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Open Letter to Aung San Suu Kyi
Sufyan bin Uzayr - 4/13/2014
Respected Ms Aung San Suu Kyi,

Thanks to the internet, I have the luxury of putting together this open letter for you (though of course, a busy Nobel Laureate such as yourself must be having better things to do than reading this letter).

Last month, at the third Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), you met the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina. Both of you discussed various issues, such as the importance of providing micro-loans to rural women and the need to restrict the trafficking of meth pills in the region. It w...

Analysing BJP’s ticket distribution: Fear of murky deal looms large
Dr. Sudhanshu Tripathi - 4/6/2014
It is just possible that Bharitya Janata Party (BJP) has recently distributed the party tickets to the most suitable candidates, as per its own best assessments regarding their ability to win their respective seats in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Was there an attempted military coup in India?
Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal - 3/28/2014
World thinks that it is a dominant democracy, that India cannot undergo military coups and, therefore, has not knowledge about an attempted coup in Indian capitals New Delhi because the government very systematically hid the matter under the carpet and kept vigilance guys to maintain strict vigil over the issue.

The Malaysian Mystery of Nova Makedonija
GP Interviews - 3/19/2014
Unusually, we open with a disclaimer: the source of some of the information provided to Nova Makedonija about the mysterious vanishing of the Malaysian airplane was Sam Vaknin, our Editor-in-Chief.

Likelihood of Military rule in Pakistan
Tanveer Jafri - 2/19/2014
Pakistan has been a target of violence, particularly sectarian strife since last two decades. The violent incidents have intensified with time. While security forces are proving to be no match for the terrorists, the relatively prosperous, educated and intellectual class of Pakistan is fleeing the country. Pervasive chaos and spread of extremists has brought a bad name to the country and now Pakistan is called a country of terrorists.

Genocide And Ethnic Cleansing of the Rohingya People in Myanmar
Sufyan bin Uzayr - 2/1/2014
Few days back, I read about yet another vicious attack on Myanmar’s helpless and persecuted Rohingya minority. This time, the venue was Du Chee Ya Tan village in the Rakhine state, which lies pretty close to Bangladesh. Just in case you are thinking that the rioters shamelessly justified their misdeeds by claiming that the victims were illegal Bengalis trying to sneak into Myanmar -- yeah, you’re right.

Military judges deny justice to Kashmiris
Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal - 2/1/2014
One fails to understand how many more Kashmiri Muslims should have to sacrifice their valuable lives in order to obtain freedom from an arrogant Indian military yoke. And perpetual genocides committed by Indian forces as freely as US spy rings target world leaders.

Victory of the fundamentalist radicals in Bangladesh
Sohail Choudhury - 1/11/2014
9th January 2014, a day, which, if not the day of ultimate victory for the fundamentalists in Bangladesh, then surely signals of a day which shall be the real victory day for the fundamentalist radicals.

Why the fatwa against terrorism is ineffective?
Tanveer Jafri - 1/11/2014
Whether we call it the West’s conspiracy, Jihadi mission of extremist Muslims or a manifestation of regional problems, wherever any incident of terrorism takes place, first of all people think that the attack must have been committed by some Islamic Jihadist organization.

When polls are farce: Where is Bangladesh going?
Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal - 1/7/2014
Bangladesh has again made a complete mockery of elections as the means for standard democracy.

Postcard From Singapore - The Meeting of World Bank and IMF
Sameer Dossani - 1/6/2014
It's 2 a.m. on a Saturday night. I'm staying at a Singapore property betweeh the police station and the store named iPhone repair Singapore. No, this story doesn't involve alcohol. Fortunately neither the death penalty nor caning is likely. The story begins earlier on September 16, when I arrived in Singapore, the site of the annual meetings of the World Bank and IMF, from neighboring Batam, Indonesia. My companions and I were organizers of the International People's Forum vs. the IMF and World Bank (IPF), which was...

Nepal Needs Public Financing Policy and Law
Prakash Bom - 12/26/2013
Economic agenda of all main political parties in their 2nd Constituent Assembly election manifestos had goals to achieve a double-digit economic growth rate and to end load-shedding for power-supply within a few years. But every economic agendum, which had been presented to the voters, had no policy outline for financing, although every main political party seemed desperate to fulfill people’s aspiration and build a prosperous Nepal!

India-US standoff over diplomat’s humiliation
Dr. Sudhanshu Tripathi - 12/20/2013
It is very shameful for a country like America, which boasts of being a land of freedom or liberty with highly civilized cultural traditions ensuring endless opportunities to all talented and meritorious persons and, consequently, attracting them from all over the world since long, to act contrary to the least followed courtesies being attributed to all diplomats under explicit rules of International Law.

The true cost of Pakistan’s relationship with America
Abid Mustafa - 12/14/2013
Lately, several notable Pakistani public figures have expressed their increased optimism about the Pakistani economy and its future. On November 10, 2013 Federal Minister for Finance, Muhammad Ishaq Dar expressed his desire to see Pakistan become the 11th biggest economy in the world. According to the World Bank statistics in 2012, Pakistan presently holds 43rd position with a GDP of $231billion, whilst Canada is in the 11th spot with a GDP of $1,8 trillion.

Bangladesh fears Indian invasion
B.Z. Khasru - 12/14/2013
When Gen. Ziaur Rahman became Bangladesh’s virtual ruler following several bloody military coups in 1975, he told the United States that India intended to invade its small neighbor to install a puppet regime.

Drone Strikes: Boon or bane for Pakistan?
Tanveer Jafri - 11/26/2013
American drone strikes in the tribal areas of Af-Pak region, especially in the border areas of North Waziristan, are a matter of concern these days. Those opposed to these drone attacks call them a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty.

The Taliban Phenomenon in Pakistan
Tariq Zubair - 11/23/2013
According to the School of International Relations, Peking University “"Taliban" is the plural form of “Talib” which means students from the Islamic religious schools (madrassas), compared with the mullahs who are Islamic religious school teachers. Therefore, Talib had no political significance until the rise of the Taliban movement in Afghanistan in 1994 and they seized power in Kabul in 1996. Then, "Taliban" has acquired a special political meaning.”

Why Bangladesh is persecuting two heroes of the nation?
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury - 11/18/2013
Dr. Mohammed Yunus, the internationally acclaimed personality and Nobel Laureate is respected for his massive success in providing self-reliance to millions of under privileged women in Bangladesh through his micro-credit plan under the umbrella of Grameen Bank. Such noble venture of Dr. Yunus liberated the women from the dark clutches of social repression, which is mostly existent in the Muslim societies. Grameen Bank plays key-role in empowerment of the women and gives them the confidence of raising their heads high defying the rowdy shackles of religious taboos. While the entire world is pr...

Can The U.S Afford Alienating Narendra Modi?
Ajoy Chatterjee - 11/13/2013
In 2005, Bush Administration revoked Modi's tourist visa, under pressure from the Evangelist lobby working relentlessly in India for decades on dubious purposes. Some for good cause of charity. Some on an 'Age of Empire' mission.

India, U.S. spat over CIA role in 1975 Bangladesh coup
B.Z. Khasru - 10/27/2013
For the Bengalis, the issue of the Central Intelligence Agency, America’s spy outfit, has been vexing. America’s support for Pakistan during the Bangladesh war and the labeling of the new South Asian nation as an international basket case left an ever-lasting bitter memory for them.

Stand for True Nationalism (General Public Nepali Citizens’ Investment Savings)
Prakash Bom - 10/5/2013
The Current Financial Scenarios and the Cause of Currency Depreciation

Currency Depreciation and the Development of Nepal
Prakash Bom - 9/4/2013
In order to develop a nation it needs investments and dedicated brain. Unfortunately, Nepal did not have both before nor does have now. For example, the ongoing depreciation of the Indian currency against US dollar has repeatedly depreciated Nepali currency even though Nepali currency may have little to do with its economic activities.

The 1975 Bangladesh Coup: What India Knew
B.Z. Khasru - 8/12/2013
U.S. officials believed that given New Delhi’s intelligence resources, the “general coup plotting over the last eight months was certainly known to” the Indian government. Samar Sen, Indian high commissioner to Bangladesh when the new nation's founding president was assassinated, disputed this notion. India’s foreign office, however, admitted having some vague knowledge of the August 1975 putsch in which President Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was assassinated along with most of his family members.

Choosing the next Pakistani Chief of Army Staff and the Abbottabad Commission Report
Abid Mustafa - 8/3/2013
On Saturday 20th of July, the government of Pakistan announced it was contemplating on releasing a copy of the 336-page Abbottabad Commission Report on the country's intelligence failures during the killing of Osama bin Laden. Despite government deliberations on whether to release the report or not, the leaked version has done irreparable damage to standing of the armed forces and to a lesser extent the civilian leadership.

Who is India’s real ally
B.Z. Khasru - 8/3/2013
During a heated debate in parliament before the 1962 Sino-Indian war, Prime Minister Nehru declared that he favored peace over war with China, making it clear that he was willing to negotiate with the Communist nation till the bitter end to resolve border disputes.

Why Indira Gandhi hit the press during emergency
B.Z. Khasru - 6/25/2013

Indira Gandhi accused the Indian press of consistently having attacked the Nehru family, both her father, Jawaharlal Nehru, when he was prime minister, and herself. “They are all against me, resorting to vicious slander and calumny, and I will not have it,” Gandhi told Rita Hauser, an American lawyer, who met her in New Delhi, a month after the Indian prime minister declared a state of emergency.

On 26 July 1975, Gandhi talked privately with Hauser for 45 minutes, extensively reviewing the reason for imposing the harsh measures.

During the conversation, the prime minister ac...

Nepal: The View From The Top Is Not Pretty
Sufyan bin Uzayr - 6/25/2013
With the exception of Mt. Everest, Nepal has very little that the mainstream media finds newsworthy. You cannot really blame the Western media though -- this small land-locked country of South Asia does not get much coverage in regional Asian press either. Naturally, anything that is hidden from the eye tends to acquire a sense of enigma over a period of time, and the Nepalese nation has done just that.

Bangladesh was ‘pushed…away by a conspiracy’
B.Z. Khasru - 6/13/2013
On 3 January 1972, two weeks after Bangladesh seceded from Pakistan after a nine-month civil war, Pakistan’s President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto met U.S. Ambassador Joseph Farland in Karachi. He told the envoy that he intended to announce in a speech on that day Bangladesh President Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s unconditional release from prison in Pakistan.

Musharraf framed by his past
Abid Mustafa - 4/24/2013
On April 20th 2013, the anti-terrorist court in Islamabad declared that the former dictator and ex-army Chief Pervez Musharraf is to be held on judicial remand for 14 days, after which he is to reappear in court to answer for the illegal detention of judges in 2007.

How could the Incumbent Gov of Nepal be Ousted?
Prakash Bom - 3/17/2013
The only motive of the main opposition parties in Nepal – Nepali Congress (NC) and United Marxist-Leninist (UML) has been to oust the incumbent government of Nepal since the day Constituent Assembly (CA) was dissolved. They have used all the means at their disposal by calling it unconstitutional. But their every attempt has failed as unreasonable and widely unpopular arguments. Yet, they’re still trying to oust the incumbent government opposing all logical ways to form a national consensus government.

CJ Led Election, Government, and Independence of Judiciary in Nepal
Prakash Bom - 3/9/2013
Nepal is caught in the crossfire with the political and the legal crises. The crossfire began when the sitting Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, whom the main political party leaders have lately proposed to lead the election government as a Prime Minister, delivered the verdict to dissolve the defunct Constituent Assembly (CA) without taking into account the provisions of the Interim Constitution, which has not stipulated the reelection of the CA.

On Our Nation’s Existential Crisis - Part 6
Dr M. Abdul Mu’min Chowdhury - 2/17/2013
Part 6: Read Thy Arthashastra On The Mirror

After Part 5’s de-tour, in this instalment I shall return back to the main concern of my essay and, as promised, help identify what we as a nation must do for defeating New Delhi’s ‘world conquerors’. This is not a difficult task. As I said in Part 4, to get our ‘dos’ and ‘don’t dos’ we might, to begin with, read Kautilya’s Arthashastra on the mirror. In saying this what I have in mind is this: If we look at Kautilya’s adv...

Swami Vivekanand: His Global Vision
Dr. Sudhanshu Tripathi - 2/17/2013

Swami Vivekanand’s birth was an exceptional phenomenon and India, was certainly graced by his birth and eventful life-journey. In fact, India has produced a galaxy of prophets, saints & seers, mystics, philosophers, poets, revolutionaries and patriots who, by their rare intellect, unblemished character, spirit of selfless service and compassion for humanity, dedication and devotion for their motherland and with so many unique and unparalleled qualities have not only made India proud but also a land of wonders inspiring a renowned Western historian and philosopher A. L. Bas...

Justice has No Root in the Nepali Polity
Prakash Bom - 2/17/2013
It is not clear whether any Nepali political movement had ever have fought against the structural injustice practice of the old regimes – (Hindu caste-based oligarchs and autocrats) embedded in the Nepali polity over centuries to repress marginalized majority populations – women, indigenous, lower-caste-Hindus, weak and disabled.

Democracy and Fundamental Rights in Gandhian View
Dr. Ravindra Kumar - 12/22/2012
Democracy and Fundamental Rights in Gandhian View

Nepal’s Only Option for Consensus Gov
Prakash Bom - 12/22/2012
Nepal’s largest selling English Daily “Kathmandu Post” and its Nepali Daily seem ever inclined to publish their headlines against the government as one of the established and dominant daily news media! One of the prime examples of their headlines was “Prez talks turkey in Pokhara” circulated on December 2, 2012, which sketched out a portrait of the president Dr. Ram Baran Yadav favoring incumbent government of the Prime minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai.

Manipulative Christian Conversions in Sri Lanka
Senaka Weeraratna - 12/8/2012

Buddhism which has been the moral and spiritual force in Sri Lanka in the last 2500 years, having survived a prolonged period (nearly 450 years) of persecution and discrimination directed at its adherents under western colonial rule, now faces a serious challenge from a growing Christian evangelical movement, represented mostly by foreign funded non-governmental organisations (NOGs) based in the country. This movement has as its overall aim the creation of a numerically and politically powerful Christian community in Sri Lanka (and also in South Asia) through a rapid conversion ...

Response to Bhaskar Roy's article on Bangladesh opposition leader's visit to India
Zoglul Husain - 11/11/2012
[Re: Bangla Begum’s India Visit: Real or Ephimeral? By Bhaskar Roy, South Asia Analysis Group (SAAG), Paper No. 528, Dated 6-Nov-2012 (]

RAW operations in South Asian countries
Isha Khan - 11/4/2012
India's premier intelligence outfit Research and Analysis Wing (RAW)’s operations against the regional countries are conducted with great professional skill and expertise. Central to the operations is the establishment of a huge network inside the target countries. It uses and targets political dissent, ethnic divisions, economic backwardness and criminal elements within these states to foment subversion, terrorism and sabotage.

