• Death of 1947 in Bangladesh’s Popular Memory

    Death of 1947 in Bangladesh’s Popular Memory4

    Introduction I have been exploring Bangladeshi newspapers and textbooks for school children to study how the partition and the end of British colonialism in India in 1947 is depicted. The objective was to conduct a qualitative content analysis to evaluate the significance of 1947 in Bangladesh’s official and public narratives. I intended to examine state-mandated

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  • An overview of South Asian Nuclear developments: View point from Pakistan

    An overview of South Asian Nuclear developments: View point from Pakistan0

    “You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.” – Ayn Rand (1905-1982) As long as some states have nuclear weapons, others will want to acquire their own. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has stressed that disarmament is the main way to curb the spread of nuclear weapons. But did these international bodies,

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  • India’s green energy; past, present and the future

    India’s green energy; past, present and the future0

    I. Background India’s green energy revolution is gradually picking up momentum owing to increased concerns for climate change and its impact on environment, human being, and above all a bigger concern for protecting mother earth for the future generation. India’s National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) 2008[i] proposed setting up 8 missions including the

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  • India needs to recalibrate its policies in South Asia

    India needs to recalibrate its policies in South Asia0

    The Nepali government’s allegation that India was plotting a regime-change in the young Himalayan Republic should make both nations think. Even as India has refuted the allegation, as in the normal, obvious course it would have, the Nepali envoy, who has ostensibly been recalled from Delhi, has contested it all, though from a personal angle

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  • Is Age Just a Number?

    Is Age Just a Number?0

    In late 1970s, the Pulitzer Prize winning historian Barbara Tuchman declared: “Of all the characteristics in which the medieval age differs from the modern, none is so striking as the comparative absence of interest in children.” So central is the question of child rights in the modern world that the presence of a highly developed

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  • Singapore And The ISB Arrests

    Singapore And The ISB Arrests0

    The recent arrests of an eight-man cell of Bangladeshi migrant workers calling itself the Islamic State of Bangladesh illustrates the reality and potential of the “insider threat” of transnational terrorism. The discovery of an eight-man cell of radicalised Bangladeshi foreign workers in Singapore calling itself the Islamic State of Bangladesh (ISB) is unsettling. It is

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  • Running scared of China

    Running scared of China0

    From all accounts, it was a major event – the conference of Chinese dissidents in Dharamshala, India. It brought together Uyghurs, Tibetans, Mongolians, Taiwanese and Falun Gong practitioners among 69 foreign delegates. Yet, for the otherwise proactive Indian as well as the world media, it was a non-event. As of now, very little is known

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  • Politics and legitimacy of news in Bangladesh

    Politics and legitimacy of news in Bangladesh0

    The importance of media in a democracy is well-known. The media in a democracy seeks to play the role of a fourth estate by informing and educating people about various aspects of state, including the functions of a government. Therefore, historically, whenever a government comes into power without the mandate of the people who it is

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  • The Lahore Attack: Limits Of Pakistan’s Counter-Terrorism Policy

    The Lahore Attack: Limits Of Pakistan’s Counter-Terrorism Policy0

    The devastating terrorist attack in Lahore last month has exposed the limits of Pakistan’s militarised counter-terrorism approach and signifies a revival of the Pakistani Taliban groups in Afghanistan. A comprehensive counter-terrorism policy and counter-terrorism cooperation with its neighbours are required if Pakistan is not to suffer from intermittent terrorist attacks. By Abdul Basit The Easter

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  • Indo-Pacific: US’ New Asian Pivot?

    Indo-Pacific: US’ New Asian Pivot?0

    On January 30, USS Curtis Wilbur, a US missile destroyer, went tantalisingly close (12 nautical miles) to Triton Island (which is a part of the disputed Paracel Islands) without any prior information to the countries in dispute. This is on the back of a similar move by the US in the South China Sea (SCS)

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  • CPM-Congress alliance in West Bengal makes perfect sense in terms of electoral maths

    CPM-Congress alliance in West Bengal makes perfect sense in terms of electoral maths0

    Even a few months ago, if one were to do election forecasting in West Bengal, few would have predicted any contest. The Trinamool Congress led by Mamata Banerjee was widely seen as the undisputed winner –  well on the way to repeat or even better the 2011 Assembly election performance that brought the once unvanquishable

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  • Climate change impact in Nepal

    Climate change impact in Nepal0

    Involved in drafting team of Intended Nationally determined Contribution (INDC),  Ugan Manandhar , talks about the document.” Nepal prioritizes adaptation but is looking forth to sectoral low carbon development options in its INDCs” he says. Manandhar is Deputy Director of World Wildlife Fund Nepal. He has been following negotiations as a government delegate since 2008

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  • Kanhaiya – Is Left’s Aam Admi Emerging

    Kanhaiya – Is Left’s Aam Admi Emerging0

    Kanhaiya’s recent remarkable speech in JNU and the series of interviews with prominent news channels aftermath reflect an articulate and an energetic politician in him. His much used Azaadi cry speaks of his urge for the inner social development in the country and fight against deeply embedded exploitation, disparity and perpetual alienation that millions of

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  • Partition 1947, an oozing wound

    Partition 1947, an oozing wound0

    • Blog
    • September 15, 2015

    The Partition of India created the two independent states of India and Pakistan. In the riots that preceded the Partition, the religious fury and violence that it unleashed, in the Punjab region, killed between 200,000 to 500,000 people in the retributive genocide. 14 million Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims were forcibly transferred between the two countries.

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