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Pakistan at a crossroads as Imran Khan is sworn in

Pakistan at a crossroads as Imran Khan is sworn in

Criticism of Pakistan’s anti-money laundering and terrorism finance regime by the Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG) is likely to complicate incoming Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan’s efforts to tackle his country’s financial crisis. Addressing the criticism of the 41-nation APG, which reports to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an international anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism watchdog that earlier[Read More…]

Pages from History – 1947 August 15 : Some Documents that explain the Transfer of Power

Pages from History – 1947 August 15 : Some Documents that explain the Transfer of Power

Lord Mountbatten, then Viceroy of India, describes the 15th August as ‘the most remarkable and inspiring day of my life’…. He was asked to become the Governor-General of India after independence, which he accepted for a limited transitional period… Viceroy’s personal report no. 17,  dated 16th August, 1947, marked as Top Secret and Personal, says : “ At 6 p.m.[Read More…]

Letter to Pakistan from India on Independence Day

Letter to Pakistan from India on Independence Day

Dear Neighbour, ” A Happy Independence Day! In these festive times in our two countries, as we both celebrate our Independence anniversaries, my pleasure in writing to you. Even though International Border, Working Boundary and LOC may be dividing and killing us, the fact remains that we are so similar and hence it is important to rejoice at our shared[Read More…]

Saudi Arabia and Iran woo incoming Pakistani prime minister

Saudi Arabia and Iran woo incoming Pakistani prime minister

An offer by a Saudi-backed bank to lend financially strapped Pakistan US$4 billion is likely intended to bolster Saudi influence when former international cricket player Imran Khan is sworn in in the coming week as the South Asian country’s next prime minister. The offer was most immediately related to a statement by Asad Umar, Pakistan’s new finance minister-in-waiting, that Pakistan[Read More…]

Interview with Mohan Baidya ‘Kiran’

Interview with Mohan Baidya ‘Kiran’

As a political scientist interested in studying civil conflicts and postconflictretirement and reintegration of rebels, I was in Nepal this July to study the process of peaceful transition of the Maoist movement in the country. In 2006, after ten years of armed struggle, the Nepal Maoists embraced electoral democracy after signing a Comprehensive Peace Agreement. The people of Nepal voted[Read More…]

Heroic Bangladesh students’ spirit marched ahead of mainstream politics

Heroic Bangladesh students’ spirit marched ahead of mainstream politics

Bangladesh student spirit marched ahead of the mainstream politics as streams of school students overflowed Dhaka roads recently – beginning from the last day of July. The unprecedented heroic move is historic and significant as it turned out flowers were blooming in the urban monsoon setting. Then, usual in a society super-charged with factional conflicts within dominating classes and with[Read More…]

A student directs rickshaw pullers to maintain lane discipline on Johnson Road in Old Town of Dhaka on Thursday. — New Age photo

Road rage faces student spirit in Bangladesh

Road rage in Bangladesh is not new. And not new is death due to road rage. The new phenomenon is the student spirit has stood against road rage. To the students, life matters. A movement against road rage has recently been carried out by the students in Dhaka. They stood for life. And they stood against disregard to life. It[Read More…]

Imran Khan- Now it is time to deliver

Imran Khan- Now it is time to deliver

  “With faith, discipline and selfless devotion to duty, there is nothing worthwhile that you cannot achieve.” ― Muhammad Ali Jinnah. The elections are over and now it is Imran Khan the 19th Prime Minister of Pakistan . Prior to the elections process there were some horrific acts of terrorism that spoiled  the election process but the courage of the[Read More…]

Pakistan: Towards Understanding the Challenges of Political Change and Future-Making

Pakistan: Towards Understanding the Challenges of Political Change and Future-Making

Are the New National Elections a Prelude to Change? People have spoken out loud and quite logically, Imran Khan is the elected candidate to lead a futuristic system of political governance. To discard the incurable resentment against the former indicted criminals turned politicians, people of Pakistan have rejected them at the ballot box. The July 25 national elections under a[Read More…]

Despite concerns, China sees a potential ally in Pakistan’s Imran Khan

Despite concerns, China sees a potential ally in Pakistan’s Imran Khan

Pakistani prime minister-in waiting Imran Khan’s ability to chart his own course as well as his relationship with the country’s powerful military is likely to be tested the moment he walks into his new office. Pakistan’s most fundamental problems loom large and are likely to demand his immediate attention. He probably will have to turn to the International Monetary Fund[Read More…]

A Radically New Government In Pakistan?

A Radically New Government In Pakistan?