At Arm’s Length: NATO’s Shift in Afghanistan
Binoy Kampmark - 10/16/2012
The deceptive ways a loss in war is described can be contagious. Retreats are often regarded as odious, but sometimes necessary. These can either have the genius of the British spirit of tactical withdrawal, or a more laughable concept of an honourable peace. When that power tends to be a Goliath, or even a Colossus, explanations for what ‘victory’ or ‘defeat’ constitutes assume the exotic, tinged with madness.

Is Yunus Facing the Fate of Socrates?
Rashidul Bari - 9/18/2012
I am writing this article at a time of rising tension between Sheikh Hasina, the prime minster of Bangladesh, and Professor Muhammad Yunus, a Nobel Peace Prize-winning economist famous for his two theories—microcredit and social business— as well as for his successful practical work through Grameen Bank, which has already helped millions of poor women break the cycle of poverty. The former unleashed her state institutions (e.g., Bangladesh Bank, Bangladesh Supreme Court) to remove the latter from Grameen—the bank he founded in 1983. On August 2, 2012, Sheikh Hasina’s mission to destroy Grameen...

The Wicked Nepali Politics au Courant
Prakash Bom - 9/5/2012
The wicked Nepali politics implanted lately in the nation when senior leaders of main political parties forwent their constitutional responsibility and let the Constituent Assembly dissolved without any option for the elected President and the Prime Minister to move the nation forward. Those senior leaders, who walked out of all-party meeting without solution just hour before CA dissolved, are still ignorant and keep breeding wicked politics in the nation.

The North East Exodus
Priyanka Bhardwaj - 8/30/2012
New Delhi: Two weeks ago the boon that had symbolized India’s status as a developing powerhouse overnight metamorphosed into a cause for exodus of more than five hundred thousand north eastern people from various parts of the country back to their `home’ provinces.

Afghanistan: America and NATO misadventures
Abid Mustafa - 8/8/2012
“The West has already failed in Afghanistan, just as the Soviets failed in the 1980s and the British way back in the nineteenth century.”--John Humphrys

Nepal after CA Dissolution
Prakash Bom - 8/4/2012
Every political party which had its representative (s) in the dissolved Constituent Assembly deliberately disregarded the future course of nation in terms of promulgating the new constitution to institutionalize the federal democratic republic of Nepal. Their leaderships did not care for the political situation in case CA failed to promulgate the statue. Nor they had anticipated other provisions such as fresh CA election if CA dissolved due to the political gridlock under the Interim Constitution.

Pakistan’s marriage with America is unsustainable
Abid Mustafa - 7/28/2012
“They believe they have been let down by the leadership across the board, that they do not believe that the government is a truly independent government”---Tariq Pirzada

Sri Lanka’s Claims for Reparations from Portugal
Senaka Weeraratna - 7/28/2012
The Portuguese while pursuing a policy of destruction and plunder of Buddhist Temples held out various inducements for Buddhists to convert to Christianity. Conversion meant a sure means of exemption from taxes due to the Government.

Investors See Red: Lack Of Reforms Dent Sentiments
Priyanka Bhardwaj - 7/21/2012
Just when the Indian government was being pursued by top notch bankers, representatives of mutual funds and insurance sector to make its policies more constraint free, the US President Barack Obama has also made subtle suggestions at India’s need to unleash its second wave of economic reforms to make it more globally competitive when its investment climate is fast deteriorating.

Tokyo Conference on Afghanistan
Dr. Sudhanshu Tripathi - 7/10/2012
The major donor’s day-long conference on Sunday in Tokyo for reconstruction of Afghanistan is certainly a well-timed global effort at a time when it is badly devastated by horrible onslaught of global terrorism and consequent poverty, lack of basic amenities like education, health and employment etc. for its people and overall under development.

Pakistan: Trapped Democracy
Dr. Sudhanshu Tripathi - 6/30/2012
The recent Supreme Court judgement- although it was expected as the Court has made it’s intention amply clear in case of corruption charges against Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, back in April this year- has aroused deep suspicions about its intentions towards Pakistan’s fledging democracy by convicting the Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani of contempt of Court as the government had not complied with a Court order of 2009 wherein the government had to seek the reopening in Switzerland of money laundering cases against the President Zardari who was the real target of the Court, particularly the Chief Justice Iftikar Muhammad Chaudhary.

American Foreign Policy and the HRC Resolution on Sri Lanka
Gibson Bateman - 6/30/2012
Obama and Human Rights

The Obama administration did fight to get a seat on the Human Rights Council (HRC) in 2009; something that George W. Bush probably did not even contemplate.

And, as David Bosco has noted, the US has been relatively active at the HRC since that time. Bosco goes on to say that “The United States has laid special emphasis on the Council’s use of special experts, individuals given a mandate to investigate some particular country or human rights theme.”

On the other hand, the Obama administration’s approach towards experts wanting to examine US policy has...

Question of Resurrection of the Constituent Assembly in Nepal
Prakash Bom - 6/30/2012
On May 27th 2012 when the Constituent Assembly dissolved without promulgating the new constitution of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal the Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai announced the date for the fresh election of the Constituent Assembly to fill out the political vacuum of the nation. But the main opposition parties Nepali Congress and the UML went to see the president to oppose the announcement of the fresh election and suggested him to use his power to sack the Prime Minister as if they were evoked again with their past habit as they used to call the king for help!

Political Parties in Nepal Allowed the Supreme Court take the Political Verdict!
Prakash Bom - 5/27/2012
When months back the Supreme Court of Nepal mandated the life of the Constituent Assembly to draft the new constitution until May 27, 2012 no political party protested it that the Supreme Court had gone beyond its limit by making such a political verdict. They simply allowed the verdict rule over the rights of law-makers’, the people’s representative of the Parliament.

Minister Peiris Goes to Washington
Gibson Bateman - 5/16/2012
On May 18, Sri Lanka’s External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris will meet with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington, DC. The two should have plenty to talk about. The Sri Lankan government’s action plan for the implementation of the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) will be at the top of the list.

Rediscovery of Non-Alignment
Dr. Sudhanshu Tripathi - 5/3/2012
The doctrine of non- alignment is worth pursuing not only for sake of the countries of Third World but also for the well-being, peace and security of the whole World. Being identified with universal moral values, this doctrine can only determine the natural course of public policy formulations within states and can also properly regulate the course of inter-state relations thereby ensuring good governance within and among nations.

Jackfruit and the jackals in Bangladesh
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury - 4/30/2012
In the bubbling economy and extremely unstable prices of essentials Jackfruit possibly continued to remain as the cheapest available fruit in Bangladesh.

Why Does Nepal Need a Directly Elected PM under the Parliamentary System?
Prakash Bom - 4/25/2012
Politically, general voters, political parties, and politicians have couple of decade’s experience of how a Westminster Parliamentary system would work in Nepal. So far, the system has worked not for the nation and people, but for the politicians to grab the power and the wealth from nation’s capital under the unitary system of government.

Political persecution at peak in Bangladesh
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury - 4/25/2012

Organizing secretary of Bangladesh Nationalist Party [BNP], M Ilias Ali went missing from 17th April night, thus worsening the current political persecution and repression continued by the ruling party and the rogue state machinery. Local police found the vehicle of M Ilias Ali abandoned near a park at city’s posh Banani area, while there was no trace of politician and his driver. This latest case of disappearance of M Ilias Ali is among many such disappearances of political opponents of ruling Bangladesh Awami League. The disappearance takes place at such a crucial time when the rulers an...

Pakistan in a Catch-22
Tanveer Jafri - 4/13/2012
The killing of Osama Bin Laden in a raid by the US Navy SEALs in Abbottabad, near Islamabad did not only widen the rift between the US & Pakistan, but also exposed the true nature of Pakistan’s state policy vis-à-vis terrorism. Pakistan has almost lost its credibility as a nation, as on one side, it is apparently standing behind the US in its ‘War on Terror’ campaign and getting billions of dollars in aid for ‘combating terrorism’, while on the other end, it is using that aid money to nurture terrorist organizations like Lashkar-e-Taiba, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan et cetera and their mastermind...

Let not Nepal Fail to Establish a System of Good Governance
Prakash Bom - 4/13/2012
The Nepali people have suffered for centuries living under corrupt forms of government. For decades Nepali people have struggled through number of People’s Movements for Democracy under the leadership of different political leaders who have basically ruled and again wanted to rule the nation under existing unitary system of government.

Are Tamils Rights or Tamil Aspirations denied in Sri Lanka
Shenali Waduge - 4/6/2012
Over the years matters have become complicated simply because we have allowed two words to become intermingled confusing facts. While every citizen can demand his/her “right” from the State, no citizen can expect his/her “aspiration” to be given by the State. What we currently face is a plethora of “aspirations” which are unlikely to be ever fulfilled making it wiser to separate the rights from the aspirations and thereafter to inform the State what rights have been denied or even neglected. This is the only way forward and entails proper reconciliation that is practical & realistic.

Post-Geneva Delusions: The Next Steps in Sri Lanka
Gibson Bateman - 4/3/2012
Sri Lanka’s Minister of External Affairs, G.L. Peiris, has recently given one additional reason for the passage of a resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN’s Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva: “collective commitments.”

Liberation struggle of the people of Assam and NE India
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury - 3/30/2012
Since Bangladesh Awami League formed government in 2009 [January] with a huge mandate of the people [though the result of this election has been greatly questioned by the political opponents of Bangladesh Awami League], there has been visibly sign of current Bangladesh government actively participating in combating any ‘separatist movement’ within the North-Eastern region in India. It is also documented and undocumented that a large number of suspected leaders and activists of United Liberation Front of Assam [ULFA] as well as many other organizations, seeking independence from New Delhi, were...

Barriers of the New Constitution of Nepal
Prakash Bom - 3/27/2012
Nepal has been declared “Federal Democratic Republic” on May 28, 2008 to establish a federal multiparty representative democratic system. Yet, the major political parties in opposition are not sure about the declaration to establish federal representative democratic system! It is obvious that they have failed to lead the nation as per the aspiration of people by just sitting in opposition with their elected representatives in the Constituent Assembly for last four years.

Higher Education in India: Quest for Quality and Excellence
Dr. Sudhanshu Tripathi - 3/27/2012
Although education and knowledge both are closely related and are often referred as synonymous to each other yet both are not exactly the same. Knowledge is in fact an inherent trait of human beings according to Swami Vivekanand and is a fundamental quality and also the requirement of the soul or mind and we as human beings cannot remain self- contented without knowledge. Research by an India domain names company has shown that education has a major role to play in developing the knowledge that young people will need to succeed in their lives.

On Bangladesh’s Existential Crisis
Dr M. Abdul Mu’min Chowdhury - 3/23/2012
I. The gathering Cloud and the Challenge

Writing about the January 2010 alleged coup attempt to overthrow the pro-Indian government of Sheikh Hasina, the well-known US based Bangladeshi political analyst Shahidul Islam noted in dirge about ‘the prolonged birth pang of an unfinished revolution to rid the country of the insidious Indian hegemony’ that Bangladesh has to contend with. Not only that hegemony has persisted over the decades with a few waxing and waning, it has gained an ominous momentum during the last few years and is apparently hell bent on further stridency with its charact...

Bangladeshi Panorama: Issues and Prospects
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury - 3/14/2012
I. Cheers to Bangladeshi FM Dipu Moni

For the first time since assuming the office of the foreign minister in Bangladesh, Dr. Dipu Moni won a huge international battle at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea [ITLOS] thus making the entire nation feel extremely delighted at such historic and praiseworthy winning of her. The winning came at the month of March, which is related to the victory of this country and it is a matter of highest joy to the entire Bangladeshi nation to jubilantly celebrate this history winning as well as the nation must express profound gratitude to th...

Who killed the Saudi diplomat in Bangladesh?
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury - 3/10/2012
Khalaf bin Mohammed Salem al-Ali [45], the diplomat with the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was gunned down by unidentified miscreants during late hours of March 5, 2012 in the capital city of Bangladesh.

Appeasing the opportunists
Bijoy Ghimire - 3/10/2012
Since the Britishers left India and bestowed the administering powers to the Indians, the very governing process is declining may be due to inept and insincere people who have taken hold of the reins to govern the nation. India is a big nation which houses people belonging to different castes and communities.

Prelude To `2014’: Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections
Priyanka Bhardwaj - 2/28/2012
While the rest of the country is grappling with an anti-corruption Bill in the making, Election Commission (EC) of India has announced state assembly polls in the most populous state, Uttar Pradesh (UP), between February 4 and 28, 2012, and four more provinces: Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa, around the same time, according to an India domain names company.

Act of vandalism and notoriety on Hindu temple in Bangladesh
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury - 2/24/2012
What happened with Hindu minorities at Hathazari in Bangladesh is not only a matter of grave concern but also clearly shows the rise of religious fanatics in the country, which upheld the sentiment of religious harmony for centuries.

Bane of Big Dams in northeast India
Nava Thakuria - 2/16/2012
The mass movement in northern Assam against the larger hydroelectricity projects primarily planned in Arunachal Pradesh has taken a brief lull following the intervention of the State government.

Change of Guard in Maldives: Democracy Prevails
Dr. Sudhanshu Tripathi - 2/14/2012
Perhaps the spirit of democracy has once again unfolded itself in a most fruitful way in the Indian Ocean archipelago after passing through the tough terrain of dictatorial- monarchical regimes of Middle East all over the last year.

Narendra Modi: RSS, Ideology and Politics
Dr. Sudhanshu Tripathi - 2/8/2012
Of late, Narendra Modi’s stature in Indian politics has assumed considerable significance despite few controversies associated with his role in post Godhara riots in 2002 in Gujarat and also because of his working style which is marked by strict discipline, uncompromising and tough attitude and upholding the rule of law.

The ill-effects of Monsanto’s Genetically Modified Seeds in India
Iqbal Ahmed - 2/3/2012
Monsanto’s operation in India illustrates monopolization and manipulation of the market economy, tradition, technology, and misgovernance. The world’s largest producer of genetically engineered seeds has been selling genetically modified (GM) in India for the last decade to benefit the Indian farmers – or so the company claims.

Green Band, Blue Band and smokes of Bangla Spring
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury - 1/31/2012
Political scenario in Bangladesh is really getting fluid, especially when members of the law enforcing agencies opened fire on the opposition protestors on Sunday [January 29, 2012], killing at least four, injuring five hundred plus and arresting more than twelve hundred people.

Civil- Military Struggle in Pakistan: Regime Change Likely
Dr. Sudhanshu Tripathi - 1/24/2012
The on-going cold war relation between the Government and the Army in Pakistan has reached a new height yesterday, with Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and Army General Ashfaq Kayani drifting further apart.

Political battle lines drawn in Bangladesh
Zoglul Husain - 1/24/2012
BNP draws the political battle lines

Political battle lines were publishrmly drawn between incumbent BAL alliance led by Hasina and the contending BNP alliance led by Khaleda, as Khaleda delivered a rousing speech at the Polo ground in Chittagong on 9 January to a mammoth gathering of hundreds of thousands of people, reported to be the largest ever meeting in Chittagong. She held the meeting following a road march to Chittagong from Dhaka, starting on 8 January with 6 thousand vehicles and holding a number of meetings en route, including a large one at Feni. The entire programme was t...

