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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... More

Suu Kyi: New promises but no commitments

AASK’s speech could be the best delivered under the circumstances but it’s also full of misleading hopes and commitments never kept. The speech will buy time for the Myanmar military but may not... More

Bangladesh and Rohingyas: Caught unprepared once more

When members of the uniformed branch try to impress international media with field visits, it usually fails embarrassingly. The Myanmar army’s effort to convince the world that it was Muslim-Bengali Rohingyas who were... More

Aung San Suu Kyi and the death of a political fiction

For a very long time she upheld the perfect image of the liberal Western values, liberating her military controlled people by leading them in protest and later in house arrest, playing the piano... More

The Annan Report on Rohingyas and fresh extremism fears

The Annan report commissioned by the UN didn’t impress Myanmar authorities much. Immediately in its wake came a series of clashes in the Rakhine state leaving scores dead and a fresh surge of... More

Sinha vs Hasina: The battle that came from nowhere

Nobody was expecting a battle to erupt over a constitutional issue but it has and politicians, lawyers and ex-judges have all pitched with media having a field day. Not that many care or... More

Kashmir: Produced by 1947, sustained by Indo-Pakistan thereafter

As Pakistan celebrated August 1947 and India celebrates and mourn both, Kashmir bled in a war called by many names since 1947. To India, Kashmir is split into two with Pakistan occupying one... More

AL vs AL not good for AL

It’s probably too much of a good thing in politics when the incumbent party has been in power for a decade and the political Opposition lies decimated. If it’s coupled with a large... More

Nawaz Sharif’s exit: Just corruption or Executive-Judiciary conflict? 

Pakistan PM’s Nawaz Sharif’s ‘third exit before completing his term as the PM of Pakistan after being disqualified by the Courts on charges of corruption shows the forces of state institutions are conflicting... More

Indo China conflict: Impact on South Asia

As Indo-China conflict becomes more possible by the day, South Asian media has not taken sides. It’s clear that should there actually be a conflict, nobody will come out as winners. As physical and... More

Thank you Humayun Ahmed ….

Thank you Humayun Ahmed, for giving shape to the hopes, aspirations and imageries of the slightly bemused slightly innocent, slightly out of place middle class that no one spoke for with such authenticity. You... More

Two laws, three branches and one big conflict 

The 16th amendment of the constitution which empowered the Legislature to remove a judge of the Supreme Court was struck down against which the Government had appealed to the same court. The appeal... More

Does ‘terrorism’ have a future in Bangladesh?

Terrorism is one of the many problems of law and order and not the only one in Bangladesh. It has almost no ideological face because in Bangladesh it’s not an extension of any... More

Eid and the culture of the travelling classes

The local grocer asked me if I was going outside Dhaka for Eid. I replied that I was totally urban with no village home to visit and wish or means to pursue fun... More

Sultana Kamal and the legacy of Tikatuli-Tarabhagh

How influential is the neighbourhood in which one grows up? Advocate Sultana Kamal, comes from the para I grew up as well. It’s called Tikatuli and she was raised in a sub-para within it called Tarabagh.   It... More


Corruption without borders

The Nawaz Sharif episode shows that pervasive corruption has not only acquired respectability in a perverse manner in Pakistan but left to the National Assembly (NA), may even acquire legality. Political instability, poverty, unequal structure of society, unemployment,... 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 full season. Myanmar... More

China trumps the West over Myanmar

Myanmar was used to be a pariah state in the past, but for the former democracy icon it has become an unwelcome nuisance, forcing Aung San Suu Kyi to realize that in the current global world its... More

Afghanistan: The Taliban night goggles have a serious message

If the US’ new Afghan strategy was aimed at forcing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table, the recent wave of highly sophisticated attacks has shown that this strategy has not only failed, but also backfired.  The... More

Muslim leader’s warning of a forced exodus a la Myanmar angers...

Assam’s leaders, whether of the Hindutva variety or the Assamese nationalistic variety, are livid with JamaitUlema-e-Hind leader Maulana Arshad Madani, for warning that the on-going revision of the National Register of Citizenship (NRC) could lead to a... More


The F-22 mission in Afghanistan: Overkill or realistic training?

Three years ago, the F-22 Raptor made its combat debut in Syria. The idea was for the fifth-generation fighter to use its stealth technology to evade detection from... More

Why US, India strategic ties can’t sustain

Three months ago, the new South Asia policy that US President Donald Trump laid out was a cause of much optimism in New Delhi. It singled out... More

Why India should be wary of the Quad

The second coming of the Quadrilateral alliance of the US, Australia, Japan and India to confront China in the Asia-Pacific may not be the proverbial farce, but... More

India and Saudi Arabia: Two countries going in unexpected directions

In spite of its painful birth as a free and independent state, India quickly became a model for what many considered to be the desired post-colonial progressive... 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... More