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We have to keep the door open for possibilities:...


Abdul Basit’s tenure as Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India began in March 2014, a few months before the NDA government assumed office. The last three... More

I know PM Modi well … There is nothing...


Former President, prior to his departure to Japan, spoke to Kelum Bandara of Daily Mirror about the current situation of the country in the aftermath... More

Arundhati Roy: Ignoring of things is as political as...


Towards the end of Arundhati Roy’s The Ministry of Utmost Happiness (Penguin), there’s a poem by Tilottama, one of her two protagonists: “How to tell... More

‘Curbs on cattle sale violate human rights, against Constitution’


Selvagomathy, Managing Trustee of Justice Shivaraj V. Patil Foundation for Social Legal Education and Development, a non-governmental organisation based in Madurai, took centre stage on... More

‘Some people feel they can commit any crime with...


Kazi Reazul Huq joined the civil service in 1973. He became a member of the Human Rights Commission in June 2010 and continued in this... More

‘Kashmir Could Lead To A Nuclear Accident If There...


In Kashmir, the students are protesting in the streets ­demanding azadi, while the Election Commission of India has cancelled the Lok Sabha ­bypolls in Anantnag.... More

We want India in peace process, says Palestine President...


Palestinian President calls for international involvement in peace making. In an interview to The Hindu, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says Israel is working against the... More

‘It is up to India’s neighbours to decide or...


Professor Hu Shisheng, Director at the Institute of South and Southeast Asian and Oceanian Studies at China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, keeps a close... More

Russia’s move to bring peace in Afghanistan is certainly...


For years, former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has been outspoken in his criticism of U.S. action in the war on terror. But in the aftermath... More

Is China-US confrontation on the horizon?


As the world's two most influential powers, the future relations between China and the US have garnered worldwide attention. Recently, the Russia Today (RT) talked... More

‘No question of deferring entire election’

Nepal's Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Ajay Shankar Nayak is an MP belonging to CPN (Maoist Center) from Siraha district. Nayak, who is... More

US Ambassador to Burma: ‘We Urge All Parties to...


In an interview at the US Embassy in Rangoon recently, The Irrawaddy’s editor Kyaw Zwa Moe talked to the US Ambassador to Burma, Scot Marciel... More

Farooq Abdullah: Wake up India, talk to Pakistan or...


National Conference chief and former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Dr Farooq Abdullah, who is contesting the state by-elections from Srinagar, said that the... More

‘India cannot ignore our rights to Teesta water’


Prominent Bangladeshi hydrology expert Dr Ainun Nishat sits down with the Dhaka Tribune to discuss the much-talked-about issue of sharing Teesta water between Bangladesh and... More

Separate council for Muslims if North and East re-merged


Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) Leader Rauff Hakeem, in an interview with Daily Mirror speaks about the aspirations of Muslims in Constitution making and the... More

‘Hasina’s visit will add a new chapter to Indo-Bangla...


Private power producers such as Adani Power and Reliance Power have robust investment plans for Bangladesh’s energy sector, India’s High Commissioner to Bangladesh Harsh Vardhan... More

Choice of Adityanath is risky, says Walter Andersen


The recent Assembly elections in five Indian States have established the  pre-eminence of the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the country’s polity. Nistula... More

U.S. and China cannot avoid security competition…


Sebastian Rosato, an Associate Professor at the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science and Director of the Notre Dame International Security Program, famously theorized... More

In new book, a side of Aurangzeb India is...


Not something we are used to reading about the Mughal emperor, but historian Audrey Truschke has a distinct take on the most hated of Babur’s... More

OBOR important to enhance connectivity, integration: Jin Liqun


The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) started its operation as a new multilateral financial institution on January 16 last year. Its president Jin Liqun is... More

If two young leaders come together, people’s hopes will...


After seven public meetings on Monday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, 43, has a bit of hoarse throat. That, however, doesn’t deter him from... More

COLUMN

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

EDITOR'S CHOICE

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

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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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