Tailing Indian Tigers
Priyanka Bhardwaj - 1/24/2012
Before my chase of `Machhli’, ``Grand Dame of Indian Tigers’’ at Rajasthan’s Ranthambhore National Park little did I recognize the strong grip that tigers have on our imagination.

Nepal Needs a Directly Elected PM to Form a Stable Government with PRM
Prakash Bom - 1/20/2012
People in this time even in a nation like the United Kingdom are filing petitions to elect the Prime Minister through national election. The proponents argue that governing a nation and law making are entirely separate skills. The executive requires managerial skills and generalship. But the legislative is a passion for justice, which requires depth understanding of law and constitution, and of human nature.

Pakistan’s greatest crisis is the country’s withering leadership
Abid Mustafa - 1/17/2012
Today the people of Pakistan face a myriad of challenges that threaten the country’s very existence. This includes: American threats of unilateral action beyond the tribal area and its efforts to seize the country’s prized nuclear assets, the Indian backed insurrection in Baluchistan, a dramatic increase in suicide blasts, and the economy in tatters. But perhaps, the most significant issue that has blighted the nation is the leadership vacuum that pervades all segments of society.

What Form of Government would Favor Nepal?
Prakash Bom - 1/11/2012
In the midst of hibernation of the Maoist hardliner with the temporary arrangement for the future revolt, it is the issue of what form of government will render permanent peace and stability to the nation. It is for sure the nation cannot afford another Maoist-conflict.

Pakistan: A Teenager in the Family of Nations
Dillon Freed - 1/3/2012
In the last ten years, the United States has bequeathed The Islamic Republic of Pakistan with twenty billion dollars in aid; in return, our South Asian “ally” allowed Khalid Sheik Mohammed (it was in Pakistan he beheaded Daniel Pearl), Osama bin Laden (killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan) and Umar Patek (orchestrator of the 2002 Bali Bombings and captured in Abbottabad a mere five months before Osama was killed there) to, in effect, not only be honorary citizens, but placed them in their terrorist protection program.

India Salvages Forward Movement Of Kyoto Protocol
Priyanka Bhardwaj - 1/3/2012
The recently concluded UN climate change conference at Durban managed a new lease of life for Kyoto Protocol that came into existence in 1997.

The Unholy Madrasas of Pakistan
Tanveer Jafri - 12/23/2011
The Persian word ‘Madrasa’ literally stands for a school where education is imparted. Conventionally, the religious education related to the Islam has been provided in madrasas. But increasingly, these madrasas across the world are incorporating modern education in their curriculum, along with the traditional Islamic teachings. In Indian state of West Bengal, there are many such madrasas where poor children belonging to all religions, who cannot afford modern education, are admitted. Apart from Urdu, the children here are taught Hindi, General Knowledge, History, Science, Social Studies, and Computers. Indian madrasas seem to be catching up with the times.

Chaudhary Charan Singh: A Great Nationalist and the Voice of Rural India
Dr. Ravindra Kumar - 12/23/2011
“The passage of real development of India is evolved through its villages only. Farmers are the backbone of country’s socio-economic structure; therefore, overlooking the peasantry in India is not only unfortunate, but like a suicidal step…” –Chaudhary Charan Singh

Sri Lanka’s “Truth” Commission: A Brief Assessment of the LLRC Report
Gibson Bateman - 12/19/2011
Readers will find no big surprises after reading the final report of Sri Lanka’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).

Solving the Afghanistan Crisis
Imran Khan - 12/12/2011
Yet another inconclusive international Conference on Afghanistan held in Bonn, Germany has concluded recently. In last 3-4 years much has been said about United States past betrayal against Pakistan, Pakistan’s double standards against US & NATO in the ongoing fight with Taliban and Afghanistan government’s inabilities to run the country. But so far it looks that things are moving in a circle without finding a way-out. It is the right time to push the reset button and make a way-out, because failure is not an option for anyone. Few suggestions are as under:-

Burma: Cyclones affect more and more Women
Nava Thakuria - 12/10/2011
Even as the military rulers of Burma (Myanmar) completed a general election in November 2010 and a new so-called democratic regime is installed in the poverty stricken country, millions of Burmese are still living in terrible conditions in the cyclones Nargis and Giri affected areas, with many without pure drinking water and food or proper shelter. The lives of hundred thousand poor Burmese women have not changed though there are some plastic changes like the release of pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest and many other from jails, regular sittings of parliamentarians in their new capital Nay Pyi Taw and so

India will expand global geostrategic clout by 2022
Abhirup Bhunia - 12/8/2011
India has set a 2022 deadline to amplify its global strategic footprint. A lot has already been happening in that direction, and much is planned for the future.

Swami Vivekananda: Life and Views in Brief
Dr. Ravindra Kumar - 12/5/2011
“In Buddha we had the great, universal heart and infinite patience, making religion practical and bringing it to everyone’s door. In Shankaracharaya we saw tremendous intellectual power, throwing the scorching light of reason upon everything. We want today that bright sum of intellectuality joined with the heart of Buddha, the wonderful infinite heart of love and mercy. The union will give us the highest philosophy. Science and religion will meet and shake hands. Poetry and philosophy will become friends…” -Swami Vivekananda

Question of Forming a Consensus Government in Nepal
Prakash Bom - 12/5/2011
NC and UML leaders have to see clearly with their physical eyes that the peace process has not yet completed. The forming of a consensus government becomes only viable when the major provisos of the seven-point agreement, such as combatant integration, rehabilitation, relief conflict victims, dissolution of the YCL parliamentary structure, and return of the seized properties are completed.

It is not only the Question of the Maoist Party of Nepal
Prakash Bom - 11/24/2011
When September 2011 Dr. Baburam Bhattarai, the forth prime minister of the federal democratic republic of Nepal and vice-chairman of the Maoist party of Nepal, visited New York city on the occasion of the UN General Assembly annual meeting, over a dozen of chiefs of Nepali Diaspora organizations in NYC had chance to question him in a program organized by Nepal’s Permanent Mission to the UN.

Opposing ASEAN Chair to Burma
Nava Thakuria - 11/24/2011
Burma’s elevation as the ‘would be chair’ of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) has irked many, primarily the pro-democracy Burmese and their sympathizers in Asia. Terming the recent initiative

Threat to independence and sovereignty of Bangladesh
Zoglul Husain - 11/21/2011
The threat and the resolve

The present phase of political affairs of Bangladesh had its beginning on 11 January 2011, often referred to as 1/11 2007, when a not-too-covert military regime was brought in for two years by India and the US in internal collaboration with sections of pro-India and pro-US quarters. Since then, Bangladesh has been facing a serious threat to its independence and sovereignty from the Indian hegemonists, as it did during Mujib regime of 1972-75. There cannot be any doubt that India wants to reduce Bangladesh to the state of Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) or Sikkim...

Emergence of third alternative in Pakistan
Tanveer Jafri - 11/18/2011
Extremism, corruption, anarchy and communalism have brought Pakistan on the verge of bankruptcy. People seem to have lost faith in the two major political parties- Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz). Apart from the above factors, another major reason of disillusionment of people from these parties is their subservient behaviour towards the US. In this political scenario, people are looking for a viable third alternative which could pull the country out of this quagmire. Perhaps this is the reason they are looking up to the former cricketer Imran Khan as a troubleshooter.

America’s Belated Awakening
Monotapash Mukherjee - 11/14/2011
America’s Belated Awakening

At a time when the US is witnessing WALL STREET protests, unemployment is increasing, defense cuts are imminent ,the SPACE SHUTTLE has retired and the space ambition has been shelved, the soldiers are preparing to return from Iraq and Afghanistan, Iran is nearing nuclear capability, the UNESCO has granted membership to Palestine, Pakistan is refusing US dictates, China is set to conquer the space ,America’s loss of the Indian MMRCA deal was a huge setback to the US defense and aerospace industries.

This deal could have created thousands o...

Today’s journalism loses its soul
Nava Thakuria - 11/2/2011
It was a small meeting in memory of a recently expired veteran Assamese journalist, where various speakers, after paying rich tribute to the freedom fighter-journalist Kamal Gogoi, incidentally drew a bleak picture of journalism in Assam as well as in the country, India.

India’s water woes: Is interlinking viable?
Sameer Jafri - 11/2/2011
India, a country of over 1.2 billion, is faced with acute water shortage. Future would be worse if this crisis is not tackled in time. A large part of Indian territory is dependent on South-West Monsoon to fulfil its water requirements. With monsoon becoming erratic and uncertain with every passing season, there is an urgent need to manage this scarce resource in such a way that it can sustain a burgeoning population.

Nepali Nationalists’ Conceit Deprives Nation
Prakash Bom - 10/31/2011
Nepal has been deprived with the politics of nationalistic arrogance since the dawn of Shah Regime, which was dreadfully reinforced later by the Rana Autocracy. As a result, the nation was closed from the entire world for centuries.Nepal became backward not because it lacked resources but because its nationalistic politics have had always prevented human development by restricting international relation. Still such a xenophobic politics preoccupies the mind of most of political leaders.

India Readies for War with China
Monotapash Mukherjee - 10/27/2011
As India is getting choked by the “string of pearls” and is faced by stiff competition from China in its hunt for resources, India is readying itself for a not-so-impossible military show down with China.

Burma turns hostile to Indian Separatist Groups
Nava Thakuria - 10/13/2011
The militant outfits from Northeast India, who are operating from the jungles of northern Burma (Myanmar), have a hard time ahead. As India and Burma have strengthen its strategic relationship, it is understood that Indian separatist groups would face more attacks in Burmese soil.

Dr. Akhtar Hameed Khan and President Barack Obama’s Mother, Dr. S. Ann Dunham
Nasim Yousaf - 10/4/2011
“In East Pakistan, Patten told me, he had worked with Akhtar Hameed Khan, an Indian born [Pakistani national], Cambridge educated social scientist and development activist, now recognized as a pioneer in what is known as microcredit”

Ruling party turning Bangladesh into a police state
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury - 9/19/2011
Bangladesh attained independence from Pakistani rule in 1971. It was the core commitment of the independent and sovereign Bangladesh to be a secularist state with multi-party democracy. It also pledged to uphold rights of the citizen and ensure human rights. But since independence, the country has witnessed three military coups with frequent suspension and amendment of the constitution as well as journey towards a bi-party politics, which again regularly compromises with the Islamists considering it to be a “solid vote bank”.

Appreciating the Spirit of India’s Independence Day
Nava Thakuria - 9/15/2011
A teenager, coming out with his father on August 15 to observe the Independence Day (of India) suddenly raised a question, “Deuta, why there are vehicles (loaded with passengers) on the roads and why the shops are open today? Are the people of Guwahati not observing the Independence Day?”

The Revolution Has Begun in Bangladesh
Rashidul Bari - 9/15/2011
The revolution in Bangladesh began a month after the release of my new book, “Grameen Social Business Model: A Manifesto for Proletariat Revolution”.

Elections for Local Bodies to Give Impetus for Local Democracy
Rama Rao - 9/15/2011
Sri Lanka government has announced elections for local civic bodies including the prestigious Colombo Municipal Council on Oct 8. These elections were repeatedly postponed earlier under the emergency regulations. Emergency was lifted in August to keep at bay the pressure from human rights groups for accountability for the crimes committed by the army particularly during the closing phase of Eelam War IV. President Mahinda Rajapakse likes to use these elections to strengthen his democratic credentials though he has brought back the emergency regulations by the back door through amendments to the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PAT)

India moving towards a Constitutional Crisis?
Tanveer Jafri - 9/13/2011
The Constitution of India bestows an exclusive right upon the Parliament to represent the people of the country. Following this mandate, since independence, the voters have sent their representatives to the Lok Sabha (Lower House) and the state legislative assemblies. The 545-member Lok Sabha represents the entire country. Its primary task involves making and amending laws for the nation, making different policies for the welfare of the people, or in other words serving the country and society. Our freedom fighters and founding fathers of our Constitution dreamt of a country where these elected representatives will take the country ahead and will make it self sufficient in every aspect.

Insurgency criminalized society in Assam, India
Binod Ringania - 9/6/2011
A news story about an attempted abduction landed in our newsroom on a sultry evening of August. Normally such news are considered run of the mill, because during the two decades old insurgency in Assam abductions became so rampant that hardly they arouse any interest among journalist community.

The Effect of Global Warming in Bangladesh
Iqbal Ahmed - 9/1/2011
John Lennon and Paul McCartney are undoubtedly the most iconic figures of The Beatles. In Bangladesh, George Harrison of The Beatles holds a special place as well. Not because of music but because of what he did to help the cyclone victims of 1970. The Bangaldeshis of the 70’s generation and even the younger ones are deeply indebted to him for his 1971 Madison Square concert that raised millions to help the victim’s miles away in Bangladesh.

Can Anna Hazare be JP 2.0?
Ajoy Chatterjee - 9/1/2011
Thousands of brains have stormed to foresee whether Ramlila Ground would be the Tahrir Square of India.

Indian People’s win inspires Burmese Activists
Nava Thakuria - 8/30/2011
Finally the Indian Parliament has bowed down to listen to people’s voice on corruption and resolved to frame a strong anti-corruption legislation. Following a massive protest spread across the sub continent led by Gandhian Anna Hazare, both houses of Indian Parliament have now agreed to go for an effective Lokpal (ombudsman) to check corruption in every level of the populous country.

Why a failed Afghanistan is in US’s long term national interest
Hashmat Moslih - 8/30/2011
When the US became directly involved in Afghanistan, many believed the country was finally in good hands.

Einstein and Other Scientists’ Meetings with Allama Mashriqi
Nasim Yousaf - 8/26/2011
“Mathematics was evolved on these unnatural ideas and since they were taken, mistakenly or out of sheer flattery to the Greeks, as ideals, as a result mathematics and the allied subjects remained revolving around them and were confined within the orbit set by these ideas.”

Indian Tsunami Against Corruption
Priyanka Bhardwaj - 8/24/2011
An unprecedented anti-corruption fire has engulfed the largest nation in South Asia, India, also one of the fastest emerging economic giants as septuagenarian, veteran Gandhian activist, Anna Hazare sits on huger strike for eight day in row.

The Death of Tareque Masud and the Trial of Shajahan Khan
Rashidul Bari - 8/22/2011
It was Saturday, August 13, 2011.

In Bangladesh, August is known as the month of death because it was during this time that five of the greatest Bengalis died: Tagore, Nazrul, Mujib, Shamsur Rahman, and Humayun Azad. It was for this reason that my wife asked me not to drive in August. "Honey,” I said, “don't you worry. I am going to be fine because I am not in Bangladesh; I am in the United States. Unlike his counterpart, Hasina, President Obama did not unleash 24,000 killers on the roads, nor did his communication minister claim that education is not important.” That is why I thought i...

August 21, charge-sheet, trial and some questions
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury - 8/19/2011
Current government in Bangladesh led by Bangladesh Awami League is visibly determined in completing the trial into the August 21 grenade attack, which killed dozens of people, while injuring hundreds. One of the main victims of this attack was Ivy Rahman, who is the wife of President Zillur Rahman. Mrs. Rahman was critically injured and later died in a local hospital.

