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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... 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... More
Subir Bhaumik on Bangali solution

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... 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... 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... More

Saving SCO from becoming SAARC


With the inclusion of India and Pakistan in Shanghai Co-operation Organization (SCO), the organization’s sphere of influence, as Russia’s Vladimir Putin said, has regionally expanded,... More

Sultana Kamal and the legacy of Tikatuli-Tarabhagh


How influential is the neighbourhood in which one grows up? Advocate Sultana Kamal, comes from the para I grew up as well. It’s called Tikatuli and she was raised... More

Misusing corporate responsibility


Accountability must target (but mostly doesn’t) politicians, public officials and government departments, the lower judiciary, etc, in Pakistan. The PM appearing before the JIT because... More

Modi’s China policy changes quickly between 2 major summits


The distance between Beijing and Shanghai is 1318 kms, about the same as that between Delhi and Mumbai. Take the bullet train, and you will... More

Internal differences stymie SCO’s effectiveness


At the conclusion of the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) held at Astana in Kazakhstan late last week, it was clear that the... More

Pakistan’s foreign policy dilemma keeps getting complicated


A pentagon report has claimed that China is seeking to build military bases in Pakistan as part of its global military expansion, seeking to translate... More

Our very own Mafiosi?


Analysing material from the “Arms to Iraq” archive and studying key American political events including Watergate, Iran-Contra and Bill Clinton's impeachment, Dr Glen Newey, a... More

India: Playing the Tibet card!


"China’s refusal to acknowledge Indian national security concerns is now leading to a gradual but significant change in India’s Tibet policy," wrote Indian columnist Harsh... More

New imaginations for an ancient region


A key factor now influencing the changing face of the south is not from South Asia but a slightly far away neighbor, China.  From an... More

When Army Chief says he wishes Kashmiris were firing...


Centred around the controversial decision to reward Major NL Gogoi with a Certificate of Commendation from the army chief, even as a Court of Inquiry... More

Myanmar’s peace process hits a bumpy road


Myanmar’s peace process remains stalled after the peace conference held some two weeks ago. “It’s one step forward and two steps backwards,” said an Asian... More

Modi’s regime is a lot of optics with little...


Having completed 60% of his five-year term in May this year, it is time Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was assessed both by the people... More

Losing the Script in Kashmir


The groundswell of public anger in the Srinagar valley is spinning out of control . For even those who don’t believe in statistics as an... More

On the “bloody” Afghan Scenario


Yet again, Afghanistan is a spectre of violence. Yet again, precious lives have been lost due to the so-called ‘war on terror’ that has gripped... More

Game on


The Supreme Court’s (SC) seriousness of purpose in the PanamaGate case was evident from the brusque manner it dismissed Hussain Nawaz’s apprehensions of “personal bias”... More

Greek lady, Bangla PM and the Islamists  


The fight over the sari clad statue of Themis, Greek goddess of Justice located in the Supreme Court premises of Bangladesh is both about clashes... More

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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

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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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