Pakistan has a new prime minister.  A remarkable  man:  a remarkable history-making career in cricket leading to numerous awards and records; a remarkable politician, mocked when he started, who after a 22-year struggle has reached the pinnacle of power. Bringing home the 1992 World Cup as captain of the Pakistan cricket team made him a national hero.  His achievements in[Read More…]

Pakistan: Poised for Challenging Political Innings with Imran’s ‘Naya’ Spin

Pakistan: Poised for Challenging Political Innings with Imran’s ‘Naya’ Spin

The state of Pakistan is now poised for a change, as predicted by many in the context of the General Elections held on 25 July. Though Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)’s victory is not decisive, there is a general feeling that given the lead in the race, PTI under the leadership of Imran Khan will form a government. The provinces will also[Read More…]

Electing the Cornered Tiger: Imran Khan in Pakistani Politics

Electing the Cornered Tiger: Imran Khan in Pakistani Politics

Tariq Ali, whilst having a lunch in Knightsbridge with the Pakistani cricket colossus, Imran Khan, suggested that retirement should not be too problematic for him.  (Khan had seemed gloomy, deep in thought about post-retirement prospects at the age of 30.)  Consider, posed Ali, film, or at the very least funding for a film institute.  “You could be an enabler or[Read More…]

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Black July 1983: Genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka

Black July 1983: Genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka

Tamils all over the world will be commemorating the 35th anniversary of the HOLOCAUST 1983 where theTamils Shops, Offices and Restaurants in the Capital’s crowded City Centre and Main Streets were burnt while the Police looked on, thousands of houses ransacked and burnt, sometimes with women and children inside. 25th July was the fateful day for Tamil people in Sri[Read More…]

Countering Terrorism in Bangladesh and Beyond

Countering Terrorism in Bangladesh and Beyond

Since terrorists mostly outsmart law-enforcers and their victims, counterterrorism (CT) is an arduous tightrope walking. Effective CT requires governments, law-enforcers, and all potential victims of terrorism to understand what terrorism is all about. However, false flag operations, cry wolves, and politically motivated persecution of wrong people, and even invasions of the wrong countries have become very challenging to successful CT[Read More…]

A double-edged sword: China and Pakistan link up with fibreoptic cable

A double-edged sword: China and Pakistan link up with fibreoptic cable

This month’s inauguration of a fibreoptic cable linking Pakistan with China could prove to be a double-edged sword. Constructed by Chinese conglomerate Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd, the cable is likely to enhance both Pakistan’s information communication technology infrastructure as well as the influence of Chinese authoritarianism at a moment that basic freedoms in Pakistan are on the defensive. The $44[Read More…]

Pakistani elections spotlight the country’s contradictory policies

Pakistani elections spotlight the country’s contradictory policies

  A virulently anti-Shiite, Saudi-backed candidate for parliament in Pakistan’s July 25 election symbolizes the country’s effort to reconcile contradictory policy objectives in an all but impossible attempt to keep domestic forces and foreign allies happy. Ramzan Mengal’s candidacy highlights Pakistan’s convoluted relationship to Islamic militants at a time that the country risks being blacklisted by an international anti-money laundering[Read More…]

Pakistan: Elections or Revulsion against Hall of Shame

Pakistan: Elections or Revulsion against Hall of Shame

Are the Pakistanis living in a Fantasy World? The logic of July 25 parliamentary elections in Pakistan is questionable as being a ceremonial stunt to undermine the reality of a highly corrupted and disoriented political culture.  For decades, Pakistan lacks systematic working capacity to organize fair and honest election campaigns representing the interest of the masses. Foremost, the intent to[Read More…]

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Pakistan’s financial crisis puts Belt and Road on the spot

Increased Pakistani dependence on China to help it avert resorting to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to avoid a financial and economic crisis spotlights fears that the terms of Chinese investment in massive Belt and Road-related projects would not pass international muster. Concerns that China’s US$ 50 billion plus investment in Pakistani infrastructure and energy, the Belt and Road’s crown[Read More…]

The Quest for ‘Zone of Peace’ in the Himalayas – Nepal’s Critical Engagements with India and China

The Quest for ‘Zone of Peace’ in the Himalayas – Nepal’s Critical Engagements with India and China

The tiny Himalayan State Nepal continues to be economically vulnerable, primarily because of its geopolitical status as a land-locked country. This is the case with all land-locked countries across the world that do not have direct access to the seas.  As the UN Committee for Development Policy says, these countries’  “ability to competitively trade in goods largely depends on political[Read More…]

Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh

Bangladesh General Elections and India: From Blatant Engineering to Colonial Control?

Until 2008, Bangladesh elections did not attract much attention in Indiaand at the same, within Bangladesh, India never figured as an important factor in any of its election discussions, neither.This changed since 2008. Although seeds of the change were sownmore immediately in the aftermath of the end of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) rule in 2006, its origin goes back[Read More…]

What Option Is There Before India And Pakistan But For Friendship And Peace?

What Option Is There Before India And Pakistan But For Friendship And Peace?