Hina Rabbani: Brilliance in diplomacy
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury - 8/16/2011
Indian leading daily newspaper, The Times of India terms Pakistan’s newly appointed foreign minister as “A true fashionista.”

Condemning India's Arm Supply to Burma
Nava Thakuria - 8/16/2011
The Burmese exiles living in India and their sympathizers had recently came to the street of India's national capital to lodge a stronger protest against the government for supplying arms and ammunitions to the semi-military Burmese government at Nay Pie Daw. Expressing resentment at New Delhi's continued military relationship with Nay Pie Daw, hundreds of pro-democracy activists and various Indian civil society groups demonstrated in New Delhi on July 22, 2011 arguing that 'supplying arms to the most brutal military dictatorship may have grave consequences to millions of innocent lives'.

Bangladesh envoy in Nepal in hot soup
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury - 8/8/2011
Dr. Nim Chandra Bhowmick, former teacher of Dhaka University, who was sent to Nepal as Bangladeshi ambassador, is visibly in hot soup, following series of allegations against him. Meanwhile, Nepalese foreign ministry has requested Bangladesh to withdraw him for “violating diplomatic norms.”

Latest American concern in Pakistan: Fake Passports
Rama Rao - 8/5/2011
US concern vis-a-vis PakisBy all means the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) is not expected to come up with the finding that ‘false UK passports are made in Pakistan’. But it did so while digging deep into the way Pakistan is keyed up to check overseas travel by home grown and itinerant terrorist alike. The GPO field team examined four key areas -sharing of information on terrorists, use of fraudulent travel papers, passport issuance security and corruption in passport issuance and immigration agencies.

Brus returning to Mizoram
Nava Thakuria - 7/27/2011
More than a decade ago, about 35,000 Bru Janajati people (also known as Reang) fled their villages in Mizoram of Northeast India, following an outbreak of violence, and took shelter in northern Tripura, another province of the region adjacent to Bangladesh. Now, these tribal families-mostly Hindus-are being repatriated to Christian-dominated Mizoram, thanks to the joint efforts of the Union Government of India and the rights groups.

Mistrust of US runs deep in Pakistan
Rahil Yasin - 7/25/2011
Although the US Congress has rejected a bill to cut all aid to Pakistan but still mistrust runs deep in the relations between the two countries.

Mumbai blasts a conspiracy to derail Pakistan-India peace talks
Rahil Yasin - 7/19/2011
Lahore: As terror once again struck Mumbai on July 13, killing 21 people and injuring more than 140 others, Indian leaders mostly avoided pointing a finger at Pakistan, for the first time in the history of both the nations.

Indonesian prisons becoming breeding places for preaching jihad
Subhan Choudhury - 7/15/2011
Indonesian security is attempting to irradiate Islamic terrorism from the society has encountered an unorthodox problem – the already detained militants are preaching jihadi ideals to other inmates. Officials of the Citilink airline security have reported concern about the presence of radicals in the country. This situation is severely weakening the efforts that the government and security forces are giving to rout out terrorism elements from the country.

India: Justice to slain journalists
Nava Thakuria - 7/15/2011
If India remains a dangerous country for the working journalists, Assam can claim to be more unsafe for the media fraternity. The country with over a billion population records the killing of 27 journalists in last 20 years, Assam (with nearly three crore populace) shares major incidents of journalists’ murder in all these years. The trouble torn State lost over 20 editor-journalist-correspondents in dreadful conditions during last two decades, shockingly where no

Now Pakistan’s Nukes on American ‘Radar’?
Tanveer Jafri - 7/12/2011
Today, Pakistan has become the centre of global terrorism. Terrorist organizations like Al Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-E-Mohammad, Taliban etc. are freely prospering and spreading their misanthrope activities and terrorist training camps there. It is suspected that the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), some elements in the Pakistani democratic establishment and “Islamic” clerics have patronized and encouraged these terror activities on Pakistani soil.

Lessons from India’s Partition
Nasim Yousaf - 7/11/2011
The partition of India led to slaughter, rape, and countless atrocities in the region; it further resulted in the Kashmir issue and bitter rivalry between a nuclear Pakistan and India. The tragic episode provides a lesson for the world to learn from.

When a protest demonstration turns violent
Nava Thakuria - 7/5/2011
It was another black day for Guwahatians who witnessed street violence killing three people and damaging huge public and private properties. A protest demonstration by thousands of participants turned ugly and the pre-historic city turned into a battlefield where the police and protesters got engaged in violence.

Resuming Pak-India talks: A ray of hope for pacifists
Rahil Yasin - 7/4/2011
Resuming foreign secretary level talks between Pakistan and India is not less than a sigh of relief for the pacifists as they know that only the continuous dialogue process can lead the two arch rivals towards resolution of the outstanding issues.

Takeover is the Taliban Plan for Afghanistan
Walid Phares, Ph.D. - 7/4/2011
Before and after President Barack Obama announced the new U.S. strategy on Afghanistan, I engaged in a variety of media panels and private discussions with commentators and analysts from Arab and Muslim-majority regions of the world.

Bharat Ratna Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy
Dr. Ravindra Kumar - 6/30/2011
“My young friends, you are soldiers in the battle of freedom-freedom from want, fear, ignorance, frustration and helplessness. By a dint of hard work for the country, rendered in a spirit of selfless service, may you march ahead with hope and courage…” -Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy

Afghanistan, , America’s Dilemma
Nasir Shansab - 6/28/2011
On June 22, President Obama, while unveiling his first and second phase of American troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, observed that “the tide of war” was receding.

Pakistan leads in Human Rights violation
Tanveer Jafri - 6/22/2011
Formed in 1947, with intent to establish an Islamic state, Pakistan can today be seen crushing every single Islamic teaching and ideal. The Holy Quran clearly prohibits any kind of ill-treatment of any innocent. It equates killing of an innocent with the killing of entire humanity.

Pakistan Media in dire straits
Tanveer Jafri - 6/11/2011
Since the cold-blooded murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002, dozens of Pakistani journalists have to lay down their lives just because they dared to speak the truth regarding the ground situation in Pakistan. Pak rulers, Army and the ISI never want the world to know about the extent of extremism and terrorism in Pakistan.

Revealing clothes and sexual liberation in Nepal
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 6/10/2011
“Is there a correlation between revealing clothes and sexual liberation,” asked a friend of mine, all of a sudden, while we were having tea, a week ago. I was stunned by his question.

What kind of support Pakistan seeks from the world?
Tanveer Jafri - 5/26/2011
Thanks to the policy blunders of the dictators and Generals of Pakistan, terrorism has grown to gigantic proportions in Pakistan in the last three decades. Now Pakistani leaders can be seen crying, “Pakistan itself is the biggest victim of terrorism.”

‘Cost of living’ protests in Maldives
Rama Rao - 5/7/2011
The Maldivian capital of Male is witnessing what are locally called 'cost of living' protests from April 30-May 1.

Wild Islamism on rise in Bangladesh
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury - 4/29/2011
Finally the State Minister for Law, Advocate Qamrul Islam in Bangladesh made an open statement expressing his government’s realization that some Islamists and radical clergies are trying to turn Bangladesh into another ‘Afghanistan’. He said, “Few 'fanatics' and 'religion-mongered' want to make the country 'an Afghanistan' by snatching away women rights”.

Politics and Madness
Haider Rizvi - 4/19/2011
The fate of people, the destinies of nations and history itself are determined to a substantial extent by political leaders. When electing a national leader, voters frequently base their decision on the image created by the mass media and professional image makers; they also tend to take into account only current events and tasks.

Hafiz Saeed: an angel or a demon?
Tanveer Jafri - 4/19/2011
Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of 26/11 Mumbai terror attack and the chief of Pakistan based so called “socio-cultural organization” Jama’at-Ud-Da’wah, is well known for his anti-India stance.

Sufi singers under assault in Bangladesh
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury - 4/13/2011
Twenty-eight followers of Bangladesh’s legendary Sufi lyricist and philosopher, Lalon Fakir were physically assaulted and humiliated by a group of radical Islamists in a southern district in Bangladesh on April 6, 2011.

Forget internal woes, manifold external security threats confront India
Abhirup Bhunia - 4/11/2011
India is historically known for border disputes with its neighbors namely Pakistan, China, Nepal and Bangladesh. The nation has been exposed to endless strife along the perimeter of its peninsular territory. So much so that no other nation perhaps is known to have the distinction of dealing with so many hostile neighbours – with the exception of Bhutan and to some extent Sri Lanka – all at once.

Fool Minister Hasina
Rashidul Bari - 4/11/2011
The political vendetta in Bangladesh by Sheikh Hasina against Muhammad Yunus could be understood as a modern-day replay of the famous conflict between Pope Urban VIII and Galileo Galilei. Pope Urban VIII (henceforth known as Fool Urban VIII) put 70-year-old Galileo in prison in 1632 for condemning and rejecting Ptolemy's geocentric model, which was adopted by the early Christian Church.

Instigator behind Bangladeshi radicals
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury - 4/8/2011
Pro- Al Qaeda radical Islamist clergies in Bangladesh, Mufti Fazlul Huq Amini and Moulana Rezaul Karim are gradually expanding their wild campaign in demand of transforming Bangladesh into a Sharia state. To press further their demand, they have called for dawn to dusk general strike in Bangladesh on April 4, 2011.

Bankrupt diplomacy of Bangladeshi government
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury - 4/6/2011
Following the latest court decision from Bangladesh Supreme Court on Nobel winning Dr. Mohammad Yunus, Robert Blake, the assistant secretary of state for South Asia, said the United States had a "strong interest in maintaining close relations" with Bangladesh, which he called "a democratic and moderate Muslim country."

India: Democracy bestows benefits
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 3/27/2011
From the time it became independent in 1947 to the start of the 1990s, India had an all-party consensus supporting socialism or at least some fragments of social democracy. Fortunately for India, that began to collapse dramatically in the mid-1990s, to be replaced by a consensus supporting "reform.” This new consensus sustaining reform means that a neo - liberal market perspective is likely to continue in India, no matter what coalition government emerges in the future.

Allama Mashriqi’s Warnings: The Time Has Come To Wake-up
Nasim Yousaf - 3/16/2011
Allama Mashriqi, a great thinker and visionary, issued multiple warnings during his time (1940s-1950s) based on his observations of the prevailing political conditions. Mashriqi’s predictions surrounded the fate of the Indian sub-continent at various time periods. Yet instead of listening to a man who fought for their freedom until the end, the leadership of Pakistan turned on him. With time, it became evident that Mashriqi had great vision and what he had foreseen indeed came true!

Bangladesh ‘blacklists’ home grown Islamist Militant group, Hizb-ut-Towhid
Rama Rao - 3/14/2011
For the Bangladesh centric Hizb-ut-Towhid (HuT), Year 2011 began on a ‘black’ note, The Bangladesh Ministry of Home Affairs blacklisted the outfit as a part of its campaign against Islamic fundamentalists. It is too early to say how effective the ban will prove to be. Much would depend on the political situation and how the Awami League (AL) - led Sheikh Hasina government handles the ‘street challenge’ thrown up by Khaleda Zia - led opposition alliance.

India and the turmoil in the Middle-East
Tanveer Jafri - 3/1/2011
Many countries of the Middle-East are currently rocked by the people’s protests demanding regime change and political reforms. The awakened public now wants the autocrats, dictators and despots to step down. The “intelligent” rulers of Egypt and Tunisia timely left the thrones in exchange for their lives. But the strange Libyan dictator Col. Muammar Qaddafi has refused to step down until his last breath. For fulfilling this ambition, he is even ready to destroy the nation. And this is the reason that even in the last moments of his rule, Qaddafi has appealed to his numbered supporters to a...

Debating the Karmapa Issue
Gunjan Singh - 3/1/2011
For the first time in over 5 decades in India, the Tibetan community is in news for all the wrong reasons. In a completely surprising event the Tibetan religious leader Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje has been questioned by the Himachal Pradesh police. This is because of the fact that the government agencies found currency worth nearly Rs. 7 crore from the monastery. The Karmapa is regarded as the 17th reincarnation of the Karma Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism and it is the third highest ranked monk after the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama. What has added to the existing controversy is the story o...

Allama Mashriqi’s Historic Car: A Symbol of a National Heritage in Ruin
Nasim Yousaf - 3/1/2011
Allama Inayatullah Khan Al-Mashriqi played a pivotal role in bringing freedom to British India. He made countless sacrifices to liberate the nation and endured atrocities both within and outside prison in pursuit of a united India (India was ultimately divided for political reasons). It is a great misfortune for the people of the region, then, that the artifacts of this illustrious leader, who dedicated his life to the people, are now scattered or lay in ruin. The blame for this tragedy falls primarily on the Government of Pakistan, who has failed to collect materials related to Mashriqi since independence in 1947.

Why Obama shouldn’t wait for India’s permanent UNSC seat
Vishal Arora - 12/2/2010
For the United States, India is indispensable in ensuring a stable balance of power in Asia in the wake of China’s rise to global power. Therefore, US President Barack Obama, who was on a three-day visit to India earlier this week, assured Washington’s support for India’s bid for a permanent seat at the UN Security Council. But he chose to remain ambiguous on when that may happen.

India’s de facto refugee policy
Vishal Arora - 9/22/2010
India has no official policy on refugees and yet asylum seekers from its troubled neighbors keep pouring in, looking at its size, stability and soft power. So how does the absence of guidelines for refugee protection play out in the treatment of asylum seekers in India?

Loss of Hope in Maldives
Vishal Arora - 9/22/2010
While the establishment of a multi-party democracy in the Indian Ocean archipelago in 2008 ended a 30-year period of authoritarian rule under President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, it started a vicious political struggle depriving the Maldivians of any sense of relief.

Maoists in Nepal about to Bury their Infant Live
Prakash Bom - 8/31/2010
Recall the Maoist insurgency that lasted a decade. The arm struggle popularly known to Maoists "People´s War" meant to eradicate feudal establishment, the monarchy to establish "People´s Republic of Nepal." But it thrived with a "Comprehensive Peace Accord 2006", which gave the nation the interim constitution to commission the "Constituent Assembly elections" for drafting a new constitution of Nepal.

A new Bangladesh : Beard and Cap Forbidden
Vinod Mehta - 7/17/2010
This is exactly what was the spirit behind creation of a secularist Bangladesh by freeing chains of slavery from Pakistanis! But, due to tragic murder of the Father of the Nation of Bangladesh, Sheikh Mujibur Rehman, Bangladesh got locked into shackle of Islamology for decades. Even when Sheikh Mujibur’s daughter Sheikh Hasina came in power during 1996-2001, she was rather uncomfortable in touching this extremely ‘risky’ issue of making offensives on Mullahs and Islamic fanatics.

