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De-colonizing education in Pakistan


Established initially as institutions of higher studies, Madrasahs taught law, Islamic sciences and philosophy. Prior to the arrival of British, both religious and secular education was taken care of for Hindus and Muslims by... More

Did Sk. Mujib refuse Indian sanctuary on March 25th night?


Sheikh Mujib, like most of his political colleagues coming from peasant majority East Bengal had reservations about Kolkata and by extension India before 1947. He had spent his college days in Kolkata and was... More

Myanmar fraught relations with the UN


An embattled Myanmar ponders its relations with the UN, amid international criticism and the possibility of sanctions looming larger. Once the heroine of democracy and the darling of the UN, the country’s civilian leader... More

Why is China accommodated and India marginalized in South Asia?


It is an undeniable that in the South Asian region, China is fast replacing India as the most important economic and political factor. This is generally attributed to China’s ability and willingness to finance... More

The US eyeing Afghanistan’s mineral resources to fund its war


Although the US president Donald Trump has already stepped away from the US’ nation-building and reconstruction program in Afghanistan as part of his new strategy to devote more resources to the military campaign and... More

Myanmar’s Censorship worries


A film festival and a media development conference in Yangon has revived the controversy on Myanmar's struggle to end the draconian censorship of the military era and provide the Burmese freedom of expression. The Memory... More

Forging a positive alliance


It was a unique privilege (for many different reasons) to be invited along with a handful of senior media colleagues to attend the inaugural meeting of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) under... More

Bangladesh: The politics of political minorities


The birth of a new Front, an alliance of four political parties of sorts, not famous for their clout or size hasn’t created waves as expected. The leaders themselves can’t have expected much either... More

Pope highlights Myanmar’s peace process and Rakhine reconciliation


Press coverage of the Pope's visit to Myanmar has focused on his failure to use the word 'Rohingya' publicly while in the country, though he used in neighboring Bangladesh, when he met some Muslim... More

A paradox in this year’s memorialization of dead Tamil Tiger cadres


The conflict in Sri Lanka over the memorialization of Tamil Tiger militants through the annual observance of Maaveerar Naal or Great Heroes’ Day on November 27, is showing signs of fading. Paradoxically, these signs... More

The Islamabad sit-in exposes Pakistan’s internal fragility  


The Islamabad sit-in’s fallout has once again demonstrated how weak and fragile Pakistan’s democracy remains in the face of ever increasing power of the state’s non-elected apparatuses. That the elected government had to resort... More

Big talk won’t help Indian army


It is not yet known what Indian army chief General Bipin Rawat has done to address procurement issues to equip his one million plus force. The Indian army is a fine professional fighting force... More

Preventing slide into Anarchy


Once known as the ‘City of Lights’ for its vibrant night life, a good part of Karachi lives in almost darkness, devoid of continuous power. This mega city’s momentum has led the nascent nation's... More

Rohingyas and the politics of crisis


While Bangladesh is not really able to assert itself on the Rohingya crisis given its lack of clout and support, Myanmar has done better given the solid backing it has received from China. The... More

Pope’s peace and reconciliation mission to Myanmar


Thousands of people have lined the streets of Yangon to greet Pope Francis as he arrived in what is a momentous moment for Myanmar. The crowds were waving specially made flags which all carried... More

Messages conveyed by the Islamabad standoff


The three-week long standoff in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad between the government and three radical Islamic groups ended on Saturday with the Security Forces using force to disperse the 2000 strong crowd. Two... More

Time for India to wake-up to the other side of the US’...


Despite all the attention paid to the US president’s ‘new’ Afghan strategy and the role projected for India therein, Afghanistan’s ground realities, and the fact that the US can’t hope to fight and end... More

QUAD back in Asia


US president Donald Trump began his presidency by howling "America First" at the top of his voice. State Department officials, who had conceived and developed Barack Obama's "Asia Pivot" were apprehensive that the US... More

Corruption without borders


The Nawaz Sharif episode shows that pervasive corruption has not only acquired respectability in a perverse manner in Pakistan but left to the National Assembly (NA), may even acquire legality. Political instability, poverty, unequal structure... More

China’s popularity in Bangladesh dips a bit over Myanmar issue


China has rapidly moved from an emerging popular country in Bangladesh to a lesser pedestal. For a while, China basked in the sunshine of a post-India dominated Bangladesh scenario, but it didn’t last a... More

China trumps the West over Myanmar


Myanmar was used to be a pariah state in the past, but for the former democracy icon it has become an unwelcome nuisance, forcing Aung San Suu Kyi to realize that in the current... More

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De-colonizing education in Pakistan

Established initially as institutions of higher studies, Madrasahs taught law, Islamic sciences and philosophy. Prior to the arrival of British, both religious and secular education was taken care of for Hindus and Muslims by their respective religious institutions together. Madrasahs taught Quran together with Tafsir Mantiq (logic), Kalam (theology)... More

Did Sk. Mujib refuse Indian sanctuary on March 25th night?

Sheikh Mujib, like most of his political colleagues coming from peasant majority East Bengal had reservations about Kolkata and by extension India before 1947. He had spent his college days in Kolkata and was part of the youth leadership of Bengal Muslim League (BML) which contested both Delhi and... More

Myanmar fraught relations with the UN

An embattled Myanmar ponders its relations with the UN, amid international criticism and the possibility of sanctions looming larger. Once the heroine of democracy and the darling of the UN, the country’s civilian leader – Aung San Suu Kyi -- has launched a diplomatic offensive to fend of international... More

Why is China accommodated and India marginalized in South Asia?

It is an undeniable that in the South Asian region, China is fast replacing India as the most important economic and political factor. This is generally attributed to China’s ability and willingness to finance schemes of interest to the countries of the region while its rivals are reluctant to... More

The US eyeing Afghanistan’s mineral resources to fund its war

Although the US president Donald Trump has already stepped away from the US’ nation-building and reconstruction program in Afghanistan as part of his new strategy to devote more resources to the military campaign and force the Taliban to the negotiating table, it appears that at least a part of... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Has anyone benefited from American interventionism?

For the first hundred years of American history, the United States was founded on the concept of a limited-government republic, one whose government did not intervene in the affairs of other nations, specifically in Europe and Asia. America’s non-interventionist philosophy was summed up by John... More

For India and China, Southeast Asia is a battleground

Power is inflationary. As countries become stronger, their interests expand beyond their borders, where they must find new ways to protect those interests. India is no exception. Its expansion, though, brings it into contact with China, a much more formidable country that competes with India... More

Zakir Naik a litmus test for Malaysia on counterterrorism

Indian preacher Zakir Naik is vowing to fight an extradition request sent to Malaysia regarding terrorism-related charges. India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed terrorism charges against Naik accusing him of influencing Indian Muslims to join the Islamic State (ISIS). It also declared his Mumbai-based NGO,... More

The New Great Game moves from Asia-Pacific to Indo-Pacific

In the context of the New Great Game in Eurasia, the New Silk Roads, known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), integrates all of China’s instruments of national power – political, economic, diplomatic, financial, intellectual and cultural – to shape the 21st century geopolitical/geoeconomic... More

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Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If... More