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Bangladesh’s Hercules syndrome and rule of vigilante law


A rapist was killed and his body was left with a note that said the death meted out to him was punishment for his crime. It was signed Hercules. A couple of other reports have appeared with... More

Rohingyas trapped in regional power transition


These are good days as far as neglecting the Rohingya issue is concerned, no matter if superstar Angelina Jolly is on a camp visit. Trickling in for years, accelerating in the last three decades, it finally became... More

Hasina bats for BRI, Indian anxiety goes up


“India is such a big country and economy, it should not worry about OBOR. Rather, it can also join so that all the countries can benefit economically," Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina recently said in an interview... More

Bangladesh’s position on global terrorism index has improved: Australian agency CPES


An Australian outfit, Centre for Peace and Economic Studies (CPES), has stated that Bangladesh has gone up four positions in the global terrorism index, according to it’s ranking. Several other countries in South Asia have gone down... More

Bangladesh elections: A transitional moment in politics?


Bangladesh’s general election was a complex affair but with a simple premise. The Awami League won the election for the third term in a row with an overwhelming majority. With the Bangladesh Election Commission (BEC) declaring that... More

Bangladesh’s most intriguing elections ever?


The 2018 general elections weren’t even supposed to be held. Many believed that given the political situation and hostility, violence would spill over onto the streets and the elections would be postponed. This was particularly so when... More

December 30 and the cycle of violence  


Election related violence is already at its peak and more is expected. This was not quite unexpected. Arrests, court cases and attacks on motorcades and public rallies continue unabated. With just three weeks to go for elections... More

In Bangladesh, a poor politician is of no use to anyone


In Dhaka’s swirling political speculations and gossip, the latest is about who among the electoral candidates is wealthy and who is not. On paper, many have declared their wealth and almost none have been found credibility among... More

Bangladesh elections: A problem of plenty?


The electoral environment in Bangladesh is becoming exciting and slightly less predictable by the day. There is intense activity, at least among the supporters of a large number of party candidates, if not the public. After years... More

Bangladesh politics beyond 2018


Suddenly no one is completely sure about the outcome of the 2018 Bangladesh general elections. It was a certainty once when only political parties were involved but with voters in, it’s a bit ‘interesting”. Speculation is now... More

Is conflict driving Bangladesh’s politics and society?


Hate, insults, endless allegations and occasional physical confrontations have become the staple of Bangladesh’s political culture. No one is spared, and no one wants to be excluded. Instead of debate there is abuse. And then comes the... More

Bangladesh: A certain election in an uncertain season


Politics in Bangladesh is fluid in a way that would completely befuddle a non-citizen. However, the average Bangladeshi is a resilient human who has suffered so much political and other related turmoil that anxieties that usually beset... More

Parties over people


With elections to Bangladesh’s JatiyaSangsad (National Assembly) now declared to be held on December 23, the political scene in the country will enter a new phase. The announcement was sudden but not really unexpected given the way... More

Maldives elections and China-India ties


afsan Neither China nor India are in any ideological conflict over any issues. Both are dedicated trading nations, and both have gained from globalisation. China has done better with its infrastructure, skilled labour and management. It’s a... More

Bangladeshi politics and media: Strange bedfellows?


Bangladesh is well known for a flourishing media, rights violations of journalists and political activism rather than excellence. Media workers imagine themselves more as human rights and political activists than professionals. Many see themselves as frontline workers... More

Bangladesh’s grenade attack case: Politics of past or future?


The October 10 special tribunal verdict on the August 2004 grenade attack case that killed 24 and injured many including Bangladesh’s current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina didn’t carry too many surprises since it was a foregone conclusion... More

Indo-Bangla relations and the “termite” problem


fsan Indian’s ruling party BJP leader Amit Shah has called ‘illegal Bangladeshis’ as “termites” which will be cleaned out from the woodwork of Assam in particular. Its not just the unseemly language coming from a major political... More

South Asian media: Inventing a region?


South Asia is a popular buzz word which is rarely defined properly. This lack of clarity suits many as people have no idea what it actually means and how one is supposed to respond to it. The... More

Has digital media changed politics in Bangladesh?


Political nostalgia in Bangladesh centres around public and street agitations. It begins with the language movement of 1952 which defined the basic parameters of national aspiration. The next station of political memory is the 1962 student’s movement against... More

Does international pressure matter anymore?


There was once a time when international pressure on domestic issues of the less developed countries mattered. People would look at the West as the great savior particularly in countries where human rights was at bay. During... More

Bangladesh: A social media driven state?


It’s not easy to have a calm conversation in Bangladesh. Everyone is rushing to make a comment, observe and abuse. Or make a counter to all that. Anything that requires critical thought is discarded and the instant... More

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Hybrid warfare: Strategic coercion against Pakistan

While a globalised world was a cherished goal to bring people together, globalisation is increasingly used by one or the other country or group of countries to dominate the rest of the world by a violent process. Looking around we see wars in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen where the powers that be are trying to bend the power game towards themselves. Conventional wars are now more often not... More

Bangladesh’s Hercules syndrome and rule of vigilante law

A rapist was killed and his body was left with a note that said the death meted out to him was punishment for his crime. It was signed Hercules. A couple of other reports have appeared with such declarations and they have aroused considerable interest in media, particularly social media, the motherland of speculations. Who could be the possible vigilante killer? Long history Extra-judicial killings are nothing new and last... More

India key to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, says former Portuguese...

“This has less to do with geography than with history,” Macaes writes in his insightful book Belt and Road: A Chinese World Order. “As two rising giants, China and India will play a disproportionate role in shaping the new world political and economic order, but like every claim on the future, their role remain ambiguous. In China's case, the question is whether it will eventually measure up to the task... More

BJP has communalised process of awarding Indian citizenship?

Political realities have temporarily halted the BJP’s brazen attempt to communalise Indian citizenship requirements to the advantage of the majority Hindus and to the detriment of the minority Muslims. Evidently, there is also a bias in favour of the north Indian majority and against the Tamil minority in the matter of giving citizenship. But this has not been brought to light in a major and sustained way yet, because the... More

Amid peace talks, India and Ghani flog the dead-horse of elections...

Last week, Moscow hosted delegations from the Taliban and Afghanistan’s political opposition in a bid to establish sound political contacts between the two actors. The delegation of the opposition parties included Afghanistan’s former president, Hamid Karzai, and at least two female members, including a human rights activist, Hawa Nooristani, and a former parliament member Fawzia Koofi. The meeting in itself underscored the new political dynamics that would probably be at... More

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OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE BALANCE?


The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More

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