• Either Eat Grass or Confront the Bomb?

    Either Eat Grass or Confront the Bomb?2

    It’s amazing how academia (pretty much like any field) contains its share of pessimists and optimists who manage to polarize opinion. The caveat that needs to be understood, however, is from where the pessimism or optimism stems; whether it is Pervez Hoodbhoy’s proclivity towards nuclear abolition when issues of security in South Asia are raised,

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  • Then Why Call Bangladesh a Democracy?

    Then Why Call Bangladesh a Democracy?3

    When you hear Bangladesh in the international media what image pops up in your mind? Just another idiosyncratic South Asian democracy? Or a country of authoritarian rule? If you never thought that Bangladesh is not a democracy that is not your fault. In a global media where sweeping generalizations are ordinary, you might not notice

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  • New age of Indo-Mongolian relations

    New age of Indo-Mongolian relations0

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Mongolia on 17th May making him the first ever prime minister in history to do so. His visit to this sandwich nation is a part of the three nation visit which includes the high profile visit of China and South Korea. Usually Mongolia does not figure on the itinerary

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  • Sino-Pak Strategic Cooperation in Gwadar

    Sino-Pak Strategic Cooperation in Gwadar0

    F.S. Aijazuddin in his excellent book on Pakistan’s role in 1971 U.S.- Chinese rapprochement wrote that “Pakistanis love China for what it can do for them, while China loves Pakistanis despite what they do to themselves.” These lines have stood the test of time. In 1965 during the Indo-Pak war, Pakistan sought Chinese assistance and

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  • The Politics of Remembering the Icons of Anti-Colonial Struggle

    The Politics of Remembering the Icons of Anti-Colonial Struggle0

    If you live within the territorial limits of the Union of India, it is very likely that you were unaware of two important red-letter days in late March. You are not alone. Bhagat Singh was executed on March 23, 1931 and Shurjo Sen was born on March 22, 1894. Governments that utilise half a chance

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  • Federalism, the way forward in Nepal?

    Federalism, the way forward in Nepal?5

    The year 2072 of the Nepali calendar has brought a long waited consensus among the political leaders: first draft of a constitution holding the major issues like federalism and electoral process. It is disappointing to get a mere half unwrapped present. The ongoing discussion on the debated issues seems to lead nowhere until now. The

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  • Curing Afghanistan

    Curing Afghanistan0

    Three wise old men from South Asia with connections to Singapore have produced a book in which they offer a well-meaning, idealistic cure for the ills of Afghanistan that inadvertently may lead to a genuine solution in that troubled land. In a book entitled Afghanistan: The Next Phase, they suggest a formal association of 10

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  • Weakening the voices of the liberals in Bangladesh

    Weakening the voices of the liberals in Bangladesh0

    I am not a political analyst, a historian or an anthropologist. I am a common man, a Bengali Muslim, a Bangladeshi. How did my beloved nation of Bangladesh become so intolerant? At only 31 I am saddened that this is not the Bangladesh I grew up in. Like most families, we grew up with the

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  • Nuclear Parity Ensures Strategic Stability

    Nuclear Parity Ensures Strategic Stability1

    • Blog
    • February 17, 2015

    The latest SIPRI figures show that as of early 2014, the nine nuclear weapon states (NWS) possessed approximately 16,350 nuclear weapons, as compared to 17,270 nuclear weapons in early 2013. The United States and Russia hold 93% of total global nuclear stockpiles and both countries have undertaken much of these reductions. Under the New START

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  • After Peshawar, Pakistan Needs Moral Restoration, Not the Death Penalty

    After Peshawar, Pakistan Needs Moral Restoration, Not the Death Penalty0

    • Blog
    • January 23, 2015

      Injustice with Greater Injustice In December 2014, the massacre in Peshawar shook the conscience of many. Since the tragedy, the world has celebrated several holidays, including the end of a tumultuous 2014. In Pakistan, December is not only about the passing year but also about the birthday celebration of the country’s founder Mohammad Ali

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  • Is India a Level Playing Field for Investment?

    Is India a Level Playing Field for Investment?0

    • Blog
    • January 20, 2015

      Today, when India has made a comeback on the potential investment destination list for countries around the globe, it is vital to sustain growth for a market of this size and potential. Investment activities in India are no longer governed by the national policies or by the objective of attaining balanced regional development. Instead,

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  • 40-year-old India-Bangladesh maritime dispute resolved through UN Tribunal

    40-year-old India-Bangladesh maritime dispute resolved through UN Tribunal0

    • Blog
    • January 17, 2015

    ​ Overcoming a 40-year-old maritime border dispute? In the case of India and Bangladesh, it appears to be possible. The Arbitration Tribunal on the India-Bangladesh Maritime Delimitation delivered its ruling on 7th July 2014. The Tribunal was set up under the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, in the matter of the Bay of

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  • A Look Into What Just Happened in Sri Lanka #PressPollSL

    A Look Into What Just Happened in Sri Lanka #PressPollSL0

      Earlier this evening, I witnessed the inauguration of Maithripala Sirisena as Sri Lanka’s 7th** President, after one of the closest elections in the island’s history. Former President Rajapaska was trying for an unprecedented third term, thanks to the 18thamendment his party facilitated, allowing for unlimited terms. Elections were called two years in advance for a variety

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  • From Russia with Love: Panic, Fear and Instability

    From Russia with Love: Panic, Fear and Instability0

    • Blog
    • December 30, 2014

      There is now a full-blown panic and fear in the Russian markets that has hardly been reported in the Bangladeshi press. Perhaps it is because Russia is not a major trading partner, or people feel unaffected. The cause of the paralysed Russian economy may not be for the same reasons that keep Bangladesh humming

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