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Subir Bhaumik

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Lady and her generals 

"Aung San Suu Kyi and her generals” ran a headline in The New York Times, as if she controlled them. The fact is she...

How good a Defence Minister would Nirmala be?

The BJP has tried to project Nirmala Sitharaman's elevation as a full cabinet minister as an example of women empowerment in India. Some in...

Hapless people in a fluid corridor 

In the 1970s, an Indian army brigadier took up the cause of his people suffering human rights violations in his native Mizoram in the...

The Daughters of the East

Sheikh Hasina and Aung San Suu Kyi have so much in common. Daughters of great fathers who spearheaded the freedom struggle of their countries,...

Battlelines drawn on Rohingya issue

The Rohingya issue is seen as a serious humanitarian question by the UN and international human rights and civil liberties groups, but national interest...

Democracy or Development: Myanmar’s big debate

The debate about whether Myanmar needs development more than democracy seems to have gained some traction in recent months, partly due to the lacklustre...

Rakhine a human rights crisis: Annan report

The Kofi Annan commission on Thursday described the situation in Rakhine state as a 'human rights crisis'and came up with several recommendations to handle...

Another hornet’s nest stirred

The Modi government has developed a reputation to stir a hornet’s nest where one can be and should be avoided. With less than a month...

What a Quid Pro Quo!

Some recent reports have suggested that US President Donald Trump was keen on a deal with China to rein in North Korea. Before his...

Doval will call for ‘mutual pullout’

India's National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval is ready with a proposal to defuse the Doklam stand-off, top officials told South Asian Monitor. If an...

‘China threat’ influenced 2017 Malabar exercises

It is now customary for spokespersons to say that joint Indo-US military exercises are not aimed at anybody, meaning China. That is meant to...

Why the Sikkim standoff! 

China's Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) have been accused of trying to build a C40 road through Bhutan's Doklam plateau near the tri-junction with Bhutan...

Modi’s Israel Moment

Not many in South Asia would have noticed that the visit to Israel by Narendra Modi, the first ever by an Indian Prime Minister,...

Contrasting reactions to Modi’s US visit

For those Indians who were looking to Modi to sort out the woes of the country's IT industry, the prime minister's visit to Washington...

JMB’s military wing chief Sohel Mahfuz arrested in Bangladesh!

Bangladesh police have arrested a man suspected to be Sohel Mahfuz alias 'Hathkatha Nasirullah', Indian officials told southasianmonitor.com on Friday night. A top Intelligence Bureau...

F-16 manufacturing no big deal for India 

India's current dispensation is well versed in projecting defeat as victory and loss as gain. From demonetisation to Kashmir to Northeast to its relations...

Better Late than Never

As they say, better late than never. One of the more positive moves of India's Modi government has also been one of its least...

Indian President polls: BJP’s masterstroke

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah have delivered a political masterstroke in choosing Ram Nath Kovind as the party's candidate...

India: Playing the Tibet card!

"China’s refusal to acknowledge Indian national security concerns is now leading to a gradual but significant change in India’s Tibet policy," wrote Indian columnist...

Losing the Script in Kashmir

The groundswell of public anger in the Srinagar valley is spinning out of control . For even those who don’t believe in statistics as...

India opens longest bridge on China border

India has inaugurated a 9.15km (5.68-mile) bridge over the Lohit river, easily its longest ever, which connects the disputed state of Arunachal Pradesh with...