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    China's Sri Lankan push for power

    News, Mihir Sharma, Published on 31/10/2018

    » Most people in the island nation of Sri Lanka and its Asian neighbours were stunned last week when President Maithripala Sirisena dismissed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe -- and replaced him with Mahinda Rajapaksa, the populist strongman who had ruled Sri Lanka for a decade before the scrappy alliance between Mr Sirisena and Mr Wickremesinghe forced him out of power in 2015.

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    Worrying days for dissent in India

    News, Mihir Sharma, Published on 31/08/2018

    » Indian liberals are reeling from a shocking set of arrests this week: Synchronised police raids targeted some of the country's best-known civil-liberties activists.

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    Pakistan's army takes on wrong fight

    News, Mihir Sharma, Published on 16/07/2018

    » Nawaz Sharif -- dodgy businessman, convicted criminal and thrice prime minister of Pakistan -- showed on Friday, in his triumphant return to Pakistan, that he remains by far the country's most popular politician. Infuriatingly, he also represents Pakistan's best chance at becoming a "normal" country anytime soon. As he fights what looks very much like an attempt by the military to decide the next election, the rest of us should hope he succeeds.

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    North-south divide grows ever more dangerous

    News, Mihir Sharma, Published on 25/04/2018

    » When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the southern city of Chennai recently, he must've been startled by the welcome he received. Half the city, it seemed, had turned out to wave black flags at his motorcade, as well as banners that read "Go Back, Modi". When the prime minister hopped into a helicopter, the crowds cleverly sent up black balloons in its wake.

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