• Atal Bihari Vajpayee – the Quintessential No One’s Man but His Own0

    16 August 2018   Wire India Often called the ‘right man in the wrong party’, he accepted this sobriquet not because it was the true depiction of his political orientation but because it enabled him to ride two boats simultaneously. File picture of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Credit: PTI Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay Before he slipped out of the

  • By the Numbers: Is Afghanistan’s Democracy at Risk?0

    August 15, 2018 By Mohammad Shoaib Haidary FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedInEmailPrintShare Today, the Taliban continue to fight government forces in Afghanistan, recently launching major attacks such as those in Ghazni and demonstrating the persistence of the challenges at hand. But recall that after the Taliban government was ousted in 2001, Afghanistan made great strides towards democratization, rebuilding its political

  • The Price of Power: The Political Economy of Electricity Trade and Hydropower in Eastern South Asia0

    August 15, 2018 By Aditya Valiathan Pillai, Sagar Prasai FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedInEmailPrintShare Grand experiments in geopolitics often begin by cautiously testing new ways of doing things. Sovereign states calibrate and then recalibrate their visions by expanding and aligning interests with their neighbors, with the hope that the sum of what is achieved is greater than its parts. Recent actions

  • VS Naipaul: a man who cast doubt on post-colonial liberal certainties0

    VS Naipaul after receiving the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2001. EPA Dilip Menon, University of the Witwatersrand No author in contemporary times more wilfully damaged his reputation with cantankerous observations as did VS Naipaul. He had extreme and contrarian opinions on the big issues of the day, from colonialism to Islam and the travesties

  • Pakistani elections are flawed, but poor rural voters are taking control0

    Power to the people. Benny Lin via Flickr, CC BY-NC Shandana Khan Mohmand, Institute of Development Studies Despite being dogged by allegations of electoral engineering and vote-rigging, this year’s hotly contested general election in Pakistan should be – cautiously – celebrated. As a new government is sworn in, the country is marking a milestone in

  • Bangladesh Detains 42 People in Expanding Crackdown after Student Protests0

    By Pulack Ghatack on Aug 10, 2018 07:30 pm Bangladeshi police have arrested at least 42 people in connection with recent mass protests demanding road safety, officials said Friday, amid growing international calls for the release of those detained, including renowned photographer Shahidul Alam. Law enforcement officials said they were on the lookout for “instigators”


  • Sri Lanka: What next after ‘Panda Bonds’?0

    Sathiya Moorthy     14 August 2018 Living beyond one’s means is something that parents, family and religion condemn in people. The West-induced ‘credit card culture’ aimed at promoting consumerism and with it the ‘capitalists’ near-exclusively, may have changed it all, yet more and more people are finding the truth in the ancient wisdom even more.

  • Pakistan General Elections 2018- Addressing the U.S. Concern0

    by Hareem Aqdas     13 August 2018 General elections were held in Pakistan on July 25th, 2018. The elections were held after successful completion of five-year term by the outgoing government. As a result of the elections, Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) – party led by ex-cricket captain turned politician, Imran Khan turned out to be the

  • The Uyghur militant threat: China cracks down and mulls policy changes0

    By James M. Dorsey      13 August 2018 China, responding to United Nations criticism, academic and media reports, and an embarrassing court case in Kazakhstan, has come closer to admitting that it has brutally cracked down on the strategic north-western province of Xinjiang in what it asserts is a bid to prevent the kind

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  • Bangladesh: Will this country become Pakistan or Kashmir?

      1. A political group is spreading the perception that the country will again become Pakistan if Awami League loses control of Bangladesh. They even suggested a label “Banglastan” for this supposed nation which transforms into an improvised Pakistan in the East. But symptomatically it appears to become another Kashmir, or in a classical sense

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