• Strategic Restraint in India’s Foreign Policy0

                         Dr. Manoj Kumar Mishra    5 December 2021 A country’s conception of security may either be narrow/militaristic and response to security concerns maybe based largely on hard power or its conception maybe broad and response may vary from collectively working with others to mitigate the

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  • Bangladesh: Genocide, Independence and Islam0

          Rayer Bazar (Dhaka) killing field   By R Chowdhury   5 December 2021 “Fight against those who fight against you in the way of God, but do not transgress, for God does not love transgressors” –The Quran (2:190) The Pakistan military swooped on the unarmed people of East Pakistan on March 25, 1971.

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  • International Community must pressurize Myanmar to ensure the Repatriation of Rohingyas0

    by Jubeda Chowdhury      4 December 2021 The Rohingya issue is currently an important international issue. More than 1.1 million Rohingyas have taken refuge in Bangladesh since August 2017 due to genocide and ethnic cleansing in Myanmar. About 50,000 newborn Rohingya children are added to it every year. Earlier, the Rohingya had been subjected

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  • Middle Eastern autocrats sigh relief: the US signals Democracy Summit will not change policy0

      James M. Dorsey    4 December, 2021 The United States has signalled in advance of next week’s Summit for Democracy that it is unlikely to translate lip service to adherence to human rights and democratic values in the Middle East into a policy that demonstrates seriousness and commitment. In a statement, the State Department said the

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  • Bangladesh: For whom Section 401 tolls?0

    David Bergman December 2, 2021 Khaleda Zia, leader of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party in January 2017, attending a special court trying her on corruption cases that resulted in her receiving a sentence of five years imprisonment, that was doubled on appeal. Photo: Mohammad Ibrahim/Alamy Live News The Bangladesh government’s use of a highly potent legal

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  • America Should Bet on Bangladesh0

    A boat race on the Buriganga River in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Image source: Shutterstock    Bangladesh has major geopolitical value on its own merits, separate from India or any other country. By Anu Anwar, a fellow at Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences and a Ph.D. student at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International

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  • International award to journalist Nava Thakuria0

      by South Asia Journal     2 December 2021 The Geneva-based Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) has rewarded senior journalist Nava Thakuria, a resident of northeast India and a a long-time contributor to us (SouthAsiaJournal), for his relentless initiatives to safeguard the rights of media persons in the south Asian country and also defending the press freedom

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  • Sri Lanka in crisis: Repression, protests, and geopolitical tensions0

    By Asanga Abeyagoonasekera      2 December 2021 US President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping met virtually earlier this week to ensure competition between Beijing and Washington does not lead to conflict. The tensions over Taiwan, bilateral trade, Indo-Pacific security have escalated over time. The meeting came at the backdrop of warnings

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  • THE UNIVERSITY OF DHAKA: “Oxford of the East” or the “Mecca University?”0

    by M. Rashiduzzaman     29 November 2021 The patrons of the University Dhaka (then spelled as Dacca) steered the new institution with Oxford University’s academic model of a residential institution where the students would primarily live in the campus. And that move had strong reasons behind it. It was  a rebuff to the Calcutta University’s

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  • 10th NPT Review Conference: Critical Appraisal0

    by Ahyousha Khan    29 November 2021 The Nuclear Non-proliferation treaty entered into force in 1970, after two years of opening for signatures. In 2020 it completed its 50 years of entry into force and in the 1995 Review Conference, the treaty was extended indefinitely. Treaty was a grand bargain between nuclear and non-nuclear-weapon states,

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  • Testing the waters: Russia explores reconfiguring Gulf security0

    by James M Dorsey    28 November 2021 Russia hopes to blow new life into a proposal for a multilateral security architecture in the Gulf, with the tacit approval of the Biden administration. If successful, the initiative would help stabilise the region, cement regional efforts to reduce tensions, and potentially prevent war-wracked Yemen from emerging as

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  • India: Khalistan referendum-an analysis0

    by Zafar Iqbal Yousafzai    26 November 2021 Sikhs in the United Kingdom organized Khalistan referendum at Queen Elizbeth Center, London on October 31, 2021. The referendum continued from 9 am to 6 pm where more than 30,000 Sikhs voted in favor of free Khalistan. Gurpatwant Singh, the Secretary General of Sikhs for Justice said:

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  • India: The ‘Dharitri Youth Conclave 2021’, In search of ecological citizenship0

      Image source: https://www.orissapost.com/ by Bhabani Shankar Nayak      26 November 2021 The progressive Odia daily newspaper ‘Dharitri’ has organised ‘Odisha Youth Conclave on Climate Change’ while celebrating its 48th birthday on 24th of November 2021. In a profit driven mass media industry with its rent seeking family ownerships, it is rare these days for newspapers

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  • Qatari World Cup sparks healthy controversy across multiple issues0

      by James M Dorsey   24 November 2021 When seven-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton wore a helmet this weekend featuring the colours of the LGBTI Pride Progress Flag during the debut Qatar Grand Prix, he was challenging more than the Gulf state’s failure to recognise rights. So will the Danish Football Union (DBU), Denmark’s governing

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