Burmese General Elections – Another Sham?
Saberi Roy - 7/10/2010
Aung San Suu Kyi’s trial for allowing an American into her house during the period of detention was simply an excuse to prevent her and her party from participating in the forthcoming elections in Burma. The Burmese government seems to be considerably determined not to allow Suu Kyi to participate in the elections as her victory is almost certain if she is given a chance to stand against the junta. The junta wants a fabricated election victory and wants to prove it to the world and to all democracy activists that they have legitimate claims to rule Burma. The new road map to democracy as propo...

Probe Makka Masjid Bomb Blast Case Afresh
Syed Ali Mujtaba, Ph.D. - 6/1/2010
With arrest of some persons belonging to Hindu extremist organization for their involvement in Malegoan Muslim graveyard bomb blast, the Samjutha express train bomb blast and the Ajmer Dargah blast, the ugly face of Hindutva terrorism has been unmasked.

Can Democracy Thrive in Nepal Amidst the Maoists?
Prakash Bom - 6/1/2010
It was a sigh of relief when Maoists withdrew their indefinite general strike. To General public who participated in peace rallies nationwide it was worth their effort. But to the incumbent government and to the political parties in the coalition, it has given another form of political choice.

Riots after Riots: It happens only in India
Syed Ali Mujtaba, Ph.D. - 6/1/2010
Communal riots have become part and parcel of Indian social life. The birth pang of the country was on the throes of communal riots. The history of last sixty years or so to a section of the Indian society, who has been on the receiving end of communal riots, is nothing but a history of wanton destruction of their lives and properties.

Mao - flation in India
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 5/9/2010
Forget about the rapid Economic growth of India. These days, we seem to hear one question over and over again: Can India curb the Maoists crisis? The concerns posed by this question unmask India’s Achilles Heel.

Shift in Pakistan's policy on Afghanistan
Raza Khan - 5/6/2010
ISLAMABAD (Pakistan): Of late a significant shift is apparently taking place in Pakistan decades-old interventionist and destructive policy regarding its western neighbour, Afghanistan, raising hopes of bringing down the intensity of anti-government insurgency spearheaded by Al-Qaeda backed Taliban in the war-ravaged country.

Royalists Yearning for Civil War in Nepal
Prakash Bom - 5/6/2010
The Hindu royalists in Nepal and India are getting more organized against The Federal Democratic Republic Nepal. They are demanding a referendum on the monarchy, secular state and structure of federalism, which is against the decisions of Constituent Assembly.

Myanmar’s return to democracy seems a far cry
Rajaram Panda, Ph.D. - 5/6/2010
The military junta in Myanmar has announced that it would hold general elections later this year. The National League for Democracy (NLD), Myanmar’s main opposition party, lost no time in announcing that it will not participate in the election process. The NLD suspects that the ruling military will rig the election process. The new election law issued by the junta on 17 March 2010 has barred pro-democracy Aung San Suu Kyi from joining a political party and thus running in upcoming elections.

Interview with Pakistani Provincial Emir of Jamat-e-Islami and Senator Muhammad Ibrahim
Rooh-ul-Amin - 4/14/2010
Senator Professor Muhammad Ibrahim, for the first time saw daylight in 1954 at an extreme religious family in Bannu, Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa. He got his early education from Bannu and did his master in journalism from Gomal University. He joined this very University as a lecturer but resigned it on the persuasion of Jamat-e-Islami (JI) Pakistan, as he has been a staunch activist of Islami Jamiat Talba during his youth. And at length his strong ideological affiliations with Jamat-e-Islami compelled him to resign from the lectureship and to make entrance into practical politics. Today, he is the pro...

Election in Myanmar - All is Not Well
Syed Ali Mujtaba, Ph.D. - 4/4/2010
With the announcement of the Political Parties Registration Bylaw, the scene is now set for the holding of the long-awaited 2010 elections in Myanmar. While some groups are registering parties, many existing opposition parties remain undecided.

New Twists in Burmese Politics
Saberi Roy - 4/2/2010
There are many new twists in the tale of Aung San Suu Kyi’s eternal house arrest in Burma. The Burmese leader has been imprisoned for more than 10 years continuously and more than 14 years during the last 20 years and it was widely expected that she will find ways to participate in the next Burmese elections and her political party the NLD will overthrow the Burmese military regime. It is now reported that new Burmese law requires political parties to expel members who had court conviction if they want to participate in elections and this new law has led NLD to boycott the forthcoming elections.

World Bank, Poverty, Aid, NGOs, and Development Paradox in Nepal
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 4/1/2010
If we turn over the pages of any development books related to Nepal and other developing nations of the region, we are continually confronted by the issues of "poverty," "poverty traps," "incidence of poverty," "poverty line" and what not. Many people in fact use these words as synonyms while most rely on the standards provided by the World Bank or the United Nations organizations.

Nuclear Energy from 823 Corpses
Uddipan Mukherjee, Ph.D. - 4/1/2010
Yesterday my friend was narrating the story line of a blockbuster Bollywood movie. As usual, it went like this. Once upon a time on the hills, a wealthy father had two sons. The elder one was sheepish and stolid whereas the younger one was rambunctious and hence unwieldy. One day, few bandits attacked their mansion. Actually they were in cahoots with the younger son. Since he was a cunning fellow, he fought and drove them away exhibiting histrionics. On the other hand, the elder one was slow to react and was dumbfounded in the process. The father was naturally too pleased with his younger son and proffered opulence to him. However, he was seized by greed and sought a blank cheque instead.

Indian Army faces Massive Shortage of Officers
Syed Ali Mujtaba, Ph.D. - 3/17/2010
The approval of the Union Government to open a second Officers' Training Academy (OTA) at Gaya in Bihar marks a major step to solve the problem of shortage of officers in the country.

Indian Talibans have triumphed
Syed Ali Mujtaba, Ph.D. - 3/2/2010
When I learnt that one of the most celebrated artists of India , Maqbool Fida Hussain has taken up the nationality of Qatar to escape from the Hindu zealots who have been gunning for his life, there was a feeling of remorse. It was not because he was known to me or I am an admirer of his paintings, but simply because, he has been such a colorful personality in India and I have practically grown up reading about his activities. Now when I realize he will no more be gossiped in the media as before, a stream of thought flows my memory lane at various points of my life.

Blasts and Talks
Uddipan Mukherjee, Ph.D. - 2/22/2010
When candles were lit in Kolkata for Ankik Dhar and his friends Shilpa and Anindyee, tears flowed; and simultaneously hatred brewed. This has happened whenever explosives detonated either in Mumbai or Delhi or Bangalore or Hyderabad or latest in Pune. Whenever a Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) or a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) mercenary had been discovered to ignite an incendiary, the men on the ‘wrong side’ of the north-western border have been demonised. Even an innoxious Sufi-Dervish strolling along the squalid Indian streets have been looked at with terror and suspicion : is he an ISI agent?

Economic cannibalism in Nepal
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 2/20/2010
Any society after consuming years and years of its precious time ultimately begs one explosive question: How much revolution is too much? I candidly avow that most Nepalese are already beginning to ask this question as they sense that enough is enough. And they are right. A nation cannot subsist only on revolution forever; it needs solidarity amongst its citizens, ample job opportunities, and the rule of law and order to prevail as a functioning nation.

Something fishy in Bangladesh
Vinod Mehta - 2/20/2010
Neighbors of Bangladesh are now supposed to feel terribly disturbed when its senior intelligence officials are making confessional statements with Criminal Investigation Department (CID] during investigation into the huge recovery of arms and explosives in the country, few years back. It was though predicted by Indian intelligence and media that, those consignments were secretly imported by Bangladeshi intelligence for supplying to separatist groups inside India; Bangladesh government never endorsed such fact.

Jinnah’s Tottering Pakistan
Uddipan Mukherjee, Ph.D. - 2/8/2010
December 25 is the birthday of Muhammad Ali Jinnah (1876-1948), the Quaid-i-Azam (Great Leader) of Pakistan, and the present Zardari-Gilani government had the onus of exhibiting his birthplace to the public on that very day. Amusingly, the funds required to renovate his residence did not reach the project officials and the work that was stopped since July 2008 could not be resumed. Thus Wazir Mansion at Karachi, Jinnah’s birthplace, remained closed to the public on his birth anniversary 1.

Testing India’s Democratic and Spiritual Legacies in Nepal
Lok Nath Bhusal, Ph.D. candidate - 2/5/2010
This article attempts to question and answer India’s role in Nepal in the deformation of the Maoist government and afterwards. The basic question is whether this role is consistent with India’s commitment to democratic and spiritual values, and the answer appears to be a huge NO. Embedding spiritualism into politics and diplomacy, I have argued for thinking beyond the conventional deceptive diplomatic and political mind by both the Indian establishment and Nepal’s Maoists in order to find a common policy space where both parties’ interests and aspirations are not dashed in Nepal.

At Last Formation of HLPM in Nepal
Prakash Bom - 1/28/2010
The fundamental concern should have been whether the formation of High Level Political Mechanism would overrule the electoral proceedings of Constituent Assembly given the disposition of political leaderships and politics of main political parties. Nonetheless, if its authority overrides Parliament proceedings then it will obviously undermine the people’s supremacy.

Am I Indian First or Muslim First?
Syed Ali Mujtaba, Ph.D. - 1/28/2010
On the 60th anniversary of Indian Republic someone asked me a question; are you a Indian first or a Muslim first? The first thing I did was to thank him for asking this. Answer to this is sought by many "prominent" Indian Muslims and I am indeed honored to inadvertently sneak into this category. The latest ones in the list before me were APJ Abdul Kalam and Sharukh Khan!

To Understand Kabul, Look First to Bonn
Nasir Shansab - 1/21/2010
It took the Obama administration most of the President's first year in office to settle on a strategy for Afghanistan. Whether the delay was due to meticulousness or intensiveness probably doesn't matter. The policy is likely to fail anyway. The reason will be the failure to change the policies put in place during the so-called 'Bonn Process.'

Is India Democratic and Spiritual in Nepal?
Lok Nath Bhusal, Ph.D. candidate - 1/21/2010
Amidst the ongoing strong and strategic protests of the ballot-proof and bullet-proof Maoists on the one hand, and the hallucinated pro-rightist mainstream media supported strategically by Indian and domestic elites, on the other, it would be premature to conclude what is going to happen in Nepal. But a distinctive class-face has featured in Nepal’s political landscape – the Maoists and the anti-Maoists. This divide is not going to give a way out for consensus for ending feudalism what many developed countries gave a huge goodbye long-ago. Then, there would be more acrimony than harmony in Nep...

NRN & Nepali Nationhood
Prakash Bom - 1/3/2010
Nepalis who opposed outright NRN's demand for dual-citizenship provision from the street corners of Kathmandu in their response to general public questionnaires of and Kantipur surely have no knowledge of NRN's relation with the nation. This is the failure of government authorities to make general public aware of the existence of NRN around the world and their role in nation building process through remittance and investments.

An Old Man and Sleaze Tape - ND Tiwari Saga
Syed Ali Mujtaba, Ph.D. - 12/28/2009
The conduct of Andhra Pradesh Governor Narayan Dutt Tiwari on a video grab seen on a bed with young women has shocked the Indian nation. The footages aired by a TV channel if true, has disgraced this veteran Congress leader who is on the twilight years of his life has indulged in such an immoral and unethical act.

A Miss India Contest with a Difference
Syed Ali Mujtaba, Ph.D. - 12/21/2009
Kareena Shaline of Mumbai, Romi of Manipur and Padmini of Coimbatore, Tamilnadu were declared first, second and third at MISS INDIA contest for the Transgender Community held in Chennai on December 19, 2009. In a well attended function, the Miss India title was awarded to the successful contestants by Ms. G. Jayalakshmi, Deputy Director, Women Welfare, Directorate of Social Welfare.

Where would Maoists Lead Nepal?
Prakash Bom - 12/19/2009
As per the rule that Maoists agreed upon, Nepal has elected Constituent Assembly that made fundamental decisions such as abolition of monarchy, declaration of federal republic, drafting of a new constitution, and restructuring of federal states. But, Maoists declaring autonomous federal states prior to the statute has overruled the political coherence.

India: Veterans of Disguised politics, once again unmasked
Tanveer Jafri - 12/7/2009
About a decade ago, when K.N.Govindacharya, the former leader of the intellectual cell of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), called Atal Behari Vajpayee, a ‘mask for the BJP’, at that time all the party leaders were angered by this statement. Certifying Govindacharya’s same testimony, the Liberhan Commission, investigating the demolition of the controversial Babri Mosque, has repeated the same statement. In the report, Atal Behari Vajpayee is once again called the mask for the party. The report has not only brought out the truth about the opportunistic and disguised politics of the BJP and its ...

Maoists’ Multiparty Politics Exhausted Nepal
Prakash Bom - 12/7/2009
Could twelve years Maoist insurgency have brought the historic political changes in Nepal without Maoists joining mainstream politics? Perhaps not with even the bloodshed of the millions of innocent life of poor people as Maoist proletariats! If the underlying objective of Maoist is to bring an overall social change – “cultural revolution” then Maoists cannot impose their political ideas with Maoist party’s unilateral decision.

India: Environmentalists to Campaign 'Ride A Cycle
Syed Ali Mujtaba, Ph.D. - 11/20/2009
As the campaign for climate change is gaining momentum and talks to cut down carbon emission is reaching its crescendo, a humble attempt is being made in southern India to push the cause of the good old peddle bicycle.

Does Nepal need a National Unity Government at this point?
Prakash Bom - 11/17/2009
International community has recognized that a national unity government for Nepal is desirable at this point in order to drafting a new constitution and managing Maoist combatants. However, a national unity government does not necessarily mean Maoist or UML or NC led government.

Multilateral Approach desirable to address the Myanmar Issue
Rajaram Panda, Ph.D. - 11/17/2009
Myanmar has emerged as a new test case for the success of US engagement in Asia, especially when the military junta has shown no sign of complying with the international opinion of restoring democracy and has been tightening control further on its people. No amount of carrot and stick approach by the US has proved successful. The latest volte force in Washington’s Myanmar policy has been applying the carrot approach and abandoning the application of stick as the means for seeking peace dividend.

‘Love Jihad’ controversy rages in India
Syed Ali Mujtaba, Ph.D. - 10/28/2009
Indian mass-media insinuating reportage under the suggestive heading “Love Jihad” is yet another example of bad journalism in the largest democracy of the world.

Leftist-Islamist notoriety
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury - 10/23/2009
Islamists and leftists have alligned in South Asia for some years, and now they have started flexing muscle, which stands as a potential threat to region’s security issues. It was already reported in the media that, Al Qaeda was finding new base in Nepal under the hidden alliance with the Maoists there. Osama Bin Laden, visited Nepal a number of times, while, there was also report of a number of Al Qaeda kingpins secretly visiting Bangladesh and meeting local Islamists.

Journalists to discuss issues of ‘Climate Change’ in New Delhi
Syed Ali Mujtaba, Ph.D. - 10/21/2009
The UN convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting in Copenhagen in December 2009 (the COP15), negotiations on a post 2012 agreement have greatly intensified. However, there is absolutely no consensus even within and between industrial countries on these issues, while the divide between industrial and developing countries has grown wide.

