• Modi’s Visit to Bangladesh and South Asian Perspectives

    Modi’s Visit to Bangladesh and South Asian Perspectives0

    Romance scored an undeniable victory over reality as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi left Bangladesh on June 7 with his mission amply fulfilled so far as India was concerned. However, on the other hand, the captivating siren notes of engaging friendship and high hopes threatened to subside into whimpering hopelessness for Bangladesh in the

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  • Conflicted Assam: Colonial integration and post-colonial disintegration

    Conflicted Assam: Colonial integration and post-colonial disintegration1

    Assam—one of the northeastern states of India, is a vibrant terrain but this terrain has hardly been studied in detail in the light of its boundaries as drawn by the British colonialists. The consistent tensions within the state, as also in the other states in the northeastern region, requires the need to contextualize the discord

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  • RTI for effective and accountable governance

    RTI for effective and accountable governance0

    Freedom of Information was recognized as a fundamental right by the United Nations at its very inception. In 1946, the UN General Assembly resolved: “Freedom of Information is a fundamental human right and the touchstone for all freedoms to which the United Nations is consecrated.” Enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the right’s

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  • Resurgence of Baluch Nationalism in Pakistan: How can it be explained

    Resurgence of Baluch Nationalism in Pakistan: How can it be explained0

    The subject of Baluch nationalism is a matter of major contention. Calls for Baluch independence far preceded the demands for a Pakistani state, yet they still remain unanswered. When examining the issue, often the very concept of “nationalism” is severely distorted and misunderstood. For instance, movements for independence are not always nationalist struggles. However, as

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  • How to Negotiate When Mutual Trust is Lacking

    How to Negotiate When Mutual Trust is Lacking0

    The long-enduring India-Pakistan rivalry is one of most fiercely debated rivalries in the international system. Since 1947 it has witnessed three major and one limited war (Kargil),  periodic military skirmishes along the border (both agreed and working), indefatigable acrimony over alleged interference in mutual affairs —  cross border terrorism (as India alleges) and support to

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  • Forgotten Heroes of Bangladesh

    Forgotten Heroes of Bangladesh0

    An examination of the historical and political circumstances that led to the proclamation of Bangladesh’s independence from Pakistan The declaration of Bangladesh’s independence remains controversial, partly because documentation is inconclusive. An earlier official proclamation came to light after a later one; while the later one is more firmly documented, the less firmly documented one is

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  • North Indian diasporic communities and their role in the city-making process

    North Indian diasporic communities and their role in the city-making process0

    If you visit the Gurudwara at Guru Nanak Nagar in Vijayawada on a weekend you’ll be greeted by a host of young Dakhani Sikh boys in orange head gears running around and playing cricket in the courtyard. These boys hail from poor families of Dakhani Sikhs in the villages of Warangal district in Andhra Pradesh

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  • Local Government in Bangladesh: The Quest for Legal Reforms

    Local Government in Bangladesh: The Quest for Legal Reforms0

    The history of local government in Bangladesh is extensive, yet it is still struggling for the right structure to work on. Effective local government can deal with local problems with less effort, less expense and less time. But in Bangladesh there is a huge harmonization gap among the different local and government actors. This study

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