• Democracy in Bhutan: A Critical Assessment

    Democracy in Bhutan: A Critical Assessment0

    The tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan adopted democracy quite late. The country, after 100 years of absolute monarchy, was finally declared a constitutional monarchy with its first ever general election held in 2008. In the case of Bhutan democracy came from above. The fourth King is said to have willingly abdicated the throne in favor

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  • Progress through pragmatism in the Indo-Bangla relationship

    Progress through pragmatism in the Indo-Bangla relationship0

    The relationship between India and Bangladesh has long been characterised by contradiction and cooperation. Relations have tended to fluctuate depending on the attitude of the governments in the respective countries. For example, when Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) was in power in 2001-2006 the Indian side alleged that Bangladesh was harboring anti-Indian elements seen to pose

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  • Should Pakistan be granted an NSG Exemption?

    Should Pakistan be granted an NSG Exemption?0

    For some time now Pakistan has been arguing for an exemption from the 48-member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). At the Hague Nuclear Security Summit in 2014, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appealed to the international support to have access to civilian nuclear technology. Pakistan contends that it must be accorded similar rights to engage in

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  • Water and Disaster Management in South Asia: Threats to Peace and Security

    Water and Disaster Management in South Asia: Threats to Peace and Security1

    The statement of the UN Security Council identifying the impacts of climate change as a threat to international peace and security is most timely. Climate change has become not only one of the greatest challenges to international peace and security, but also the greatest emerging humanitarian and development challenge of our time. There is a

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  • Revisiting Hunger in South Asia

    Revisiting Hunger in South Asia0

    Hungry Kya? (Are you Hungry?) This widespread pseudo language phrase has been floating around in electronic, print and digital media besides being projected on billboards across South Asia. The advertiser, while using this phrase along with the image of a slice of a pizza, invites the attention of a section of population to the culture

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  • India and China as Rising Powers: Collision or Cooperation?

    India and China as Rising Powers: Collision or Cooperation?0

    The parallel rise of India and China is one of the most significant developments in the twenty-first century. It excites a lot of curiosity and speculation, on the one hand, and has immense theoretical and empirical significance on the other. The key question being asked everywhere is whether India and China will be rivals or

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  • Freedom of Religions in Semi Secularized Societies: Case of India

    Freedom of Religions in Semi Secularized Societies: Case of India0

    Many colonies saw a transition to industrial society in a half-baked manner. With the coming of the British in India, on one hand they introduced the modern industries, modern education leading to the rise of modern industrial, labor and educated classes. On the other the feudal elements continued and came up with politics in the

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  • State of Fear and Dwindling Citizenship

    State of Fear and Dwindling Citizenship0

    In the aftermath of the Peshawar tragedy in which 150 people, mostly school children, lost their lives, Pakistan has become a nation extremely concerned about security. The periphery walls of many schools were raised a couple of feet; some schools have installed cages around their entrances while others have hired police. As children returned to

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  • Addressing the challenges of population growth and regional security: the case of Pakistan

    Addressing the challenges of population growth and regional security: the case of Pakistan0

        A growing population affects sustainability on many fronts while its associated insecurities pose real threats to a country like Pakistan. In the modern age, increasing consumption and diminishing resources arising from more and more people on the planet is a political and developmental challenge faced by many governments around the globe. World population

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  • Disaster Risk Governance: A Study of Kashmir Floods 2014

    Disaster Risk Governance: A Study of Kashmir Floods 20140

     Satellite images showing landmarks of Srinagar,  before and after the 2014 Kashmir floods (from top to bottom: 1) Budshah Bridge across Jhelum river, 2) Bakshi stadium, the state’s first synthetic football pitch, 3) Triangular Park, Jawahar Nagar. Only rooftops are visible after the floods, 4) Intersection near Athwagan. National highways 1A and 1D went under water). The recent floods in

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  • An Analysis of the Condition of Bangladesh Female RMG Workers

    An Analysis of the Condition of Bangladesh Female RMG Workers3

        Though trade liberalization creates many opportunities for developing countries and their marginalized people—like low-skilled Bangladeshi women garment workers who got the option to work in the garment (RMG) industry to earn money for their family—it also creates vulnerabilities for them which are largely responsible for health susceptibilities, mental pressure, low life standards, etc.

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  • Pakistan’s Problems and Possible Solutions

    Pakistan’s Problems and Possible Solutions0

    Book Review: Pakistan: Beyond the ‘Crisis State’ ed. Maleeha Lodhi Dedicated to the resilient people of Pakistan who deserve a better future is the underlying theme of the book. Dr. Maleeha Lodhi’s Pakistan Beyond ‘the Crisis State’ is definitely an original and path-breaking contribution to the country’s centrist discourse on the multiple issues faced by

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  • Three Ways on How ISIS Can Make Inroads in South Asia

    Three Ways on How ISIS Can Make Inroads in South Asia0

      Recent weeks have brought a bevy of news headlines attesting to the rising profile of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in South Asia. The group’s literature has circulated in Pakistan, and its flags have been spotted in Kashmir. Several Pakistani militant commanders expressed their allegiance to ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Alleged

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  • Flashpoints from Indo-US Nuclear Deal for Business

    Flashpoints from Indo-US Nuclear Deal for Business0

    The India-U.S. nuclear agreement represents a $17 billion opportunity for Indian business. It will also help India secure fuel for its indigenous reactors, and contribute to cheap and plentiful energy. But a major concern remains—will these projects be efficiently executed? With the U.S.-India nuclear agreement clearing two major hurdles on 25 January—civil nuclear liability and

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