• The Rise and Rise of Populism?0

    Article from the book The Age of Perplexity: Rethinking the World We Knew Werner Müller Princeton University, New Jersey, USA 13 May 2019 The chapter [1] argues that populism should not be understood as primarily a form of anti-elitism. Rather, the hallmark of populists is that they claim that they, and they alone, represent the

  • India’s next government is likely to be a coalition of mercenaries0

    A matter of state Regional parties usually throw their lot in with the highest bidder  Economist Print edition | Asia Apr 17th 2019| HYDERABAD The hotly contested general election has made the face of Narendra Modi, the prime minister, hard to escape in most of India, beaming from walls, lamp posts, pillars and shop windows. Yet his

  • Judicial independence, media freedom and Sheikh Hasina0

    Wednesday, May 8, 2019 Bangladesh Politico This is a story about a recorded conversation that says a lot about judicial independence and media freedom in Bangladesh – or the lack thereof. Bangladesh’s justice system is based upon an important fiction. It is a fiction not  uncommon to many authoritarian governments. This is the idea that


  • Asia’s version of Palestine emerging in Bangladesh0

    Rohingya refugees are being courted by Middle East and South Asia extremist groups, a dynamic that could turn Bangladesh’s overflowing camps into a new vortex of regional instability By Bertil Lintner Chiang Mai, December 24, 2018 Rohingya refugees wait roadside for aid at Thaingkhali makeshift refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, September 14, 2017. Photo:

  • Sri Lanka: UNP back to playing the presidential ball game within, all over again0

    N Sathiya Moorthy  24 December 2018  Conventional political wisdom has it that when the Opposition is weak, whatever the reason and circumstances, the inevitable and inherent strains within a ruling party or coalition have to come out in the open. This seems to be becoming true of the ‘ruling’ UNP with those attached to Prime

  • India trying to reduce Chinese influence on Maldives0

    Hits 173 Extends USD 1.4 Bn budgetary support By JK Verma    24 December 2018 New Delhi. 23 December 2018. Prime Minister Modi, after meeting visiting President Mohamed Ibrahim Solih of Republic of Maldives, announced that “India will extend financial assistance of $1.4 billion to the Maldives in the form of budgetary support, currency swap agreements

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  • Kashmir: Revoking Article 370: Why now?

     Ali Riaz 16 August 2019 More than a week has passed since Articles 370 and 35A of the Indian constitution have been scrapped by the Narendra Modi-led BJP government. The complete communication lockdown in Kashmir, imposed in the wake of the abrogation, is still in place; curfew is yet to be lifted in some places; leaders

  • Partition of India: One US Diplomat’s Notes

    August 10, 2019 B.Z. Khasru Was Jinnah Hindu? U.S. Favored United Indi. Muslim League Distrusted Congress. How Nehru Could Prevent Partition. The Partition of India in 1947 by Britain to create two independent countries wreaked havoc in human lives and miseries. It killed two million people, according to various estimates, and displaced 14 million. Its

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