Bipin Rawat on Bangladesh: Part of a Sino-Pak proxy war against India?

Indian army chief Gen. Bipin Rawat’s accusation on Indian NTV that Pakistan and China were conducting proxy war by facilitating immigrants from Bangladesh to Assam is both serious but also very embarrassing for the... More

International affairs in time of transparency: The Oxfam syndrome

The Oxfam infection has spread far and wide. Its impact is deeper than just one NGO facing problems about covering up sex abuse in Haiti and as we learn Chad as well.  Now reports... More

Khaleda Zia’s jail verdict will seriously impact on 2018 elections 

Sentencing BNP chief Begum Khaleda Zia to 5 years in jail triggers a fresh confrontational phase in Bangladesh politics, already deluged by hostility. It also makes the election, scheduled for December 2018, considerably uncertain... More

Does anyone care if exam questions are leaked?

No minister is more abused than Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid now famous for his lack of achievements than anything else. But the falling education standard has now lost its crowd pulling power and... More

Global objective vs regional reality 

Both India and China are experiencing high economic ambitions and conflict in an age when globalization is under threat as regionalization rises. The ‘global economy’ model which the US pushed for and controlled for... More

Leaking exam questations, Jihadi bribe money, a VC’s rescuer choice, FB shutdown...

If anyone was involved with the education sector in Bangladesh with a sense of embarrassment, this would be a bad moment. But no red faces are noticed as everyone fails to stop exam questions... More

Round one to Hefazot as Tabligh steps back

One of the largest gatherings of devout Muslims of the world --Biswaijtema -- held annually near the Turag river of Dhaka is famous for large turnouts, major traffic jams due to the huge crowd... More

Rohingya crisis looks long term as ARSA returns 

That Bangladesh was not prepared for the Rohingya exodus is now grudgingly accepted by its official world. Some had perhaps hoped that there would be a bit of collateral gains for keeping the borders... More

What will an “illegal Bangladeshi Muslim” exodus from Assam do?

The process to identify illegal Bangladeshis of the Muslim variety in Assam is on. The objective of the exercise is to expel them from India. While such Hindus appear to be relatively safe for... More

Is the incumbency factor already working against the ruling AL?

There is no question that Bangladesh is experiencing high growth but is it reaching the majority of households and will that translate into votes for the ruling party AL in the elections scheduled for... More

As Myanmar faces global accusation of genocide what will China do?

Myanmar was feeling comfortable in the post Rohingya ethnic cleansing period as China and Russia stood by, India stayed non-commital and UN as well as Western diplomacy was enfeebled. Bangladesh did get a number... More

Did Sk. Mujib refuse Indian sanctuary on March 25th night?

Sheikh Mujib, like most of his political colleagues coming from peasant majority East Bengal had reservations about Kolkata and by extension India before 1947. He had spent his college days in Kolkata and was... More

Bangladesh: The politics of political minorities

The birth of a new Front, an alliance of four political parties of sorts, not famous for their clout or size hasn’t created waves as expected. The leaders themselves can’t have expected much either... More

Rohingyas and the politics of crisis

While Bangladesh is not really able to assert itself on the Rohingya crisis given its lack of clout and support, Myanmar has done better given the solid backing it has received from China. The... More

China’s popularity in Bangladesh dips a bit over Myanmar issue

China has rapidly moved from an emerging popular country in Bangladesh to a lesser pedestal. For a while, China basked in the sunshine of a post-India dominated Bangladesh scenario, but it didn’t last a... More

A violent winter of Bangladesh politics

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s convoy was attacked on the way to Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar, though the victims were almost all media workers travelling in the convoy.  On her way back, two public... More

Myanmar crisis: Will Sk. Hasina seek new allies?

  The Myanmar refugee crisis may cause several contingent problems at local, national and international levels. Old relationships are already under stress and the potential for unexpected new relations with erstwhile foes are emerging too.... More

Will the Sinha to Miah transition solve the crisis?

Chief Justice Sinha is already history after his flight to Australia amidst much drama and corruption allegations made by the Government. His has been a dramatic regime anyway which began with calls to uphold... More

Rohingya crisis reveals reality of India’s relations with Bangladesh

The Myanmar crisis exposed the long standing strains of Indo-Bangla relations that have been on and off the boil for long. While India is the closest country of Bangladesh, it’s also not a very... More

Myanmar crisis and its impact on Bangladesh’s politics

Unlike Myanmar where the politics is fairly one sided, Bangladesh has two parties slugging it out. The current PM Sk. Hasina belongs to the Awami League while the Opposition is the Bangladesh Nationalist Party,... More

The failed plot in Dhaka; did media pass the maturity test?

In the wake of the Myanmar Rohingya crisis, political anxiety and a sense of uncertainty has surfaced in Bangladesh which was only to be expected. In fact, it’s a regional trend which has been... More


The elections’ mosaic

With general elections due somewhere after mid-2018, the expectations of the people and the stakes thereof has evolved dramatically with the political scenario changing almost on a daily basis. The Supreme Court (SC) verdict voiding Election Act 2017 and thus disqualifying Nawaz Sharif as party head has confounded all... More

Bipin Rawat on Bangladesh: Part of a Sino-Pak proxy war against...

Indian army chief Gen. Bipin Rawat’s accusation on Indian NTV that Pakistan and China were conducting proxy war by facilitating immigrants from Bangladesh to Assam is both serious but also very embarrassing for the Sk. Hasina’s government. It makes the Awami League Government of Bangladesh look like a helpless... More

Israel-India relations central to Delhi’s new Mideast Policy

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent visit to India has firmly underlined the growing ties between the two countries, both democracies but ruled by parties which sees radical Islam as existential threats. Led by the BJP which has influenced the national security discourse in a way that plays on... More

Maldivian political crisis continues as China indulges in saber rattling

More than 20 days into the political crisis in the Maldives, there is no light at the end of the tunnel. In fact, the situation appears to be worsening with the two sides taking irreconcilable positions even as China is said to be moving a fleet to the Eastern... More

On the Afghan Taliban’s ‘open letter diplomacy’

Writing an open letter is not something that has been done for the first time. In fact, the Afghan Taliban had welcomed the Trump administration into office by writing a letter and urging them of withdrawing from Afghanistan. The letter written this week, however, comes at a time when... More


Khalistan factor casts a shadow over Trudeau visit

Khalistan, the issue that kept India-Canada ties on ice through three decades from 1980, has reappeared as an issue more recently, taking away much of the warmth that was expected during Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s ongoing visit to India. Former diplomats say the seeds of the current tensions were... More

Hasina is no Mujib

Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, exudes confidence. I visited Dhaka for the first time in April 1972, within four months of the birth of Bangladesh. Dhaka, then pronounced Dacca, was a small town, desperately trying to accommodate the demands of a sovereign state. There is no doubt that the... More

China will not fall into the ‘Thucydides Trap’ with India

The West’s notions of history and geography between Europe and Asia, are drenched in myriad cultural implications and can be traced back to ‘The Romance of Alexander’. This is a collection of essays mixing truth, epic drama and mythology, composed between the death of Alexander The Great in 323 B.C.,... More

How China and Pakistan could lay the Road to Peace in...

Referred to as an interminable and protracted war, the ongoing US-led war in Afghanistan is becoming a stalemate with no end in sight in the near or long term. Since the violence and bloodshed have been the most common phenomenon in an already war-torn region, the war is perhaps... More



Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If a Gorkhaland state is... More