• Western Composers’ Love for Tagore

    Western Composers’ Love for Tagore0

    The year 2011 was the sesquicentennial of the birth of India’s distinguished polymath and Nobel Prize-winning poet Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941). The occasion was celebrated with great éclat not only in India and Bangladesh, but in cities and countries throughout the world where there are enclaves, large and small, of expatriate South Asians, especially Bengalis, and

  • A Presidential Power Struggle in Maldives

    A Presidential Power Struggle in Maldives0

    November in the Maldives marks the beginning of the tourism high season for which the chain of nearly 1200 islands in the Indian Ocean has become internationally renowned. As hordes of tourists arrive at Ibrahim Nasir International Airport – named after the country’s first president – its first democratically elected President, Mohamed Nasheed, will stand

  • De-limitation of the Bangladesh-Myanmar Maritime Border

    De-limitation of the Bangladesh-Myanmar Maritime Border0

      Bangladesh instituted arbitral proceedings against Myanmar under Annex VII of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in October 2009 in order to secure a maritime delimitation with Myanmar for its territorial sea, exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and continental shelf. Bangladesh filed the case both against India and Myanmar as it

  • India’s High-Wire Balance on Israel and Palestine

    India’s High-Wire Balance on Israel and Palestine0

    In recent years, India’s growing ties with Israel and its policy posture towards Palestine have been a subject of intense public debate both inside and outside of India. Supporters have argued that the shift in the orientation of Indian foreign policy, in terms of its changed policy towards Israel, bears the mark of “realism” and

  • Journalism in Bangladesh: A Stricken Path

    Journalism in Bangladesh: A Stricken Path0

    As the general population of Bangladesh switched on their television sets on the night of July 25 and opened their newspapers the next day, most of them were stunned by the news of an attack on 20 media personnel  at the hands of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) doctors and staff. The incident was at

  • Poetry and Politics at a Time of Transition

    Poetry and Politics at a Time of Transition0

    Turning and Turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart, the centre cannot hold: Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. — From

  • The Water Security Gamble in the Greater Himalayan Watershed

    The Water Security Gamble in the Greater Himalayan Watershed0

    Introduction   At the end of July 2012, India was hit with the world’s largest ever blackouts during which nearly 670 million people were without power. The lack of power for only two days brought one of the world’s fastest growing economies to a grinding halt, with financial losses estimated to be equivalent to 1.5% of

  • Displaced Rohingya at the Margins

    Displaced Rohingya at the Margins0

    This past summer marked a disturbing escalation of the persecution of the minority Muslim Rohingya population in Burma’s Arakan state. The Rohingya are commonly referred to as one of the world’s most persecuted communities – in their native Burma (now officially known as Myanmar) they have faced a slowly escalating complex of discriminations including forced

  • An Interview with Jeet Thayil

    An Interview with Jeet Thayil2

    Jeet Thayil’s incendiary debut novel, Narcopolis, reveals the drug culture of Bombay from the 60s to the present, with a lyrical, hallucinatory intensity both seductive and frightening. Drawing comparisons to the works of Burroughs and Rushdie, the novel has garnered plaudits for its stylistic invention and uncompromising portrayal of the vice teeming just below the

  • Washington’s Afghan Cottage Industry

    Washington’s Afghan Cottage Industry0

    In a paper written for the U.S. Institute of Peace, Noah Coburn, a professor at Skidmore College, noted that the United States and others in the NATO coalition trying to bring stability to Afghanistan have relied on warlords and powerbrokers that actually benefit from instability. As they skim off wealth because of the corrupt Karzai

  • Circling the Issue: South Asian connections to Tibet

    Circling the Issue: South Asian connections to Tibet0

    The town was under complete lock down that cold January day when two young Tibetan men ducked into the courtyard of a hotel, doused their bodies in kerosene and set themselves alight. Running out into the streets of Ngaba in Sichuan province they shouted “His Holiness the Dalai Lama must return to Tibet” and “May

  • Holding Serve: Tennis’ Leander Paes

    Holding Serve: Tennis’ Leander Paes0

    by MATTHEW CRONIN Leander Paes picks up the phone from his hotel room in Madrid, and with a song and a chuckle in his voice answers “city morgue.” I laugh and introduce myself. He lets me in on a joke, that after a long practice his doubles partner, Radek Stepanek, had said he would bring

  • Water Under the Bridge? Int’l Resource Conflict and Post-Treaty Dynamics in South Asia

    Water Under the Bridge? Int’l Resource Conflict and Post-Treaty Dynamics in South Asia0

    Fifty-four rivers traverse the border between India and Bangladesh. As such, these countries occupy a central position in the globally-critical discourse of international water governance and related issues, including global economic security, environmental migration, and natural hazards management.

  • Indian Non-Alignment in the 21st Century

    Indian Non-Alignment in the 21st Century0

    “But India is neither on the US side nor on China’s side, but has its own agenda,” remarked Chinese strategic analyst Wang Dehua recently while reacting to a statement made by an Indian Minister in Parliament about the number of border transgressions attributable to the Chinese in the past couple of years[i]. That agenda he


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