The India Pakistan Friendship and Peace March from Ahmedabad to Nada Bet during 19 to 29 June, 2018 concluded successfully even though Ahmedabad Police detained the marchers for about 3 hours at the beginning as soon as it started from Gandhi Ashram and Border Security Force didn’t give permission to the march at the fag end from Nadeshwari Mata Mandir[Read More…]

Shooting oneself in ones’s own foot: Pakistan’s failed effort to evade terrorism finance listing

Shooting oneself in ones’s own foot: Pakistan’s failed effort to evade terrorism finance listing

The Pakistani government’s removal of a virulently anti-Shiite militant from its terrorism list at the very moment that an international money laundering and terrorism finance watchdog was deciding to put the country on a watchlist highlights Pakistan’s struggle to come to grips with militancy. The decision by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) that was reported by Pakistani media but[Read More…]

The Monks Who Spew Hate

The Monks Who Spew Hate

Why Jailing of Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Did Not Become A News In This Part of Asia “Ordered disorder, planned caprice, And dehumanised humanity…” – Brecht (The Exception and the Rule) (Quoted in http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2012/04/29/the-mad-men-of-dambulla/) “I have done my duty towards the country,” Gnanasara told reporters as he boarded the bus taking him to prison. “Why should I regret?” (https://in.reuters.com/article/sri-lanka-monk-sentence/sri-lanka-jails-extremist-buddhist-monk-for-six-months-over-threats-to-woman-idINKBN1JA1BW) I Rarely[Read More…]

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Thus Spake Spymasters

Thus Spake Spymasters

In Pakistan, it is rare of rarest happenings when a spy chief in the office or out of office is publicly summoned to GHQ the headquarters of Pakistan Army, Rawalpindi to explain his conduct. A host of army generals in the country created by Jinnah ‘through his indomitable will’ from General Mohammad Asghar Khan, ‘Generals in Pakistan Politics (1958- 1982)[Read More…]

How Long Can The Sri Lankan Government Hoodwink The UN And The International Community?

How Long Can The Sri Lankan Government Hoodwink The UN And The International Community?

The Sri Lankan State runs on Sinhala Buddhist chauvinism, the Maha Sanga and the Buddhist Clergy. The Sri Lankan State has to obtain the blessings of these people to enact any laws regarding devolution of powers to the Tamils in the North and East of Sri Lanka and the participation of foreign judges to investigate the war crimes committed by[Read More…]

Indo Sri Lankan fishery dispute: Solving the problem in a win win situation

Indo Sri Lankan fishery dispute: Solving the problem in a win win situation

Co-Written by Punsara Amarasinghe & Eshan Jayawardena The Palk Bay, a narrow strip of water separating the state of Tamil Nadu in India from the Northern Province of Sri Lanka, has historically provided rich fishing grounds for both countries. However, the region has become a highly contested site in recent decades, with the conflict taking on a new dimension since[Read More…]

20th Anniversary Of The Martyrdom Of Bishop John Joseph In Pakistan

20th Anniversary Of The Martyrdom Of Bishop John Joseph In Pakistan

This May 6, 2018 is the 20th martyrdom anniversary of a great fighter against religious persecution, Fr. (Dr.) John Joseph. His self-sacrifice represents one of the rare examples in the Subcontinent when a priest instead of leading a killing/raping mob of religious bigots sacrificed his life in protest against constant persecution of minorities specially Christians in Pakistan. His martyrdom would[Read More…]

Pakistan: Government unveils pro-business, anti-worker federal budget

Pakistan: Government unveils pro-business, anti-worker federal budget

As its term of office nears completion, Pakistan’s scandal-ridden government, led by the Pakistan Muslim League (N), unveiled a pro-business budget last Friday in which the needs and concerns of the country’s working class and rural poor find no expression.  Among the most striking features of Rs5.9 trillion ($51 billion) federal budget for 2018-2019 are the cuts to development programs[Read More…]

The spillover of Taliban-Hazara conflict in Pakistan

The spillover of Taliban-Hazara conflict in Pakistan

The Sunni-Shi’a conflict in the Middle East region is essentially a political conflict between the Gulf Arab autocrats and Iran for regional dominance which is being presented to lay Muslims in the veneer of religiosity. Saudi Arabia, which has been vying for power as the leader of Sunni bloc against the Shi’a-led Iran in the regional geopolitics, was staunchly against[Read More…]

Madeeha Gauhar Is No More: Subcontinent Loses A Great Cultural Icon

Madeeha Gauhar Is No More: Subcontinent Loses A Great Cultural Icon

Our sub-continent has lost a great practitioner of people’s theatre, leading light of women’s movement, author, peace activist, a great fighter against Islamic totalitarian regimes in Pakistan and a dear friend. She and her husband were jailed many times by the military regimes in Pakistan. She died early morning on April 25, 2018 after a 3 year long battle with[Read More…]

