Track II diplomacy is a term coined by an American diplomat Joseph Montville in the 1970s which entails countries engaging via networks that operate complementary to the official government capacity. Only after the Soviet War in Afghanistan did this concept gain prominence. Track II dialogues have been an integral part in laying the groundwork for
Earlier this year, Bangladesh shipping minister Shajahan Khan launched the coastal shipping service between Bangladesh and India at the New Mooring container terminal at Chittagong port. The minister said coastal shipping was being implemented within a year after the agreement was signed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bangladesh in June 2015. Khan said, “The goods
No doubt, it is a disturbing fact that the BNP is in dire crisis. Almost 28 months after the unnecessarily boycotted general elections — when it receded to its worst political performance ever — the then-grand centre-right-wing party is in a state of drift. It appears confused about its next steps, and certainly bereaved of
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced recently that almost all states except Tamil Nadu are on board on the draft GST bill that aims, among other things, to take away most autonomous taxation powers from the state governments. From being opposed by then-Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi, to now being furiously pursued by the Union
Constitutionally Bangladesh is a secular state and Islam is the state religion. To many, this may contradictory. However, Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has repeatedly stated that Bangladeshi secularism is inspired by the Medina Charter, a seventh century document considered by many as the constitution of the first Muslim state founded by the Prophet Muhammad.
Chinese Ambassador Yi Xianliang’s call for Sri Lankan leadership(s) to ensure that the post-war reconciliation mechanisms voted in by the UNHRC do not create new conflicts in Sri Lanka should make the nation sit up. It should be more so for the ‘international community’ (read: West), considering that the ruling Duo in Colombo has reportedly
For the two regions of the erstwhile princely state of Jammu & Kashmir under the practical administrative control of Pakistan since 1947, namely Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB); powers, rights and empowerment have become buzzwords. Several contemporary local interventions – mainly by civil society groups and partially by political parties – to
Book review: Recasting the Region: Language, Culture and Islam in Colonial Bengal, by Neilesh Bose National and provincial histories always vie for attention. In South Asian historiography, and of provincial histories, Bengal has had a good run. In the 1950s and 1960s, Bengal as erstwhile capital of the British Raj caught the attention of imperialist