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  • Bangladesh Is Booming. Don’t Believe the Negative Hype0

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    • January 27, 2019

    Sumit Ganguly’s recent FP article branded Bangladesh’s election a debacle. Dhaka’s ambassador to the United States begs to differ. BY MOHAMMAD ZIAUDDIN | JANUARY 24, 2019   Foreign Policy Magazine Foreign Policy’s Jan. 7 article titled “The World Should Be Watching Bangladesh’s Election Debacle” is an inaccurate and unfair portrayal of Bangladesh’s recent election. The article is wrong when it asserts

  • The World Should Be Watching Bangladesh’s Election Debacle0

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    • January 27, 2019

    The ruling party is making a mockery of the electoral process, pandering to Islamic extremists, and turning the country into an authoritarian state BY SUMIT GANGULY | JANUARY 7, 2019   Foreign Policy Magazine On Dec. 30, 2018, Bangladesh held its 11th national election since becoming independent in 1971. The questionable results ended in a sweeping victory for the ruling

  • Writer Gita Mehta declines Padma Shri, says ‘timing may be misconstrued’ due to upcoming elections0

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    • January 26, 2019

    She is the sister of Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik and wrote ‘The Karma Cola’. Author Gita Mehta, who is the sister of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, declined the Centre’s decision to honour her with a Padma Shri award, ANI reported on Saturday. The author of Karma Cola cited the impending General Elections and said the timing of her

  • Baloch resentment against Chinese ‘colonisation’ runs deep0

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    • January 26, 2019

    The security of Chinese citizens in Pakistan has become a concern for both nations. The Chinese are now targets of the religious extremists and the Baloch separatists, writes Aparna Rawal for South Asia Monitor By Aparna Rawal JAN 21, 2019 The continual subjugation and marginalization of the Baloch people by the Pakistani government has left

  • Indian Navy Commissions Expanded Base in Andaman Islands0

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    • January 26, 2019

    Jaishree Balasubramanian New Delhi  2019-01-25 A runway controlled by the Indian military is pictured at Port Blair, in India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands, July 4, 2015.  Reuters A newly expanded military base commissioned by India in the strategically located Andaman and Nicobar Islands will bolster its defenses in the Indian Ocean, according to officials, while analysts

  • Hasina bats for BRI, Indian anxiety goes up0

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    • January 26, 2019

    Hasina bats for BRI, Indian anxiety goes up | Southasian Monitor Afsan Chowdhury, January 25, 2019 “India is such a big country and economy, it should not worry about OBOR. Rather, it can also join so that all the countries can benefit economically,” Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina recently said in an interview to CNN-News18

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  • BULLET TRAIN IN INDIA – WHY NOT?0

    The latest scheme of Narendra Modi government to be criticized and objected in democratic India is the recently launched bullet train project. Whither Indian democracy? The Indian democracy is now being described variously. Some people call Indian democracy as vibrant and active one where there is no limit on individual freedom, liberty, and freedom of

  • Wake up Bangladesh; it’s time for a foreign policy!1

    by Taj Hashmi To some, the title of my column today might be utterly ridiculous, as it suggests it’s time for Bangladesh to have a foreign policy. They might raise eyebrows at my suggestion that, Bangladesh is going without any foreign policy, since 2009. To them, Bangladesh has a sound foreign policy under a seasoned

  • Gandhi’s Last Message: ‘Raze the Sacred Sites of Others and You Too Will Be Obliterated’0

    By Sudhir Chandra on 27/03/2017 Gandhi speaks to our times with renewed urgency in a just-published translation of an acclaimed work A refugee train, Punjab, 1947. Credit: Wikimedia For a man who made such a powerful intervention in the history of the 20th century, many of Mahatma Gandhi’s ideas were misunderstood during his lifetime. Historian

  • What’s Next to Stop Myanmar’s Genocide?0

    By Habib Siddiqui “We cannot be afraid to call the actions of the Burmese authorities what they appear to be – a brutal, sustained campaign to cleanse the country of an ethnic minority,” Haley told the U.N. Security Council, the first time Washington has echoed the U.N.’s accusation that the displacement of hundreds of thousands

  • Standing for media’s rights in India0

    Image source: Quatrz India By Nava Thakuria India, largest democracy of the globe, remains a bad place for working journalists irrespective of the regimes in power in New Delhi or any province capital. The populous country witnesses the murder of around five media persons on average in a year and that has not been changed

  • Rohingya Cultural Anthropology0

    By Dr. Shwe Lu Maung (The author’s note: The account given here is a very short summary of the facts drawn from my published books. Deeper and broader presentations and discussions can be found in my books). Myanmar, with her rich cultural and natural resources, has every potential to be a world leader that everybody

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    N Sathiya Moorthy  24 July 2020 Indian claims to the Ram story and ownership could be challenged from more places than one, says N Sathiya  Moorthy.  Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli’s recent diatribe that the birthplace of Hindu god Ram is located in his country and not in Ayodhya, need not be a

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