• Bangladesh’s rape victims cry for justice in the wilderness0

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    • January 14, 2021

    The scourge of rape is extremely high but the rate of prosecution frustratingly low in the Muslim-majority nation Stephan Uttom, Dhaka January 14, 2021oU with palm oil firm sparks outrage Jan 13, 2021 Young people take part in a protest against violence against women in Dhaka in 2015. Bangladesh has seen a spike in rape


    • Blog
    • January 14, 2021

    December 22, 2020 by Abdullah Ar Rafee South Asia Voices The pandemic has dominated the headlines in 2020, impacting all facets of the economy and society in Bangladesh. The government had a head start for its COVID-19 preparations, as the first case was not confirmed until March 8. However, the government failed to capitalize, with cases soon

  • Bangladesh: 1st Transgender Islamic School in Bangladesh Starts Academic Year0

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    • January 14, 2021

    by SM Najmus Sakib 09.01.2021 DHAKA, Bangladesh Excitements is running high among students as the first-ever transgender Islamic school in Bangladesh has been inaugurated and handed out books to its students at the start of the new academic year. The Dawatul Quran Third Gender Madrasa, located in the capital Dhaka, started its journey last November


  • India: Manufactured Images and Modi! 0

    by Nilofar Suhrawardy    9 January 2021 Of late, Prime Minister Narendra Modi isn’t giving much importance to political rhetoric he played upon, not too long ago, that is his “56-inch” chest. Clearly, he is well aware that this may not help turn the political tide in his party’s favor in forthcoming assembly elections. There

  • Last chapter of an enfeebled democracy?0

    by William Milam   January 8, 2021 I began writing this on Tuesday, the day that the two runoff elections for the two senate seats in Georgia were being held, and a day before President Trump’s latest, and probably final, assault on our democracy takes place. On Wednesday, Trump’s disciples in Congress will challenge the already-certified

  • Normalisation of “Hindutva Shock Therapy” for the Consolidation of Capitalism in India0

      by Bhabani Shankar Nayak   8 January 2021 The rise of neoliberal marginalisation combined with social and economic marginalisation under a Brahminical structure and its caste-based hierarchical social order has laid the foundation for ‘Hindutva’ political, social, cultural, and economic projects. The resurgence of neoliberalism from the 1980s led to the acceleration of further marginalisation

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  • Year-end review: Emerging Challenges for South Asia

      by Rajesh Kumar Sinha       3 January 2020 The year 2020 has just ended. The year has been extremely calamitous for the whole world. Especially, the pandemic Corona Virus has created such an unfortunate state where economies, infrastructure, loss of lakhs of lives, job losses, and uncertainty has gripped the whole of humanity.

  • Book review: The Bhutto Dynasty: The Struggle for Power in Pakistan, by Owen Bennett-Jones

      The Bhutto Dynasty: The Struggle for Power in Pakistan, by Owen Bennett-Jones, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 27 October 2020, Hardcover,  320 pages, $28, ISBN: 97880300246674. By Arnold Zeitlin Owen Bennett-Jones’s account of a Bhutto dynasty reminded me that I enjoyed a rare, near-quixotic relationship with Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto during my time, September 1969 to April 1972, as

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