• 5 Takeaways From U.S. Drone Strike on Taliban’s Mullah Mansour

    5 Takeaways From U.S. Drone Strike on Taliban’s Mullah Mansour0

    President Barack Obama has confirmed that Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Baluchistan this weekend, possibly Washington’s biggest counterterrorism triumph in Pakistan since the raid on Osama Bin Laden’s compound five years ago. Much about the strike remains murky, but these five things are clear: 1. The Taliban has been dealt a devastating

  • Remedying Bangladesh’s killing spree

    Remedying Bangladesh’s killing spree2

    Not selective justice but democracy and rule of law, the answer The spate of killings that have gripped Bangladesh lately and especially those that relate to the killings of atheist bloggers, a sufi, an alleged Islam bashing Hindu in a village and a homosexual and his friend (the homosexual, an employee of Dhaka USAID office)

  • Death of 1947 in Bangladesh’s Popular Memory

    Death of 1947 in Bangladesh’s Popular Memory1

    Introduction I have been exploring Bangladeshi newspapers and textbooks for school children to study how the partition and the end of British colonialism in India in 1947 is depicted. The objective was to conduct a qualitative content analysis to evaluate the significance of 1947 in Bangladesh’s official and public narratives. I intended to examine state-mandated

  • An overview of South Asian Nuclear developments: View point from Pakistan

    An overview of South Asian Nuclear developments: View point from Pakistan0

    “You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.” – Ayn Rand (1905-1982) As long as some states have nuclear weapons, others will want to acquire their own. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has stressed that disarmament is the main way to curb the spread of nuclear weapons. But did these international bodies,


  • Afghanistan’s new approach towards Pakistan

    Afghanistan’s new approach towards Pakistan0

    Hamid Karzai, former President of Afghanistan, in his 13 year’s Presidency made 20 trips to Pakistan hoping Pakistan would help stabilize Afghanistan. Karzai knew Pakistan ISI’s non-state network backwards because he lived in Pakistan in early 1980s, operating with anti-Soviet Mujahedeen. As President, he even once said if US attacked Pakistan, Afghanistan will side with

  • Minorities in Indian polity

    Minorities in Indian polity0

    The UN Declaration on Minorities, 1992 brings out the need for special attention to the ‘national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities’. The Constitution of India, 1950 does not define ‘minorities’ or mention whom it considers minorities but provides in Part III that the cultural and religious rights of ‘minorities’ must be protected. The National

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