• Baul Singers of Bangladesh Struggle to Survive Amid Onslaught By Muslim Hardliners0

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    • January 22, 2021

    Pulack Ghatack Dhaka 2021-01-22 A Baul sings as he plays a traditional single-string musical instrument called ‘Ektara,’ at a rural concert in Munshiganj district, Bangladesh. Dec. 26, 2019.  [BenarNews] Singers of the Baul folk tradition in Bangladesh are struggling to survive after more than a decade of physical and legal attacks by Islamic hardliners who

  • Commencement Address by Kamal Ahmad, Founder, Asian University for Women0

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    • January 22, 2021

      Every year since 2013, the month of May would see yet another group of graduates from the Asian University for Women celebrate their arrival at this wonderful juncture in their lives we call the Commencement. Over the years, I have watched the faces of graduates light up with joy as they would step up

  • If Pakistan wants to be Bangladesh’s friend0

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    • January 22, 2021

    Japan’s relations with China and Korea are an example before Bangladesh of how to take relations ahead from past brutalities of war. Germany and Israel are another example. The Queen of England apologised for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. All these are nothing but expressions of the sincere desire to take relations forward in light of

  • India: Why The Incarceration Of Munawar Faruqui Should Worry Us0

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    • January 22, 2021

    Faruqui’s case is one in which the judiciary, the police and the Hindu vigilante groups are on the same page, acting in perfect concert. Sabrangindia21 Jan 2021 Screenshot via Munawar Faruqui on YouTube The show hasn’t started. A stand-up comic, Munawar Faruqui, is rehearsing his lines in a café in Indore. A couple of his

  • India: Dec 15: Jamia attack anniversary0

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    • January 22, 2021

    In a Youtube LIVE, senior advocate Colin Gonsalves tells Teesta Setalvad how students and activists continue to be penalised by a vindictive state even a year after the attack 15 Dec 2021 Transcript Teesta Setalvad: In the Jamia case, your arguments finished four months ago. There are 92 testimonies. I believe that the petition contains the

  • Bangladesh clamps down on provocative Islamic sermons0

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    • January 21, 2021

    Church welcomes move to stem inflammatory and indecent speeches by militant preachers UCA News reporter, Dhaka January 21, 2021 Crowds attend an Islamic gathering near Dhaka in this 2015 photo. A senior police official said on Jan. 19 that popular Islamic gatherings will be censored to curb provocative sermons. (Photo: UCA News)   Minority leaders


  • Post-Trump World: Is Democracy Dying in America As Well?0

    by Taj Hashmi      22 January 2021 We know it’s fashionable to hypothesize that democracy is “dying” in the post-Cold War world. It’s true not only for some of the postcolonial democracies in the Third World and some “new democracies” Eastern Europe, but of late, seemingly, it’s also true about the United States. I

  • The Vaccine Politics in India0

    by Rajesh Kumar Sinha         22 January 2021 After a long and highly anticipated wait, the vaccine to fight against the troublesome Corona is out. After extensive trials and cumbersome regulatory approvals, it is out. It is being used since late December last year for various segments of the population in a few


    By William Milam January 22, 2021   Well, the United States has survived its first insurrection since 1860 and its first ever coup d’état attempt. So, perhaps, the title of this piece, a triumphal, partial quote from Homer’s Odyssey is appropriate. But the verdict on its veracity can surely only come in the generations to

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  • Year-end review: Emerging Challenges for South Asia

      by Rajesh Kumar Sinha       3 January 2020 The year 2020 has just ended. The year has been extremely calamitous for the whole world. Especially, the pandemic Corona Virus has created such an unfortunate state where economies, infrastructure, loss of lakhs of lives, job losses, and uncertainty has gripped the whole of humanity.

  • Book review: The Bhutto Dynasty: The Struggle for Power in Pakistan, by Owen Bennett-Jones

      The Bhutto Dynasty: The Struggle for Power in Pakistan, by Owen Bennett-Jones, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 27 October 2020, Hardcover,  320 pages, $28, ISBN: 97880300246674. By Arnold Zeitlin Owen Bennett-Jones’s account of a Bhutto dynasty reminded me that I enjoyed a rare, near-quixotic relationship with Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto during my time, September 1969 to April 1972, as

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