“We are not a wholly democratic society yet because our constitution is...

Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi sat down for her first one-on-one interview with NHK in 5 years. In the interview, Aung San Suu Kyi told NHK World correspondent Orie Sugimoto that deep-rooted anti-Rohingya sentiment... More

Interview with former RAW chief A S Dulat

Murtaza: Do you think the book has achieved its purpose? Dulat: It is very difficult to say. As General Durrani says in the introduction of the book, this book has been written in the right earnest in a... More

Bangladesh budget for FY2019: Good, bad and ugly

The national budget is a means to manage the economy of a country through collection of revenue from various sources and making expenditures for development programmes. Hence, budget, though planned for only one fiscal year, has a... More

Without a trace: Enforced disappearances in Bangladesh

A month before the scheduled execution of Mir Quasim Ali, a member of the opposition Jamaat-e-Islami party in Bangladesh, his son and lawyer Mir Ahmad bin Quasim was preparing to appeal the death sentence in the Supreme... More

Modi wants no part of China-US rivalry, but still manages to keep...

With Washington’s Indo-Pacific strategy set to boost India’s role in the region, New Delhi is working hard to avoid being caught in the middle of the growing rivalry between China and the United States, observers said. That might... More

Bangladesh and nuclear power: Significance for India

The Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) in Bangladesh has the potential to re-energise India-Russia cooperation and significantly enhance India’s geopolitical clout and standing in the nuclear community. The RNPP (whose construction began in 2013) will be Bangladesh’s first... More

Indo-US nexus in Indian Ocean & beyond

The Pentagon is renaming its oldest and largest military command to reflect the growing importance of the Indian Ocean in US strategic thinking, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Wednesday. From now on, the storied US Pacific... More

Alliance is the need of the hour: Deve Gowda

Haradanahalli Doddegowda Deve Gowda, 85, wears his years rather lightly. Just back from a tiring pilgrimage, the patriarch of the Janata Dal (Secular) and former Prime Minister is besieged with requests for press interviews even as crowds... More

‘Afghans Dying Every Day’: Politicians slam security treaty with US

There is no other way than to consider a new Afghan security agreement that will bring together both regional players and global powers to ensure the security in the country, Afghan politicians have told Sputnik, stressing that... More

Modi’s protectionist war on China is a serious mistake

The economic tailwinds provided by low oil prices, a weak dollar, low interest rates, easy financial conditions and a relatively benign geopolitical environment have begun to reverse for emerging markets. And none seems more exposed than India. The... More

Culprits get perverse incentive from repeated banking scams: Salehuddin

Bangladesh is no longer any unviable state but the fruits of its development are yet to reach the commoners, according to former governor of Bangladesh Bank Salehuddin Ahmed. He feels the country’s main development priority should be to... More

People across India are losing faith in Modi’s economic policies: CSDS survey

The 'Mood of the Nation (MOTN) Poll by the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) has said that a large number of Indians are unhappy with the economic policies of the Narendra Modi government. The survey... More

What Is Behind Amnesty’s Burmese Military-Friendly Report?

Amnesty International’s latest briefing report on the Rohingya crisis has managed to create a stir in an already riotous social media scene around Myanmar. The report has attracted widespread condemnation, including a comment by the Bangladesh Foreign... More

India’s opposition shows signs of life

As a politician, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is distinguished by his relentlessness. Every vote, every constituency, every election matters. Modi has built his Bharatiya Janata Party into an electoral juggernaut that runs 21 of India’s 29... More

Pentagon accuses Russia to avoid criticism over Afghanistan campaign: Analyst

A Pentagon representative has claimed that Russia is not doing enough to address the radicalization of terrorists. Earlier, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov said that Daesh* is fleeing from Syria and Iraq and bolstering their positions... More

Denying Muslims the opportunity to offer Namaz in open violates cultural liberty

Denial of open space to Muslims in Gurugram to offer namaz by some groups formed in the name of Hinduism is a negation of Sarva Dharma Sambhav which remains the foundational pillar of our secularism enshrined in... More

Bhutan’s happiness faces growing pains of development

When the World Health Organization recently named and shamed the world’s most polluted cities, it contained a notable surprise. Pasakha, a industrial town in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, was ranked second behind Muzaffarpur in India. With... More

ARSA conspicuous in its silence

On Jan. 31, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army posted a press statement on Twitter with the heading, “Notice to other armed groups, dacoit (bandit) groups, human trafficking groups, drug trafficking groups and some other groups commissioned by... More

Pakistan is not a problem, but part of solution: Top Afghan official

Pakistan is not part of the problem but solution to the current challenges facing by Afghanistan, said a top Afghan official on Tuesday. Deputy Afghan Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai, who was heading an Afghan delegation for a... More

Pakistan’s economy goes from bad to worse as growth seen slowing

Pakistan’s outgoing government expects the economy will grow at the fastest pace in more than a decade in the coming fiscal year, but economists are doubtful. Standard Chartered Plc, Elixir Securities Pakistan Pvt. and BMA Capital Management Ltd.... More

Myanmar allows full foreign ownership in retail and wholesale

YANGON -- Foreign companies are now allowed to invest in Myanmar's retailers and wholesalers, including holding 100% stakes, as the country makes efforts to lift foreign investment amid the Rohingya refugee crisis. The Ministry of Commerce announced the... More


Despite controversy, Afghanistan Peace Process makes major strides

Despite Kabul’s publicly made allegations on the US about ‘selling Afghanistan to the Taliban’ in the peace talks, there is little gainsaying that the Afghan-US war has never been so close to ending through settlement than it is now. While Kabul continues to express its anger over being excluded, there is little, given the legitimacy crisis Kabul is itself facing, that even the principal Afghan actors can do to... More

Regulators and conflict of interest

A governmental body created by a legislature to implement and enforce specific laws, a "Regulatory Agency" or a "Regulator" would usually have quasi-legislative functions, executive functions, and judicial functions. Many laws govern social and economic matters, such as income tax, environmental laws, occupational health and safety laws, real estate law, employment laws, etc. A regulatory agency serves two primary functions in govt: implement the laws and enforce the same. Regulations... More

Is Bangladesh an online state?

Bangladesh is an online state with an incredibly high number of virtual citizens. Few can match them in enthusiasm, participation and enjoyment of what the online world offers, good or bad. Much great stuff happens on the net but so does nasty stuff. It’s also a great producer of cultural and otherwise, not to mention, political ones. The recent spate of actions against online content considered “harmful” have spiked, which,... More

How China might undo Saudi plans for Iran?

The recent Saudi bid to increase its economic and political influence in South Asia (Pakistan and India) is, as I pointed out in my previous stories for SAM, largely informed not just by the imperative of a Saudi economic expansion across Asia and avoid economic doom, but also by the objective of snatching Iran’s share of oil market in this part of the world. This is partly one reason... More

Pakistan receives warning from Iran not to join Saudi proxy war

Pakistan has received a stern warning from Iran's Major-General Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' Qods Force and other senior in the aftermath of the February 13, 2019 attack on their forces by Iranian Baluch militants in the country's restive Sistan and Baluchistan province bordering Pakistan. The new tone from Tehran is a response to Pakistan's recent tilt back toward Saudi Arabia since Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran... 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