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  • The Politics of Remembering the Icons of Anti-Colonial Struggle

    The Politics of Remembering the Icons of Anti-Colonial Struggle0

    If you live within the territorial limits of the Union of India, it is very likely that you were unaware of two important red-letter days in late March. You are not alone. Bhagat Singh was executed on March 23, 1931 and Shurjo Sen was born on March 22, 1894. Governments that utilise half a chance

  • Federalism, the way forward in Nepal?

    Federalism, the way forward in Nepal?6

    The year 2072 of the Nepali calendar has brought a long waited consensus among the political leaders: first draft of a constitution holding the major issues like federalism and electoral process. It is disappointing to get a mere half unwrapped present. The ongoing discussion on the debated issues seems to lead nowhere until now. The

  • Curing Afghanistan

    Curing Afghanistan0

    Three wise old men from South Asia with connections to Singapore have produced a book in which they offer a well-meaning, idealistic cure for the ills of Afghanistan that inadvertently may lead to a genuine solution in that troubled land. In a book entitled Afghanistan: The Next Phase, they suggest a formal association of 10

  • Weakening the voices of the liberals in Bangladesh

    Weakening the voices of the liberals in Bangladesh0

    I am not a political analyst, a historian or an anthropologist. I am a common man, a Bengali Muslim, a Bangladeshi. How did my beloved nation of Bangladesh become so intolerant? At only 31 I am saddened that this is not the Bangladesh I grew up in. Like most families, we grew up with the

  • Nuclear Parity Ensures Strategic Stability

    Nuclear Parity Ensures Strategic Stability1

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    • February 17, 2015

    The latest SIPRI figures show that as of early 2014, the nine nuclear weapon states (NWS) possessed approximately 16,350 nuclear weapons, as compared to 17,270 nuclear weapons in early 2013. The United States and Russia hold 93% of total global nuclear stockpiles and both countries have undertaken much of these reductions. Under the New START

  • After Peshawar, Pakistan Needs Moral Restoration, Not the Death Penalty

    After Peshawar, Pakistan Needs Moral Restoration, Not the Death Penalty0

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    • January 23, 2015

      Injustice with Greater Injustice In December 2014, the massacre in Peshawar shook the conscience of many. Since the tragedy, the world has celebrated several holidays, including the end of a tumultuous 2014. In Pakistan, December is not only about the passing year but also about the birthday celebration of the country’s founder Mohammad Ali

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  • Searching for a Potemkin Village Opposition

    by William Milam April 9, 2021   “Potemkin village” is actually a term that originated in politics, and thus, for this article, a very appropriate term to describe one interesting recent, possibly rhetorical, sidestep in the authoritarian march of Sheikh Hasina and the Awami League government she runs. According to Wikipedia, a Potemkin Village is “any

  • Bangladesh: I am Zia Speaking

                       I am Zia Speaking  “In that case, we revolt,” Major Ziaur Rahman (March 25, 1971)    Zia is enmeshed in every paddy sheaf of Bangladesh. From every nook and corner, a voice continues to ring: I am Zia speaking.[I]   By R Chowdhury     25 March

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