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  • Supporters demand release of Sri Lankan Buddhist monk0

    Fellow monks claim govt trying to silence leader of hard-line Sinhalese nationalist group ‘Buddhist Power Force’ Buddhist monks stage a peaceful protest in Colombo on June 18 seeking the release of Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera from prison. He was ordered to serve six months of rigorous imprisonment and pay damages for threatening the wife of a missing journalist. (Photo by Quintus Colombage/ucanews.com).

  • India’s Strategy of Connectivity and Autonomy0

    By P S Suryanarayana     12/6/2018 Synopsis China and Russia’s outreach towards Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has created space for him to explore a new ‘Connect East’ strategy towards ASEAN and seek nuanced ‘strategic autonomy’ in engaging big powers. Commentary RESPONDING TO China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in Southeast Asia, Indian Prime Minister

  • BJP ready to play religious card in Indian election0

    Coalition government in Muslim-majority Jammu and Kashmir state collapses after pro-Hindu party withdraws its support Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti speaks during a press conference after submitting her resignation in Srinagar on June 19. (Photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP) ucanews.com reporter, New Delhi  India June 21, 2018 The government in Muslim-majority Jammu and Kashmir state has collapsed

  • Trump, Kim and the China Factor0

    A summit with the US president boosted standing for North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. China, not part of the summit, advises Kim from the sidelines – China’s President Xi Jinping, in office since 2013, only agreed to meet Kim after Trump accepted the summit invitation in March. Kim has since met with Xi three times. Lowell

  • Pakistan: Will The Tail Wag The Dog? 0

     June 18, 2018 SATP   By Ajit Kumar Singh* For decades now, the Pakistan establishment, including both political parties and the military leadership in pursuit of their own agendas, have propped up and exploited Islamist extremist and terrorist formations. Increasingly, however, these radical groups are realizing their own power and capacity for mass mobilization and, instead

  • Rohingya Leader Killed in Bangladesh Refugee Camp: Police0

    Kamran Reza Chowdhury, Jesmin Papri and Abdur Rahman Dhaka and Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh 2018-06-19 A Rohingya volunteer guides fellow refugees upon their arrival at the Balukhali refugee camp in Ukhia, a sub-district of Cox’s Bazar district in southeastern Bangladesh, Jan. 21, 2018.  AP A Rohingya leader who had criticized ARSA insurgents and often interacted with

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  • Bangladesh: Comprehensive Response Required to Complex Displacement Crisis

    Bangladesh: Comprehensive Response Required to Complex Displacement Crisis0

    Executive summary During the 20th century, millions of people were forced to flee their homes in what is now Bangladesh. They were displaced both within the territory and to neighbouring areas by different triggers. As of January 2015, IDMC estimates that at least 431,000 people were displaced in the country as a result of conflict

  • What Obama Wants From India

    What Obama Wants From India0

      After George W. Bush, Barack Obama becomes the second US president to bet big on India. He may be the first who won’t be disappointed. Presidents of the United States do not generally change the date of their State of the Unionaddress. This year, US President Barack Obama did so because he will be

  • Optimistic, But also Realistic about U.S.-India Relations

    Optimistic, But also Realistic about U.S.-India Relations0

    It pays to be optimistic about U.S.-India relations, but also realistic. One year ago, the Devyani Khobragade affair plunged the U.S.-India relationship into deep crisis. Then, several months later, Indians elected a new national leader who had effectively been banned from visiting the United States in years past. Given these troubles, the progress in bilateral

  • Religion, Politics and Violence: Paris, Across the World to South Asia

    Religion, Politics and Violence: Paris, Across the World to South Asia0

      Massacre of hundreds of children in Peshawar by Pakistani Taliban, the atrocities: murders-kidnappings by Boko Haram, an Islamist group and the attack on Paris cartoon magazine Charlie Hadbo killing 16, have occurred in a short span of few months. The popular perception of relationship between violence and Islam got a further boost. The phrase

  • Sri Lanka: Will Rajapaksa Return?

    Sri Lanka: Will Rajapaksa Return?0

      It was hopped that the Madamulana Reich had fallen and that a new leader had come to power as I predicted moment after the announcement was made by a then minister, now the President, of his willingness to be the Common Candidate. Defeating the Rajapaksa administration, or Madamulana ‘Reich’ was the result of collective

  • India’s Journey of Emissions Reduction in 2015

    India’s Journey of Emissions Reduction in 20150

      The Policy Outlook Indian policymakers have long used India’s poverty as an excuse to not take concrete action on climate change. Limiting carbon emissions is a costly proposition, they argue, and these costs will impede development and push the common man further into poverty. As a result, unlike the developed countries of the west,

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  • Indian Politics: — Modi Returns!

    by Nilofar Suhrawardy 25 May 2019 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s stunning victory in Indian parliamentary elections marking return of Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister have raised apprehensions of it spelling danger signals for Indian secularism as well as democracy. Undeniably, Modi’s term, from 2014 to present, has been marked by saffronization of certain institutions

  • Unforgettable Zia, As I Knew Him

    By R Chowdhury 23 May 2019 Following my escape from Pakistan Army in 1971, I was posted to Z Force of Colonel Ziaur Rahman in the eastern theater of the Bangladesh liberation war. The nearly 20-day journey took me from Lahore to Khem Karan to Rajoke to Ferozepur to Delhi to Kolkata to Agartala and

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