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BJP will use citizenship Bill to ‘invite’ Bangladeshi Hindus to India, party’s...


After the National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise in Assam identified 4 million people as suspected ‘foreigners’, the BJP’s West Bengal unit has planned to employ a proposed central legislation to demand the inclusion of Bangladeshi illegal... More

Bhutan’s middle class, armed forces and youth among voters who delivered poll...


The primary round of the third National Assembly election in Bhutan sprung a major surprise last Saturday with the incumbent People’s Democratic Party (PDP) led by Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay getting knocked out of the contest. PDP... More

What the Afghan war looks like after 17 years?


Afghanistan’s geopolitics has changed; the ‘war on terror’ narrative is absolutely dead given that the US is now talking to the Taliban (the erstwhile “terrorists”) and sees them as a political force. While the war in Afghanistan is... More

A flawed NRC, a dangerous proposed citizenship legislation and BJP’s cynical politics...


The year: 1993 The setting: The Delhi-based headquarters of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India’s external intelligence agency. The protagonists: RAW chief Jagjit Singh Aulakh and his junior colleagues Vijay Shukla and Vishwanath Reddy who plan to employ... More

Awami League infighting to hit party’s vote bank and poll prospects


Nearly 10 years of uninterrupted governance of the Awami League paved the way for “rule bending” and allowed “carte blanche” to activists to take to “extortion”, besides causing “intra-party factional feuds” and emboldening “criminal activities” which have... More

Protesting for a democracy, or a Monarchy?


The dust has barely settled on the streets of Colombo that the over twenty five thousand supporters of former President and his Joint Opposition (JO) trod last Wednesday but despite the general view that the Janabala Colambata... More

Shadow of India, Hasina government’s corruption, repression of BNP looms over Bangladesh...


Bangladesh will go into election mode in the next few months. Democratic transfer of power in Bangladesh became the norm ever since the overthrow of military dictator General H M Ershad in 1990. The army-backed caretaker government,... More

‘Kashmir not a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan’ 


Mirwaiz Umar Farooq is Kashmir’s chief religious cleric and head of Hurriyat Conference- a conglomerate of political groups that demands resolution of the Kashmir dispute. In an interview with South Asian Monitor, Mirwaiz underscores the need of an... More

Bhutan Elections: Four parties campaign for the primary round


Voters in Bhutan will head to the polls on September 15 to decide who among the four political parties will contest for the general round on October 18. The National Assembly of the second Parliament dissolved on... More

South Asian Monitor: Achievements and challenges in a new reality


South Asian Monitor has completed its two years in an age of media where the lines between international politics, journalism and economics are fraying. The media space is now more than just about reporting and how. It... More

Myanmar’s press freedom in the dock


Yangon: Two Myanmar reporters are about to hear whether they are to spend the next fourteen years in jail for courageously carrying out their job. They are accused of breaching the Official Secrets Act – an arcane... More

RSS gets ‘involved’ in pushing more Hindus as candidates for upcoming Bangladesh...


In pursuit of its ‘Hindu-centric’ agenda, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is pushing and lobbying with the Awami League as well as the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) for earmarking a minimum of 30 and a maximum of... More

As Japan enters into fray, China persists for edge over Lanka


China seemingly having got both feet quite firmly planted, on Sri Lankan ground, has awakened other competitors but indications are clear that China has a long-term vision for its strategy of being omnipresent in the island nation.... More

NTRO, India’s techint outfit, plagued by ‘expensive’ purchases and poor quality of...


Thirteen years after it was formally established, the National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO), India’s so-called equivalent of the American National Security Agency (NSA), is faced with a crisis of credibility as grave allegations of corruption and mismanagement... More

SL President initiates history of Lankan war with LTTE but questions abound


Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is to attempt a ‘comprehensive and unbiased’ history of Sri Lanka’s 30-year war against the Tamil Tiger militants who fought for a separate North-Eastern state “Tamil Eelam” until their annihilation by the... More

Fear mounting among Bengali Muslims in Indian state of Assam 


A catastrophic situation has emerged in India’s eastern state of Assam where about 40 lakh people, mostly Muslims, could lose their citizenship due to lack of the documents that could prove them as being Indians. On July 30,... More

Possibilities of Presidential pardon for sentenced Buddhist monk


In delivering the sentence of 19 years rigorous imprisonment against the General Secretary of the ultra-Buddhist nationalist Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) outfit, Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera on charges of Contempt of Court, the Court of Appeal in Sri... More

India, China and courting for the hand of Lanka


The ebb and flow of time has seen Lanka in the midst of two key main suitors, one – India, who got involved in the island’s ethnic conflict in the 1980s, first to train the LTTE and... 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

Fear mounting among Bengali Muslims in Indian state of Assam 


A catastrophic situation has emerged in India’s eastern state of Assam where about 40 lakh people, mostly Muslims, could lose their citizenship due to lack of the documents that could prove them as being Indians. On July 30,... More

Indian PM Modi’s close aide makes secret visit to Dhaka as RSS...


On July 24, a close aide to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with two intelligence officers, reached Dhaka, supposedly on a clandestine mission. Although the immediate objective of this person’s visit to the Bangladeshi capital is... More

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Afghanistan: The big story of massive aid waste

There are ghost soldiers; ghost police officers; ghost clinics and even ghost patients in Afghanistan. There are billions of dollars spent on papers, but there is very little on the ground. As such, despite spending billions on controlling narcotics to improving health conditions and the state of security, Afghanistan remains a country with too many ill-conceived programs and too little progress made on every front. The story of the massive... 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 politics developed over the past few weeks. The Awami League is not in a mood to listen to the others. Her main opponent, the JatiyaOikkyo Front, led by Dr Kamal Hossain and... More

Ensuring challenges provide opportunities

The situation in our country in the wake of global and internal changes affecting Pakistan has evoked multiple challenges. Not to get bogged down by their sheer number it seems important to analyse each and every challenge that the country is facing. These need not only a reaction from the state to tackle them but as an opportunity for developing new vistas of understanding for responding to the problems... More

Mixed messages from Myanmar’s bye-elections

Analysts are pouring over the results of Myanmar’s bye elections in Myanmar, vainly trying to read the tea leaves, and perhaps reading too much into them. But it was certainly a wake-up call for both major parties – the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) and the previous governing party, the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) – but the lessons that can be drawn for the future are... More

The Eurasian concept

When continents are defined as “mainly continuous expanses of land” one is left wondering why Europe and Asia, though very much a continuous land mass, have been perceived through centuries as two separate continents. One major reason may be that the western end of the Eurasian landmass took a very different turn in its development, with renaissance, scientific and industrial revolutions and ‘modernity’ changing its economic, social and intellectual... 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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