What the student protests mean for Bangladesh

I reached out for my copy of Willem Van Schendel’s A History of Bangladesh on Wednesday last week, almost two weeks after the beginning of the student-led protests against unauthorised vehicles and unlicensed drivers on the roads... More

Preventing illegal migrants, commitment of Indira-Mujib accord: Modi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was quoted in an interview published today as saying that “preventing illegal migrants was a commitment in the Indira-Mujib Accord of 1972 and Rajiv Gandhi-AASU (All Assam Students Union) of 1985.” Modi made... More

Bangladesh has damaged its democratic credentials with the latest crackdown

On July 29, after a speeding bus killed two high school students in Dhaka, students across the city began to protest peacefully against the lack of road safety measures. Some of the protestors were as young as... More

Dhaka, Kathmandu ink MoU on hydroelectricity

Bangladesh has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Nepal to fast-track the process of importing hydroelectricity from Himalayan country. State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid and his Nepali counterpart Barsha Man Pun signed... More

‘None will be spared’: students fear reprisals over Bangladesh unrest

The list began spreading from phone to phone on Saturday, just as police were starting to fire teargas and rubber bullets at protesters in Dhaka demonstrating for safer roads. “Please pass these addresses to trusted people through Messenger... More

As Hasina hardens stand, Bangladesh may head for repeat of 2007 but...

In the backdrop of reports of an internal pre-poll survey that predicts that the Sheikh Hasina-led Awami League may be electorally decimated, should free and fair polls be held, and the setback to the regime following its... More

‘We are dreaming of justice’: BD students demand change after traffic deaths

Mohammad should have been studying for his upcoming college entrance exam. Instead the 17-year-old set out to document the mass student protests that have gripped Bangladesh’s capital for the past two weeks, pitting the righteous indignation of... More

Protests in Bangladesh reveal the deep insecurity of the government

It doesn’t take much to bring traffic to a halt in Dhaka, the teeming capital of Bangladesh. Most days, cars move only sluggishly. Then there are days without any traffic on the roads, but that’s not out... More

Journalists attacked, arrest the culprits

Unruly persons, allegedly backed by the government, launched an attack on journalists gathering news on the students’ demonstrations for safe roads. This is unthinkable in any civilised democratic country. The attackers swooped down on the journalists, mercilessly... More

Railway link between Tripura, Bangladesh soon, says India

A new railway line, connecting Tripura with Bangladesh, will be laid soon, Union minister Jitendra Singh said Tuesday. The Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) added that the work had already started on the 45-km-long... More

As bachcha andolan rocks Bangladesh, is Sheikh Hasina still India’s best bet?

After Awami League government’s brutal handling of a children’s protest, charges of unbridled corruption, a rush of Chinese money in polity, and gratuitous attacks on Hindus beneath secular talk, India must rethink whether we continue to back... More

Raghu Rai urges Bangladesh PM to not punish Shahidul

Noted Indian photojournalist and a friend of Bangladesh Liberation War Raghu Rai today urged Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to not punish photographer Shahidul Alam in an open letter published on Facebook. “May I humbly request and plead not... More

Japan Tobacco buying Bangladesh Akij’s tobacco business for $1.5 billion

Japan Tobacco Inc (2914.T) is buying the tobacco business of Bangladesh’s Akij Group for around $1.5 billion, its second major purchase in five months as the world’s third-biggest cigarette maker seeks new growth markets to offset shrinking... More

‘Tortured in custody’, alleges top BD photographer

Prize winning Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam seemed to be walking with difficulty as policemen held his arms and helped him go in and out of a Dhaka court Monday (August 6). He told his lawyers and family members... More

Beyond borders: Kolkata students’ community holds Chhatra League cadres responsible for attack...

A week after Dhaka erupted in protests by high school and college students over road safety, followed by “vested interests” to disrupt and evict the demonstrators over the last two days, the boys and girls on the... More

Looking deeper into Bangladesh’s teen revolution

Tens of thousands of teenagers crippled various major cities of Bangladesh for three days in a row in protests against the country’s lawless transportation sector. The movement started when two students were killed by a commercial bus... More

US Ambassador’s motorcade attacked in Bangladesh

The United States Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat came under attack in Mohammadpur, Dhaka. Before the attack, Marcia was attending the residence of Badiul Alam Majumder, secretary of the civil society advocacy group SHUJAN, whose house was also... More

Unrest in Bangladesh as student road safety protests turn violent

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged students Sunday to go home as police fired tear gas during an eighth day of unprecedented protests over road safety which have paralysed parts of Dhaka. Students in their tens of thousands... More

BD withdraws port restrictions on goods from Tripura

Bangladesh has withdrawn port restrictions on 27 goods from the northeastern Indian state of Tripura, say sources in the Department of Industry and Commerce. The goods include: raw rubber, broomsticks, bamboo products, CNG spare parts, stone boulders, and... More

Bangladesh sees stalled floating LNG terminal starting operations in days

A vessel that arrived in Bangladesh in April to offload its maiden cargo of liquefied natural gas and moor permanently as an import terminal should begin operations “within a week” after bad weather hampered its start-up, an... More

In Dhaka, angry students have taken over police duties, are not even...

Bangladesh’s capital has seen widespread student protests after two students were run over by a bus on Sunday. Students have set up blockades on major roads, vandalised cars and most uniquely are acting as a vigilante traffic... More


No more PSLs abroad

“The pulsating cheering crowd in the National Stadium Karachi for the PSL Final, and subsequently for the three international T20s, underscored the return of peace to a city (and country) torn by internal strife. Bereft of any sports spectacle and living in cold fear for life and limb of their (and their families) because of open-ended threats from terrorists, political, religious and the criminal kind, the people of Karachi... More

Only non-interference will mitigate anti-India feelings in Nepal

New Delhi has been receiving shock after shock in the past few days from Nepal, a country which is the closest to India in religious and culture terms, and which Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited four times since he came to power four years ago. The simplistic theory of the votaries of Hindutva that Hinduism alone is enough to keep Nepal in the Indian sphere of influence has... 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 the cold war days, this was strong too and many decisions were taken on the basis of what global public opinion would say. However, in recent years this has mattered less and... More

Pompeo claims to “reset” ties with Pakistan but makes India “strategic...

Just few days before the arrival of the US Secretary of the State, Mike Pompeo, in Pakistan, the US officially cancelled US$300 million aid to Pakistan, signaling the acute low health of Pak-US ties. Then came Mike Pompeo, who stayed in Pakistan for a few hours, and went to India, claiming to have “reset” ties with Pakistan, implying as if deconstructing an old building (the military aid) was necessary... More

UN report accuses Myanmar’s military of genocide

The UN’s independent human rights investigators have issued the toughest verdict yet on the crisis in Myanmar’s war-torn western region of Rakhine State. The investigators’ report does not mince words and is going to have major ramifications, both within the country, and within the international community. In their report, they called on the UN Security Council to refer the Myanmar situation to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or for an... More



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