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  • Politics and legitimacy of news in Bangladesh

    Politics and legitimacy of news in Bangladesh0

    The importance of media in a democracy is well-known. The media in a democracy seeks to play the role of a fourth estate by informing and educating people about various aspects of state, including the functions of a government. Therefore, historically, whenever a government comes into power without the mandate of the people who it is

  • The Lahore Attack: Limits Of Pakistan’s Counter-Terrorism Policy

    The Lahore Attack: Limits Of Pakistan’s Counter-Terrorism Policy0

    The devastating terrorist attack in Lahore last month has exposed the limits of Pakistan’s militarised counter-terrorism approach and signifies a revival of the Pakistani Taliban groups in Afghanistan. A comprehensive counter-terrorism policy and counter-terrorism cooperation with its neighbours are required if Pakistan is not to suffer from intermittent terrorist attacks. By Abdul Basit The Easter

  • Indo-Pacific: US’ New Asian Pivot?

    Indo-Pacific: US’ New Asian Pivot?0

    On January 30, USS Curtis Wilbur, a US missile destroyer, went tantalisingly close (12 nautical miles) to Triton Island (which is a part of the disputed Paracel Islands) without any prior information to the countries in dispute. This is on the back of a similar move by the US in the South China Sea (SCS)

  • CPM-Congress alliance in West Bengal makes perfect sense in terms of electoral maths

    CPM-Congress alliance in West Bengal makes perfect sense in terms of electoral maths0

    Even a few months ago, if one were to do election forecasting in West Bengal, few would have predicted any contest. The Trinamool Congress led by Mamata Banerjee was widely seen as the undisputed winner –  well on the way to repeat or even better the 2011 Assembly election performance that brought the once unvanquishable

  • Climate change impact in Nepal

    Climate change impact in Nepal0

    Involved in drafting team of Intended Nationally determined Contribution (INDC),  Ugan Manandhar , talks about the document.” Nepal prioritizes adaptation but is looking forth to sectoral low carbon development options in its INDCs” he says. Manandhar is Deputy Director of World Wildlife Fund Nepal. He has been following negotiations as a government delegate since 2008

  • Kanhaiya – Is Left’s Aam Admi Emerging

    Kanhaiya – Is Left’s Aam Admi Emerging0

    Kanhaiya’s recent remarkable speech in JNU and the series of interviews with prominent news channels aftermath reflect an articulate and an energetic politician in him. His much used Azaadi cry speaks of his urge for the inner social development in the country and fight against deeply embedded exploitation, disparity and perpetual alienation that millions of

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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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