May 2 2021

Forgetting Citizenship: Australia Suspends Flights from India

Support SouthFront Illustrative image Written by Binoy Kampmark. As India is being devastated by COVID-19 cases that have now passed a daily rate of 400,000, affluent and callous Australia has taken the decision to suspend all flights coming into the country till mid-month.  The decision was reached by the Morrison government with the blessing of the State Premiers and the Labor opposition. Not happy with banning flights from India, the Morrison government promises to be savage in punishing returnees who find ways to circumvent the ban (for instance, by travelling via a third country).  Citizens who breach the travel ban …

Mar 31 2021

Iran Touts Russia-Iran-India ‘North-South Trade Corridor’ As “Alternative” & Challenge To Suez Canal

Support SouthFront Originally appeared at ZeroHedge Coming after a ‘successful’ weekend in which sanctions-beleaguered Iran hailed its signing a major 25-year infrastructure and investment agreement with China, Iran’s ambassador to Russia is also touting that a new north-south trade corridor across the region could become a prime ‘alternative’ to the strategic Suez Canal waterway that’s been featured in global headlines due to the ‘Ever Given’ stuck tanker disaster that just played out. Called the “International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC)” — a two decades in the making ambitious project — the new trade corridor, currently partially in operation, is 7,200km long, linking up Russia, Iran, and …

Mar 7 2021

The US Secretary of Defense will visit India

The trip is aimed at boosting military cooperation and countering China’s growing power and influence in the Asia-Pacific region. The US Secretary of Defense is scheduled to meet with Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh. The meeting, which is expected to take place on March 15, is the first of a new US administration official to visit India. Given the tensions between China and India, the country wants to cooperate and increase military and security exchanges with the United States in order to modernize its defense system. Manufacturers of defense industries in the United States hope to strengthen their market in …

Mar 6 2021

‘Pakis’ Had Power Too

Donate Dear SouthFront readers, You know that SF is an independent platform that provides different points of view on current international issues. This article presents a valuable vision on the history of WWII, in particular the victories of the Indian 8th Army. Its soldiers fought valiantly in Europe and Africa, and their feat cannot be forgotten. We invite you to express your point of view on this position in the comments. Submitted by Supratim Barman. On this, the 75th Anniversary of the Defeat of Fascism, a small commemoration of my Father’s contribution as a Radio Operator in the Indian 8th …

Mar 1 2021

Breaching Digital Rights: India’s Platform And Media Ethics Code

Donate ILLUSTRATIVE IMAGE Submitted by Dr. Binoy Kampmark Having made something of a splash last month with the fuss over Australia’s News Media Bargaining code, Facebook, and the digital giants, are facing another stormy front in India.  The move here has nothing to do with revenue so much as alleged bad behaviour.  “We appreciate the proliferation of social media in India,” stated Ravi Shankar Prasad, India’s minister of electronics and information technology. “We want them to be more responsible and more accountable.” Such responsibility and accountability will purportedly be achieved through the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics …

Feb 28 2021

EuroFags and Commies

Donate Click to see full-size image Contributed by Supratim Barman for SouthFront. The picture above was published 68 years ago in London on the front-page of the Daily Worker in 1952, (28th of April). It shows a British Royal Marine holding the severed heads of a young woman and man who were accused of supporting the Malayan Communist Party. Take some time to look at it. It is freely available on the internet if you care to search. It made World-Wide News and the second Conservative Government of Winston Churchill (at the time) was on the verge of prosecuting the …

Feb 13 2021

Barak 8 Long-Range Surface-To-Air Missile (Infographics)

Donate Click to see the full-size image The Barak 8 (LR-SAM or MR-SAM) is an Indo-Israeli surface-to-air missile. The missie is designed to defend against airborne threats including aircraft, helicopters, anti-ship missiles, and UAVs as well as ballistic missiles and cruise missiles. MORE ON THE TOPIC: Donate FORUM

Jan 30 2021

Letter Mentioning Iranian General Soleimani, Scientist Fakhrizadeh Found Near Israeli Embassy In Delhi After Recent Blast

