• Under the influence of the “Left-Shoulder Djinni”

    Under the influence of the “Left-Shoulder Djinni”0

    [This is a modified version of the original, “The Yunus Affair: A Post-Mortem” by the author published in www.bangladeshchronicle.net on March 25, 2011 ] The inevitable has happened. May 12, 2011 will be remembered by some as a day of great victory, but by many others, perhaps millions, as a moment of national disgrace. On

  • Chameleon of Changing World Order

    Chameleon of Changing World Order0

    Ahead of Obama’s India visit, a psi-war stoking China-India divide manifested early November, 2010 in the Indian print media. Former US ambassador to India Robert Blackwill, currently the Henry Kissinger Senior Fellow for US foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, was quoted as saying “I think it's fair to say now that China-India

  • Accreditation as a Tool for Quality Enhancement

    Accreditation as a Tool for Quality Enhancement0

    Healthcare facilities and healthcare providers in emerging economies like Bangladesh operate with impunity. Besides some minimal licensing requirements, these facilities and providers operate largely unregulated. There are no benchmarks, no peer review and simply no accountability. The government licensing bureaus in most emerging countries do not have the resources or even the minimum education to

  • Regional Cooperation for  Energy Security

    Regional Cooperation for Energy Security0

    [Combined and slightly abridged from two separate papers presented in the Regional Seminar on Energy Security for South Asia organized by the Federation of Engineering Institutions of South and Central Asia (FEISCA) on the eve of 12th Convention of Nepal Engineers Association held on 12th April, 2011 in Kathmandu, Nepal.] The South Asia Regional Economy

  • Save the Rivers to Save Yourselves

    Save the Rivers to Save Yourselves2

    Rivers in any country are vital for the transportation, agriculture, recreation and livelihood of the people. They provide the riparian lifeline for plants, birds, fish, and animals living in the area, and for those stopping along their migration paths.  Each of these elements is significant to the economy of the eco-systems through which a river

  • Sharing Rivers for Peace, Security and  Development of South Asia

    Sharing Rivers for Peace, Security and Development of South Asia0

    [From “Facts and Documents” a publication of International Farakka Committee, New York on the sustainable management of Himalayan Rivers edited by Dr. Jasimuddin Ahmad and Mostafa Kamal Majumder] Continental South Asia (India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan) is the most populated region in the world with about one sixth of the global population. The population is

  • Rivers do not ‘Die’ but are Killed

    Rivers do not ‘Die’ but are Killed0

    [From “Facts and Documents” a publication of International Farakka Committee, New York on sustainable management of Himalayan Rivers edited by Dr. Jasimuddin Ahmad and Mostafa Kamal Majumder] River Conservation is not just a question of rescuing a river from pollution and contamination, but much more. There were some references to rivers dying, but in fact

  • Hydro diplomacy for regional cooperation over Himalayan Watersheds1

    [At a roundtable in the Rivers of Hope initiative at the Stimson Center, Washington, DC on April 15, 2011 Geoffrey Pyatt, Principal Deputy Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs commented at length as follows about the role of the Himalayan watersheds in U.S. approach to South and Central Asia.] Why are Himalayan Glaciers

  • South Asia Dreams & Global Economic Governance

    South Asia Dreams & Global Economic Governance0

    We are living in a time of unparalleled prosperity, fuelled in part by revolutions in knowledge, science, and technology, particularly information technology. This prosperity has changed the lives of many, yet billions of people still suffer from poverty, hunger, and disease. And now, several major crises have combined forces to bring even greater misery and

  • Message from Ambassadors Howard & Teresita Schaffer0

    We are delighted to welcome the arrival of the South Asia Journal. It could not come at a better time. South Asia is in the news, and at the center of U.S. foreign policy. This makes it more important than ever that the U.S. audience have many sources of serious information and reasoned debate about

  • Message from Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus0

    South Asia is a region that is rich in culture, possesses great human qualities and, is also endowed with numerous resources. Yet we have not seen the best of our potential. Even though we have many things in common and many things to be proud of as a group, we can still stand to make

  • Editorial – July 20110

    The region that now forms the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation is a consensual compact of eight independent states. The variations in their socio-cultural imprints are derived from enduring extrinsic and intrinsic attributes that coalesce and convulse in a matrix, insulated geographically by deep waters on three sides and on the fourth side “by


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