Pakistan: 7 Socialist Activists Abducted by Army After Attending PTM Rally in Karachi

Pakistan: 7 Socialist Activists Abducted by Army After Attending PTM Rally in Karachi

7 youth and trade union activists have been abducted by the army and Sindh Rangers after participating in rally in support of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) outside the Karachi Press Club on Sunday.  They were picked up immediately following the demonstration in Karachi, which had been called to express solidarity with a PTM rally in Lahore that was held[Read More…]

India Needs To Take Kabul Attack Seriously

India Needs To Take Kabul Attack Seriously

In Afghanistan in two separate attacks more than sixty people have died. The major attack took place in Kabul at a voter registration centre which has claimed lives of more than fifty people. Kabul attack was made by a bomber on foot at electoral registration centre. Elections in Afghanistan are due in October and the registration process for the voters[Read More…]

A Pashtun Spring?

A Pashtun Spring?

  Manzoor Pashteen swears by his commitment and dedication to the cause of Pashtuns who continue to be the victims of an endless war. In the CIA-instigated Afghan Jihad, they had a massive image makeover: from the British colonialists’ categorisation as uncivilised brutes they became celebrated warriors wedded to a holy cause fighting the Communist Russia. Even the Hollywood, that[Read More…]

The Appropriation of Pashtun Rights Movement

The Appropriation of Pashtun Rights Movement

Historically speaking, from the massacres in Bangladesh in 1971 to the training and arming of Afghan jihadists during the Soviet-Afghan war throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and then launching ill-conceived military operations in Pakistan’s tribal areas under American pressure, leading to the displacement of millions of Pashtun tribesmen, the single biggest issue in Pakistan has been the interference of army[Read More…]

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Pakistan: Missing persons issue swept under rug as Pashtun anti-war movement spreads

Pakistan: Missing persons issue swept under rug as Pashtun anti-war movement spreads

The head of the commission on missing persons, Justice (r) Javed Iqbal, significantly downplayed the role of the country’s military and intelligence agencies in “enforced disappearances” of Pashtun and Baloch people while briefing the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Human Rights on Monday. Iqbal’s attempt to absolve Pakistan’s military-intelligence apparatus of its responsibility for missing persons was made against the[Read More…]

Pakistan: 11 Coal Miners Killed In Deadly Accidents

Pakistan: 11 Coal Miners Killed In Deadly Accidents

  A series of deadly accidents has claimed the lives of 11 coal miners in Pakistan since late March. The tragic deaths of the miners once again demonstrates the dismal state of worker safety in the country. The accidents also highlight the deeply exploitative character of the mining industry, which after years of privatization is now dominated by private corporations.[Read More…]

Pakistan: Lady Health Workers end demonstration after government agrees to demands

Pakistan: Lady Health Workers end demonstration after government agrees to demands

A 5-day-long sit-in by lady health workers (LHW) in Lahore came to an end on Friday, after the Punjab government agreed to the workers’ main demands.  The demonstration by LHWs took place on Mall Road, one of Lahore’s busiest areas. The workers showed tremendous determination during the course of their struggle, with some hospitalized due to dehydration.  One health worker[Read More…]

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On Founding Fathers and Hero-Worship in Bangladesh

On Founding Fathers and Hero-Worship in Bangladesh

  As there are multiple narratives about the Partition of 1947, so are there multiple theories about the emergence of Bangladesh. One school of thought tells us there was nothing inevitable about the emergence of Bangladesh; its birth could be averted had the main actors, Bhutto, Yahya, Mujib and some others behaved differently. The other narrative highlights the fundamental differences[Read More…]

Final Responsibility Of Partition? Whose? A Brief Analysis!

Final Responsibility Of Partition? Whose? A Brief Analysis!

Even after seventy years of Partition, the discourse as to who, Jinnah or Nehru, Indian Muslim League or Indian National Congress, was responsible for division of the Indian subcontinent. There are divergent views. Some blame Muslim League, some Congress while others both. Every one of these views has some arguments to put before us. From Congress point of view, since[Read More…]

Jam Saqi: A Celebration of Life

Jam Saqi: A Celebration of Life

His kidneys gave him away when he was 73 years young. Perhaps we needed a couple of decades more of his conscious life; another side, equally loving but a tad more compassionate, thinks perhaps he would have been better off leaving us 40 years ago thus avoiding all the tortures, solitary confinements, indignities, suicide of his beloved spouse who had[Read More…]

Pakistan’s Largest Province Bans Children’s Dance Performances In Schools

Pakistan’s Largest Province Bans Children’s Dance Performances In Schools

  On Monday, the government of Punjab, Pakistan’s largest province, officially banned children’s dance performances at all public and private schools. The Punjab School Education Department (PSED) announced that the ban will be applied to all school events, including talents shows, parents’ days and teachers’ days. The education department has also warned that it will suspend the license of any[Read More…]