Donate File image A letter mentioning Iranian General Qasem Soleimani and nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was found at the site of the recent bombing near the Israeli embassy in New Delhi, the India Today reported on January 30. The small explosion took place a day earlier a few meters away from the Israeli embassy. No casualties were reported. However, three cars were damaged. According to India Today, the letter is one and a half-page long and has been written in a haphazard manner. The letter refers to Soleimani and Fakhrizadeh as “martyrs” and says the attack was only a “trailer.” …

Jan 29 2021

Iran Strikes Back? Explosion Erupts Near Israeli Embassy In Indian Capital (Photos, Video)

Donate On January 29, a small explosion rocked APJ Abdul Kalam road a few meters away from the Israeli embassy in the Indian capital New Delhi. Delhi police said the explosion was caused by a “very low intensity improvised device.” Three cars were damaged. No casualties were reported, however. The police called the explosion a “mischievous attempt to create a sensation.” [embedded content] Photos reportedly from the scene of the IED explosion near the Israeli embassy in New Delhi, damage caused to a number of vehicles, no injuries — Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian (@manniefabian) January 29, 2021 The Israeli foreign …

Jan 29 2021

Breaking: Explosion near the Israeli embassy in India

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. FORUM

Jan 26 2021

Reports Of Clashes On India-China Border, As Ninth Round Of Negotiations “Successful”

Donate Click to see full-size image Indian and Chinese troops clashed anew on their contested Himalayan border, resulting in injuries on both sides, officials said on January 25th. The fighting actually took place on January 20th, but it wasn’t reported on until a bit later. India’s military played down the latest skirmish as a “minor face-off” at Naku La pass, which connects Sikkim state with Tibet on the Chinese side. An Indian military statement said the clash was “resolved by local commanders as per established protocols”. Indian government sources said five Indian troops and 15 Chinese forces were injured when …

Jan 23 2021

Blood bridge, anniversary of Gowkadal massacre

Gowkadal massacre happened on 21 January 1990 on Gowkadal bridge located in southeast of Srinagar town during which Indian soldiers massacred Kashmiri protesters. After an Indian governor, Jagmohan Malhotra was assigned in Kashmir state in 1990, Indian soldiers attacked houses of people on 19 January to search for Kashmiri militants and weapons and arrested hundreds of people. Several thousand people gathered in streets of Srinagar the following day and demanded freedom of the prisoners and independence of Kashmir. Indian governor Malhotra ordered curfew. On January 21, people moved toward Gowkadal bridge chanting independence slogans. Security forces intended to close to …

Jan 15 2021

Encircling China and Praising India: The US Strategic Framework for the Indo-Pacific

Donate ILLUSTRATIVE IMAGE Submitted by Dr. Binoy Kampmark The feeling from Rory Medcalf of the Australian National University was one of breathless wonder.  “The US government,” he wrote in The Strategist, “has just classified one of its most secretive national security documents – its 2018 strategic framework for the Indo-Pacific, which was formally classified SECRET and not for release to foreign nationals.” Washington’s errand boys and girls in Canberra tend to get excited by this sort of thing.  Rather than seeing it as a blueprint for imminent conflict with China, a more benign reading is given: how to handle “strategic …

Dec 30 2020

Indian Forces Counter-Terrorism Operation Resulted in Clashes With Islamists Supporters in Kashmir

Donate On December 30, the Indian Armed Forces completed a counter-terrorism operation in the Srinagar district, Kashmir. The operation was launched on December 29, in the evening, and it was successfully completed the next morning. The Indian Armed Forces, together with the Central Reserve Police Force, have blocked the house where the Islamists were hiding. The militants fired back, and the firefight continued until nightfall, forcing the soldiers to suspend their offense for several hours. Click to see full-size image Click to see full-size image Click to see full-size image In the early morning hours, the operation resulted in elimination …

Dec 30 2020

Chinese Submarine Drone Discovered Near Gateway To Indian Ocean

Donate Originally appeared at ZeroHedge Indonesian fishermen found an underwater drone on December 20th, local media reported. Analyzing photos of the drone, Naval News concludes that the drone is closely related to the Chinese Sea Wing family. The drone was discovered near Selayar Island in the South Sulawes, far away from China’s adjacent waters. The location is close to two potential routes between the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean, according to Naval News. These routes, the Sunda Strait and Lombok Strait, “may be important in wartime” and “Intelligence gathered by the drone may be valuable to the Chinese …

