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

New imaginations for an ancient region


A key factor now influencing the changing face of the south is not from South Asia but a slightly far away neighbor, China.  From an India-dominated South Asia, the possibility of... More

Greek lady, Bangla PM and the Islamists  


The fight over the sari clad statue of Themis, Greek goddess of Justice located in the Supreme Court premises of Bangladesh is both about clashes of cultures and politics that dominates... More

AL-BNP in mood swings while voters hope for the best


In the last couple of months, the AL-BNP conflict situation has become a bit intriguing. From a state of high confidence, the ruling party Awami League seems to be taking the... More

Rape, FB and class conflict in Dhaka


In a country where the upper class enjoys almost total impunity, they suddenly faced an unexpected furor over an alleged rape incident. It allegedly happened in an upscale joint called Raintree... More

Economic migration: Why flee from an emerging tiger?


Bangladesh has been a top performing economy in Asia, averaging a 6 % + growth rate largely driven by exports, particularly the garments sector, for almost a decade.  Problems do remain... More

Terrorists yes, IS no : Sk. Hasina takes a stand


Terrorism is going through an identity crisis in Bangladesh.  Everyone now agrees there is terrorism, - read Islamic militants- but few agree what is their ID card. The US would like... More

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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 do much at all to solving... More

Lady: “Caught between a rock and a hard...

Four hundred thousand Muslim Rohingyas have fled across the border to Bangladesh from Myanmar in the last 3 weeks to escape the army’s clearance operations. Human rights groups claim it’s a “scorched earth” policy – reminiscent of the military’s... More

The illusion of Indo-China rapprochement at BRICS

The recently concluded BRICS summit was meaningful in anumber of ways. More than anything else, it left a powerful impression of increasing rapprochement between two Asian rivals, India and China, after two months of intense standoff in the Doklam... More

Pakistan at 70

Thanks to the untiring efforts of former Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury and a former Finance Minister of Pakistan Shahid Javed Burki, Research Professors at the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) and the National University of... 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 responsible for the recent mayhem fared... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Suffering has a name

Suffering is universal and part of the human condition and life. In history however, suffering is quite specific. Suffering carries a name, sometimes of an individual and... More

Trump’s N Korean challenge: can Pakistan be next?

It appears that the Trump administration is not willing to learn any lessons from the vast riches of US diplomatic history. The one thing that stands out... More

Was Aung San Suu Kyi’s speech too little, too late?

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi's speech to the nation about the humanitarian plight of the Rohingya people is too little too late for those in the... More

Pakistan unites in the face of US threats

Pakistan has predictably taken serious umbrage following the announcement of the long-awaited American policy review on Afghanistan. Unveiled by United States President Donald Trump last month, the... More

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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