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The Budget is big: Does size matter?


Bangladesh’s Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith placed the annual national budget of the 2017-18 fiscal in parliament on Thursday, with an outlay of Tk 400,266 crore (Tk 4 trillion approx). This is 17.5 percent higher than... More

Will India go for war?


Indian strategists are divided on the issue of India embarking on immediate war with Pakistan. The hawkish are of the opinion that it’s time to show strength. They feel that the Kashmir issue has been dragged on... More

Separation of the judiciary and deft manipulations


Former Chief Justice Mustafa Kamal had drawn up the verdict of the Masdar Hossain versus the State, regarding separation of the judiciary. Justice Kamal passed away two and a half years ago, but about five years before... More

Times of India survey brings out salient features of Modi’s support base...


A survey conducted by the English and vernacular websites of the Times of India group on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s three years in office and his prospects in the next parliamentary elections in 2019, brings out... More

Three years of ‘Big Bang’ politics


Narendra Modi has just completed three years as India's prime minister after he took the BJP-led NDA to power with a clear majority, the first time since 1984. Modi's three years have been marked by chest thumping triumphalism... More

Indian RSS attempts to convert Nazrul!


Kazi Nazrul Islam, the national poet of Bangladesh, the pride of the Bengali nation, the revolutionary who stood up against the British colonialists, against religious hypocrisy, against class and caste discrimination, is now being used for all... More

National level prospects of Nepal’s opposition CPN (UML) hinge on June 14...


The Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist) led by former Prime Minister K.P.Sharma Oli, has come out with  flying colors in the first phase of the Nepalese local body elections held on May 14. Following the... More

Militant Buddhist extremism resurfaces in Lanka


After a lull following the election of the new Maithripala Sirisena-Ranil Wickremesinghe regime in 2015, the months of April and May this year has seen heightened attacks on mosques as well as inciting speeches against Muslims and... More

‘Gujarat is shining, is a lie’


One of the key architects of the pan-India movement to safeguarding secularism and fighting communalism, Jignesh Mevani, a 36-year-old lawyer-activist who has focused for long on Dalit land rights issues in Gujarat, has called for the defeat... More

Anti-Muslim militant Buddhism on the rise in Myanmar and Sri Lanka


Militant-political Buddhism is on the rise in Myanmar and Sri Lanka, both Buddhist-majority countries. It is exploiting the political vacuum existing in these countries due to weak governments, to build a strong political constituency with the aim... More

Eight years after war, Lanka still struggles for reconciliation

On 18th May 2009 Sri Lanka’s protracted 30th year old war grinded to a bloody halt in Mulliwaikkal, a narrow strip of land between the Nandikadal lagoon and the Bay of Bengal in Mullaitivu district in North... More

Mamata’s China trip: Chinese consul hopeful


China has not given up on the proposed trip of West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, its consul-general in Calcutta Ma Jhanwu has said. Jhanwu told a media briefing on the OBOR conference in Beijing that Banerjee is... More

BSF Study on cross-border crimes urges direct communication to counter human trafficking


A pioneering study by the Border Security Force (BSF) has revealed that Human Trafficking networks on the highly-sensitive Indo-Bangladesh border are in the danger of gaining a foothold in Indian territory. A key recommendation to avert this situation... More

India isolates itself as the rest of Asia joins China’s OBOR summit


By spurning China’s invitation to be part of the multi-billion dollar, multi-continental One Belt One Road (OBOR) project on an issue of “sovereignty” India has completely isolated itself from Asia, and even its immediate neighborhood, South Asia,... More

South Asia Satellite: Space diplomacy or domination?


In a rather bizarre turn of events, on 5 May this year India launched a satellite into space. This is not the first satellite it has launched and will certainly not be the last, but the bizarre... More

Vision 2030: A smart move


Begum Khaleda Zia, chairperson of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), has declared the party’s Vision 2030. To many, it came too early with election scheduled for 2019. However, the party has made a smart move and tactically... More

ICJ has not taken a position against Pakistan on Yadhav


Following India petitioning the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to move against the decision of the Pakistani Field General Court Martial which sentenced alleged Indian spy, Kulbashan Yadhav, to death on charges of espionage, Pakistan has called... More

Modi comes calling again: But the icon of March 2015 is a...


On his first visit to Sri Lanka in March 2015, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a South Asian icon to be looked up to and emulated. His rise from being a humble tea boy to be... More

Drones to deal with Maoists in India


At a review meeting Monday of Chief Ministers and Police Chiefs of 10 Left Wing Extremism-affected states in New Delhi, Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh called for the use of drones and the choking of financial resources... More

New defence doctrine: Indian armed forces to stretch security duty beyond borders


With growing aspirations as a nation with a greater role in the new world order, India strives for more intense involvement with global developments. Itprepares to use its geographical location and multifaceted national power to influence the... More

Bi-polar politics enters the West Bengal scene

West Bengal politics at present is rife with threats and counter threats between Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Trinamool Congress. Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee portrays herself as a proper Hindu, but accused BJP of creating religious... More

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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

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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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