Dec 10 2020

Militant Activity In Jammu And Kashmir Increasing Amid Rumors Of Deployment Of Turkish Proxies

Click to see full-size image In recent months, there’s been a reported increase in militant activity and attacks according to India. This is allegedly a result due to the United States withdrawal from Afghanistan. New Delhi claims that “Pakistan-based terrorist groups” are preparing for a major push on Jammu and Kashmir. On November 19th, Indian security forces recovered communications devices from four killed Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) members at Ban toll plaza. “Pakistan-based terrorist groups have become especially active after the US withdrawal from Afghanistan and have been preparing for a major drive in Jammu and Kashmir, according to intelligence reports. The …

Jun 9 2020

Latest updates on Kashmir 8 June 2020

1. Due to engagement between Indian soldiers and Kashmiri militia in Shopian town, south of Srinagar, nine militia and four Indian soldiers were killed.Indian police announced the killed militia members of Hizbul Mujahideen. (images) 2. Police reported of killing a commander of a militant group in Anantnag town, southeast of Srinagar. 3. Since beginning of 2020 so far 94 inhabitants of Jamu and Kashmir were killed by Indian soldiers, from which 32 were militants and 19 civilians. 4. Indian warplanes flight sorties increased over Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir. 5. Kashmiri militia threw grenades toward Indian soldiers station in …

Jun 8 2020

Border Fight Club: Chinese And Indian Troops Have Fist, Stone and Stick Fights In Border Escalation

Donate Click to see full-size image For approximately a month, China and India have had a standoff along their disputed frontier high in the Himalayas. Thousands of troops were deployed on both sides. According to Indian officials, the standoff began in early May when large contingents of Chinese soldiers entered deep inside Indian-controlled territory at three places in Ladakh, erecting tents and posts. They said the Chinese soldiers ignored repeated verbal warnings to leave, triggering shouting matches, stone-throwing and fistfights. There were numerous “escalations” of sorts, with Indian and Chinese soldiers organizing stone-flinging fights and also fighting with sticks, there …

Jun 2 2020

Latest Updates on Kashmir, 2 June 2020 + Map

1. India called two Pakistani diplomats unacceptable and expelled them from India. 2. Following recent tensions in Kashmir, Chinese army deployed 12 warplanes in bases Hotan and Gargunsa in Aksai area near border of Siachen and Ladakh to perform air patrol missions. 3. Indian official: From 28 May 2020 so far, 10 militants were killed by Indian soldiers in Jamu state. 4. In engagement between Indian army and Kashmir militants in Tral area, southeast of Srinagar, two militants were killed. 5. Pakistan army shot down an Indian spy drone over Kashmir border. FORUM

May 29 2020

Pakistan Claims To Have Shot Down Indian Drone Over Line Of Control

Donate Click to see the full-size image The Pakistan army said on Wednesday that it had shot down an Indian ‘quadcopter’ along the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed Kashmir region. An army statement said the Indian quadcopter violated Pakistan’s airspace in Rakhchikri sector along the LoC which divides the two countries in Kashmir. “Pakistan Army troops shot down an Indian spying quadcopter in Rakhchikri Sector along LoC. The quadcopter had intruded 650 meters on Pakistan’s side of the LoC,” the army’s media wing, the Inter-Services Public Relations, said in a brief statement. It is the second time the …

May 29 2020

Car Bomb Attack Averted In Jammu And Kashmir’s Pulwama By Indian Authorities

Donate Click to see full-size image A major attack was averted in Jammu and Kashmir after the security forces recovered a car laden with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district. The blue container that had the explosives, nearly 40 kilograms. Click to see full-size image Click to see full-size image A car filled with explosives was said to be placed at a strategic location to target a security forces convoy or a defence installation. A major incident of a vehicle borne #IED blast is averted by the timely input and action by #Pulwama Police, CRPF and …

