Rising income inequality in South Asia: India’s Richest 1%...

In signs of rising income inequality, India's richest 1 per cent now hold a huge 58 per cent of the country's total wealth -- higher... More

Is South Asia heading to a nuclear conflict?

Nuclear weapons could be used in the regional conflict in South Asia – the warning from the outgoing US Vice President Joe Biden came on... More

What meant for Afghan-India air corridor?

Within months after the call of the US to India to step up military aid to Afghanistan to counter Taliban insurgency, last month, Kabul and... More

Bangladesh Needs to Respect Rights on its Action against...

The Bangladesh government clamped down on media and civil society and state authorities detained, maimed, killed, and disappeared members of the political opposition, Human Rights... More

Myanmar government finally acknowledging Rohingya crisis?

Has Myanmar government finally started to contemplate Rohingya crisis and reasons behind the crisis? For a long time, they remained silent on the Rohingya issue... More

Migrant workers attacked: Myanmar relation with Malaysia dip

The death of five Myanmar migrant workers in Malaysia has further deepened the already strained relations between the two Southeast Asian nations. The workers were... More

Government control of Islami Bank Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s largest private bank, "Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited" (IBBL), undergoes another major reshuffle at the top level as government reaffirms their control over the institution.... More

More misdeeds of India’s Sahara exposed

The allegations against the Indian business giant Sahara group for tax evasion and bribing politicians are becoming increasingly evident. The company had made massive upward... More

Is India violating UN limits?

Is India violating the limits set by the UN on its development of nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missile? This question was raised after its... More

Dhaka ready to sign 20 deals with Delhi

The governments of Bangladesh and India have finalized 20 deals to sign on various sectors including defense cooperation during the official visit of Prime Minister... More

US initiates process for resolving Pakistan-India water dispute

The US administration has initiated the process for peacefully resolving the current water dispute between India and Pakistan without waiting for an invitation to do... More

BIMSTEC connectivity for food security

  Connectivity and infrastructure development received the utmost importance at the meeting of the BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) member... More

Assam 2016: Citizenship for minorities a big worry

For Assam, 2016 was one of the most eventful years in the recent past, with politics centering round the issue of protecting the indigenous communities... More

Succession in Dravidian politics

While dissent against Sashikala’s leadership grows at the lower tiers of the organization, the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) party leaders, in... More

Peace in Afghanistan, history repeats itself

History is set to repeat itself in Afghanistan. Tuesday’s trilateral consultation in Moscow involving Russia, China and Pakistan indicates that the same tactics – enemy’s... More

Russia, China, Pakistan agree on delisting Afghans from UN...

Russia, China and Pakistan have agreed on efforts to remove Afghan individuals from the UN sanctions lists as part of efforts to foster peaceful dialogue... More

Pak-China-Russia meeting on Afghanistan might turn the tide

Pakistan, China and Russia will hold the next round of three-way counter-terrorism talks in Moscow on Tuesday on regional issues, primarily focusing on turmoil-hit Afghanistan. This... More

Aung San Suu Kyi fails to calm Myanmar’s ethnic...

Western media has been castigating Aung San Suu Kyi more and more with the Rakhaine situation in Myanmar. There was a time when media highly... More

Tension prevails in Dhulagarh, West Bengal

The situation in Dhualgarh of Howrah district, West Bengal, remains tense over the past fortnight. Clashes broke out between two communities following Muslim Milad-ul-Nabi celebrations... More

Many villages still empty in northern Rakhine

Many of the villages in northern Rakhine State where the military has been conducting “clearance operations” since October remain empty, with some citing “anxiety” as... More

BD Ruling Party nominee sweeps NCC polls

Ruling Awami League-nominated mayoral candidate Selina Hayat Ivy won the much hyped elections to Narayanganj City Corporation defeating Bangladesh Nationalist Party candidate Sakhawat Hossain Khan. The... 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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