• How Maqbool Butt Passed on the Baton of Militancy in Kashmir0

    An excerpt from the book ‘The Story of Kashmir’ by David Devadas. Maqbool Butt of the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front. Credit: Unknown Illustration: The Wire David Devadas’s book, The Story of Kashmir, is a comprehensive history of the geopolitics, politics, and the social and cultural changes in Kashmir since 1930. It gives a blow-by-blow account

  • Bangladesh Opposition Leader Zia in Prison a Year0

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    • February 9, 2019

    Human Rights Watch 8 February 2019 Investigate 2018 Election Abuses One year ago, Khaleda Zia, the leader of Bangladesh’s main opposition party, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), was sent to prison. Zia was convicted ahead of the December 2018 elections when the courts acted on longstanding cases against her. While Human Rights Watch takes no

  • India: 7 Muslims Get Life Behind Bars for Deaths of 2 Hindu Boys0

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    • February 9, 2019

    By Rohit Wadhwaney on Feb 08, 2019 05:07 pm An Indian court sentenced seven Muslim men to life in prison on Friday for killing two members of the Hindu community over a motorcycle accident, sparking large-scale riots that claimed dozens of lives in north India’s Uttar Pradesh state almost six years ago. The Muzaffarnagar district sessions court handed

  • Bangladesh: How safe is the current Awami League government?0

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    • February 9, 2019

    Why hold a free and fair election which you risk losing, when you can rig it to ensure certain victory, and get away with it?  This was clearly in the mind of the Awami League in Bangladesh which three weeks ago won 293 of the 300 parliamentary seats in what must be the country’s most

  • The Unpredictable Rise of China0

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    • February 9, 2019

    Americans Misunderstand China’s Ambitions for ‘Renewal’ – The Atlantic Xi Jinping seeks national rejuvenation, but his nation’s mounting power masks increased instability. Feb 3, 2019 Daniel Blumenthal Director of Asian Studies at the American Enterprise Institute Since the end of the Cold War, Beijing has viewed Washington as its chief geopolitical rival, yet official Washington

  • Fate of Maldives-China FTA uncertain as Male loosens ties with Beijing0

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    • February 9, 2019

    by Editor February 8, 2019  By P.K.Balachandran/South Asian Monitor The Maldives-China Free Trade Agreement (MCFTA) which was signed amidst great controversy on December 8, 2017, is today in limbo as the new Maldivian government headed by Ibrahim Mohamed Solih is looking into all deals, including the MCFTA, entered into by the previous regime headed by strongman Abdulla


  • 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

  • India-Pakistan and Nuclear Deterrence equation in Region0

    by Asma Khalid Introduction of Nuclear weapon has transformed the global politics as well as the military power in an expensive way. The primary purpose of acquiring a nuclear weapon is to prevent wars among nuclear-capable adversaries through maintaining deterrence stability. The concept which has dominated the global politics is that war is not a

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  •  The Rising Scourge of Linguistic corruption in Bangladesh

    By Dr Obaidul Hamid     16 September 2020 In Bangladesh, corruption meaning deliberate financial misuse and misappropriation needs no new debate. For several years in a row, Transparency International has consistently ranked Bangladesh as one among 10 most corrupt countries in the world. What about linguistic corruption? Not many in Bangladesh are aware of the

  • Is Islamophobia the ‘Last Acceptable Form of Prejudice?’

    September 14, 2020 Clarion India Islamophobia affects India’s coronavirus fight: A Muslim walks towards an ambulance before being taken to a prison from a quarantine centre in Prayagraj, India. — AP Basit Mehmood AROUND the world, From China and India to the UK and US, reports of hate crimes against Muslims are increasing. In the

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