May 23 2020

Latest Updates on Kashmir, 23 May 2020 (Map Update)

1. In Kashmiri rebels attack in Ganderbal region in north of Srinagar, 2 Indian border guards were killed.The Kashmiri Resistance front has claimed responsibility of this attack. 2. The Indian soldiers arrested six people in the Lulab village, in north of Kashmir. 3. During the attacks of Kashmiri Resistance front in the Pulwama region, one Indian policeman was killed and two others were wounded.During Indian security forces attack on Karim Abad village in the suburb of Pulwama, 9 people have been wounded. 4. Indian Army fighter jets over the Kashmir.These flights are for finding the Kashmiri rebels gatherings and bombardment …

May 20 2020

Latest Updates on Kashmir, 20 May 2020

– During the clashes between Indian army and armed rebels in the Navakdal region, located in the suburb of Srinagar city, 2 Indian soldiers were wounded and two al-Mujahedin party militants were killed. During the clashes, 15 homes have been damaged. – Junaid Sehrai, one of the Mujahedin party commanders was between the casualties of these clashes. He’s the son of Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, the head of Hurriat movement party(Tehreek e Hurriyat) of Kashmir. – During the clashes between Indian police and protesters, 4 civilians and 3 policemen were wounded. Two residents of north of Kashmir were arrested in accusation …

May 17 2020

Kashmir and the Mujahedin Party

On May 6, the Indian army, after receiving the information from the location of Riyadh Naiko the commander of Mujahedin party of Kashmir, started the joint operation for his assassination, in coordination with the Indian police. According to these information, Naiko with several of his companions had traveled to Beig Poura village(located in Pulwama region in south of Kashmir for visiting his family; and the region was surrounded by Indian militaries and finally, after a heavy clash, Naiko and his companions were killed by Indian militaries. Riyadh Naiko was a young teacher that became popular among the people of Kashmir, …

May 9 2020

Riots In Kashmir Following Death Of Hizbul Mujahideen Commander

Donate Click to see full-size image On May 5th, Indian troops killed Hizbul Mujahideen commander Riyaz Naikoo in a village in Kashmir. Hizbul Mujahideen is a pro-Pakistani group. Naikoo’s death is being seen as a major victory for India’s counterinsurgency efforts. “He was trapped in a house and early today a gun battle took place during which he and his associate were killed,” Kashmir’s inspector general of police, Vijay Kumar said. Starting from May 6th, however, riots began in Kashmir, following the killing. Protesters began throwing stones at security officers and attempting to destroy vehicles by using various sticks and …

May 8 2020

Indian Warplanes Downed Near the Pakistani Border

The cause of the crash of this aircraft is unknown and the local sources said that it was for technical problem. The pilot managed to eject successfully and survived the incident. FORUM

Apr 30 2020

Opinion: How is the relation between Afghanistan and India?

In recent week Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, India’s FM, after meeting with Zalmay Khalilzad and American and Russian FMs talked with Mohammad Hanif Atmar (who was assigned as Afghanistan FM recently by Ashraf Ghani) regarding the bilateral relation and development of Afghanistan.It is said that the topics covered in these meetings include USA-Taliban peace agreement, Afghan-Afghan talks and the future of India’s projects in Afghanistan. India has invested extensively in Afghanistan in recent years, and considering Taliban’s growing power, India is concerned about its projects. India has increased its ties with Afghanistan through Iran and aerial transportation and in return pressed its …

Mar 24 2020

“Biggest Lockdown In World History” – India Paralyzed As COVID-19 Crisis Unfolds

Donate Originally appeared at ZeroHedge Indian stocks crashed on Monday, suffering their worst single-day loss on record, as domestic and foreign investors were absolutely terrified that a nationwide lockdown triggered by a COVID-19 outbreak could crash the economy. The NIFTY 50 is the flagship index on the National Stock Exchange of India, plummeted 12.98% to a near four-year low of 7,610.25 on Monday. The Indian rupee hit a record low of over 76 against the dollar and puts pressure on the Narendra Modi government and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to ramp up emergency response efforts to protect a crashing currency …

Mar 12 2020

Roots of violence against Muslim Indians

One of weak and strong point of Islamic communities and countries is their diverse races and religions. In India in addition to different races, there are several believes and religions. Muslim Indians with population of 200 million constitute 15% of India’s population and have suffered from discrimination severely in recent years. After the new citizenship bill passed by reigning party “Bharatiya Janata Party”, receiving Indian citizenship became harder for Muslims and almost Muslims became second degree citizens in India. According to this law, that Hindus were pursuing for 60 years, followers of religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhs, etc. except …

Mar 9 2020

Indian government accuses the police force for violence against Muslims!