Machiavellian Intrigues Of Pakistan’s ‘Establishment’

Machiavellian Intrigues Of Pakistan’s ‘Establishment’

In Pakistan’s context, the national security establishment originally meant civil-military bureaucracy. Though over the years, civil bureaucracy has taken a backseat and now “the establishment” is defined as military’s top brass that has dictated Pakistan’s security and defense policy since its inception. Paradoxically, security establishments do not have ideologies, they simply have interests. For instance, the General Ayub-led administration in[Read More…]

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Paradise in Tears: Sinhalese-Muslim Ethnic Tension in Sri Lanka

Paradise in Tears: Sinhalese-Muslim Ethnic Tension in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankans were looked for a change with sanguine hopes on good governance, reconciliation and development when the current president MaithripalaSirisenacame into power in 2015. However the greatexpectations yearned by Sri Lankans began to fade away with the lethargic, inefficient rule of the new government and the most recent ethnictension in the island has become its’ worst nightmare. The anti-Muslim[Read More…]

Kashmir on Diplomatic Turfs

Kashmir on Diplomatic Turfs

India and Pakistan have earned a ‘sad and bad distinction.’ Perhaps in the world, only these two nations since their birth as independent countries are endlessly engaged in war of attrition. The two important South Asian players, now nuclear powers have continuously been exchanging mortar shells and fighting battles along the line Jammu and Kashmir. The line drawn by the[Read More…]

Sinhala Communalists On The Streets Against Sri Lankan Muslims!

Sinhala Communalists On The Streets Against Sri Lankan Muslims!

Since long time Sinhalese Extremists such as Bodhu Bala Sena, Sinhala Ravaya and Sinhala Lay(lion blood) have been very tactfully propagating racism and violence against Sri Lankan Muslims. In that long process recently few clashes between two groups occurred on 22nd February based on a minor traffic accident between a lorry and a three wheeler in Teldeniya near kandy. Due[Read More…]

Preparing For Mahabharata’s Last Battle!

Preparing For Mahabharata’s Last Battle!

The continuous firing on the Line of Control and the Indo-Pak border looks ominous and could spiral out of control with disastrous consequences! Recently, there have been numerous statements from leaders as well as defence services officers of the two neighbouring countries in the Indian sub-continent about the escalating situation on the border. Saner people have been repeatedly emphasizing that[Read More…]

António Guterres Wake UP – It Can Turn Into A Nuclear War

António Guterres Wake UP – It Can Turn Into A Nuclear War

  Somedays back, I found a passionately written petition in my mail box appealing for ending tension on the line vivisecting Jammu and Kashmir (LOC). The petition from a journalist friend from Jammu was addressed to Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan. The appeal on behalf of the citizen of Jammu and Kashmir rightly ‘apprehend that the growing tension will[Read More…]

Winds of Change in Sri Lanka:Rajapakshe’s Voodoo in Local Election And Foreign Factors in Sri Lankan Politics

Winds of Change in Sri Lanka:Rajapakshe’s Voodoo in Local Election And Foreign Factors in Sri Lankan Politics

Co-Written by Punsara Amarasinghe & Eshan Jayawardane The enigmatic nature    of Sri Lanka was once again manifested by overall results of the recently held local election. The landslide victory marked by Former president Mahinda Rajapakshe’s newly established political party “People’s Front”(Podu Jana Peramuna) has disorientated the two main political parties of the island. In fact the local election was delayed[Read More…]

Possibility of Indo-Pak War?

Possibility of Indo-Pak War?

The fast deteriorating security situation between India and Pakistan has created a sinister possibility of a destructive conflict unless big powers step in to diffuse the situation The recent attack on Sujwan Army camp in Jammu coupled with the shelling and firing on the border is an indicator of a fast deteriorating security situation between India and Pakistan. In fact,[Read More…]

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Citizens Of J&K Jointly Urge India And Pakistan To End Hostilities

Citizens Of J&K Jointly Urge India And Pakistan To End Hostilities

In a joint calling attention petition, over 130 eminent citizens of the divided State of Jammu and Kashmir urged Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to resume ceasefire along the Line of Control and begin the process of dialogue to resolve the Kashmir issue by including all the people of Jammu and Kashmir. This[Read More…]

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Separation Of Religion From State Still A Necessity

Separation Of Religion From State Still A Necessity

The role of religion in politics is as contentious today as it was about hundreds of years ago. The question still haunts the civilization today as it used to once upon a time. The west, for its part, has been successful in separating religion from politics or the church from politics, to which they still adhere amid the wave of[Read More…]

Asma Jahangir- An Exceptional Human Rights Activist Is No More

Asma Jahangir- An Exceptional Human Rights Activist Is No More

Asma Jahangir (1952-2018), the leading Human Rights activist of Pakistan who influenced generations of activists in South Asia is no more. She died in Lahore due to a cardiac arrest. A sad news for all those who has stood for the human rights protection and enhancement of the humane values in the contemporary world. Whenever any issue of human rights[Read More…]

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We Will Miss You Asma Jahangir!

