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OBOR: A vision as smooth as silk


Silk and spices, jade and jewels… the Silk Route conjures up exotic images of travel and trade, of the yesteryear. And now, as China presents... More

A rare national harmony on CPEC exhibited


The travel of all the chief ministers to China with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, which is a great sight to watch, materialized only after his... More

Buddhism being used as foreign policy plank by India,...


Buddhism was born in India in 5 th.Century BC and spread to South and East Asia in subsequent centuries to be the dominant Asian faith... More

There’s national identity, pride and protest in celebrating Pahela...


Pahela Baishakh, the traditional New Year, is a part of our economic history and it is a regional event too. It’s celebrated wherever monsoon comes in our... More

Rohingya killings expose fraud of Burmese ‘Democracy’


The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva last month adopted a resolution setting up an investigation into serious crimes committed by the Burmese (Myanmar)... More

The Untold Story of India’s Decision to Release 93,000...


On August 2, 1972 – eight months after the 13-day India-Pakistan war concluded on December 16, 1971 – India and Pakistan signed the Shimla Agreement... More

Border killings: Govinda a martyr, Felani a memory


When 15-year-old Felani was caught in the barbs of the border fence between India and Bangladesh, Indian Border Security Force (BSF) guards opened fire and... More

CPEC becomes center-point of transit trade routes


With related major energy and infrastructure projects being in full swing, China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has become the center-point where transit trade routes converge linking... More

Bangladesh: Curbing covert cultural osmosis


“Mujhe bhookh lagee hai, mujhe khaana de do!” the little girl called out as she came home from school. Her uncle, visiting from the village,... More

The voice of freedom


It’s February. It’s spring in Bangladesh. The trees are lit up with the fiery hues of shimul, palash and other brilliant blossoms. In the capital... More

India has 3 times external debt than rest 8...


India's foreign debt is the highest among the South Asian countries. Currently, rest of the south Asian countries combinedly have around 31 percent external debt... More

Shariah-Complaint Banking: Well worth a try


Poor and middle-class people, cutting across caste, class and community, were hit hard by the Narendra Modi government’s demonetisation decision, but the Muslim community was... More

Hydropower can change the face of South Asia


Bhutan and Nepal, two ‘least developed countries’ that could change the face of South Asia with the power of hydroelectricity. Both countries are part of... More

Bangladesh: Relaxing Investment Policy Cloaking Capital Flight


Bangladeshi investors are getting relaxed foreign investment opportunity without any specific policy. Bangladesh Bank will oversee investment on the case-to-case basis. No circular will be... More

India’s NSG entry seems remote


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with his Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar led a huge diplomatic effort round the year to enroll  Delhi in the... More

Modi’s regime: Anxiety is rising


The scrapping of high-value notes will be good for PM Modi's mid-term scorecard, say foreign media It was difficult for observers to argue at the start... More

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Next Door Nepal: Waiting for a PM

Several parallel and contradictory trends are clearly visible in Nepal’s politics, an area which has been a victim of a prolonged transition process and the resultant adhoc-ism over the years. Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda”, chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist Centre, on Wednesday claimed that his... More

1993 India-China border pact should guide India’s...

China’s ambitious One Belt One Road (OBOR) project to link countries of Asia through the construction of infrastructural facilities like roads, railways and ports all with an appropriate hinterland, is meant to break down geographical, economic, political and ideological barriers and give full expression to globalization, the... More

What will the jihadist takeover of Kashmir...

Given the momentum the movement for independence has recently picked in the Indian held Kashmir, the risk of this momentum being hijacked by religious radicalism has equally increased. Its first manifestation came when the leader of Hizb-ul-Mujahedin, Zakir Musa, recently announced that his struggle was for the... More

Naked ambition

India’s newly annunciated "Joint Armed Forces Doctrine" envisaging force projection beyond its borders mandates that the three services, Army, Navy and Air Force will fight as an integrated force. Calling for cooperation and inter-operability of goals, services, techniques, command structure and logistics as opposed to fighting independently... More

AL-BNP in mood swings while voters hope...

In the last couple of months, the AL-BNP conflict situation has become a bit intriguing. From a state of high confidence, the ruling party Awami League seems to be taking the Opposition party BNP more seriously as an opponent. But BNP’s organizational frame is in shambles and... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

India should either come up with a better plan for Sri...

When it comes to Sri Lanka, China has an ambitious agenda. It wants to turn the island nation into a trading and military outpost in the Indian Ocean.  And it has a good plan in advancing that agenda, including... More

 Sri Lanka in a balancing act over China’s One Belt, One...

While participating in last week’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) forum in Beijing, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe walked a tight rope: seeking economic and other benefits from China while maintaining close relations... More

China is working on the largest infrastructure endeavor in human history

No great power is complete without troops, warships and missiles sprinkled around the planet. Now China is squeaking into an exclusive club — joining America, Russia, France, and few others in operating at least one... More

Why Major Gogoi is wrong

  On April 9, the day of the election to the vacant Srinagar parliamentary seat, a cornered paramilitary unit in Budgam district called the army for assistance to secure a polling booth they were afraid... More

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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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