• Pakistani terrorists made a big mistake: Modi0

    • Blog
    • February 15, 2019

    Indian PM says Jaish-e-Mohammed will pay a heavy price for attack on police convoy that killed over 40 By Saikat Datta, New Delhi A car-bomb attack in Kashmir on Thursday afternoon killed at least 44 Indian police and left many more injured. Officials said a suicide bomber drove a car laden with explosives into a

  • Indo-Pacific: One Region, Many Visions?0

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    • February 14, 2019

    14 February 2019 By Rajeev Ranjan Chaturvedy SYNOPSIS Diverse perspectives on the idea of “Indo-Pacific” are resulting in a lack of clarity on this concept. As a framework, the Indo-Pacific seeks to create a connected multipolar Asia that must be governed by commonly agreed international norms, rules and practices. But what is the Indo-Pacific? COMMENTARY

  • Bangladesh to Send Troops to Saudi Arabia under Defense Pact0

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    • February 14, 2019

    Kamran Reza Chowdhury, Dhaka, 2019-02-14 A man inspects bus wreckage at the site of a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in Saada, Yemen, Aug. 12, 2018. AP Bangladesh is to deploy hundreds of soldiers to Saudi Arabia for demining operations along the kingdom’s border with war-torn Yemen under a new bilateral defense deal between Dhaka and Riyadh,

  • India’s BJP issues vote-buying budget0

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    • February 14, 2019

    By Shashi TharoorFebruary 14, 2019 One sign that an Indian general election is imminent, and that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is readying its campaign pitch, is the government’s final pre-election budget. By tradition, it is an “interim budget” – a modest rollover of expenditures to see the government through for a few months

  • Bangladesh Minister Brushes Aside US Lawmakers’ Concern about Electoral Fraud0

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    • February 13, 2019

    By Kamran Reza Chowdhury on Feb 13, 2019 03:35 pm Bangladesh’s new foreign minister said Wednesday he was not concerned by a letter from a U.S. congressional committee that alleged fraud and other irregularities in last December’s general election. Minister A.K. Abdul Momen said the South Asian nation had the backing of the American government

  • Nepal’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission limps on0

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    • February 13, 2019

    by Renee Jeffery 12 February 2019 The Lowy Institute On 9 February 2019, the operational mandate of Nepal’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP) was due to expire. With neither commission having completed even one investigation into the tens of thousands of complaints filed by victims of


  • Profile of Province Punjab in Pakistan0

      Dr. Rajkumar Singh     4/4/2018 Background The name ‘Punjab’ is compound of two Persian words Panj (five) and ab (water) and was introduced to the region by the Turko-Persian conquerers of India and more formally popularised during the Mughal Empire. Punjab means “The Land of Five Rivers” referring to the rivers: Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi,


    F R Chowdhury      4/4/2018 In 1971, I was still a merchant marine officer. We used to call at Chittagong frequently but did not have much social contact in Chittagong. It was immediately after the liberation of Bangladesh that I joined the Chittagong Port Authority as a marine pilot. My official designation was Assistant

  • Authentic Leadership of Martin Luther King Jr.0

      by Asanga Abeyagoonasekera   4/4/2018   Martin Luther King Jr., second from right, stands on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn., on April 3, 1968, the day before he was assassinated. From left are Hosea Williams, Jesse Jackson, King, and Ralph Abernathy. (AP Photo/File)   “Our lives begin to end the day

  • China Moves To Counter Violent And Non-Violent Expressions Of Uighur Identity0

    By James M. Dorsey    3/4/2018 China is moving on multiple fronts to pre-empt in the short-term Uighur foreign fighters fleeing Syria and Iraq from reasserting themselves in Central Asia and longer term prevent the emergence of an ever more vocal Diaspora like what Tibetans have achieved. The multi-pronged Chinese approach involves weaving Afghanistan more

  • What Malala and the survivors of Florida gun shooting share in common0

      Michael Kugelman  April 03, 2018 This past week, 20-year-old Malala Yousafzai made an emotional return to Pakistan. Her four-day visit included meetings with friends, family, and senior officials, including Pakistan’s prime minister. Many Pakistanis applauded Yousafzai’s return. Some, however, did not. While she may have received a hero’s welcome, Malala is no national hero in Pakistan. A small but

  • Drukpa Ethnocentrism and Cultural Hegemony in Bhutan0

      by Mr. Rajeesh CS and Ms. Ashwati CK     3/4/2018 The word culture is commonly used for a number of different things. Most commonly, of course, it is used to refer to the customs and habits of an identifiable group of people. It has played an enormous role in the development of peoples, nations, and societies

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  • Blood and Soil in Narendra Modi’s India

    By Dexter Filkins A Reporter at Large December 9, 2019 Issue   The New Yorker  The Prime Minister’s Hindu-nationalist government has cast two hundred million Muslims as internal enemies. Prime Minister Narendra Modi presents himself as an ascetic economic visionary. He is also a hero of anti-Muslim bigots. On August 11th, two weeks after Prime

  • Arundhati Roy: It’s Hard to Communicate the Scale and the Shape of This Shadow Taking India Over

    November 28, 2019 Guests Arundhati Royaward-winning writer. She won the Booker Prize in 1997 for her first novel, The God of Small Things. Her second novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2017. Human rights groups are condemning the Indian government for carrying out widespread torture, extrajudicial

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