We Will Miss You Asma Jahangir!

When common people specially women, minorities, marginalized communities and working class in our sub-continent are being subjected to unparalleled violence inflicted by the state, religious bigots, feudal elites and crony capitalists one of the greatest fighters for the rights of the common people, Asma Jahangir, a dear friend is no more. Pakistan’s well-known human rights activist and senior lawyer Asma[Read More…]

Pakistan’s Voiceless Pashtuns Find Voice

Pakistan’s Voiceless Pashtuns Find Voice

Is it not ironic that two very similar insurgencies have simultaneously been going on in Pakistan for the last several years: the Baloch insurgency in the Balochistan province and the insurgency of the Pashtun tribesmen in the tribal areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province bordering the US-occupied Afghanistan. While the Pakistani neoliberal elites fully sympathize with the oppressed Baloch nationalists, when[Read More…]

India Pakistan: The Coming War

India Pakistan: The Coming War

  Photos of grieving women and old men hugging the casket soldier killed on the Jammu and Kashmir border skirmish are appearing on the front pages of newspapers almost every day. Dressed in battle fatigues and bullet proof jackets, Indian army jawans and personnel of the Border Security Forces are constantly moving through border hamlets and paddy fields to take[Read More…]

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11 Pakistani Soldiers Killed By Taliban Gaining Strength In Afghanistan

11 Pakistani Soldiers Killed By Taliban Gaining Strength In Afghanistan

  A suicide bomber killed at least 11 Pakistani army soldiers and injured 13 at an army camp in Sawat Valley on Saturday (Feb 3). An army Captain was among those who died in the bombing. Army officials in Swat told the press that the soldiers were playing a volleyball match outside their base camp in Kabal in lower Swat[Read More…]

Is Sri Lanka Going To Be The Next China Town In Indian Ocean?

Is Sri Lanka Going To Be The Next China Town In Indian Ocean?

Co-Written by Punsara Amarasinghe & Eshan Mandara Jayawardane Chinese presence in Sri Lanka was not emerged out of the blue in the island’s recent political past.  Having located in a crucial geographic location in maritime silk route Sri Lankan history claims a long standing affinity with China in its rich history. However Sino Sri Lankan relations in the post independent[Read More…]

Cosmetic Plastering: No bona fide Unity In Sri Lanka’s Unity Government?

Cosmetic Plastering: No bona fide Unity In Sri Lanka’s Unity Government?

Since 2015, Sri Lanka has been governed by a Unity Government comprising of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party of the President and United National Party of the Prime Minister. In the run up to local elections (scheduled in February 2018)preserving the presidency and the power and privilege it brings with it has become a political necessity for the Sri Lankan[Read More…]

Russia Supplies Military Essentials To Pakistan, Says Russian Minister

Russia Supplies Military Essentials To Pakistan, Says Russian Minister

  Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov has said that his country was supplying military equipment to Pakistan. Morgulov’s statement came on Thursday (Jan 18) in a geo-political conference organized jointly by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs and an Indian think-tank Observer Research Foundation (ORF). The Russian Minister was joined in the discussion by the Indian Minister of State[Read More…]

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Kasur’s Zainab And The Tragedy Beyond

Kasur’s Zainab And The Tragedy Beyond

The recent dastardly incidents of the rape and murder of Zainab in Kasur, Pakistan, Ayesha in Mardan, Pakistan, Asifa in Kathua, two young girls in Jind and Panipat in Harayana, and also the unabated rape incidents in other parts of India, have and must shock us all. Here in Kashmir, as we are yet to come to terms with the[Read More…]

Extrajudicial Murder Of Pashtun Exposes State Brutality In Pakistan

Extrajudicial Murder Of Pashtun Exposes State Brutality In Pakistan

The murder of a Pashtun man in Karachi by the Sindh police last week has brought renewed attention to the brutal practices of Pakistan’s police and security forces. According to his relatives, Naqeebullah Mehsud, a 27-year-old from the war-torn region of South Waziristan, was kidnapped by plainclothes police officers in Karachi earlier this month. On January 16, Mehsud’s family was[Read More…]

Pakistan Warns India Against Any Misadventure

Pakistan Warns India Against Any Misadventure

  Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif said Saturday (Jan 13) that Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat’s remarks about Pakistan amount to “invitation for nuclear encounter”. Asif was reacting to Rawat’s Wednesday remark that his forces are ready to call Pakistan’s “nuclear bluff” and cross the border to carry out any operation if asked by the government. “We will[Read More…]

India And Pakistan: The Only Meeting Ground!

