguin India to recall and destroy all copies of "The Hindus: An…

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Added by Riaz Haq on February 13, 2014 at 2:58pm — No Comments

India's Tech Exports Figures Over-inflated

A 2005 study by US General Accounting Office (GAO) found that Indian government's figures for software and technology exports to the United States were 20 times higher than the US figures for import of the same from India.



U.S. General Accounting Office looked at the 2003 data showing the United States reported $420 million in unaffiliated imports of BPT (business, professional, and technical) services from India, while India…

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Added by Riaz Haq on November 20, 2013 at 10:55am — 5 Comments

Is Jinnah's Two Nation Theory Dead?

Some argue that the Two Nation Theory died with the 1971 partition of Pakistan that led to the separation of East Pakistan and the creation of Bangladesh. Others say that the TNT (Two Nation Theory) was dead the day Pakistan's founder Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah passed away on Sept 11, 1948.…



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Added by Riaz Haq on September 11, 2013 at 8:19pm — 3 Comments

Falling Confidence Hits India Hard

Plummeting Indian rupee is the most obvious symptom of the world losing confidence in India. The crisis of confidence is so great that Jim O'Neill, former Goldman Sachs executive whose BRIC acronym made India an attractive investor destination in 2001,  has recently said that “if I were to change it, I would just leave the "C"" in BRIC.…



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Added by Riaz Haq on August 25, 2013 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Harvard Genetics Research Debunks Hindu Nationalist Myth of Racial Purity



"To keep up the purity of the Race and its culture, Germany shocked the world by her purging the country of the Semitic races -- the Jews. Race pride at its highest has been manifested here. Germany has also shown how well-nigh impossible it is for races and cultures, having differences going to the root, to be…
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Added by Riaz Haq on August 21, 2013 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Indian Economy Shrank in USD Terms in 2012-13 as Global Economy Slowed

Sharp fall in Indian currency against the US dollar and slower economic growth have caused India's GDP for Fiscal  Year 2012-13 to shrink in US $ terms to $1.84 trillion from $1.87 trillion a year earlier. The Indian rupee has plummeted from 47.80 in 2012 to 54.30 to a US dollar in 2013, according to Business Standard. Since this report was published in Business…

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Added by Riaz Haq on June 29, 2013 at 8:00am — 22 Comments

Kerry's Hyphenation of India and Pakistan Angers Indians

US Secretary of State John Kerry's current visit to India has aroused Indian media's anger with the Times of India  protesting that the secretary has "sought to draw parity between India and Pakistan".



In an article titled “Kerry’s soft line on Pakistan a sore subject,” Indian newspaper…

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Added by Riaz Haq on June 25, 2013 at 9:49am — 7 Comments

"Democratic" India's Share of World's Poor Jumps as "Autocratic" China's Poverty Declines Sharply!

A billion people were lifted from abject poverty between 1980 and 2010. China accounts for nearly three quarters of these, or 680 million people brought out of misery, by reducing its extreme-poverty rate from 84% in 1980 to 10% now, according to a report in The Economist.  The report adds that with "poorer governance in India and Africa, the next…

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Added by Riaz Haq on June 6, 2013 at 5:30pm — 9 Comments

India Leads the World in Racism

43.5% of Indians, the highest percentage in the world, say they do not want to have a neighbor of a different race, according to a Washington Post report based on World's Values Survey.



About Pakistan, the report says that  "although the country has…

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Added by Riaz Haq on May 16, 2013 at 10:33pm — 8 Comments

World Health Study Shows Pakistan Doing Better Than India



Pakistan ranks in the middle among 15 similar countries compared by the

Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 (GBD 2010).  Other countries in this group include India, Djibouti, Kyrgyzstan, Laos,…
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Added by Riaz Haq on March 10, 2013 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

Pakistan Should Hope For the Best and Prepare For the Worst With India

Deadly skirmishes started between Indian and Pakistani forces along LoC in the disputed territory of Kashmir in early January 2013, barely weeks after Pakistan Army doctrine acknowledged domestic militancy as the biggest threat to national security.…





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Added by Riaz Haq on January 23, 2013 at 5:00pm — 10 Comments

Pakistanis 1965 Push to "the Gates of Delhi"?



