• Rise In India-Sri Lanka Tensions After Indian Fisherman Killed

    Rise In India-Sri Lanka Tensions After Indian Fisherman Killed0

    Rise In India-Sri Lanka Tensions After Indian Fisherman Killed Fishermen in Tamil Nadu, India. By Dr. Abdul Ruff March 8, 2017 Even as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an investment of Rs 12,000 crore to upgrade eight state highways to National Highways in his home state Gujarat as part of efforts to boost infrastructure

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  • Sunni ultra-conservatism and Western populism: Two sides of the same coin0

    Sunni ultra-conservatism and Western populism: Two sides of the same coin   Source: PakistanTribe By James M. Dorsey Two recent high profile events, Pakistan’s Super Cricket League (PSL) final and the Lahore Literary Festival, reflect the country’s struggle with the rise of militant Sunni Muslim ultra-conservatism. They also illustrate how militancy often serves illiberal Pakistani

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  • DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF DEMOCRACY – III

    DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF DEMOCRACY – III0

    DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF DEMOCRACY – III F R Chowdhury   I have already written two articles under this heading. I got considerable feedback from the readers. In general they liked it. Part – I dealt with relations between head of the state and head of the government. Part – II dealt with relations between the

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  • Bangladesh Development Model: Challenges of Sustainability

    Bangladesh Development Model: Challenges of Sustainability0

    Bangladesh Development Model: Challenges of Sustainability Abu Sufian Shamrat Introduction Since the beginning of this decade, the ‘Bangladesh Development Model’ (BDM) has been drawing an enormous attention for achieving remarkable success in reducing poverty and accelerating economic growth, pulling the country from lower income to lower middle-income country. Also, the recent visits of the Chinese

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  • Induction of MIRVs in South Asian Region

    Induction of MIRVs in South Asian Region0

    Induction of MIRVs in South Asian Region Photo credit: Herald, Pakistan Usman Ali Khan Successful test-firing of indigenously-developed submarine launched cruise missile Babur-3  by Pakistan is the sign of an imminent stabilizer in the region.  Keeping itself on the heels, the surface-to-surface ballistic missile test of Ababeel comes as an efficacious attainment of second strike

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  • Whither the Muslim World’s NATO?

    Whither the Muslim World’s NATO?0

    Source: Dawn By James M. Dorsey Controversy and uncertainty over the possible appointment of a Pakistani general as commander of a 40-nation, Saudi-led, anti-Iranian military alliance dubbed the Muslim world’s NATO goes to the core of a struggle for Pakistan’s soul as the country reels from a week of stepped up political violence. It also

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  • DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF DEMOCRACY – II

    DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF DEMOCRACY – II0

    A few days back I wrote the first article under this heading. In Bangladesh they often say with pride that they follow the parliamentary democracy in line with the Westminster. That is why my comparison has been mostly drawn with practice and procedures followed in the United Kingdom. I stated earlier that I visited no

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  • AFSP ACT AND INNOCENT KILLINGS IN KASHMIR

    AFSP ACT AND INNOCENT KILLINGS IN KASHMIR0

    AFSP ACT AND INNOCENT KILLINGS IN KASHMIR ADIL HAMID LONE A draconian legislation like the Jammu and Kashmir Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1990 and the concept of democracy do not go together. While democracy nurtures values of justice, equality, and fraternity, laws like the AFSPA are synonymous with injustice, discrimination, and hatred. The Armed

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  • Bangladesh – 10th Parliament Election and Lesson learnt0

    10th Parliament Election and Lesson learnt Kazi Rokibuddin Ahmed, outgoing CEC Sakhawat Hussain Elections are considered to be the building block of democracy. If that building block is weak, then the entire system remains fragile. Therefore election has to be legitimate. Legitimacy in any election is subject to a few conditions in which the process

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  • Bangladesh’s Submarines from China: Implications for Bay of Bengal Security

    Bangladesh’s Submarines from China: Implications for Bay of Bengal Security0

    Bangladesh’s Submarines from China: Implications for Bay of Bengal Security Nilanthi Samaranayake Synopsis Bangladesh’s acquisition of two submarines from China should not be narrowly viewed through the prism of India-China geopolitics. Rather, it should be understood in a wider context as a milestone by a modernising naval power in the Bay of Bengal. Commentary THE

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  • DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF DEMOCRACY

    DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF DEMOCRACY0

    Palace of Westminster, London DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF DEMOCRACY Government of the people, by the people and for the people (No. 1 of series to be published in the future) F R Chowdhury We all know democracy means “government of the people, by the people and for the people” as stated by Abraham Lincoln. But there

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  • Changing Homelands: Hindu Politics and the Partition of India

    Changing Homelands: Hindu Politics and the Partition of India0

    HARDCOVER $61.00 • £48.95 • €55.00, ISBN 9780674057791, Publication: April 2011 356 pages, 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches, 3 halftones, 4 maps Changing Homelands: Hindu Politics and the Partition of India A Review Paper BY Taj Hashmi   “Your history gets in the way of my memory. I am everything you lost. You can’t forgive me…

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  • Burma: Rakhine State Violence Could Be Crime Against Humanity – UN

    Burma: Rakhine State Violence Could Be Crime Against Humanity – UN0

    Burma: Rakhine State Violence Could Be Crime Against Humanity – UN Location of Burma. Source: CIA World Factbook. By UN News February 7, 2017 The scale of violence against the Rohingya community in Myanmar’s Rakhine state documented in a recent United Nations human rights report is a level of dehumanization and cruelty that is “revolting

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  • Nepal: Key Moment for Justice

    Nepal: Key Moment for Justice0

    UN and Donors Need to Back Accountability for Conflict Era Crimes It is time for Nepal’s political parties to prove their commitment to justice and truth. Brad Adams Asia Director   (New York) – The mandates of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the Commission on Investigation of Disappeared Persons (COID) should be extended

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