• Authoritarianism marches on in South Asia2

    India acted similarly to Russia, as the hegemon of South Asia, doing what it wanted to because it could, writes William Milam by William Milam August 25, 2019 I promised friends that I would write more this week about the contradictions and trade-offs involved in governing countries which revere free speech but face internal extremist

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  • Bangladesh: Sheikh Mujib’s Stance on “Independent Bangladesh”: Sensational Revelation!1

    By R. Chowdhury 24 August 2019 (This is an updated version of the previously published one) Little is known about the 1971 jail life of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in Pakistan. It remained shrouded in mystery amidst various rumors and narratives. But Raja Anar Khan, who served Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the jails in Pakistan in

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  • Unending journey of Kashmir solution : Musharraf and Zardari0

    Dr. Rajkumar Singh 24 August 2019 In the history of Kashmir dispute, the year 2008 is important for various reasons. It witnessed the successful assembly election in the State of Jammu and Kashmir, change of guard in Pakistan but above all – the worst terror attack on 26 November 2008 in which Mumbai , the

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  • Prospects of forming an economic zone in South Asia and beyond0

    by N N TARUN CHAKRAVORTY 24 August 2019 There is a two-way causal relationship between international trade and economic growth i.e. trade stimulates growth and growth also leads to cross-border trade. The concept of regionalism in case of international trade came up and has been advocated by scholars not only for a greater utilization of

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  • India’s NFU Card0

    By Haris Bilal Malik 24 August 2019 The Nuclearization of South-Asia in 1998 marked considerable changes in the regional security dynamics. This also had a considerable impact on regional and extra-regional politics, the security environment of South Asia and the global nuclear order. Since then, India has gone through gradual shifts in its nuclear doctrinal

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  • India’s Quest to dominate the Indian Ocean0

    by Syeda Saiqa Bukhari August 24, 2019 The Indian Ocean Region (IOR) is widely regarded as the hub of global economic and strategic activities for several reasons. For instance, it provides the predominant outlet for oil from the Persian Gulf to various destinations across the globe. More than 80 percent of global oil trade passes

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  • No way home, no way out for Rohingya refugees0

    By Bertil Lintner, Chiang Mai August 23, 2019 Failed repatriation try signals a permanent and increasingly destabilizing refugee population in Bangladesh By Bertil Lintner, Chiang Mai Over 3,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh were supposed to return to Myanmar on August 22, a repatriation that was supposed to mark the beginning of a process to resettle

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  • Diverging Gulf responses to Kashmir and Xinjiang ripple across Asia0

    By James M. Dorsey 23 August 2019 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spreaker, Pocket Casts, Tumblr, and Patreon, Podbean and Castbox. Recent diametrically opposed responses to repression of Muslims by China, India and other Asian countries highlight deep differences among Gulf states that ripple across Asia.

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  • Development of Democracy in Modern Nepal0

    by Chandra Prakash Singh 23 August 2019 The winds of change began blowing in the thirties when anti-Rana organisations were formed and the Prachanda Gurkha in 1931, and the Praja Parishad in 1935. Several Nepalese leaders of the time including B.P. Koirala and D.R. Regmi took a very active role in Indian Nationalist movement and

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  • Modi-fying Kashmir and Historical Facts0

    By Muhammad Bilal 22 August 2019 The Modi government on 5th august 2019 revoked two key constitutional provisions — Article 370 and Article 35A — which gave the state of Jammu and Kashmir distinctive rights. India moved around 50 thousand military personnel into the valley to avoid any backlash, which shows that the Indian government

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  • Rohingyas: Repatriation Ensured How About Human Rights?0

    by Krishna Kumar Saha 22 August 2019 The first batch of Rohingya Refugees repatriation is scheduled to begin 22 August 2019. Bangladesh government has first provided a list of 22,000 Rohingyas but Myanmar reportedly verified 3,450 Rohingya for repatriation list. If everything goes well, they can start going back to their homeland, Myanmar. And it

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  • Revocation of Kashmir’s Article 370 and a Prognosis0

    by M. Adil Khan 19 August 2019 The backdrop On Monday August 5, 2019, Modi government abrogated Article 370 of the Indian Constitution that gave special autonomy status to Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and bifurcated the state into two Union Territories – Jammu and Kashmir; and Ladakh. The move has led to mixed reactions in

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  • Book review: The Wayward Daughter by Shradha Ghale0

    The Wayward Daughter is a compelling read that portrays a Kathmandu girl seeking out love, finding herself and her own life in her family’s journey through many trials and triumphs. By Neha Rayamajhi   19 August 2019 Shradha Ghale’s debut novel is one among many works of literature that pay homage to Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu. Unlike

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  • Bangladesh: Imprudence of the Prime Minister at the National Mourning Debate4

    R. Chowdhury 19 August 2019 On August 16, 2019, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was the chief guest at a “forced” Mourning Ceremony in Dhaka organized by her party Awami League. A few absurdities I caught in her speech, if I got them right. 1. The defeated forces in 1971 liberation war “killed” her father Sheikh

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