• Elections and the Bangladesh focus

    Elections and the Bangladesh focus0

    The election results of Assam and West Bengal generated two distinctive responses in Bangladesh. While the oath-taking ceremony of Sarbananda Sonowal led by the BJP government generated some apprehensions regarding the muscular BJP policy towards the sensitive issue of illegal immigration and the likely repercussion on bilateral relations, Mamata Banerjee’s re-election in West Bengal generated

  • 17 Days vs. 18 Years

    17 Days vs. 18 Years0

    This May, the two South Asian nuclear states mark the eighteenth anniversary to the first detonation of their nuclear devices. Pakistan and India celebrates national days in commemoration of Chagai and Pokhran-II respectively that established nuclear deterrence for both states. The explosion of atomic bombs embarked ‘overt’ nuclearization of South Asia albeit the aspect of

  • 5 Takeaways From U.S. Drone Strike on Taliban’s Mullah Mansour

    5 Takeaways From U.S. Drone Strike on Taliban’s Mullah Mansour0

    President Barack Obama has confirmed that Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Baluchistan this weekend, possibly Washington’s biggest counterterrorism triumph in Pakistan since the raid on Osama Bin Laden’s compound five years ago. Much about the strike remains murky, but these five things are clear: 1. The Taliban has been dealt a devastating

  • Remedying Bangladesh’s killing spree

    Remedying Bangladesh’s killing spree2

    Not selective justice but democracy and rule of law, the answer The spate of killings that have gripped Bangladesh lately and especially those that relate to the killings of atheist bloggers, a sufi, an alleged Islam bashing Hindu in a village and a homosexual and his friend (the homosexual, an employee of Dhaka USAID office)

  • Death of 1947 in Bangladesh’s Popular Memory

    Death of 1947 in Bangladesh’s Popular Memory4

    Introduction I have been exploring Bangladeshi newspapers and textbooks for school children to study how the partition and the end of British colonialism in India in 1947 is depicted. The objective was to conduct a qualitative content analysis to evaluate the significance of 1947 in Bangladesh’s official and public narratives. I intended to examine state-mandated

  • An overview of South Asian Nuclear developments: View point from Pakistan

    An overview of South Asian Nuclear developments: View point from Pakistan0

    “You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.” – Ayn Rand (1905-1982) As long as some states have nuclear weapons, others will want to acquire their own. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has stressed that disarmament is the main way to curb the spread of nuclear weapons. But did these international bodies,

  • India’s green energy; past, present and the future

    India’s green energy; past, present and the future0

    I. Background India’s green energy revolution is gradually picking up momentum owing to increased concerns for climate change and its impact on environment, human being, and above all a bigger concern for protecting mother earth for the future generation. India’s National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) 2008[i] proposed setting up 8 missions including the

  • India needs to recalibrate its policies in South Asia

    India needs to recalibrate its policies in South Asia0

    The Nepali government’s allegation that India was plotting a regime-change in the young Himalayan Republic should make both nations think. Even as India has refuted the allegation, as in the normal, obvious course it would have, the Nepali envoy, who has ostensibly been recalled from Delhi, has contested it all, though from a personal angle


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  • Asma Jahangir: The street fighter

    Asma Jahangir: The street fighter

    OBITUARY Asma Jahangir (1952-2018): The human rights icon from Pakistan was a feisty street fighter The renowned senior lawyer suffered from a cardiac arrest and died in Lahore on Sunday. Saroop Ijaz  11/2/2018 This article was first published on The Herald in 2016. Asma Jahangir admonishes police personnel at a protest against the Election Commission of Pakistan

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