• How the Bangladesh government is making religious violence more likely

    How the Bangladesh government is making religious violence more likely0

    On July 1, Islamic State-backed militants opened fire in the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka, Bangladesh. After a standoff that lasted almost 12 hours, the six gunmen and 22 hostages were dead. This isn’t the first time Bangladesh has suffered from religiously motivated slayings. Since the start of 2015, militants have killed six secular bloggers and

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  • Why dropping “West” from “West Bengal” is a blow to our identity

    Why dropping “West” from “West Bengal” is a blow to our identity0

    Bengal without the prefix tries to invent a wholly-contained make-believe identity. The West Bengal state Cabinet has decided to drop West from the state’s official name and make it either Bongo or Bangla (and Bengal in English). The trigger for this renaming is the long-time problem that West Bengal faces at meetings convened by the

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  • IS THE STRIKE BY BANK UNIONS IN INDIA JUSTIFIED ?

    IS THE STRIKE BY BANK UNIONS IN INDIA JUSTIFIED ?0

    Nine bank unions joined together and organized a nation wide strike on 29th July,2016, which crippled the banking operations all over India. After the one day strike, the bank unions claimed that around one million bank employees joined the strike and it was a grand success. What do these unions mean by  success?  Do they

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  • Story of the Less Talked About Gender

    Story of the Less Talked About Gender0

    Something old, something new, something unconventional, something … transgendered? Racial equality. Religious freedom. Freedom of speech. These are the social justice issues that often come to mind when we speak of human rights. On the international stage, rights for certain communities are often disregarded. The transgender people in the developing world are one such example.

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  • Some Effective Measures to Counter Terrorism in Bangladesh

    Some Effective Measures to Counter Terrorism in Bangladesh0

    Politicians and law-enforcers in Bangladesh, from time to time, hype up both panic and complacency by publicizing the following: “terrorists everywhere” or “no terrorists anywhere”, in the country. The ambivalence is counterproductive to counterterrorism (CT) operation. The first and foremost requirement for effective CT is understanding of terrorism per se, that terrorists are not mindless

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  • China’s efforts to legitimize its nominee as the 11th Panchen Lama in Tibet

    China’s efforts to legitimize its nominee as the 11th Panchen Lama in Tibet3

    It is reported that Baingen Erdini Qoigyijabu who was recognized (appointed) by Chinese government as the 11t h Panchen Lama, started the Kalachakra ritual, which is a holy ritual and important rite for Buddhists for activating dormant enlightenment. The fact is that Baingen Erdini Qoigyijabu, a 25 year old man now, took over the position of 11th Panchen Lama with the

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  • Rehman Sobhan: Untranquil Recollections – The Years of Fulfilment

    Rehman Sobhan: Untranquil Recollections – The Years of Fulfilment0

    Book Review Writing history in Bangladesh always has been a sensitive activity, what with so many people hesitant to revisit their experience, especially during the war that brought independence to the country. Now the writing of that history has become risky with proposed legislation that criminalizes challenging myths of creation — like the numbers killed

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  • Should Pakistan Put All Its Eggs in the China Basket?

    Should Pakistan Put All Its Eggs in the China Basket?0

    How much is Pakistan really benefiting from its “all weather friendship” with China? In recent times, there has been a lot of talk that the China-Pakistan “All Weather Friendship” is at an all-time high. The strongest reiteration of this point has been the $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which is being dubbed by many

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  • The Poster Boy of Militancy In Kashmir

    The Poster Boy of Militancy In Kashmir0

    Burhan Muzaffar Wani -the face of young, revived and local militancy in Kashmir valley- was killed on 8 July by forces which resulted in an unforeseen law and order problem for the State apparatus and violent social unrest throughout Kashmir valley resulting in some thirty seven civilian killings and hundreds of injured -the toll still

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  • Pakistan Has Lost Its “Angel of Mercy”

    Pakistan Has Lost Its “Angel of Mercy”0

    In May 2002, police discovered the mutilated body of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in Karachi, Pakistan. When it was time for Pearl’s remains to be collected and prepared for the long trip back to the United States, the police who found the body didn’t undertake this delicate task. Neither did any other law

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  • Remembering The President

    Remembering The President0

    A year ago, India lost a visionary par excellence Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. For leaders of today, consider this fact: when he died he left no mansion, no car, no offshore bank accounts. Rather unusual for someone who was Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister, Scientific Adviser to the Government of India and then the Honorable

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  • Tibetans Should Keep Talking About Horror Stories And Future Vision

    Tibetans Should Keep Talking About Horror Stories And Future Vision0

    Tibetans living across the world as expatriates or citizens of other countries cannot but feel sad that world has, by and large, appear to be no more concerned that Tibetans have lost their motherland due to the aggressive onslaught of China. The present generation all over the world appear to be unaware of the horrible

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  • Intolerance shadowing liberal order in Bangladesh

    Intolerance shadowing liberal order in Bangladesh0

    Bangladeshi people are now living in an environment of constant fear as extremist and militant attacks have intensified and appear to be all around them. Being carried out in what appears to be an incessant fashion, the liberal democratic fabric of Bangladesh is under considerable threat as religious minorities, non-Muslim priests, foreigners, bloggers, atheists, academics,

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  • No ambiguity this time

    No ambiguity this time0

    Although some Bangladeshi politicians till the recent past had been in a denial mode about the presence of any ISIS elements in the country, the latest terror attack in Bangladesh has spelled out with no ambiguity that it was ISIS, which was behind the killing of 28 people at the Holey Artisan café at Gulshan,

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