• Pakistan’s Hide-and-Seek with Democracy, 1947-2011: The Bridge-to-Nowhere or  Creeping Consolidation?

    Pakistan’s Hide-and-Seek with Democracy, 1947-2011: The Bridge-to-Nowhere or Creeping Consolidation?0

    Unlike India, Pakistan has struggled to institute democracy over the last sixty four years after gaining independence. Using the concepts of democratic transition, consolidation, stability and quality, this article investigates the impact of four sets of factors on Pakistan’s progress with democracy: structural, institutional, strategic choice and political economy. These factors emerge in Pakistan’s case

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  • The Politics of Independence of Bangladesh

    The Politics of Independence of Bangladesh0

    Historians still do not have all the records they need to fully understand the freedom struggle of Bangladesh and offer a proper appreciation of the role of all the participants. Political parties remain justifiably attached to their founders; partisans attached to India and Pakistan also have their memories, points of view and all merit attention.

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  • Mamata & The Maoists

    Mamata & The Maoists0

    There has been an on-again off-again war between the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM) and the “Naxalites” (the general term given to the Maoist affiliated parties which are conducting armed struggle against the state) for more than three decades in the Indian state of Paschimbanga (the new name of “West Bengal” in western India). 

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  • State of Human Rights in Bangladesh

    State of Human Rights in Bangladesh4

    The internet, improved travel, and a 24 hour news media have made the incidences of gross violations of human rights around the world feel more immediate to us, and thus less tolerable.  The overreaches of the American security state notwithstanding, those of us living in consolidated democracies might feel somewhat insulated from these abuses. They

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  • Police Immunity India’s human rights record made a farce – Seema Sengupta

    Police Immunity India’s human rights record made a farce – Seema Sengupta0

    India is a nation engrossed in confronting terrorism and suppressing intermittent local rebellions. It is also witnessing a surge in human rights violations, which the government seems to be happily lackadaisical in preventing. The Asian Center for Human Rights has documented a jump in cases of custodial deaths by 41.66% over the last decade, including

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