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Bangladesh election: Regrets by foreign observers indicate Dec 30 polling was marked...


Some of the ‘election observers’ of the recently concluded Bangladeshi parliamentary election, held on 30 December 2018, are now ‘regretting’ their involvement, Reuters reported recently. The report says, “A top official at an observer group that monitored Bangladesh’s... More

At the Raisina Dialogue, the ‘Quad’ makes it amply clear that China’s...


When Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, speaking at the inauguration of the Fourth Raisina Dialogue held in New Delhi between January 8 and 10, said that the “principle of might is right cannot be applicable to the... More

Differences in Assam units of both BJP and Congress over Citizenship Bill...


Two seemingly contradictory positions of the BJP and the Congress on the controversial and potentially explosive 2016 Citizenship (Amendment) Bill have left the people of Assam, which is simmering with discontent, and other northeast Indian states, not... More

BSF’s new chief shunts out senior officers found involved in cattle smuggling...


A mass scale transfer of senior and middling level officers of India’s Border Security Force (BSF), including some from the paramilitary force’s intelligence wing, since December 2018 suggests that new director general Rajni Kant Misra, an IPS... More

How far will Modi govt’s pre-poll sops and gimmicks take it in...


The BJP is on the edge and its leadership knows, for the first time in Narendra Modi’s tenure as prime minister, that the party is in trouble barely two-and-a-half months before the country goes into election mode.... More

BSF, CISF and NIA chiefs in race for CBI director’s job as...


The Narendra Modi government has drawn up a panel of three top Indian Police Service (IPS) officers—Border Security Force director-general Rajni Kant Misra, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) chief Rajesh Ranjan and National Investigation agency head Yogesh... More

Bangladesh’s cabinet puzzle: Less of India and more of China?


The elections to Bangladesh’s national assembly were far from credible. And as if the election results were not shocking enough—the Awami League bagging 288 seats while the main opposition BNP only managing to win five—the 47-member cabinet... More

As Bill to grant citizenship to Bangladeshi Hindus clears Lok Sabha, BJP...


With barely three months left before India goes into election mode, the Lok Sabha today passed the 2016 Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, paving the way for it to become law, albeit a controversial one, if and when it... More

Is India’s Bangladesh game plan aimed at creating a ‘new BNP’ sans...


Bangladesh is on the edge. A sense of foreboding prevails as 10 million Bangladeshi voters wait with bated breath for December 30 when the country goes to the polls racked by violence, forced disappearances of opposition activists,... More

India could destroy Bangladesh’s democratization backing Awami League: Dr. Kamal Hossain to...


India could “jeopardise” Bangladesh’s democratisation process and “destroy” the country’s fledgling democracy if it continued to support Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League government which has “taken to organised terror” to intimidate voters ahead of the December 30 elections,... More

Pre-poll violence in Bangladesh spikes but army remains inactive as India maintains...


Two days after the army was deployed across Bangladesh to “preserve the peace” and ensure free and fair parliamentary elections on December 30, there has been no noticeable or appreciable change on the ground even as the... More

Foreign observers shunning Bangladesh polls: A sign not all is okay with...


The controversy regarding foreign observers for the forth coming Bangladeshi election, particularly the latest spat between the Sheikh Hasina government and the United States, is unfortunate. The result, however, is quite clear. Observers for the Asian Network... More

Lashing out at PM Modi, ex-finance minister Yashwant Sinha tells SAM, he...


Even though he says that he has quit the BJP, won't join any political party and won't contest any elections in future, Yashwant Sinha remains a thorn in the flesh of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The 81-year-old... More

Bhutan will review participation in BBIN but growth-wellbeing balance also important, new...


Journalist Gopilal Acharya spoke with Bhutan’s new Prime Minister Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering on behalf of the South Asian Monitor. Tshering’s party, Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT), swept the polls on October 18, winning 30 of the 47... More

Exit polls for three of five assembly polls in India give Congress...


Billed as a semi-final before India’s crucial 2019 parliamentary polls, the results of elections to the five state assemblies—Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram—do not bode well for the BJP whose campaign over the past two... More

Sabotaging SAARC by boycotts


The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), an organisation which has never been to the liking of the Indian establishment since its birth in Dhaka in 1985, is being crippled from time to time by the... More

‘Our love for China is not lost,’ Maldives Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid...


Those who thought that China will walk into a political sunset in the Maldives with the formation of an India-friendly coalition government led by President Solih are in for a rude shock. Nothing of that sort will... More

Awami League-aligned think tank ‘upset’ with party leadership over inclusion of ‘tainted’...


Even as the Awami League’s rank-and-file across Bangladesh remain angry and confused at the party leadership’s “disturbing” list of candidates nominated to contest the December 30 general election, a think tank close to the ruling establishment has... More

Differences between Dalai Lama and CTA president put Tibetan politics in a...


Tibetan politics is in a tailspin as there are signs of serious differences between the 14th Dalai Lama, unquestionably the supreme and undisputed leader of the Tibetans, and Lobsang Sangay, president of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA). The... More

Bangladesh polls on Dec 30, but BJP focused on pushing House panel...


Even as opposition members in the Indian parliament have expressed strong reservations on the 2016 Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, that seeks to grant citizenship to Hindus and other minorities in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, BJP MPs on a... More

PDP, National Conference and Congress planned alliance for two months before catching...


On the chilly morning of November 21, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader Syed Altaf Bukhari’s cavalcade entered the heavily fortified bungalow of National Conference Omar Abdullah in Gupkar area of Srinagar. Arch political rivals till a few days,... More

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By reaching out to Taliban, Iran makes presence felt in Afghanistan...

The very nature of the conflict in Afghanistan has made it almost impossible for the neighbouring countries to remain aloof from it or maintain some distance, even a calculated one. For one thing, the conflict is no longer just between the US and Taliban or the US and al-Qaeda. The ISIS, known as IS-K in Afghanistan, has established its presence, which has forced many countries—Russia, China and Iran—to change... More

The sorry state of Pakistan’s police

The imperial form of police infrastructure that Pakistan inherited was deliberately created to serve the British rulers rather than promote harmony, security and adherence to the law. The 1861 Police Act has never changed except for minor amendments. Even the new laws introduced by the provinces retain more or less the essence of the original imperial law. The persisting culture is to ensure that the weak remain subservient to... More

Bangladesh’s position on global terrorism index has improved: Australian agency CPES

An Australian outfit, Centre for Peace and Economic Studies (CPES), has stated that Bangladesh has gone up four positions in the global terrorism index, according to it’s ranking. Several other countries in South Asia have gone down in terms of vulnerability, including Pakistan and India. Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka have also improved their standings in this index. CPES has reported that introduction of modern education in madrassas, investment in... More

How the Taliban have become leading actor in Afghan peace talks

While the Taliban have established their domination both politically and militarily in almost half of Afghanistan, the consequent talks with the US and the way they have progressed show that they are already in a commanding position. They certainly have become the leading actor in these talks not just because they are the ones fighting the war against the US and Afghan forces, but also because they are directing... More

Exploiting Pakistan’s ‘Gold Coast’

The emerging markets of Central Asia require that a sea-land (south-south) dimension to support the north-south axis be added for expansion, otherwise all facilities and opportunities are likely to be clogged because of unplanned urban population expansion. The long coastline with stretches of virgin beaches and adjacent vast empty hinterland require well-planned commercial exploitation. It is personally satisfying that recommendations made in my articles of nearly three decades ago,... More

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OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE BALANCE?


The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More

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