• India: Remembering B.P. Mandal, the Man Behind India’s Silent Revolution0

    A visionary with a revolutionary zeal, Mandal had an instrumental role in placing India’s marginalised sections in an inclusive picture. B.P. Mandal was a man of strong sense of self-worth, who stood his ground amidst everything unfavourable and chaotic. Arvind Kumar Note: August 25 marks the 100th birth anniversary of B.P. Mandal and 2018 marks the 25th anniversary

  • Flood-Hit Kerala Questions Modi Government’s Rejection of Foreign Assistance0

    As Centre-state relations are fraught over the former’s perceived indifferent response to the Kerala floods, yet another crisis might erupt. The Centre’s lacklustre response to the Kerala floods is likely to worsen tensions between Pinarayi Vijayan and Narendra Modi. Credit: Reuters/PTI. Illustration: The Wire Ajoy Ashirwad Mahaprashasta and Devirupa Mitra      24 August 2018

  • Attack on Shahidul Alam and Bangladesh’s dwindling democratic space0

    By The Editors    8 August 2018 Image adapted from: re:publica / Flickr The late-night abduction, detention, custodial assault and subsequent arrest – this sequence is not unimportant – of the renowned Bangladeshi photographer, educator and activist Shahidul Alam has shocked civil-society activists and journalists around the world. While the increasing authoritarianism in Bangladesh’s polity

  • Democracy being off-roaded?0

    By Shabnam Nadiya   23 August 2018 Bangladesh government cracks down on peaceful protests. Students organise a sit-in to block roads in protest of the 29 July accident. Photo: Wikimedia On 29 July 2018, a bus ran over homebound schoolchildren waiting on the sidewalk in the Kurmitola area of northern Dhaka. Two students of Shaheed Ramiz

  • TRIBUTE TO KULDIP NAYAR; Journalism’s guiding light0

     August 23, 2018    Daily Star Journalism’s guiding light Kuldip Nayar. File photo taken from The Statesman/ANN Mahfuz Anam With the passing away of veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar Bangladesh has lost a sincere and lifelong friend, India has lost a conscience keeper for secular values, Pakistan has lost an untiring voice for greater understanding between

  • Kofi Annan: a man who paid his dues to global peace and security0

    EPA-EFE/ Fredrik Persson Abdul-Jalilu Ateku, University of Nottingham All the world’s a stage; And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts. (As you like it, Act II, scene VII, William Shakespeare.) Indeed, Kofi Annan, born in 1938, entered the


  • Understanding Bharat-Pakistan Bilateral relations through Cinema0

    Abstract Films are just like textbooks, by reading dialogue, songs and different situation depicted in the film explored a lot during its definite period and left few impacts on viewer. In framing our perception films play very crucial role. In South-Asian territory Bharat and Pakistan are two permanent rivals neighboring nations from their emergence after

  • The significance of Nuclear Information Sharing in South Asia0

    by Asma Khalid  29/4/2018 The regional competitive environment of South Asia has fueled the diplomatic tension and security anxieties between India and Pakistan. Both countries share a history of hostile relations which have been strained by some historical and political issues. Due to prioritization of security concerns of regional states, South Asia is undergoing a

  • India and China: The Risks of a Reset0

      Asia’s Game of Thrones by Aparna Pande   27/4/2018 Modi’s visit to China this week could lead to an easing of their strained ties—but any reset will benefit Beijing far more than New Delhi. When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi travels to Wuhan, China on April 27, many will be waiting with bated breath to see whether

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  • End of Year Editorial; Evolving Political Dynamics in South Asia

    By M. Adil Khan, Guest Editor 2018 has been an eventful year for South Asia especially at the political level. During 2018 several countries in the region have had their elections and these elections have altered their political pictures. In others preparations for elections are underway and yet in others sub-national elections and their outcomes

  • 2018 Bangladesh General Election: A Time for Stock-taking and Pondering the Stakes

      By Adil Khan and Habib Zafarullah*    4 December 2018 The 2018 Bangladesh General Election scheduled on December 30, 2018 marks the end of two consecutive terms of the ruling Awami League (AL), first ever by any political party since 1991, the year a combined opposition movement against a decade long dictatorship resurrected and re-introduced

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