Indian state ministry, accuses the police of capital for its passiveness and lack of action in time and not controlling the situation and said that police failed to stop damages to Muslims assets. The ministry stated that lack of experience and competency of chief of New Delhi police department is the reason that things got out of control. Therefore, Hindus’ bigot violence and their attack to Muslims resulted in damages and death and injury of many. Protests in India after the religious discrimination law passed in India’s parliament and Trump’s trip to India were intensified and thousands of Muslims were …

Mar 6 2020

India And Pakistan Nuclear Conflict Could Lead To Near-Cataclysmic Global Consequences

Donate Click to see full-size image The Munich Security Conference, citing numerous reports and surveys, also looked into the potential of a regional nuclear conflict between India and Pakistan. There is no concrete evidence that such a conflict is nearing, however, tensions have been soaring between New Delhi and Islamabad, after India’s removal of Kashmir and Jammu’s special status, as well as the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act, which are argued to step all over the human rights of Muslims. A regional conflict, based on based on an estimate of nuclear arsenals in 2025, this scenario assumes that India uses 100 …

Mar 5 2020

Leader of Iran’s Islamic revolution decried Muslim Indian genocide

It reads in his tweet:“The hearts of Muslims all over the world are grieving over the massacre of Muslims in India. The govt of India should confront extremist Hindus & their parties & stop the massacre of Muslims in order to prevent India’s isolation from the world of Islam.” Due to extreme Hindus and government forces of India attacking to Muslims protesting discrimination so far more than 40 Muslims martyred and hundreds injured. FORUM

Mar 3 2020

India summons Iran’s ambassador!

Mr. Zarif in his tweet decrying violence against Muslims in India wrote: “Iran condemns the wave of organized violence against Indian Muslims. For centuries, Iran has been a friend of India. We urge Indian authorities to ensure the wellbeing of ALL Indians & not let senseless thuggery prevail.Path forward lies in peaceful dialogue and rule of law.” In recent days the violence against Muslims has intensified greatly and Hindus have attacked mosques and Muslim inhabited areas brutally.Islamic countries have not shown support for state oppressed Muslims in India, Myanmar, China, Kashmir, etc. Considering Iran and India relationship, it is expected …

Feb 29 2020

Indian Muslims intensified protests

Indian Muslims protests started after the racist bill passed in India’s parliament and intensified with Trump’s trip. Indian security forces imprisoned thousand people. According to Indian media 30 people were killed with direct bullet and 12 died in hospital. Indian state media call these protests “Islamic terrorism” and claimed the dead ones are killed by ISIS terrorists, etc. FORUM

Feb 27 2020

Trump’s Jinx in India!

Protests started when parliament of India passed a bill to give citizenship to non-Muslim minorities of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh on 10 December 2019. The protests intensified by Trump’s expensive trip to India. New Delhi’s local authorities response to intensified protests was to issue curfew in this state and India’s PM invited protesters to peace. Pictures of insulting Muslims in India in recent days FORUM

Feb 25 2020

Violent Riots In India, As Trump Praises “Biggest Democracy In The World” And $3Bn Helicopter Deal

Donate Click to see full-size image. On February 24th, US President Donald Trump arrived in India on an official visit and meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Riots and violent clashes are continuing across India over a controversial citizenship law are continuing. A policeman and six civilians have died in Delhi’s deadliest violence since the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) – which critics say is anti-Muslim – was passed on December 9th, 2019. The CAA, which eases the path for non-Muslims from neighbouring Muslim-majority nations to gain citizenship, has triggered weeks of sometimes violent protests against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. …