India And Pakistan: The Only Meeting Ground!

(The only meeting ground between the two Asian countries of India and Pakistan is the extreme poverty of the masses on the two sides of the divide!) It has been reported that the National Security Advisors of India and Pakistan met in Thailand on December 27, secretly! The meeting is reported to have been useful and it is claimed that[Read More…]

Foreign Minister Asif Says Pakistan Alliance With U.S. Over

Foreign Minister Asif Says Pakistan Alliance With U.S. Over

  Pakistan’s alliance with the United States seems to be coming towards an end following the US decision to suspend security aid, Pakistan Minister of Foreign Affairs Khawaja Asif told the Wall Street Journal on Friday (Jan. 5). Asif said he believes the US-Pakistan relations are now at risk, especially after the tensions heightened and moods turned sour when President Donald Trump[Read More…]

China Supports Pakistan Against Trump’s Tweet

China Supports Pakistan Against Trump’s Tweet

  A day after bitter criticism of Pakistan from President Donald Trump, China supported Pakistan by lauding its efforts for “outstanding contribution against terrorism” which should be acknowledged by “the international community”. At the regular press conference of the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang, on Tuesday was asked: US President Donald Trump said on Monday that the US has[Read More…]

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Pakistan: Teachers And Farmers Protests Brutally Crushed In Sindh

Pakistan: Teachers And Farmers Protests Brutally Crushed In Sindh

  In recent weeks, as much of the Pakistani media remained fixated on the internecine squabbles of the country’s ruling elites, authorities in Sindh have been brutally cracking down on sections of workers and farmers in the province who’ve had the temerity to defend their rights and fight for improved living standards and working conditions. On December 25, primary, secondary[Read More…]

An Open Letter To Sheikh Hasina’s Media Adviser, Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury

An Open Letter To Sheikh Hasina’s Media Adviser, Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury

  Dear Iqbal: You, and I, and all our common friends know we are very close and good friends since our Dhaka College days (1964-1966). You also met my parents, and they always liked you a lot. My late mother, not long before her death in this September, asked me about you. She mentioned seeing you on TV, and even[Read More…]

Nepal Election: A Victory Of The Electoral System

Nepal Election: A Victory Of The Electoral System

Nepal’s electoral victory of the left alliance is of great relief for the people of that country as we hope that the country will have a stable government which could focus on the basic issues of the people and move ahead rebuilding its society based on equality, liberty and fraternity. It is fortunate that Nepal’s constituent assembly as well as[Read More…]

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How Afghan Jihad Triggered Insurgency In Kashmir?

How Afghan Jihad Triggered Insurgency In Kashmir?

In Pakistan, there are three distinct categories of militants: the Afghanistan-focused Pashtun militants; the Kashmir-focused Punjabi militants; and foreign terrorists including the Arab militants of al-Qaeda, the Uzbek insurgents of Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) and the Uighur rebels of the East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM). The foreign, transnational terrorists number only in a few hundreds and are hence inconsequential.[Read More…]

‘Dawn Leaks’ And The Ouster Of Nawaz Sharif

‘Dawn Leaks’ And The Ouster Of Nawaz Sharif

In a momentous decision on 28 July, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was disqualified from holding public office by the country’s Supreme Court on the flimsy pretext of holding an ‘Iqama’ (a work permit) for a Dubai-based company. Although it is generally assumed the revelations in the Panama Papers, that Nawaz Sharif and his family members own offshore companies, led[Read More…]

Imran Khan’s Collusion With Pakistan’s Military

Imran Khan’s Collusion With Pakistan’s Military

The predicament of Imran Khan’s fanboys has been somewhat like the pubescent girl who falls head over heels in love with a promiscuous playboy; and when her family and friends try to knock some sense into her by telling her that your sweetheart is cheating on you, instead of heeding to their well-meaning advice, she thinks they are jealous of[Read More…]

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee with  Lt Governor of A & N Islands, Prof Jagdish Mukhi at a meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday.PTI Photo/RB(PTI8_31_2016_000279A)

Pranab Mukherjee Tells It All!

  India’s immediate past President Pranab Mukherjee (82) in his The Coalition Years, 1996-2012 – his twelfth book – tells his own tale about the last 16 years of his experience in active politics until 2012, when he became the President of the Republic. He was in active politics for 43 years (1969-2012), holding important positions as MP; Leader of[Read More…]

Declining Democracy, And Reclining Leadership In Bangladesh

Declining Democracy, And Reclining Leadership In Bangladesh

  While democracy has become problematic in several countries, on 5th January 2014, Bangladesh crossed the threshold of “illiberal democracy” to enter the domain of “authoritarian dynastic democracy” under Indian tutelage. The symptoms of the disease called “Orwellian State” are already visible here. The fictional Big Brother of Nineteen Eighty-Four is already breathing on the neck of Bangladesh, from across[Read More…]

Wake Up Bangladesh, It’s Time For A Foreign Policy!

