It’s pretty odd to think that Bangladesh elections should be of any interest to China and India given the complete lack of its strategic value. However, Bangladesh maybe becoming a reluctant pawn of sorts in... More
Just as students of Dhaka university were parading and protesting the quota system in government jobs and facing attacks from both police and party activists, a group of masked men entered the residence of... More
To be honest, almost everyone in Bangladesh thinks that almost all rich people are dishonest. Of course, not all are dishonest but they are considered extreme exceptions. Since almost all rich people are also... More
Having faced obstacles â€“ from serious to routine- in three large investment projects, some are wondering if Chinaâ€™s economic plans are facing problems in Bangladesh due to non-economic causes. Speculations are on that the... More
Myanmar continues to put pressure on Bangladesh by amassing troops on the border areas next to the Rohingya refugee camps. However, the refugee host country appears to have few options left in its bag... More
What seemed certain last week about China becoming the strategic partner of the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) is no longer so as the regulatory body Bangladesh Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) has raised serious... More
Indian army chief Gen. Bipin Rawatâ€™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
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
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
Both India and China are experiencing high economic ambitions and conflict in an age when globalization is under threat as regionalization rises. The â€˜global economyâ€™ model which the US pushed for and controlled for... More
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
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
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
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
The birth of a new Front, an alliance of four political parties of sorts, not famous for their clout or size hasnâ€™t created waves as expected. The leaders themselves canâ€™t have expected much either... More
While the US has been cultivating India as its major ally in the region in what the US officials have tacitly called ‘containment’ of China, prospects of this cultivation have become brighter ever since the recent out-break of trade-war between the US and China.
While Indian and US interests strongly... More
James Brien Comey Jr served as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for four years till fired by President Donald Trump on May 9, 2017. Trump initially claimed this was because of Comey's mishandling of the investigation into the private email of Hillary Clinton. The overriding perception... More
The UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC), which went into the trial of former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed had listed the flaws in it and asked the Maldivian government to release him to enable him to contest the September 2018 Presidential election.
But the government on Sunday rejected the UNHRC’s observations and recommendations... More
It’s pretty odd to think that Bangladesh elections should be of any interest to China and India given the complete lack of its strategic value. However, Bangladesh maybe becoming a reluctant pawn of sorts in a regional ‘great game’.
China’s rising influence in the region and India’s relative decline in what... More
Biplab Deb is a BJP chief minister with a difference. In a 40-minute interview with this writer last week, he did not mention even once any of the usual saffron agenda -- Ram Mandir, beef, illegal migration from Bangladesh. "My agenda is development, development, development all the way," he... More
As US President Donald Trump decides whether to reauthorize the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which he has long wanted to exit or renegotiate, Iranian authorities have announced they will be getting help with their nuclear program from China.
"Some negotiations have been held on mutual cooperation and building small nuclear... More
The American think tank, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, had featured a riveting ‘curtain-raiser’ to the 2014 poll in India entitled Does Good Economics Mean Good Politics In India? The essay appeared in December 2013 and I’d carefully stored it in my archives, as a fairly prescient analysis of... More
I will not reach any deal that would go against the national interest of Nepal,” K P Sharma Oli, the prime minister of Nepal, reportedly assured parliamentarians in Kathmandu earlier this week, before heading out to India. That such questions should be asked and answered is a definitive sign... More
The long political transition in Nepal has come to an end with the successful completion of local, provincial and federal elections. A new phase of history beckons Nepal as it has adopted federalism under the new constitution promulgated in 2015. The achievement of economic prosperity has now been prioritized... More
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