Halt Nepal's Political Unrest Now With Vedic Defence
Dr. Kingsley Brooks and Dr. David Leffler - 10/21/2009
Nepal, the land of Himalayas and Veda, is today facing a great challenge of ever increasing internal violence by various groups of insurgents. How does it stop the political unrest that cripples Nepal's economy and causes other social problems that could lead to more war and terrorism? Achieving economic success while happily living in perpetual peace is not only an intrinsic desire but also a fervent wish of the citizens of Nepal.

Cine Actors and Journalist in Chennai on Collision Course
Syed Ali Mujtaba, Ph.D. - 10/20/2009
A news editor of a popular daily was arrested in Chennai for clearing a sleaze story alleging that many south Indian actresses are running sex shops in the city.

Taliban’s War on Pakistan
Walid Phares, Ph.D. - 10/20/2009
The war between the Taliban and Pakistan continues to accelerate. Just last weekend, Pakistan’s army responded to a long string of Taliban attacks by launching a massive ground operation in Waziristan.

Unholy things under holy mask
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury - 10/20/2009
A group of ruling party men has set a very nasty example of ‘unholy’ task under the garb of holy reason.

Nepal´s Supreme Leaders Wreaking Democracy
Prakash Bom - 10/20/2009
Perhaps it is in the entire history of representative (Parliamentary) democratic system Nepal could be the only one nation, which honors those political leaders who lost people´s electoral mandate from nation´s historic elections of Constituent Assembly upon the daylight of 21st century.

Cine Actors and Journalist in Chennai on Collusion Course
Syed Ali Mujtaba, Ph.D. - 10/13/2009
A news editor of a popular daily was arrested in Chennai for clearing a sleaze story alleging that many south Indian actresses are running sex shops in the city. The story invited a strong reaction from south Indian film chamber leading to the arrest of the editor, which in turn triggered instant protests from the journalists. The editor though was released on unconditional bail within forty eight hours; the journalist described his arrest an infringement on the rights of expression and muzzling of the freedom of press.

Child labor dilemma in Nepal
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 10/12/2009
Nepalese politicians never abstain from talking about making Nepal the most prosperous nation in the world but in reality their ever diminishing ethics are making the mockery of the ordinary Nepalese destiny. For instance, for all the money and attention devoted to the child laborers in Nepal , no one has yet worked out, where they are and what it has done to ameliorate the child laborer syndrome.

Political Objectives of the Pakistani Taliban
Raza Khan - 10/12/2009
ISLAMABAD: The radical Pakistani so-called Taliban groups that emerged a few years ago in the country’s borderlands, widely believed to help ousted Afghan Taliban regime fight ISAF and NATO forces, after slowly and gradually organizing themselves into a strong movement, have set about establishing a puritanical ‘Islamic’ state in the country, rendering Pakistan highly unstable and raising fears in the neighbouring states.

The Attitude of Drafting a New Constitution of Nepal
Prakash Bom - 10/12/2009
Drafting of a new constitution ought to be inspired with revolutionary expectations against the establishment of status quo. In spite of the revolution born of diverse and conflicting perspectives the new proposal must redirect the nation for an overall structural change. The new proposal must address, therefore, the "ground-breaking reality" against the status quo. Otherwise, the proposal will fail to render fair constitution to honor civilian rule.

Misreporting minority persecution cases
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury - 10/11/2009
For those who work in defending rights of religious minorities, it is extremely important to cross check each and every information they share with local and international community while any case of minority persecution take place.

Shameles and senseless leaders in Bangladesh
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury - 10/11/2009
As a nation Bangladeshis are always proud for their rich culture and heritage, which is thousand years old. People of this country showed their unimaginable courage when they fought for Mother Language in 1952. Again, the same nation fought in 1971 for the independence of Bangladesh. Each time, naturally, Bangladeshis won.

China-Pak Joint Mission—Destroy India
Monotapash Mukherjee - 10/10/2009
After the resounding success of the China-Pak joint anti –LTTE enterprise, the two nations are doubly encouraged to besiege India from all corners. In fact Pakistan is alleged to have supplied to Sri Lanka the fighter jets while china is said to have supplied the fire arms and other logistical systems. China, apparently, in exchange of its help to rout the LTTE, has secured a port at Hambantota. The Pak-Sri Lanka military co-operation is growing. China’s aim to contain India’s march into the Indian Ocean as well as to encircle India has been fulfilled. Besides, the recent disclosure that Myanm...

Status Quo against New Constitution of Nepal
Prakash Bom - 10/10/2009
In my opinion that those who opposed the bill that the Committee for Determining the Judicial System of Constituent Assembly has passed recently for appointing Supreme Court justices by the Parliament need further understanding on the question of check and balance of power in Democracy beyond the status quo or tradition for judicial independence.

What Maoists want in Nepal?
Prakash Bom - 9/28/2009
Who wants change in Nepal, not with the rhetoric to make Nepal Switzerland overnight, but to transform Nepal with the legislations that can deliver good governance and justice? This means the Parliament or the elected representatives of legislative body of the government take comprehensive responsibility to make sure that good governance and justice is delivered.

Bangladesh in danger!
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury - 9/24/2009
While a very powerful earthquake struck Himalayan region, causing at least 20 deaths and destruction in the small mountaneous nation of Bhutan, for two days, there had been several earthquakes in Bangladesh, while meteorologists are giving warning of massive earthquake in the country within a week, which may destroy more tha 30 per cent buildings within Dhaka, Sherpur, Sylhet, Nilphamari, Netrakona, Faridpur, Rangpur, Sirajganj, Sunamganj and other parts of the country. In Bangladesh on September 21, 2009, the tremor - measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale - shook Dhaka, the capital city of the c...

What Maoists want in Nepal?
Prakash Bom - 9/24/2009
Who wants change in Nepal, not with the rhetoric to make Nepal Switzerland overnight, but to transform Nepal with the legislations that can deliver good governance and justice? This means the Parliament or the elected representatives of legislative body of the government take comprehensive responsibility to make sure that good governance and justice is delivered.

Shameful Adieu for Advani
Tanveer Jafri - 9/16/2009
Lal Krishna Advani, though much controversial and always targeted by his opponents during his entire political journey, at the end of his political career, is facing the wrath and charges of other leaders of his own party, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its patron organization, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Born in 1927 in Karachi city of undivided India, Advani’s political life became controversial figure just after partition. His critics still ask about the role of Advani in the nation’s freedom struggle, the man who projected himself as the ‘Prime Minister in Waiting’ for the 15th Lo...

Afghanistan: Where's The Diplomacy?
Talley Rand - 9/3/2009
The great debate about Afghanistan begins, again. Like most things in the American adversarial tradition, it has only two sides: more troops or fewer? Bombs or boots on the ground? Guns or butter?

The Show and Sham Trials of our Times
Saberi Roy - 9/1/2009
The recent political trials in Iran and Burma have raised several questions on the motives of these trials. There could be several levels of analysis, and similarities and differences could be drawn between the trials of political prisoners in Iran and the political prisoners in Burma.

Bangladesh: Time Then and Time Now
Mac Haque - 9/1/2009
For those of us in the anti-establishment fringe living in rejection of the Bangladesh political system’s grounded status quo of 36 years, events that began on the first week of January 2007 (referred to as 01/11) left us bemused. We thought we are witnessing a dejavu, sort of - seeds of our quiet and peaceful revolt being planted by men in uniform, our beliefs and hopes, and hearing things that we had said all along and were traditionally shunned and pooh-poohed even marginalized, now blossoming into unrestrained reality right in front of our eyes!

CA Legislators’ Apt to Democracy in Nepal
Prakash Bom - 9/1/2009
It is an ethical question for the elected representatives in Democracy to enforce with their piece of legislation the true administration of justice which is the firmest pillar of good government all beyond their party-line-politics. This means supporting that bill whichever political party endorses it for the true administration of justice.

Diarrhoeal dilemma in Nepal
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 8/31/2009
It sounded like an innocuous question from a foreign TV reporter – “What is the worth of a rural Nepalese life?” Except it came at a time when diarrhoeal epidemic in Jajorkot, Rukum, Bajhang, Baitadi, Rukum, Dailekh, Doti and various other Mid- Western region of the country have been wrecking havoc.

Indian politics: Jaswant Singh saga would haunt for long
Syed Ali Mujtaba, Ph.D. - 8/27/2009
Jaswant Singh’s book 'Jinnah: India, Partition, Independence' that interprets events leading to India’s independence and Partition differently than the official NCERT version has triggered a huge debate in the country.

Impunity: A Newfound Identity of Nepal
Amit Pyakurel - 8/21/2009
Impunity, perhaps, could be termed as a national identity of the modern day Nepal, or the ‘New Nepal’ as per the political catchphrase. Incessant instances of crimes and anarchyhave found a new momentum due to this deeply entrenched phenomenon called impunity.

India-ASEAN scale new frontier following FTA
Pranamita Baruah - 8/20/2009
On August 14, 2009, after six years of intense negotiations, nine economic ministers of the ten-nation regional trade bloc ASEAN and Indian Minister of Commerce and Industry Anand Sharma finally inked the long-awaited free trade agreement (FTA) for duty-free import and export of 4,000 products over a period of eight years. The remaining state Vietnam would sign the pact once it is formally recognized by India as a ‘market economy’. The historic signing of this pact under the comprehensive economic cooperation agreement (CECA) took place during the meeting of the 41st ASEAN Economic Ministers (...

India asks Burma to expedite political reforms
Syed Ali Mujtaba, Ph.D. - 8/20/2009
India is trying to play safe with Burma and has asked the Burmese government to expedite its political reform. India ’s reaction comes following the conviction of Burmese pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi for 18 months of detention. Her last period of incarceration had expired at the end of May 2009.

Will Myanmar Follow North Korea?
Gunjan Singh - 8/19/2009
Nuclear proliferation has become a buzz word again. First, it was North Korea and now there are reports that suggest that Myanmar might decide to follow suit. These speculations began due to the following developments.

Burmese siren sizzles in Bollywood movies
Syed Ali Mujtaba, Ph.D. - 8/19/2009
Bollywood fans are in for a delight to watch a hot babe in “Kool Nahi Hot Hai Hum” released last November. Called Laila Khan, this chink beauty has made her presence felt in the over crowded Hindi film industry.

A Possible North Korea – Myanmar alliance?
Pranamita Baruah - 8/8/2009
At a time when there has been an increasing concern in the international community over the clandestine nuclear programme in North Korea and Iran, reports regarding the possible involvement of Myanmar’s military junta in developing a nuclear arsenal are disturbing. Factors like the recent aborted voyage of a North Korean ship – the Kang Nam I- allegedly carrying a cargo of Scud-type missiles and heading towards Myanmar, the arrest of two Japanese nationals and a North Korean in June, 2009, this year for allegedly trying to export a magnetic measuring device to Myanmar that could be used to dev...

Rising food insecurity in Nepal
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 8/7/2009
Hunger kills more people in the world than any other disease. Every day approximately 25000 people die from hunger and hunger related illness. Today, one in nearly seven people does not get enough food to be healthy and lead an active life, making hunger and malnutrition the number one risk to health worldwide according to the World Food Programme (WFP). Furthermore, it has been reported by The Economist that the domestic food prices in about 46 developing countries are higher than 12 months ago and this could easily pave the way for more hunger related problems leading to death.

Nepal Army, Justice & Peace Process of Nepal
Prakash Bom - 7/30/2009
The so-called main democratic political parties such as Nepali Congress, UML and their certain leaders who think along the line of GP Koirala can try to fool Nepali people forget all about how state army violated the human rights, but not the world-community at their expense which are concern about the reluctance of Nepal Army to redefine its mission for justice to support peace process.

Nepal’s Post-Maoist Falters’ Power Politics
Prakash Bom - 6/18/2009
If the status quo Nepali politicians and their counsels could have been realistic with their cognitive and optimistic bias towards Democracy they would have second thought for not to adore a ceremonial president with the executive power of supreme commander of Nepal Army. Instead such a constitutional provision should have been rested on people’s elected Parliament – Constituent Assembly without which consent no executive body of the government can make decision upon emergency or constitutional and political crises.

US policy on Kashmir can ratchet up anti-Americanism in India
Susenjit Guha - 6/18/2009
If the Obama administration wants to know why anti-Americanism gets ratcheted up in different parts of the world, it need not look anywhere else, but look hard at the dangerous Af-Pak policy it is toying with at the expense of India and the inevitable fallouts that might result.

Nepal’s Post-Maoist Falters’ Power Politics
Prakash Bom - 6/15/2009
If the status quo Nepali politicians and their counsels could have been realistic with their cognitive and optimistic bias towards Democracy they would have second thought for not to adore a ceremonial president with the executive power of supreme commander of Nepal Army. Instead such a constitutional provision should have been rested on people’s elected Parliament – Constituent Assembly without which consent no executive body of the government can make decision upon emergency or constitutional and political crises.

Impasse Reigns Nepal’s New Government
Amit Pyakurel - 6/12/2009
Starting his job at the office PM Madhav Kumar Nepal came up with rather an optimistic note calling for the politics of consensus and cooperation for the way ahead at this difficult time, yet the terms being clichéd abounding in the contemporary politics of the country. But the alliance already seems to be in snag, as indicated by one or the other instances. Instances like the dispute arisen in one of the essential coalition partners, the Forum, and the hard time the parties encountered while distributing the power, signifies an infirmity in the coalition of the twenty two parties with their inherently diverse

Strategic Aid in Pakistan
Yossef Ben-Meir, PhD - 6/5/2009
Depending on how and for what international aid is administered in Pakistan, the hearts and minds of its people, and which of the opposing forces they collaborate with, hang in the balance. Recent polls indicate that the majority of Pakistanis consider economic and political conditions of greater priority than terrorism, suggesting a real opportunity to gain control over the global threat that the Pakistani situation poses.

Indo-Bangla Relation: A Strategic Analysis
Shah Mohammed Saifuddin - 5/20/2009
The independence movement under the leadership of Congress was for establishing independent undivided India through the eviction of British rulers from the soil of India, but the degeneration of Hindu-Muslim relation into hostility and the demand of Muslim league for a separate state for the Muslims of the region thwarted the dream of an independent undivided India and made the partition of subcontinent inevitable. While the initial proposal for the partition met with steep resistance as most of the senior leaders of Congress namely, Mahatma Gandhi, Jawharlal Nehru, and Moulana Abul Kalam Azad...

Afghanistan Shows Iran's Stake in Regional Insecurity
Jonathan Spyer, Ph.D. - 5/20/2009
A month ago, US President Barack Obama announced a new strategy to address the current crisis in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Obama's plan to 'disrupt, dismantle and defeat' al-Qaida and the Taliban in 'Afpak' includes deployment of an additional 21,000 US troops in Afghanistan, and an increase in civilian officials to aid in developing the Afghan economy and governmental structures.

