• 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”


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  • Neighbours challenge political Hindutva’s Ram agenda

    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

  • The Top Brass is Shattered in Bangladesh: Aftermath of a Retired General’s Interview

    Lieutenant General (retired) Chowdhury Hasan Sarwardy (left) and General Aziz Ahmed, the Chief of Army Staff (right)   by Taj Hashmi     20 July 2020 Although neither the puppet and illegitimate government of Sheikh Hasina nor the pro-Indian Deep State, which has been running Bangladesh for the last twelve years, gathered enough courage to broadcast

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