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  • Bangladesh: ELECTION 2018 & POST-EID SPECTACLES0

    Haggling beneath the surface yields nothing fruitful Shahid Islam   20 August 2018 Beyond the pale of the ordinary folks, haggling of an inordinate vintage has been on to bring the country’s ‘extra-parliament’ main opposition party, the BNP, into an accommodative electoral fold, according to reliable sources. This months-long beneath the surface haggling yielded no substantive

  • The Sangh Sees the NRC as a Device to Target Muslims All Over India0

    For Hindutva ideologues, it is just a short step to go from declaring Muslims suspected of being Bangladeshi as ‘foreigners’ to looking at all Muslims as foreigners. Credit: PTI Ajay Gudavarthy 18/Aug/2018 The National Register of Citizens (NRC) is worrying not just because of what lies in store for the 40 lakh, people in Assam

  • The Iranian paradox made more complex by erratic US behavior0

    By Abbas Milani, opinion contributor — 08/18/18  The views expressed by contributors are their own and not the view of The Hill   © Getty Images The Iranian regime is in turmoil and its sole salvation might well be a controlled confrontation with the United States. Giddy minds, Shakespeare tells us, are best kept busy

  • Bangladesh Official: Myanmar is not Conducive for Rohingya Return0

    By Kamran Reza Chowdhury on Aug 17, 2018  The situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine state still is not conducive for the return of Rohingya refugees sheltering in Bangladesh, according to Bangladesh officials who accompanied their foreign minister on his first visit to the troubled state recently. The official said the conditions in Rakhine’s capital Sittwe and

  • Shahidul Alam: Jailed journalist’s powerful photos of Bangladesh0

    15 August 2018 Image copyrightEPA Renowned Bangladeshi photographer and activist Shahidul Alam has been jailed in the wake of mass demonstrations by young people earlier this month. He took his camera into the streets to document the fury of thousands of students fed up with unsafe roads after two children were killed by a speeding

  • Inside The Mad World of Indian and Pakistani Visa Rules0

    The struggle an Indian has to go through to get a Pakistani visa and vice versa is frustrating and largely fruitless. That’s where all the ties the two countries share just aren’t enough. Photo for representative purposes only. Credit: Reuters Sanchia DeSouza 19 August 2018 When the news first broke that Imran Khan was likely

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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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