Ban on Pak Scholars Against Open Exchange of Ideas: Asian Studies Conference Organisers A political clearance letter from the MEA includes explicit instructions from the Indian government to not include any scholars from Pakistan at next month’s event. An image from 1947 showing the partition of books from India and Pakistan, at the Calcutta National Library.
Opinion – June 6, 2018 By Caleb Mills You’ll be hard stressed to find universal similarities in a nation populated by over a billion people, all with unique identities and cultures, spanned out over 3.705 million miles filled with diverse landscapes. But in China’s case, history has proven that nothing brings them together better than
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 If you only read Bangladesh newspapers, and news websites, you might think that the recent UK parliamentary report, “Bangladesh, Burma and the Rohingya Crisis” published by the select committee on international development was full of applause for Bangladesh. This was because all the newspapers which wrote about the report – including
Thursday, June 7, 2018 Sajeeb Wazed Joy, the son of Bangladesh’s prime minister has recently published not one but two extraordinary articles which not only denies that the country’s law enforcement authorities are involved in enforced disappearances – the picking up, secretly detaining and often killing of men in Bangladesh – but also that the
by David C. Mulford Thursday, May 31, 2018 We are faced today with numerous global challenges, many extremely dangerous because they are set within the context of a changing world order. Evidence of evolution and uncertainty is all around us. After decades of leading and shaping the world which emerged from World War II, the US
June 7, 2018 Kathy Kelly Here in Kabul in early June, outside the home of several Afghan Peace Volunteers, a large drilling machine is parked on what was once a lovely garden. To this now muddy patch, workers will soon arrive for another noisy, dusty day of digging for water. The well dried up a
F R Chowdhury, December 28, 2017 As we come to the end of 2017, I try to recollect the headline news of Bangladesh published in various papers. I can summarise them in a few major items: Deaths due to road/ traffic accidents; Mass rape and rape of minors; Extra-judicial killings and disappearances; and Rohingya crisis.
By James M. Dorsey Incarcerated for almost two months in a gilded cage in Riyadh’s luxurious Ritz Carlton Hotel, Saudi billionaire businessman Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal appears to be putting up a fight that could challenge Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s assertion that his two month-old purge of scores of members of the ruling family,
By James M. Dorsey Based on remarks at a 19 December 2017 NUS Middle East Institute seminar The Middle East being the Middle East, everything is interrelated. What happens in the region impacts Yemen and what happens in Yemen impacts the region. The crisis in Yemen, like many conflicts in the Middle East, did not
by Asanga Abeyagoonasekera “Yet you don’t have any democratic machinery—voting, and so on?” “ Oh, no. Our people would be completely shocked by having to declare that one policy was completely right and another completely wrong.” James Hilton, Lost Horizon The circumstances were right in 1933 for James Hilton to craft the image of
Dr. Nasir Khan, December 19, 2017 Islam, in Pakistan, has transformed from a multidimensional universal religion into an ossified and stilted cult of Islamism. How this happened has a historical context, beginning in 1947 when Pakistan emerged as a new state. The division of India at the end of the British Raj was only possible
By Habib Siddiqui One of the sinister methods employed to justify genocide has been to deny the history of the targeted victims. And that is what the criminal Buddhists within the apartheid state of Myanmar has been doing for nearly 70 years since earning independence from Britain on January 4, 1948. Instead of carrying out
By M. Adil Khan, Guest Editor 2018 has been an eventful year for South Asia especially at the political level. During 2018 several countries in the region have had their elections and these elections have altered their political pictures. In others preparations for elections are underway and yet in others sub-national elections and their outcomes
By Adil Khan and Habib Zafarullah* 4 December 2018 The 2018 Bangladesh General Election scheduled on December 30, 2018 marks the end of two consecutive terms of the ruling Awami League (AL), first ever by any political party since 1991, the year a combined opposition movement against a decade long dictatorship resurrected and re-introduced