• Revamping Quad: What It Means For Regional Security?0

    Khawaja Dawood Tariq     3 April 2021 After nearly a decade of inactivity, quite recently ‘Quadrilateral Security Dialogue’ (Quad) has somehow created considerable hype in the international arena. It has been flaunted by many as something resembling an attempt at make-believe Asian NATO, created to counter China. Quad has been transformed from an informal consultative

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  • Locating teaching as an activity in revisiting education in India0

    by Mayank Mishra     3 April 2021 The cut-offs for admission in one of the most prestigious Delhi universities garner headlines annually. What was different this year is the normalisation of 100 percent cut-off on different subjects in top colleges. The competition getting fiercer can be attributed to the phenomenon where around 500 odd students

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  • To stay, or not to stay: US’s Afghan peace deal0

    Informal settlements in Kabul Afghanistan on a hill. Shutterstock by Rajarshi Chakraborty       3 April 2021 Following so many speculations on the Afghan peace deal, US president Joe Biden has taken a completely different path in one of the most compound foreign policy challenges of the US government. In a secret letter to Asraf

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  • Bangladesh: Declaration of Independence and Falsehood! 0

      by R Chowdhury    28 March 2021   “He who indulges in falsehood will find the paths of Paradise shut to him,” Hazrat Abu Bakr, the First Islamic Caliph. The Declaration of Independence “I, Major Ziaur Rahman, Provisional Head of the Government, do hereby declare Bangladesh’s Independence. …. I call upon all Bengalis to rise

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  • China signals possible greater Middle East engagement0

    By James Dorsey      28 March 2021 Two initiatives send the clearest signal, yet, that China may be gearing up to play a greater political role in the Middle East. Touring the region this week, Foreign Minister Wang Yi laid out five principles Middle Eastern nations would need to adopt to achieve a measure of regional stability.

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  • Bangladesh at 50: The battle of competing narrative0

    Two narratives compete to dominate descriptions of the country — one positive, one negative. Both are right. David Bergman March 25, 2021 Rickshaw drivers with their passengers on the streets of Dhaka, the country’s capital city. Photo: Orjan Ellingvag/ Alamy Stock Photo 2021 marks Bangladesh’s 50th year of independence. Although independence was actually realised with the

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  • Will Biden Trust India in His South Asian Strategy to Contain China?  0

    by Kazi Emdadul Haq         21 March 2021 It has been a continuing exciting discussion among the interlocutors as to what would be the Joe Biden’s policy towards South Asia, especially after former US President Donald Trump’s assertive policy towards India to contain China’s inexorable rise.  Lately, this region has become hotspots of

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  • Playing US politics: Saudi Arabia targets Middle America0

    by James Dorsey   25 March 2021 Amid Washington chatter about the future of US-Saudi relations, the kingdom has launched an unprecedented public diplomacy campaign to marshal business and grassroots support beyond the Beltway to counter anti-Saudi sentiment in the Biden administration and Congress. To do so, the Saudi embassy in Washington has hired a lobbying

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  • Despite negative vote, Sri Lanka gets time at UNHRC, India ties a breather0

    N Sathiya Moorthy     24 March 2021 As expected, the UNHRC has voted against Sri Lanka on a resolution moved by the Core Group, headed by the UK and which included Germany and Canada. But, it has technically given Colombo time till September 2023 to make amends for past laxity and/or adamancy. Again, as expected, India abstained

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  • Bangladesh: I am Zia Speaking0

                       I am Zia Speaking  “In that case, we revolt,” Major Ziaur Rahman (March 25, 1971)    Zia is enmeshed in every paddy sheaf of Bangladesh. From every nook and corner, a voice continues to ring: I am Zia speaking.[I]   By R Chowdhury     25 March

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  • Karkidakam in Kerala: The spectacle of Climate Change in South India0

      by Ajmal Khan A.T    24 March 2021  The south Indian state of Kerala has become one of the laboratories of the impacts of climate change in India over the past few decades. Looking at the changes in temperature, observed changes and experiences from the state, this article shows the peculiar vulnerability of Kerala

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  • The birth of Bangladesh and nationality question in South Asia0

    Subho Basu  March 24, 2021 B Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman delivering his speech on March 7, 1971 26 March 1971 is a significant date in South Asian subcontinent not simply because Bengali majority of Pakistan decided to assert a right to secede in the face of brutal military crackdown but also because the very fundamental

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  • RETRIEVING HISTORY FROM CONTEMPORARY BOOKS, ESSAYS AND ORAL NARRATIVES0

      ISBN-13: 978-1433183195  2021, Peter Lang, NYC ISBN-13: 978-1433166525    2019, Peter Lang, NYC   Author: Mohammad Rashiduzzaman      Between the Two Partitions of Bengal  (1905 & 1947) This is a fused essay—a review of contemporary volumes/essays on British India and Colonial Bengal as well as the oral narratives of that yore combined with

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  • India Dreads Pakistan-China-Turkey Axis0

    Amber Afreen Abid         22 March 2021 The right to use safe nuclear technology is of immense significance for the states which possess nuclear technology. It requires safe practice of nuclear technology and nuclear-related technologies and materials with complete public confidence. The nuclear safety and security hold great significance for Pakistan, as it

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