• Sri Lanka’s Mahinda Rajapaksa to step down from challenged PM post0

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    • December 14, 2018

    By Editor on December 14, 20181 Colombo, Dec 14 ( – Sri Lanka’s challenged Prime Minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa will step down from his premiership on Saturday after the Supreme Court earlier Friday continued a suspension order on him and his cabinet from continuing in office. Rajapaksa’s son and Parliamentarian from the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna, Namal Rajapaksa said

  • India’s pro-Hindu party fails in state polls0

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    • December 13, 2018 reporters, New Delhi India December 13, 2018 India’s pro Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party, which currently rules nationally, suffered a massive defeat when it failed to secure power in any of the five states where election results were declared on Dec. 11. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP was unseated in the three major states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh

  • The Politics Of Surgical Strikes0

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    • December 13, 2018

     December 13, 2018Observer Research Foundation 0 Comments By Observer Research Foundation     13 December 2018 The hyped jingoistic ‘surgical’ action did nothing to deter Pakistani ‘misadventure’. By Manoj Joshi Lt Gen DS Hooda (retd) is right when he talks about needless hype over operations like the surgical strikes. Note, of course, that he is not arguing that


  • Why Conceptualization of a Third World Security Perspective is Imperative0

    Dr. Manoj Kumar Mishra    14 December 2018 A third world security perspective (a conceptual category used to indicate developing and under-developed countries’ security concerns) would imply shifts in states’ attitude in three aspects: first, they must work towards fulfilling a vision of an egalitarian world order which can prevent humanitarian crises. A long-term and holistic

  • For Rahul, the real test has just begun0

    N SathiyaMoorthy 11 December 2018   From lining up allies to having them accept him as the Opposition’s prime ministerial candidate in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s real challenge has just begun, says N Sathiya Moorthy. If anything, the results of the five-state assembly elections have reiterated the psephologist’s belief that the Indian voter

  • Sustaining Democracy0

    by Asanga Abeyagoonasekera  14 December 2018 “It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both.” Niccolo Machiavelli, Prince 1532 St. Augustine’s City of God was perhaps the book Sirisena was following since the beginning of his Presidency in 2015. A kind and calm leader from humble beginnings was seen trying to

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  • Bangladesh awaits the most important election in December this year

    By Abdur Rahim   10 December 2018 In December this year, a free and fair election – a rarity in Bangladesh since 2008 – will determine whether the country will follow the path of democracy or authoritarianism. This was the key topic of discussion at the South Asia Journal Special Launching and Seminar at the Woodrow

  • 2018 Bangladesh General Election: A Time for Stock-taking and Pondering the Stakes

      By Adil Khan and Habib Zafarullah*    4 December 2018 The 2018 Bangladesh General Election scheduled on December 30, 2018 marks the end of two consecutive terms of the ruling Awami League (AL), first ever by any political party since 1991, the year a combined opposition movement against a decade long dictatorship resurrected and re-introduced

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