 "...a major battle the

west of the Beas would end in the destruction of the Indian Army and

thereafter allow the enemy (Pakistani) forces to push to the gates of

Delhi without much resistance." 1965 WAR-The Inside Story by R.D. Pradhan                                    



As Pakistanis honor the memory of  their 1965 war heroes on Defense of Pakistan Day today, let us review some snippets of how the war looked from the…

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Added by Riaz Haq on September 6, 2012 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Reinventing the Toilet to End Open Defecation in South Asia

A team headed by Professor Sohail Khan, a British Pakistani researcher at Loughborough

University
, won $60,000 second place prize for developing a

toilet that converts human waste into biological charcoal, which

can be burned, and clean water. The prize was announced on August 14, Pakistan's…

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Added by Riaz Haq on August 18, 2012 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Pakistan Opens Indian Visitors' Eyes

Several prominent Indian journalists and writers have visited Pakistan in recent years for the first time in their lives.  I am sharing with my readers selected excerpts of the reports from Mahanth Joishy (USIndiaMonitor.com), Panakaj Mishra (Bloomberg), Hindol Sengupta (The Hindu), Madhulika Sikka (NPR) and Yoginder Sikand (Countercurrents) of what they saw and how they felt in the neighbor's home. My hope is that their stories will help foster close ties between the two estranged South…

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Added by Riaz Haq on July 26, 2012 at 10:00am — 10 Comments

Educational Attainment in South Asia

As of 2010, there are 380 out of every 1000 Pakistanis age 15 and above who have never had any formal schooling. Of the remaining 620 who enrolled in school, 22 dropped out before finishing primary school, and the remaining 598 completed it. There are 401 out of every 1000 Pakistanis who made it to secondary school. 290 completed secondary school  while 111 dropped out. Only 55 made it to college out of which 39 graduated with a degree.…



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Added by Riaz Haq on May 29, 2012 at 10:00pm — 17 Comments

Expensive Fuel Hits Power Sector in India & Pakistan

Lack of affordable fuel has forced many power producers in Pakistan to operate at a fraction of their installed capacity since 2008. It has led to widespread load-shedding in the country, seriously hurting its economy. Similar situation now appears to be developing in India as well, although it's not quite as serious as Pakistan's current crisis yet. Current costs of various fuel options vary from $4 per mmBTU for coal to $20 per mmBTU for oil. Recently, the US prices of natural gas have…

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Added by Riaz Haq on April 21, 2012 at 10:00am — 13 Comments

India and Pakistan Environment Among the Most Polluted in the World

With a score of just 3.73 out of 100, India ranks as the worst country for the ill effects of toxic air pollution on human health among 132 nations, according to a report presented at the World Economic Forum 2012. India's neighbors also score poorly for toxic…

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Added by Riaz Haq on January 28, 2012 at 8:46am — 2 Comments

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    Dr. Asad Qamar, a graduate of Lahore's King Edwards Medical College, received $18.2 million in payments from US Medicare program in 2012, making him the second highest billing doctor in America. Dr. Qamar is a member of APPNA, Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent in North America. He was a candidate for the presidency of APPNA in… Continue

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    Pakistan's Umar Saif in Silicon Valley

    Umar Saif was invited by Organization of Pakistani-American Entrepreneurs (OPEN) to an event yesterday at the Palo Alto offices of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pitman Law Firm  in Silicon Valley to talk about the state of technology in Pakistan. The event was appropriately titled: "Presenting Umar-The Force Behind Plan 09- Pakistan's Leading Incubator For… Continue

    Posted by Riaz Haq on April 8, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

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