• Bangladesh And The Luxury Of Choice0

    “Choice is an illusion created between those with power and those without.” ~Karl Marx Sabria Chowdhury Balland 19 August 2019 Choices are for the privileged. There is an adage which states, “Beggars can’t be chosers”. In other words, only the privileged, the wealthy and the powerful are entitled to having choices. Hobson’s choice is defined

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  • Was India Behind 2009 Border Guards Massacre in Bangladesh?0

    August 17, 2019 B.Z. Khasru Public speculation by many, including the prime minister herself, termed the tragedy as an external conspiracy. One explanation for the mutiny was that the rebel soldiers opened fire on their officers when they dismissed appeals for better pay. The viciousness of the mutiny convinced many Bangladeshis that something more than

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  • Will ‘all roads’ to Colombo lead from H’tota?0

    N Sathiya Moorthy 18 August 2019 For Sri Lankans who might have been complaining that under the 10-year Rajapaksa presidency, only native Hambantota got into the news (maybe for the wrong reasons), here is the current catch. Should Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s UNP fields party deputy and Housing Minister Sajith Premadasa, even if reluctantly, then

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  • Sri Lanka’s Maritime Security Dilemma0

    August 16, 2019 by Natasha Fernando Within the broad category of maritime security—which encompasses dealing with piracy, terrorism, territorial disputes, trafficking, and natural disasters—an emerging global trend is the push for naval modernization. Naval modernization refers to how states improve naval capabilities by upgrading equipment and assets and apply modern military technology to the maritime

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  • Kashmir: Revoking Article 370: Why now?1

     Ali Riaz 16 August 2019 More than a week has passed since Articles 370 and 35A of the Indian constitution have been scrapped by the Narendra Modi-led BJP government. The complete communication lockdown in Kashmir, imposed in the wake of the abrogation, is still in place; curfew is yet to be lifted in some places; leaders

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  • Kashmir Crisis Forebodes a New World Order in the Making0

    by James M. Dorsey 15 August 2019 India’s decision to deprive Kashmir of its autonomy, alongside a clampdown in the troubled north-western Chinese province of Xinjiang and US-backed Israeli annexation of Arab land, is the latest indication of what a new world order led by civilisational leaders may look like. In dealing with recent conflicts,

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  • Partition of India: One US Diplomat’s Notes0

    August 10, 2019 B.Z. Khasru Was Jinnah Hindu? U.S. Favored United Indi. Muslim League Distrusted Congress. How Nehru Could Prevent Partition. The Partition of India in 1947 by Britain to create two independent countries wreaked havoc in human lives and miseries. It killed two million people, according to various estimates, and displaced 14 million. Its

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  • Decoding the Rajapaksa-ticket0

    N Sathiya Moorthy e 12 August 2019 As expected, Mahinda Rajapaksa has named brother and his war-time Defence Secretary Gota Rajpaksa as his SLPP-JO’s presidential candidate. Equally predicted was his becoming the prime ministerial nominee of the combine. The latter announcement, more than the former, has the potential to rock the rival UNP of Prime Minister

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  • Security Architecture In The Gulf: Troubled Prospects0

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (Wikimedia Commons) by James M. Dorsey 14 August 2019 Russia, backed by China, hoping to exploit mounting doubts in the Gulf about the reliability of the United States as the region’s sole security guarantor, is proposing a radical overhaul of the security architecture in an area that is

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  • India: In search of lasting peace with China and Pakistan0

    The Prime focus of India’s foreign policy has always been to maintain good relationship with neighbours. The issues before our policy makers are to satisfy the national needs of peace, security and development and at the same time to face the challenges posed by our neighbours like Pakistan and China. Kashmir problem and border issues

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  • Globalization of the Twin-Ideas of Nation-state and Democracy0

    Dr. Manoj Kumar Mishra 13 August 2019 The international normative order has been shaped by the values of powerful states which in turn casts its impact on individual states in the long-term. Colonialism was opposed by the third world countries (then colonies) as an oppressive alien western institution. However, the nation-state model, first developed in

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  • The Kashmir crisis spotlights what a civilizational world looks like0

    By James M. Dorsey 12 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. India’s decision to deprive Kashmir of its autonomy, alongside a clampdown in the troubled north-western Chinese province of Xinjiang and US-backed Israeli annexation of Arab

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  • Ultranationalist Hindu Guru’s Vision Guides India’s Kashmir Move0

    August 11, 2019 B.Z. Khasru Modi has taken a dangerous step. In Savarkar’s Hindudom, the Muslims and the Christians were less than welcome. Modi shows anti-Muslim bias. India is back to square one, thanks to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s move Monday to scrap special political rights for a Muslim-majority state in the Hindu-dominated country. The

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  • Exceptionalities of Bangladesh development: What are the contributing factors?0

    N N TARUN CHAKRAVORTY 12 August 2019 For two reasons development in Bangladesh has received applause from the global community: improvements in its human/social development indicators are exceptionally higher than the same income-level countries’ including India and Pakistan, and this development has been achieved despite its poor governance.  It is surprising because its GDP per

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