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  • Dead SAARC and stillborn BIMSTEC make way for BRI0

    Afsan Chowdhury, June 12, 2019 In its new scheme of things, India has chosen to push SAARC aside and replace it with BIMSTEC, a moribund regional body. By refusing to invite Pakistan to his inaugural function, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sent a signal to Pakistan and his Indian audience that he is anti-Pakistani first and

  • Can Bangla Nationalism Counter Hindi-Hindu Nationalism in Bengal?0

    A new brand of cultural politics calibrated to establish the dominance and supremacy of Bengali language and culture is on the rise in the state. What its consequences will be are unpredictable. Will linguistic nationalism be an effective counter to the rising tide of religious nationalism in the state? Illustration: Pariplab Chakraborty 17 June 2019 

  • Bangladesh goes backwards in Global Peace Index0

    Peace hampered in the country because political benevolence is lacking, says academic Stephan Uttom and Rock Ronald Rozario, Dhaka Bangladesh June 14, 2019 Bangladesh has slipped further down in the latest Global Peace Index published June 13. The Muslim-majority South Asian nation was ranked 101 out of 163 independent countries and territories in the Global

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  • Bangladesh: Politics Gone Missing0

    by Ali Riaz  24 February 2019 There seems to be an ongoing campaign to have the electoral exercise devoid of the spirit of politics. PHOTO: ANISUR RAHMAN  Politics have gone missing from Bangladesh. This may sound naïve, considering that the country had a national election less than two months ago and several elections are upcoming.

  • Pulwama attack- Balanced Public Opinion in Time of Crisis0

    by Manoj Kumar 24 February 2019 The nationalist and patriotic fervor in India after Pulwama attack is quiet understandable. The overreach of electronic media has made it possible to bring the images of that horrific incident to the drawing room of every citizen of country and across the globe. And even more live was social

  • Saudis’ Yemeni headache won’t go away if and when the guns fall silent0

    By James M. Dorsey 24 February 2019 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr Edited remarks at Stand with Yemen Symposium and Exhibition 23 February 2019 These are tough times for Saudi Arabia. The drama enveloping the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the brutal way

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  • As an Indian, I am not proud: Amartya Sen

    August 20, 2019 Nobel laureate economist Amartya Sen on Monday criticised the Narendra Modi-led administration’s decision to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and split the region into two Union Territories, NDTV reported. “I don’t think ultimately you will have any resolution in Kashmir without democracy,” the 85-year-old economist said, adding that the Centre’s decision

  • Revocation of Kashmir’s Article 370 and a Prognosis

    by M. Adil Khan 19 August 2019 The backdrop On Monday August 5, 2019, Modi government abrogated Article 370 of the Indian Constitution that gave special autonomy status to Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and bifurcated the state into two Union Territories – Jammu and Kashmir; and Ladakh. The move has led to mixed reactions in

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