• Bangladesh: Can the Election Commission regain public confidence?0

    Shakhawat Hossain     17 August 2018 Elections were considered to be festivals in Bangladesh, but now are perceived as source of fear. As many have expressed their apprehensions regarding fair national elections in December this year following the massive irregularities in the latest five city corporation polls, the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda

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  • Independent but floundering: India after 71 years0

      As people celebrate across the country, questions remain about extreme poverty, inequality and religious discriminati A student in Chennai gets her palms painted with India’s national flag colors and map ahead of Indian Independence Day celebrations. The day is celebrated every year across India on Aug. 15 to commemorate independence from Britain in 1947. (Photo

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  • Indian PM condemns lynchings but critics say it’s too late0

      It is the first time in four years that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condemned violence against minorities Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures while delivering a speech as part of India’s 72nd Independence Day celebrations at the Red Fort in New Delhi on Aug. 15. (Photo by AFP) Umar Manzoor Shah, New Delhi

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  • India-China: Forging ‘Development Partnership’?0

    No. 137/2018 dated 16 August 2018 By P. S. Suryanarayana    16 August 2018 Synopsis China will be happy to have partners as it faces the United States in the emerging global trade war. With India seeking to break out of its geopolitical trap, there seems to be some room for a new ‘sense’ of

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  • Outspoken about Injustice, Bangladeshi Journalist Now Languishes in Jail0

    By Mahbub Leelen on Aug 15, 2018  Benar News Shahidul Alam may be a renowned photojournalist, but he is even better known, locally and internationally, as an outspoken activist for democracy and freedom of speech. Now he is imprisoned in Bangladesh for expressing his own opinions about a recent student uprising demanding road safety and

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  • Atal Bihari Vajpayee – the Quintessential No One’s Man but His Own0

    16 August 2018   Wire India Often called the ‘right man in the wrong party’, he accepted this sobriquet not because it was the true depiction of his political orientation but because it enabled him to ride two boats simultaneously. File picture of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Credit: PTI Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay Before he slipped out of the

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  • By the Numbers: Is Afghanistan’s Democracy at Risk?0

    August 15, 2018 By Mohammad Shoaib Haidary FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedInEmailPrintShare Today, the Taliban continue to fight government forces in Afghanistan, recently launching major attacks such as those in Ghazni and demonstrating the persistence of the challenges at hand. But recall that after the Taliban government was ousted in 2001, Afghanistan made great strides towards democratization, rebuilding its political

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  • The Price of Power: The Political Economy of Electricity Trade and Hydropower in Eastern South Asia0

    August 15, 2018 By Aditya Valiathan Pillai, Sagar Prasai FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedInEmailPrintShare Grand experiments in geopolitics often begin by cautiously testing new ways of doing things. Sovereign states calibrate and then recalibrate their visions by expanding and aligning interests with their neighbors, with the hope that the sum of what is achieved is greater than its parts. Recent actions

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  • VS Naipaul: a man who cast doubt on post-colonial liberal certainties0

    VS Naipaul after receiving the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2001. EPA Dilip Menon, University of the Witwatersrand No author in contemporary times more wilfully damaged his reputation with cantankerous observations as did VS Naipaul. He had extreme and contrarian opinions on the big issues of the day, from colonialism to Islam and the travesties

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  • Pakistani elections are flawed, but poor rural voters are taking control0

    Power to the people. Benny Lin via Flickr, CC BY-NC Shandana Khan Mohmand, Institute of Development Studies Despite being dogged by allegations of electoral engineering and vote-rigging, this year’s hotly contested general election in Pakistan should be – cautiously – celebrated. As a new government is sworn in, the country is marking a milestone in

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  • Bangladesh Detains 42 People in Expanding Crackdown after Student Protests0

    By Pulack Ghatack on Aug 10, 2018 07:30 pm Bangladeshi police have arrested at least 42 people in connection with recent mass protests demanding road safety, officials said Friday, amid growing international calls for the release of those detained, including renowned photographer Shahidul Alam. Law enforcement officials said they were on the lookout for “instigators”

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  • Bangladesh Agrees to Remove ‘Myanmar National’ from Rohingya ID Cards0

    By Kamran Reza Chowdhury on Aug 13, 2018  Bangladesh has agreed to a request from Myanmar officials to replace the words “Myanmar nationals” with “displaced persons from Rakhine state” on identity cards issued to Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, a Bangladeshi official told BenarNews. Dhaka agreed to the change during meetings this weekend in Myanmar

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  • The Taj Mahal is wasting away, and it may soon hit the point of no return0

    shutterstock. Carolyn Roberts, Keele University The saying goes that the Taj Mahal is pinkish in the morning, milky white in the evening, and golden when the moon shines. Though this may once have been true for the famously pristine marble monument, a mixture of pollution and poor management has now burdened the Taj with a

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  • Arrested and Killed: Inside the Bangladesh Prime Minister’s War on Drugs0

      With over 200 people shot dead by police since May, Bangladesh is the newest frontline in state-backed drug crackdowns in Asia. Rina Begum holds a photograph of her son Riazul Islam, alleged drug dealer who was killed by police in Tongi, Gazipur, Bangladesh, July 21, 2018. Photo taken July 21, 2018. Credit: Reuters/Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Files

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