• Minorities in Indian polity

    Minorities in Indian polity0

    The UN Declaration on Minorities, 1992 brings out the need for special attention to the ‘national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities’. The Constitution of India, 1950 does not define ‘minorities’ or mention whom it considers minorities but provides in Part III that the cultural and religious rights of ‘minorities’ must be protected. The National

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  • Witness to history

    Witness to history0

    A visit to Dhaka can be an overwhelming experience — not just because of the traffic, pollution, congestion or humidity, but also due to its history. As a Pakistani, I felt remorse, guilt and shame every time I walked into the corridors of Dhaka University. The names of the students, intellectuals and teachers, who died

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  • Saudi-India-Pakistan Triangle

    Saudi-India-Pakistan Triangle0

    After years of considering Saudi Arabia as a major ally and economic benefactor, Pakistan may be on the verge of losing its erstwhile patron to archrival India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Riyadh last week for an official visit full of diplomatic significance. King Salman bin Abdul Aziz conferred the Kingdom’s highest civilian award,

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  • INDCs of Bangladesh

    INDCs of Bangladesh3

    After twenty years of international negotiations and many years of despair, like desert rain, the historic Paris Climate Conference has brought a long sought gift for the world – a global agreement to combat climate change. At the heart of this agreement, which will determine the future of millions in vulnerable regions such as South

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  • The Peace Building in Sri Lanka

    The Peace Building in Sri Lanka0

    The three-decade long civil war in Sri Lanka between govt. forces and rebel groups ended in May 2009, leaving behind several casualties, dead bodies, traumas, destruction of public utilities and civilian properties, and innumerable human rights violations. The country is now confronted with the post-war peace building process to restore the normal life in affected

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  • The RMG Sector of Bangladesh: Problems and Survival Strategy

    The RMG Sector of Bangladesh: Problems and Survival Strategy1

    This paper will examine the impact on the apparel industry’s growth and the performance of major apparel exporting countries with special focus on Bangladesh after the phase out of the multifiber agreement (MFA) on 31 December 2004. Almost all anticipated that removal of the MFA might lead to a dramatic drop in export from Bangladesh

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  • Indo-US Joint Strategic Vision: Implications for the Indo-Pacific

    Indo-US Joint Strategic Vision: Implications for the Indo-Pacific0

    The emergence of the Indo-Pacific as a region, which is distinct from the Asia-Pacific in terms of geostrategic significance, as opposed to it being a sub-region of the Asia-Pacific, is yet to happen. The cooperation between the US and India in this region has the potential to effect this much needed transformation. The due recognition

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  • Modi’s Visit to Central Asia

    Modi’s Visit to Central Asia0

    Prime Minister Modi’s forthcoming visit to the Central Asian States could prove a smart strategic and diplomatic feat by paving the way to overcome several predicaments that have so far stymied India’s role in the region. Though much time has been lost, reconnecting with the land of Sakas (Kushans) would be a useful national strategic

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  • Pakistan in search of political change

    Pakistan in search of political change0

    Across Pakistan concerned political news makers are crying wolf. Nobody can predict future – what is next after Sharif’s demise. The emerging political culture of ‘blame game’ is a no surprise to any rational observers of Pakistan’s modern history. It typifies what can go terribly wrong when the so called politicians turned egoistic authoritarian are

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  • Is Myanmar South Asia’s Perennial Troublemaker?

    Is Myanmar South Asia’s Perennial Troublemaker?0

    At a time when regional heavyweights China and India are pushing forward with connectivity in South Asia, developments along the Myanmar border as well as inside the country run counter to the region’s common interest, including Myanmar itself. In response to a deadly ambush carried out by the Naga rebel group, the Indian army engaged

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  • Cultural and economic determinism of affirmative action in India

    Cultural and economic determinism of affirmative action in India0

    “….What is equal is to be treated equally and what is different is to be treated differently, namely proportionately to the factual difference. […] the principle of equality before the law does not mean the absolute equality, […] but it means the relative equality, namely the principle to treat equally what are equal and unequally

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  • India Israel relations is at a watershed moment for pragmatism

    India Israel relations is at a watershed moment for pragmatism3

    Since coming to office last year, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s charm offensive to rejuvenate Indian foreign policy, if nothing the perception of it, has taken him to overlooked lands such as Fiji, Seychelles and Mongolia. He will soon travel to Central Asia, the “-stans”. The spree has changed the premise of myriad foreign policy

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  • Progress through pragmatism in the Indo-Bangla relationship

    Progress through pragmatism in the Indo-Bangla relationship0

    The relationship between India and Bangladesh has long been characterised by contradiction and cooperation. Relations have tended to fluctuate depending on the attitude of the governments in the respective countries. For example, when Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) was in power in 2001-2006 the Indian side alleged that Bangladesh was harboring anti-Indian elements seen to pose

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  • World’s strangest border between India-Bangla  is a result of a chess game?

    World’s strangest border between India-Bangla is a result of a chess game?0

    Parliament on Wednesday passed the historic Constitution (119th Amendment) bill, which will put in effect a four- decade-old agreement between India and Bangladesh to redraw their shared border. Some people have claimed  that the bill will resolve a border dispute between the two countries. This is not so. Unlike its relations with China or Pakistan,

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