Will the Army policies break up Pakistan?
Reza Hossein Borr - 5/19/2009
Unintended consequences of mass migration of civilian residents of Sawat and the neighbouring regions will be very grave in very new future. The people who have been uprooted by the military operations of Pakistan's army will create immense problems. The Taleban will move with them in disguise in different areas of Pakistan which are closer to the capital of this country. If they could not move freely before, now they can freely travel everywhere they want in search of job and a better life. Wherever they go they will carry their ideology with them. They were confined before in small area...

Nepal´s First President & his Unconstitutional Approach
Prakash Bom - 5/13/2009
What kind of Parliamentary system is this where the army chief who has disobeyed decisions of people elected civil government on several occasions can defy government order on his discharge by claiming that the president but not the Prime Minister who has constitutional power to lay him off from his duty?

Ruling party and instigation by pro-AL writer
Sunita Paul - 4/8/2009
President of Bangladesh Awami League, ward number 48, Haji Torab Ali told interrogators that the conspiracy to make army officers hostage inside the BDR headquarters were designed at his residence and office in presence of his son, a leader of the student front of the ruling party and a notorious terrorist named Leather Liton.

Self-Serving Politics of Political Parties of Nepal
Prakash Bom - 3/27/2009
Can leaders of major political parties of Nepal transcend themselves from “self-serving” politics at least for this transition period? Obviously, it is a question of conscientious to honestly address the political challenges that nation has been confronted at this stage. Unquestionably, the more the political parties are self-serving their own party interests (agenda and ideology) the less they are committed to people and nation for the rule of law.

Proliferated democracy may give chance to militancy in gaining strength
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury - 3/27/2009
In today’s world, the democracy stands for an atmosphere, where governments are elected by people with the mission of serving the country and the nation as well as doing everything for the betterment of the society while being completely loyal to country’s independence and sovereignty.

Bangladesh: Ruling party’s fear in allowing Court Martial to BDR Massacre case
Sunita Paul - 3/27/2009
Pro-Awami League lawyer Advocate Anisul Huq (who is also the chief counsel in Bangabandhu murder case), told vernacular daily Amader Shomoy that, trial into the massacre, murder, rape and lootings inside the Bangladesh Riffles (BDR) headquarters cannot be held under Court Martial.

The Legacy of “Daura-Suruwal-Topi” Politics of Nepal
Prakash Bom - 3/24/2009
How a glory of a nation on the tip of the two massive plate tectonics movement can be appraised in the first place with “Daura-Suruwal-Topi” as Nepali-men’s national dress over the geological time with the 21st century’s technology that has almost reached the point for new direction to shape process of natural selection for human evolution!

Leaving Crocodile tears for the killers in Bangladesh
Sunita Paul - 3/24/2009
Human Rights Watch (HRW), a New York City based non-governmental organization, which sent a letter to Bangladeshi Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina Wajed only few weeks back with the plea of dismantling Forces Intelligences of Bangladesh Armed Forces, has issued a fresh statement on the February Massacre, which took place inside Bangladesh Riffles (border security guards) headquarters in Dhaka, killing large number of Army officers, thus leaving numerous wounded and abused.

India-EU Free Trade Agreement: Should India Open Up Banking Sector?
Kavaljit Singh - 3/24/2009
Since 2007, India and European Union (EU) are negotiating a free trade agreement (FTA). The negotiations not only cover trade in goods but also services, rules pertaining to intellectual property rights, cross-border investments, competition policy, government procurement and regulatory issues.

Storms are Strong Enough
Tanveer Jafri - 3/24/2009
India, the world’s largest secular democracy is going to face the general elections for Lok Sabha (House of the People) between the coming April 16 & May 13. In India, since the last two decades the rule of any one national political party is not in vogue so the politics of the alliance parties is in practice everywhere. A party that wins 272 of the 543 seats of the Lok Sabha can only constitute the government. But as because of the alliance politics, the leaders such as I.K. Gujral, Chandrashekhar, H.D. Devegowda & V.P. Singh became Prime Minister; so many leaders of the country have begun to...

When the State patronizes terror
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury - 3/24/2009
Armed hooligans chased the car of Dhaka’s front ranking editor, Nurul Kabir, couple of days back and tried to stop the vehicle at a highway connecting the international airport. What was the motive behind? Many people may argue the matter as mere actions of some criminals, but, my own experience says something else. This was a clean case of state patronized terror!

Bangladesh peace activist and the Nobel Peace Prize
Sunita Paul - 3/24/2009
Professor Dr. Sami Alrabaa an ex-Muslim, is a professor of Sociology and an Arab-Muslim culture specialist. Before moving to Germany he taught at Kuwait University, King Saud University, Michigan State University and an eminent writer of many books on hard-hitting topics, commenting on Bangladeshi journalist and peace activist Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury said “Mr. Choudhury is fighting radical Islam in one of largest Muslim countries of the world (150 million). If the West does not support Choudhury’s struggle, a whole society will increasingly drift to Islamism. Bangladesh is being Talibanized day after day.”

Reaching out to more moderate Taliban elements
Iqbal Latif - 3/24/2009
NYT reports that 'U.S. strategy against the Taliban now focuses on rooting extremists out, as in this patrol on Feb. 18 where villagers in Afghanistan's Shembal Valley were asked whether any fighters were nearby. President Barack Obama is weighing whether to modify that strategy to also reach out to more moderate Taliban elements.'

Containing insurgency in Afghanistan
Rahil Yasin - 3/18/2009
LAHORE: Seven years after the Taliban government’s ouster by the Bush Administration, Afghanistan is far from becoming a stable and secure country. Karzai government has failed to bring about stability in the country and a democratic polity remains a distant dream. The insurgents are in effective control of a large territory and in areas bordering Pakistan.

Pakistan is not a governable country
Reza Hossein Borr - 3/18/2009
Pakistan is not a governable country. Every kind of ruler has tried that. Politicians failed in governing Pakistan. Military men failed to govern Pakistan effectively and properly. All of Pakistan's leaders have either been killed or ended in a disgraceful manner. Different systems have been tried. All of them have failed. Pakistan People's Party have introduced socialist policies and failed. Other rulers of Pakistan introduced capitalist systems and failed too.

Bangladesh: February Massacre & Operation Rebel Hunt
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury - 3/18/2009
Members of Armed Forces are called by the government, which will come into effect from Monday morning to nab each and every rebel, their instigators and patrons, who were behind the February Massacre, killing more than 135 heroic officers of Bangladesh Army as well as their friends and family members. Experts opine that, Bangladesh Army has complete sympathy and support of the people of Bangladesh in nabbing the culprits. The entire nation is heavy with shock and pain. They want to see trial of the killers and their perpetrators without wasting even a second.

Afghanistan's Drug Culture, A Way Forward
Nasir Shansab - 3/10/2009
Will the new Afghan government ever learn how to pass a drug test? The phenomenal growth of Afghanistan's opium production over the past seven years is a sign of the monumental failure of the Karzai government.

Lies about Bangladesh Army, conspiracy and responsibility of the Nation
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury - 3/3/2009
Since the mutiny renegade Bangladesh Riffles [BDR] troops, a number of private television channels, mostly owned by questioned people started broadcasting various news, commentaries and interviews, aimed at maligning the image of the armed forces of Bangladesh. Most interestingly, only a few reporters of television channels were receiving phone calls from the renegade troops from inside the Pilkhana BDR headquarters. Here is the first question and doubt! How the renegade troops got the mobile phone numbers of those reporters belonging to questioned television channels?

New conspiracy against Bangladesh
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury - 3/3/2009
Right after the mutiny by Bangladesh Riffles [BDR] troops, which is partially resolved by now only at its Head Quarters in Dhaka, some vested interest groups are becoming increasingly active in putting bad names on Bangladesh Army by saying, “they are corrupts, violators of rules and abusers of human rights”. Such campaign is aimed at stopping the participation of Bangladesh Army in the United Nations Peace Keeping Force.

India: Citizens and Watchdogs can strive for Good Governance
Syed Ali Mujtaba, Ph.D. - 3/3/2009
There is an electrifying atmosphere in India with the announcement of the 15th parliamentary elections to be held in April-May, 2009. This time as many as 671 million people are eligible for vote for 543 seats of the lower house of the Parliament.

Bangladesh on Trial
Sunita Paul - 2/23/2009
It was March 27, 2008, when prestigious Wall Street Journal published an editorial titled 'Bangladesh on Trial' to describe the intimidation of internationally known award winning journalist Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury.

Anti-Radical, Pro-Peace Muslim Journalist Savaged in Broad Daylight
Dr. Richard L. Benkin - 2/23/2009
Dhaka, Bangladesh—At 10am today, local time, internationally-acclaimed journalist Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, who has written for the Global Politician, was attacked as he was working in the office of his newspaper, Weekly Blitz, by “a gang of thugs” claiming to be from Bangladesh’s ruling Awami League. I spoke by telephone with Choudhury as he awaited medical treatment for eye, neck, and other injuries suffered in the attack. The renewed violence marks the first against him since he was abducted by Bangladesh’s dreaded Rapid Action Battalion a year ago.

Nepal: Ordinances of Maoist-led Gov a Status Quo Ante Bellum
Prakash Bom - 2/23/2009
Despite Nepal Maoists' repeated rhetoric against "status quo", unless for both soft and hardliner Maoists the norms and principle of democracy are roadblocks, the attempt of Maoist-let government to issue ordinances during Parliament recess without the political consensus of people's elected Constituent Assembly to statute law is the example of 'Status Quo Ante Bellum' that reigned in two hundred fifty years feudal governments' arbitrary government practice prior to Maoist insurgency and historic People's April Uprising. The attempt contradicts Maoists' call for the statute of new constitution to establish "People Oriented Democracy."

Ruling party getting set to try Bangladesh Generals
Sunita Paul - 2/23/2009
When the entire world was busy in welcoming another new year, a small nation in South Asia, Bangladesh was busy in electing a new government, thus coming out of 2-year old rule by a military controlled interim government.

These Tears Are The Language Of My Heart
Tanveer Jafri - 2/23/2009
India, the largest democracy in the world is soon going to face the general elections of its Loksabha (House of the People). Election strategy is being prepared by all the regional & national political parties throughout India. Many political parties have started to declare the candidates of their parties. Just as the previous elections, this time too, the unsatisfied leaders, who didn't get the candidature, are on the way to change their parties. At some places, some fundamentalists are searching chances to be the guide of liberals & somewhere orthodox are in lookout to show themselves as "Ga...

Nepal in Tug O' War over Consensus Politics
Prakash Bom - 2/23/2009
Of course, the consensus politics cannot overrule the authority of electoral process in multiparty Democracy, particularly electing leaders and representatives, and nominating political appointees in all three branches of government – legislative, executive and judiciary. However, consensus politics can play significant role in decision making process predominantly between governing political party and oppositions under certain historical circumstances, for example in Nepal's volatile peace process and in drafting Nepal's new constitution.

Ordinances of Maoist-led Nepal Government a Status Quo Ante Bellum
Prakash Bom - 2/6/2009
Despite Nepal Maoists' repeated rhetoric against "status quo", unless for both soft and hardliner Maoists the norms and principle of democracy are roadblocks, the attempt of Maoist-let government to issue ordinances during Parliament recess without the political consensus of people's elected Constituent Assembly to statute law is the example of 'Status Quo Ante Bellum' that reigned in two hundred fifty years feudal governments' arbitrary government practice prior to Maoist insurgency and historic People's April Uprising. The attempt contradicts Maoists' call for the statute of new constitution to establish "People Oriented Democracy."

People's Elected Nepal Government & Nepal Army Establishment
Prakash Bom - 2/5/2009
Perhaps the people's aspiration for a new Nepal is easy said than edifice without conflicts. However, conflicts are unavoidable despite the common agreement of all. But the outcome depends on how sensibly the parties involved in the conflict take the responsibility. For example, in the case of Nepal Army's attempt to continue recruitment against the spirit of 2006 Peace Accord depends on how people's elected government under the leadership of Maoist can handle the issue and how Nepal Army with its old establishment can coordinate with the new government's commitments to peace and democracy.

Creeping Talibanization in Pakistan's 'Paradise' Valley
Rahil Yasin - 1/28/2009
LAHORE, Pakistan—People in Swat - once called the 'paradise' on earth or Switzerland of Pakistan - are living in tense times. The Pakistani Taliban have stoked fear in parts of the valley, and their control is growing. They gave demolished schools and bombed bridges; political workers are assassinated, journalists are tortured, girls are forbidden from going to school. Even dead bodies have been exhumed from their graves and put on gallows. The power of the government has shrunk to a limited area in the district.

The Rule of Law in Nepal
Prakash Bom - 1/28/2009
Nepal has failed historically in complying with the "Rule of Law" in government practices and made itself world renown for its ongoing tradition of impunity all time in all three branches of government. The question is "why Nepal has to be doomed with such traditions that perpetuate party favoritism, ethnic tribalism, religious superior-ism, familial nepotism, gang criminal-ism, and so on that overrule justice?"

War Clouds Hovering over South Asia
Rahil Yasin - 1/28/2009
LAHORE: The Mumbai terrorist attacks pushed the peace process between India and Pakistan to the back seat. Both neighbors asked their people not to visit the other side of the border. Even the cricket series was cancelled by the Indian Cricket Board. Confidence building measures were chopped down to their lowest level.

India needs to redefine democratic pluralism
Syed Ali Mujtaba, Ph.D. - 1/28/2009
India celebrates its 59th republic day on 26th January 2009. However, even after such a long time, India is unable to define a correct roadmap of nation building. Societal brakes are pulling down the rapid scientific advancement and communal tension is kept alive.

Indian Republic needs Communal harmony
Syed Ali Mujtaba, Ph.D. - 1/27/2009
On 26 January 2009, India would be celebrating its republic day with great fanfare on the Rajpath in New Delhi . Millions of Indians will be watching the Republic day parade on their TV sets that would showcase India ’s progress as a nation in different spheres of activities. On the surface of it all that would look very grandiose indeed and many may yell Mera Bharat Mahan (My India is great). But does that give the complete picture of India , I have my doubts.

India’s future political masters
Priyanka Bhardwaj - 1/12/2009
The run up to India’s general elections in summer 2009 requires a legislative majority within the democratic idiom. Most analysts agree that the ‘pack of three’, Rahul Gandhi, Mayawati and Narendra Modi will play crucial roles in the world’s biggest democracy India.

'The India Doctrine' - Book Review
A.K. Zaman - 1/11/2009
It is almost two years since the first edition of The India Doctrine appeared on Bangladesh bookshelves to wide acclaim and appreciation. The newly revised edition now titled The India Doctrine (1947-2007) is an astonishing work of exceptional depth and analysis and is probably the first book of its kind not only in Bangladesh but also in South Asia as a whole. It is indeed a stupendous effort by Barrister MBI Munshi. While I had a few words of criticism for the original version of the book which appeared to me to be fragmentary and a little disjointed this revised edition is an exceptional wo...

Nepal is Ill with the Politics of Conceit
Prakash Bom - 1/8/2009
When twelve years' pseudo-democratic practice under the monarchical setup was suspended for the rule of absolute dictatorship by Gyanendra Shah the top leaders of main political parties were hung-up and shaken for their willingness to confess mistakes. But now what they have become with their confessions in dealing with the new nation is disheartening.

