Bangladesh’s crossfire doctrine

When the audio clip of Ekramul Haque being shot dead on May 26, 2018 went viral online, it did two things. First, it put on record the horrific reality of Bangladesh’s extrajudicial killings. A wailing wife... More

Gazipur ‘national’ election

You don’t hear about ‘fair play’ in the FIFA World Cup anymore. It’s not needed. The flurry of fouls in the first half with no call for penalty, reminds one of prevailing global circumstances... More

Step up support for Rohingyas: UN Chief appeals to world

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Monday called upon the international community to step up efforts to help Rohingyas living in Bangladesh. "My appeal to the int’l community is to step up support," he said. The... More

BD tech firms eye Chinese funding, expertise for future growth

Bangladeshi technology firms, which are facing challenges in accessing funding to upgrade their technologies, are now looking towards China to boost their future productivity and competitiveness. Young but promising Bangladeshi IT entrepreneurs have said they... More

Bangladesh, UNHCR set to issue ID cards for Rohingya

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has been working with the Bangladesh government to verify the identities of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar’s Rakhine State and issue ID cards for them, according to... More

Forget Pakistan, China-Bangladesh is the one to watch

China-Bangladesh relations have undergone dramatic transformation from a formerly adversarial relationship to an enduring strategic partnership. During the liberation of Bangladesh in 1971, China supported Pakistan. Post-liberation of Bangladesh, China even vetoed that country’s... More

Bangladesh is keen on buying renewable power from India

India’s neighbour Bangladesh is exploring the possibility of expanding electricity trade between the two countries using capacity generated from renewable sources. “I have approached my Indian counterparts on whether we can develop some system to... More

One day does not an election make

The much-awaited Gazipur city election is over, the “we-knew-it-from-before” polls results are upon us, the “impartiality” of the police and the “neutrality” of the civil administration have once again been demonstrated, the never-too-late-to-follow “certificate”... More

The battle for Bangladesh: India vs. China

The India-China tug-of-war for influence in Bangladesh began on August 31, 1975 when China became one of the last countries to recognize independent Bangladesh. India had been Bangladesh’s clear partner, deploying its military to... More

China says feels Myanmar ready to take back Rohingyas

China believes that Myanmar is now ready to take back hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims sheltering in Bangladesh who have fled violence in the former Burma, the Chinese government’s top diplomat told his... More

China offers aid to Bangladesh over Rohingya refugee crisis

China's foreign minister says his country will offer humanitarian assistance to Bangladesh to help shelter and feed hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya refugees from neighboring Myanmar. Wang Yi also told reporters that China hoped... More

US links Bangladesh’s elections to Indo-Pacific stability

US Ambassador Marcia Bernicat has linked free, fair and credible elections in Bangladesh with the stability of the Indo-Pacific region for which the new American administration has adopted a strategy. “The US and Bangladesh are... More

Bangladesh foreign minister visits China

Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali will arrive to China Friday on a three-day visit during which the implementation of the outcome of President Xi Jinping's visit to Dhaka will be reviewed, an... More

Bangladesh’s new military deal with China

 A new contract has been signed that will see China deliver 23 units of Hongdu K-8W intermediate training jets to the Bangladesh Air Force (BAF). The deal was sealed on June 20 at the... More

U.N. starts registering Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

The United Nations and the Bangladesh government have started formally registering hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who have fled a military crackdown in Myanmar, a move that officials say would help their eventual... More

Bangladesh’s democratic erosion: How democracy assistance can help

Bangladesh has drawn global attention as it struggles to manage the ongoing humanitarian crisis caused by nearly one million forcibly displaced Rohingya who has fled to escape violence in neighboring Myanmar. While international organizations... More

Bangladeshi peacekeeper killed in attack in South Sudan

A peacekeeper from Bangladesh was killed on Tuesday when unidentified gunmen ambushed a humanitarian convoy on a road in South Sudan, two United Nations sources said. South Sudan slid into violence in late 2013 when... More

AIIB bullish on Bangladesh

Bangladesh is progressively becoming one of the more important countries for the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, with the China-led multilateral lender looking to bankroll energy and transport projects in the country. “We are very bullish... More

Indian Navy chief in Dhaka: Defence ties, new areas for naval cooperation...

Amidst growing influence of China on Bangladesh, Indian Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba has landed in Dhaka on a five-day "goodwill visit". Militaries of both the countries have been maintaining strong ties over the years,... More

Like Awami League, BNP too seeks client-patron ties with India

One afternoon in the second week of June, I received a call on my mobile phone from an unknown number. Speaking in English, the caller identified himself as Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury, a member... More

Indian Navy chief visits Bangladesh

Chief of Naval Staff of Indian Navy Admiral Sunil Lanba arrived in Dhaka on Sunday on an invitation from the Chief of Naval Staff of Bangladesh Navy Admiral Nizamuddin Ahmed. Admiral Sunil Lanba, also Chairman... More


India faces tough choices as the US sanctions Iran

For the Indian policy makers, one of the crucial questions today is of how to walk a balancing act between the US, their prime strategic ally, and Iran, their traditional regional ally and, of course, third biggest supplier of oil.  The question has become even more significant ever since... More

Writing on the Wall

Even a cursory analysis of the three Nawaz Sharif sackings as PM reveals one constant sordid fact, his incurring penchant to listen to a bunch of “unelectable advisors” who constantly feed his already inflated ego about his supposed omni-potency. The 1993 sacking did him wonders, turning an Establishment “puppet... More

Something is broken in Bangladesh: Will it heal?

There is something scared about the relationship between a University, its teachers and students. It is built on trust, obligation, mutual affection and much more. Its as if the teacher is the parent, the campus is the home. A relationship is inherently therefore written into this unwritten contract. It was... More

Myanmar minister’s mission impossible

Myanmar’s new finance minister, Soe Win is determined to revitalize the government’s economic policies and ensure their effective implementation, according to government insiders. Although he has only been in his post for less than two months, there are significant signs that with him at the helm, the government’s commitment... More

The Wuhan spirit of cooperation picks up

The informal Modi-Xi summit at Wuhan had decided to provide “strategic guidance” to their militaries to manage and defuse troop confrontations along the 4057 km Line of Actual Control (LAC). The two leaders asserted that during patrolling, the two armies should stick to existing protocols and mechanisms. These range... More


India’s social-media ‘lynch mobs’ pose growing threat

Social-media platforms are often criticized for their susceptibility to toxic dialogue and vicious attacks. It is a problem that India knows well. Just ask External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, whose recent vilification by members and supporters of her own ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is a case in point. Swaraj... More

The new trade order

Since the start of the year, U.S. President Donald Trump has lashed out at allies and adversaries alike on trade. Often, as with India, the U.S. has pushed for enhanced security cooperation at the same time it declared trade relations a national security threat. The belligerence has left many... More

One day does not an election make

The much-awaited Gazipur city election is over, the “we-knew-it-from-before” polls results are upon us, the “impartiality” of the police and the “neutrality” of the civil administration have once again been demonstrated, the never-too-late-to-follow “certificate” of the Election Commission has been delivered and, of course, our democracy now stands “strengthened”. As... More

The PDP-BJP coalition was an unnatural and opportunistic alliance

The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. Only a few weeks ago I had poured out my... 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