If you are looking for a nice bedside reading or something to occupy you during a short-haul flight then pick Raza Rumi’s Being Pakistani. It is not an academic treatise written by an expert for experts but... More
Authors of Pakistani origin writing in English are on fire abroad. And in Pakistan, they are igniting a frisson of excitement and minor pyrotechnics among their readership. It is a moment to celebrate. If this reviewer could... More
Politics in Bangladesh is fluid in a way that would completely befuddle a non-citizen. However, the average Bangladeshi is a resilient human who has suffered so much political and other related turmoil that anxieties that usually beset people when faced with such situations doesn’t affect him much.
For starters, both the Awami League and the BNP are in total disagreement over how an election should be conducted. It’s so fundamental... More
The advertising and media worlds are there to inform the public: the media about what is going on in the world of politics, art and business, while advertisements are there to promote products, politics, individuals. Both these are means to convince the masses that they should “buy” what is being sold to them. Advertisements have developed into a major means of income for media – newspapers, TV channels and... More
Aung San Suu Kyi is attending the Asean meetings in Singapore this week, seeking support from her Asian allies in dealing with the country’s Rakhine crisis. She especially wants the members of the regional bloc to back her government’s efforts to resettle the returning Muslim refugees—who have fled the violence in Myanmar’s strife-torn western region—and to be involved in future reconciliation efforts.
So, a Nargis-style approach, led by Asean but... More
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
The opposition in India has blamed the Narendra Modi government for "ruining national institutions". Last week, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) seemed to fall apart over severe differences between its chief Alok Verma and his number two Rakesh Asthana, a Gujarat cadre IPS officer known to be close to Modi. The government's intervention to send both officers on leave was challenged in the Supreme Court by Verma, amid television... 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