The Guardian view on Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s impressive run in the Champions Trophy, though terminated by a thrashing from India in the semi-final last week, highlighted the cricket team’s striking progress and won... More

IS killing won’t impact China-Pakistan ‘Iron brother’ ties

After an extremist organization announced it had killed the two Chinese citizens it kidnapped in Pakistan last week, speculation has been swirling among Indian and... More

The government is seeking to muzzle media that is...

Whichever way one looks at the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raids conducted on the NDTV offices and the residence of its promoters, it is difficult to... More

Mideast diplomatic row shows deep-rooted conflict

Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Yemen and the Maldives cut diplomatic ties with Qatar on Monday, accusing the country of supporting terrorism and interfering in... More

Fatwa against terrorism

When violence is justified in the name of religion, it is best countered with the language of religion. Last Saturday, 31 prominent scholars from all... More

Diplomatic community voices concern over attacks on minorities

The Government has come under fire from civil society groups and Muslims for its failure to act fast in checking attacks on mosques and shops... More

China and India make big strides on climate change

Until recently, China and India have been cast as obstacles, at the very least reluctant conscripts, in the battle against climate change. That reputation looks... More

Sri Lanka and New Economic World Order

China hosting a mega event this week not only announced that it has arrived on the world scene as a major economic power-house, but telegraphed... More

India needs to look beyond rifts with China

The Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation concluded successfully yesterday with fruitful results. As so many large delegations participated, including from the US, Japan... More

Dealing with the neighbours

Pakistan seems to be surrounded by hostility. Other than the ever-present problems with India, in recent weeks there has been a heightening of tensions with... More

De-programming militants

How to take the militancy out of militants has been an abiding question for many years — and there is no simple single answer. Militants... More

Babri Masjid demolition trials: Ayodhya again

A nearly moribund prosecution has been given a new lease of life by the Supreme Court. By ordering a joint trial into two cases arising... More

Will ‘Mother of All Bombs’ scare NK?

The US on Thursday dropped the "Mother of All Bombs" - the most powerful nonnuclear bomb used by the US so far - on an... More

Prime Minister off to ‘Land of the Rising Sun’

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe leaves for Japan today to enhance relations between the two countries. Premier Wickremesinghe and his entourage is the first high profile... More

Reorienting the army

The Nepal Government is reportedly preparing to award the Rs 112 billion contract for the fast-track highway to the Nepal Army. It is an open secret... More

US on Pak-India talks

US AMBASSADOR to the UN Nikki Haley, a rising star in the administration of President Donald Trump, has made another blunt statement that has drawn... More

Destroying Heritage

The UN Security Council (UNSC) on Friday, unanimously adopted a resolution condemning the destruction of cultural heritage sites and warned that attacks such as those... More

The Guardian view on a key poll: victory for...

The world breathed a sigh of relief last week as the Islamophobe populist Geert Wilders failed to become the head of the biggest party in... More

Stent scandal

Some months after a massive scandal involving the use of substandard stents for heart patients undergoing angioplasty at both public and private-sector hospitals in Punjab,... More

Challenges for Afghanistan

Many years of war against terrorism in Afghanistan have proved to be tiring. The international forces that were involved in the war have mostly withdrawn... More

BJP wins big in Uttar Pradesh, India’s Largest State

Prime Minister Narendra Modi led his party to a landslide victory in India’s largest state on Saturday, consolidating his power and putting him in a... More


Eid and the culture of the travelling classes

The local grocer asked me if I was going outside Dhaka for Eid. I replied that I was totally urban with no village home to visit and wish or means to pursue fun and shopping in Kolkata or Bangkok or elsewhere. He was disappointed as many of... More

Talent and sprit running wild

Precariously making the cut for the eighth and final spot on the ICC ODI rankings, Pakistan came into the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy tournament as rank underdogs. Routed by India in their very first match by a whopping 124 runs, almost everyone gave up on Pakistan. One... More

Better Late than Never

As they say, better late than never. One of the more positive moves of India's Modi government has also been one of its least publicised one. Perhaps because the move to ratify the UN TIR convention will not provide much domestic mileage. India has now ratified the... More

China looms larger than ever in Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s top civilian leader – the State Counselor -- remains torn between Asia and the West. And a spat with the UN is pushing Myanmar increasingly into China’s arms. In the past month, the Lady – as she is commonly known -- has... More

The violent route to states’ reorganization in India

Although India has been a democracy with a plethora of institutions to solve political, social and economic problems through debate and discussion, significant domestic changes have come about, not through constitutional means, but through violence. Indian ruling classes, whether ethnic, linguistic or religious, have shown a consistent tendency... More


Belt and Road helps Nepal diversify relations and expand trade ties

Despite a high amount of political pressure exerted by India, Nepal signed a Belt and Road initiative deal with China on May 12, three years after a preliminary agreement. It is believed that Nepal would... More

Dynamics of Afghan conflict

The United States has finally understood that it is not winning in Afghanistan and that it needs to forge a fresh strategy to attain its objectives. Its long-running objective has been to defeat the... More

Attack on Fakhrul sends ominous signal for politics

Having faced insulting comments and criticism from the ruling party, secretary general of the opposition BNP Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir had wanted to go and stand by the side of the suffering people of... More

A brilliant future for China-SL cooperation under the ‘Belt and Road’...

On 14 and 15 of May, The Belt and Road Forum (BRF) for International Cooperation was successfully held in Beijing. This international gathering brought together 29 heads of state and government, and 1,500 representatives... More



Reaction to “Behind Hasina’s RAW tirade”

David Bergman, British investigative journalist based in Bangladesh, commented on a recently published column of South Asian Monitor titled "SOUTHERN EYE: Behind Hasina’s RAW tirade" in his facebook profile. "This is a fascinating and detailed article... More

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