• The rise of Islamism in Bangladesh0

    Rashed Nabi     13 August 2018 Islamism in Bangladesh is rising precipitously. It is permeating every aspect of life and has taken root as much in urban centers as in rural communities. Everywhere – from modern business office to daily social life – Islamic codes tend to exert authority. Burqa and hijab-wearing women who vow

  • Yemen war challenges Saudi moral authority0

    By James M. Dorsey     12 August 2018 Saudi conduct of its ill-fated war in Yemen coupled with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s alignment with the Trump administration and Israel, and his often coercive approach to diplomatic relations, has opened the door to challenges of the kingdom’s moral leadership of the Sunni Muslim world, a

  • Post-Karunanidhi, Tamil Nadu politics hit uncertain times0

    Post-Karunanidhi, Tamil Nadu politics hit uncertain times N Sathiya Moorthy  8 August 2018 The death of nonagenarian Muthuvel Karunanidhi, the longest-serving ‘elected party chief’ in the democratic world, owing to age-related problems removes from the face of not just native Tamil Nadu but the nation as a whole, a part of its contemporary history, as much

  • Sri Lanka: Greed, gimmick or confidence0

      N Sathiya Moorthy  10 August 2018 At a recent meeting, with envoys appointed when he was in office for 10 long years (2005-15), former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has sought their inputs for framing the nation’s foreign policy under a future government. By implication, it indicates his desire, hope and or confidence of staging a come-back;

  • Saudi Arabia and Iran woo incoming Pakistani prime minister0

    Credit: MPC Journal By James M. Dorsey An offer by a Saudi-backed bank to lend financially strapped Pakistan US$4 billion is likely intended to bolster Saudi influence when former international cricket player Imran Khan is sworn in in the coming week as the South Asian country’s next prime minister. The offer was most immediately related

  • Why India’s Afghan Strategy Proved Fledgling0

    Dr. Manoj Kumar Mishra     9 August 2018 Afghanistan was a neighbor of undivided India and shared long historical, cultural and political contacts. While the emergence of Pakistan with its anti-Indian identity to the west of India complicated the bilateral relationship, India’s efforts at improving ties with Afghanistan fell short of Afghan expectations. India’s role

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  • Indian-American Hindutva believers are ecstatic about India’s court decision on Babri Masjid

    By Bhargavi Kulkarni and Suman Guha Mozumder Nov 12, 2019 The Nov. 9 verdict of the Supreme Court that granted Hindus permission to build a Ram temple at the centuries-old Ayodhya holy site, ending one of the country’s most politically-charged land disputes, has evoked a mixed reaction from Indian-Americans. The Hindu-American community and those supporting

  • India’s Narendra Modi has had a free pass from the west for too long

    Threats to minority rights and democratic norms are ignored to preserve a comforting illusion Gideon Rachman November 11 2019 The Financial Times The world’s democracies are desperate to believe in India. From Washington to Tokyo, and from Canberra to London, the country is viewed as an indispensable counterbalance to China. The two Asian giants are

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