India's Other Terror Threat
Prof. Asoka Bandarage - 1/8/2009
In the aftermath of the horrific attacks in Mumbai, global attention is on the threat to India from Islamist Jihadists in the north and the west. In the mean time, the threat from the Tamil secessionists in the south receives little attention. How India deals with its southern terrorism and the Sri Lankan situation has a direct bearing on her ability to take a strong and consistent stance against terrorism.

What will Nepal Get from Maoists in next One & Half Years?
Prakash Bom - 1/8/2009
What commitments Maoists have or have not fulfilled towards 2006 Comprehensive Peace Accord despite the political pressures so far will determine the future of Nepal, if conscientious democratic forces from every corner – politics, media, elites, civil society and intellectuals fail to scrutinize the ground reality and lead the nation as per the aspiration of people for a new democratic Nepal.

Transition to Democracy or Autocracy?
Sunita Paul - 12/29/2008
Eight Million voters in Bangladesh are now set to cast their votes on Monday to elect the next government thus making a new journey towards democracy. This is the general perception in Bangladesh and in the world that the people of the country are already fed up with the military controlled regime in Dhaka for a number of reasons. One of the key reasons is their failure in controlling the exorbitant rise in the price of essentials.

Pakistan and the Challenge of Islamist Terror
Prof. Isaac Kfir - 12/22/2008
This article examines Pakistan's role in the "war on terror" in light of the transition from the Musharraf presidency to that of Zardari. It opens with Musharraf's tenure and proceeds to discuss some of the key challenges faced by the current administration in this respect.

Mumbai Attack- Blame Game Moving in Circles
Syed Ali Mujtaba, Ph.D. - 12/18/2008
The November 26, 2008 attack on Mumbai that killed nearly 190 people is the most recent episode in long string of high-profile terrorist attacks in India.

Maoists are Conspiring Democracy in Nepal
Prakash Bom - 12/18/2008
First of all, the international institutions such as UN, World Bank, and Asian Development Bank have to understand whether they are willing to sacrifice democracy with their financial supports for the socio-economic transformation that Maoist led government has prioritized knowing that Maoists have already started blaming multi-party democracy for obstruction.

Nepal's NC Not Favoring Change
Prakash Bom - 12/16/2008
Perhaps Maoist insurgency could have never been merged with "People´s April Uprising" if Maoists had not revealed their fundamental demand for the Constituent Assembly elections to draft a new constitution of Nepal. That is to say, if Maoist insurgency did not have surfaced demands along the people´s aspiration for democracy (but with their people´s war strategy to establish one-party totalitarian communist government system), people could have never given Maoists chance to get simple majority in Constituent Assembly. Is this what PM Prachanda is arguing and accusing NC for not fulfilling people´s aspiration?

Pakistan's Misunderstanding
Tanveer Jafri - 12/15/2008
The two nations, India and Pakistan which are equipped with the nuclear equipments, usually seen active in the directions of increasing mutual cooperation in the SAARC's annual meetings, but misfortunately, these two countries often frown at each other at the same time. However the public of these two countries do not like mutual tension. The journalists, literates, persons concerned with sports, films, music, trade, industry and specially those that have mutual relationships on both the sides of the border do not wish the tension to be present anywhere. But in reality, not only among the poli...

India's Options
Prof. Barry Rubin - 12/9/2008
India's government faces difficult choices and no one should interfere in that hard process. Still, it is worth describing the alternatives New Delhi must ponder and what it might ask the rest of the world to do.

Nepal's New Political Leadership
Prakash Bom - 12/3/2008
Despite the media reporting on minister of culture and state restructuring Gopal Kirati´s gold-rush for innovation, once before criticized by the constitutional pundits and CA secretariats for his attempt to rule-out CA jurisdiction, minister Kirati´s recent draft for federal government system resembles pragmatic federalist approach to state restructuring pertaining to nation´s geographical and cultural diversity.

The Sri Lanka issue: Will Manmohan Singh’s Government Fall
Syed Ali Mujtaba, Ph.D. - 10/22/2008
The ultimatum given by the ruling DMK government in Tamil Nadu to pull down the UPA government has once again brought the India ’s Sri Lanka policy on the center stage of Indian politics. The way Tamil Nadu politicians are clamoring to stop the ethic war in Sri Lanka , its likely that in case if they pull out from the ruling coalition, the ruling UPA government will soon be reduced to minority. The million dollar question is, will the New Delhi bend to the demand of the Tamil Nadu politicians, and will the DMK and its will allies really pull out from the UPA government?

A challenging task for Zardari
Rahil Yasin - 10/12/2008
LAHORE: After February 18 elections, people were expecting their problems would be solved because their representatives are now in the parliament and dictator's government has ended after a long period of nine years. But after winning the elections, they did not seem to have any clear agenda and proper planning to get people out of crisis. Shares in Pakistani companies have crumbled, losing one-third of their value since April, as investors have fled a country mauled by political upheaval and a violent Islamic insurgency.

Political Governance in Indian Politics of Development
Panchanan Bhoi, Ph.D. - 10/12/2008
In a democratic set up the explicit of political governance is specified objectively in the management of a country’s economic and social resources for development. It is significant because it determines human societies’ ability to equip themselves with systems of representation and social agents that are capable of managing interdependencies in an amicable way. Both governance and democracy are independent constructs. So in the absence of an accepted political congruence grounded on a people's choice of the form of their governance, governance and democracy do not in any way imply a similar construct or practice.

ULFA and Bangladeshi media
Sunita Paul - 9/29/2008
Couple of months back, I wrote an article, which was published in American Chronicle, Global Politician, Daily People's View [in Bangladesh], Weekly Blitz [Bangladesh] and other newspapers and sites around the world. Subsequently, Mr. Kalyan Barooah, correspondent of The Assam Tribune published a report quoting some of the excerpts of my article. Later, another journalist in Assam, Nava Thakuria wrote a report for Newstrack titled 'ULFA money in Bangladesh media', link, where he categorically mentioned how people in the questioned newspaper and m...

Why Zardari has been vilified?
Reza Hossein Borr - 9/29/2008
Corruption in Pakistan is widespread. There is no sense of shame and guilt about it. Political leaders, civil servants, army generals, security forces, businessmen, and even ordinary people have been so much corrupted that there is hardly any high ranking person in Pakistan who has not been involved in some kind of corruption. Corruption has become popular, acceptable and recognised by all people and all Pakistani institutions. All of them accuse each other of corruption and all of them claim to be clean and descent people with a great sense of integrity. All of them dismiss allegations of ...

Political Turmoil in Thailand: What's Next?
Subhan Choudhury and Mohammad Yousuf - 9/9/2008
Thailand is facing serious political turbulences for the last few weeks. Anti-government demonstrators, demanding resignation of the Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej, have seized the Government House in Bangkok and battled with the security forces in other parts of the country. Several labor unions and transport workers' associations also joined the protest. However, resignation of Prime Minister will not put an end to the problem; it will start a new game altogether.

Humanity On Trial In Bangladesh
Sunita Paul - 9/1/2008
August 31 and September 1, are two closest days, when the most courageous Muslim Hero of today's world in Bangladesh, Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury will stand in front of a judge in court to face trial of sedition, treason and blasphemy? What is his 'crime'? He speaks against rise of radical Islam, confronts culture of jihad and killing innocent people in the name of religion, he advocates inter faith understanding and above all, he demands relations between Israel and Bangladesh. For this 'crime', Choudhury should face the trial, which may conclude in several months, resulting in either death ...

India's Inflated Policies
Panchanan Bhoi, Ph.D. - 8/26/2008
The life of the common people is becoming increasingly difficult because of comprehensive price rise across the country. Day by day inflation crisis in India is looming large and the continuing increase in prices of all essential commodities are slowly going out of common people’s reach. There is a steep increase in the prices of food grains, pulses, vegetables and edible oils. Further, the repeated price hike of petroleum products has a cascading impact on the prices of several commodities. Instead of working on the modalities to check the price rise, the central government is throwing tantru...

Fog Of Deception In Islamabad
Ahmed Quraishi - 8/26/2008
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan—The circumstances surrounding the impeachment of President Musharraf are downright suspicious. After a failed attempt to please Washington by destroying the ISI, the PPP government decides to seize the Presidency. Obviously, controlling two of the three centers of power in the country – presidency, premiership and the military – will ensure the government’s success in a future attempt and will send a clear signal to the nation’s security establishment that the plan to topple the Pakistani military, which entered its decisive phase last year, is complete.

An open letter to Mr Asif Zardari
Reza Hossein Borr - 8/26/2008
If you know what will happen to you after you become the president, you have to look at the fate of those who have become president before you. What happened to them will happen to you. There is no exception in history of Pakistan. Pakistan swallows its Presidents and Prime Ministers. If you want to be hanged like your father in law, if you want to be killed in an aeroplane crash like general Zia, If you want to have the disgraceful fate of General Musharaf, then become the president or Prime Minister.

Suggestions For Afghanistan
Imran Khan - 8/26/2008
In Afghanistan there has been a dramatic increase in violence in last few months. Western troop casualties are climbing; the last two months exceeded the monthly death toll in Iraq. In June Taliban staged a spectacular jailbreak in Kandahar that freed hundreds of suspected collaborators. A suicide bombing outside the Indian embassy on July 7 killed 40 and on July 13, nine U.S. soldiers were killed – the worst attack in three years - when Taliban fighters attacked their base in the eastern province of Kunar. 10 French soldiers were killed and 21 injured on 18th August in the deadliest ground f...

Baluchistan consumes enemies
Reza Hossein Borr - 8/26/2008
Baluchistan consumes enemies. As I look today at the line history of Baluch and Baluchistan, I clearly can see that all the conquerors and dictators who captured Baluchistan and used excessive forces regarding the Baluch, became the victims of their own atrocities. Baluchistan has some miraculous manifestations. These manifestations elevate those who do good to Baluch and Baluchistan to high positions and eliminate those who do bad things to Baluch and Baluchistan. This seems to be repeated again and again in the history of the region. It is almost a historical pattern.

Bangladesh's new game plan
Sunita Paul - 8/18/2008
Bangladeshi government, which has heavy Islamist influence as well anti West and anti Semitic notion for years has silently changed strategy in handling the case of courageous Muslim journalist Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury.

Leaders without a sense of dignity
Reza Hossein Borr - 8/13/2008
Pakistan is a country of abundant dignity and generosity and shortage of shame and grace. Abundant dignity and generosity can be found among the ordinary people wherever you go and shortage of shame can be found among the elite classes, specifically the top brass. I have observed these two characteristics in many people years and after years. Once I went with few friends to the defence beach in Karachi. The friend who hosted us had lived in Pakistan for many years. He knew many people. While we were walking on the beach we saw a man with a turban carrying a long wood over his shoulder. On...

Pakistan’s leadership vacuum
Abid Mustafa - 8/3/2008
After almost eight years of military rule, Pakistan faces a myriad of challenges that threaten its very existence. American threats of unilateral action in the tribal area, Indian backed insurrection in Balochistan, a dramatic increase in suicide blasts, and the economy in tatters are some of Pakistan’s woes. But perhaps, the most significant issue is the leadership vacuum that pervades all segments of society. A manifestation of this void is the antics of the current coalition government, which over the past six months has struggled to define its purpose and chalk out a concrete programme to ...

Maoist Nepal Better Balance the Power for a Stable Government
Prakash Bom - 7/16/2008
If Maoist as a major political party in Constituent Assembly of Nepal is going to facilitate drafting of a new constitution of Federal Democratic Republic Nepal, then it should better balance the power in order to form a stable cabinet by electing the first president of Nepal not necessarily for sake of boosting national pride but accomplishing the fundamental objective of Constituent Assembly.

Prakash Bom - 7/16/2008
World has witnessed over a year Nepal Terai's marginalized ethnic and indigenous people's movement for the federal government system to secure their right to self-governance for their different indigenous nationalities, Indian origin Hindu ethnic group known as "Madhesi" and "Dalits" by restructuring the Nepal's unitary state.

Unity Gov of 3-Main-Political-Party Alone Can Save Nepal
Prakash Bom - 7/16/2008
It has been clear at least metaphorically with the protest letter of Jaya Prakash Prasad Gupta of Madhesi People's Rights Forum at Constituent Assembly that Madhesi demand for an autonomous one-Madhes-one Province is truly meant to split Nepal vertically whether their agreement with the interim government is implemented by CA for the constitutional guarantee or not.

Nepal’s business environment: Stained by political uncertainties
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 7/16/2008
In the past couple of years, whole world has hailed an improvement in Nepal ’s political performance. But sustained political development is impossible without greater economic stability. Is that in prospect?

Pakistan Nuclear Reactors & the Terrorists
Tanveer Jafri - 7/16/2008
In the last days, a big military operation was started by the Pak army against the Talibani activists in Peshawar, the capital of North West boundary state of Pakistan & its nearly Khyber region. In this operation, worked in Bora town, near the boundary of Afghanistan, Pakistan military used heavy weapons like tanks & air-attacks. America understands that this North tribal territory of Pakistan is a secret & safe asylum of the Talibani extremists. This is the area where extremist tribal leader Baitullah Mahsood has a strong hold. It is taken that there is reasonable atmosphere in the favour of the terrorists in this territory.

Indian Investors Enter the Caribbean
Loro Horta - 7/16/2008
NEW DELHI: As an emerging economic power, India finds that its companies expand into remote territories well in advance of its diplomats or other government agencies. Distant places like the Caribbean are fast becoming a major destination for business and major investments from India and the competition that pits India against its giant northern neighbor China, too, has spread to the islands. Despite China’s growing diplomatic clout, the private nature of India’s business expansion may give it an edge.

Why do UMDF Madhesi Parties of Nepal Need Affirmative Supplementary Bill?
Prakash Bom - 7/16/2008
Leaders of almost all political parties' have clearly realized at this difficult transition period that whatever agreement Nepali Congress led SPA interim government signed with United Madhesi Democratic Front prior to Constituent Assembly elections has not only entrapped the government and obstructed the further democratic process but also has threaten the national integrity of Nepal. Therefore, the world has to know who really are these UMDF Madhesis and why they desperately need such an affirmative supplementary bill for the constitutional guarantee for their agreement. It has to be clear...

India Obsessed with Nuke Deal and Murder Mystery
Syed Ali Mujtaba, Ph.D. - 7/16/2008
In New Delhi there are two dramas that are currently being staged. One of course is the nuclear deal and second is the twin murder mystery that rocked the neighborhood of the national capital some two months ago. Thanks to the national media the entire country is forced to follow the two dramas scene by scene frame by frame. It seems both the media and the government are consciously engaged in diverting the peoples attention of the people on controlling the prices of essential commodities that’s hitting the roof.

If Al Qaida is already in Bangladesh
Sunita Paul - 7/16/2008
Experts speculate widely about the composition and tactics of the next generation of Jihadists. This speculation stems from the fact that transnational groups are harder collection targets than nation-states. Such ambiguity and imprecision is likely to endure indefinitely, and is particularly worrisome concerning "next-generation" terrorism



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