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  • An overview of South Asian Nuclear developments: View point from Pakistan

    An overview of South Asian Nuclear developments: View point from Pakistan0

    “You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.” – Ayn Rand (1905-1982) As long as some states have nuclear weapons, others will want to acquire their own. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has stressed that disarmament is the main way to curb the spread of nuclear weapons. But did these international bodies,

  • India’s green energy; past, present and the future

    India’s green energy; past, present and the future0

    I. Background India’s green energy revolution is gradually picking up momentum owing to increased concerns for climate change and its impact on environment, human being, and above all a bigger concern for protecting mother earth for the future generation. India’s National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) 2008[i] proposed setting up 8 missions including the

  • India needs to recalibrate its policies in South Asia

    India needs to recalibrate its policies in South Asia0

    The Nepali government’s allegation that India was plotting a regime-change in the young Himalayan Republic should make both nations think. Even as India has refuted the allegation, as in the normal, obvious course it would have, the Nepali envoy, who has ostensibly been recalled from Delhi, has contested it all, though from a personal angle

  • Is Age Just a Number?

    Is Age Just a Number?0

    In late 1970s, the Pulitzer Prize winning historian Barbara Tuchman declared: “Of all the characteristics in which the medieval age differs from the modern, none is so striking as the comparative absence of interest in children.” So central is the question of child rights in the modern world that the presence of a highly developed

  • Singapore And The ISB Arrests

    Singapore And The ISB Arrests0

    The recent arrests of an eight-man cell of Bangladeshi migrant workers calling itself the Islamic State of Bangladesh illustrates the reality and potential of the “insider threat” of transnational terrorism. The discovery of an eight-man cell of radicalised Bangladeshi foreign workers in Singapore calling itself the Islamic State of Bangladesh (ISB) is unsettling. It is

  • Running scared of China

    Running scared of China0

    From all accounts, it was a major event – the conference of Chinese dissidents in Dharamshala, India. It brought together Uyghurs, Tibetans, Mongolians, Taiwanese and Falun Gong practitioners among 69 foreign delegates. Yet, for the otherwise proactive Indian as well as the world media, it was a non-event. As of now, very little is known

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  • Bangladesh: The manuscript of a forbidden history

    Bangladesh government’s Year of Mujib begins this Friday (January 10th). The authorities will do all they can to stop the publication of history critical of the country’s independence leader. Pinaki Bhattacharya January 9, 2020 In 2013, I read the book India after Gandhi by Ramchandra Guha. By then I had written a book, Sonali Banglar Rupali Kotha, on the

  • Telling good lies: Digital rhetoric and rumor in Bangladesh

    by Sayeed Al-Zaman 15 February 2020 How to convince people? Thousands of ways might be there but with a single instrument, that is language. Pursuing others using speech was thought be an art in the Classical Greece: they named it “rhetoric”. Yet, some thinkers like Plato, who was discontented with rhetoric and designated it as

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