Wake Up Bangladesh, It’s Time For A Foreign Policy!

  To some, the title of my column today might be utterly ridiculous, as it suggests it’s time for Bangladesh to have a foreign policy. They might raise eyebrows at my suggestion that, Bangladesh is going without any foreign policy, since 2009. To them, Bangladesh has a sound foreign policy under a seasoned career diplomat as Foreign Minister, and an[Read More…]

Debunking The Myth of Islamic State’s Presence in Af-Pak

Debunking The Myth of Islamic State’s Presence in Af-Pak

Recently, the Islamic State’s purported “terror franchises” in Afghanistan and Pakistan have claimed a spate of bombings against the Shi’a and Barelvi Muslims who are regarded as heretics by Takfiris. But to contend that the Islamic State is responsible for suicide blasts in Pakistan and Afghanistan is to declare that the Taliban are responsible for the sectarian war in Syria[Read More…]

Imran Khan’s PTI: The New Face of Liberal Nationalism

Imran Khan’s PTI: The New Face of Liberal Nationalism

Although people often conflate democracy and liberalism but there is a fine distinction between politics and culture; a democratic system of governance falls in the category of politics, while liberalism, as a value system, falls under the rubric of culture. When we say that Islam and democracy are inconsistent, we make a category mistake as serious as the Islamists’ misconception[Read More…]

A Peep Into Rohingya Refugee Life In Chennai

A Peep Into Rohingya Refugee Life In Chennai

There is much attention on the plight of the Roghingas in the media these days. Rohingas are an ethnic population of over one million Sunni Muslims living in Myanmar’s Northern Rakhine state. They are being persecuted by their own government and the United Nations has called them as the world’s most persecuted community. Since last one decade, scores of Rohingyas[Read More…]

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 Genocide Of Rohingyas In Myanmar: The Hindutva Imprints

 Genocide Of Rohingyas In Myanmar: The Hindutva Imprints

Currently, one of the worst post-World War II genocides is underway in India’s neighbourhood.  In Rakhine Province of Myanmar (Burma) cleansing of people belonging to the Rohingya Tribe (mostly Muslims and few Hindus and Buddhists), has been going on for last two decades. But this cleansing project of Rohingyas is in full steam now by the Myanmar army and foot-soldiers[Read More…]

The Idea of Ethnical Cleansing

The Idea of Ethnical Cleansing

This land is a mark on the forehead
A bullet yet to be drenched in red
Where death comes in split peels of seconds
Licking its bleached teeth tasting
Yet of yesterday’s slaughters
And the world exhales a bad breath –
ROHINGYA
The world stares in SILENCE

Come Forward , A toilers’ Hospital In The Sundarbans Needs Your Help

Come Forward , A toilers’ Hospital In The Sundarbans Needs Your Help

It’s a tale of creation, a tale of struggle. It’s a narration of survival, a narration of lesson to survive. Sundarban Sramajeebee Haaspaataal, the Sunderbans Toilers’ Hospital, is the central character in the story. It’s a social organization in all its senses. It has been built up bit by bit with dream-love-labor-sacrifice-patience of many human beings. Farm laborers, poor peasants,[Read More…]

RSS Complicity In Rohingya Muslim Genocide

RSS Complicity In Rohingya Muslim Genocide

  A silent genocide of Myanmar (also known as Burma) Muslims is in progress. Such is the urgency shown by  Burmese Govt. to annihilate its Rohingya Muslims that it has even  used Gunship helicopters to fire  lethal & heavy   ammunition on fleeing Muslims. The international community is a mute spectator to the organized holocaust and 57 Muslim Countries, except with[Read More…]

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Utterances From Pakistan: Revealing, Startling

Utterances From Pakistan: Revealing, Startling

  A few reports Dawn, a leading newspaper from Pakistan, carries are not only revealing and startling; but significant and meaningful also. Most of the reports cited below are from the newspaper’s September 6, 2017 issue. Foreign minister speaks: We acted like a proxy A report said: “Following the BRICS nations’ ‘regional security concern’ over the militant groups allegedly based[Read More…]

India Now!

India Now!

K.P Sasi is a film maker, writer, activist and cartoonist. He can be reached at kpsasi36@gmail.com

Bangladesh’s Governance Decay: A Case Of Leadership Betrayal?

Bangladesh’s Governance Decay: A Case Of Leadership Betrayal?

  The sad thing about democracy is that every time you vote, a politician wins and for Bangladesh its tryst with ‘democracy’ its politicians have been anything but happy. Most Bangladeshis feel that they have been betrayed by their politicians especially by their leaderships. They have witnessed how their leaders that sought votes and got themselves elected through democratic frameworks[Read More…]

Panama Papers, Nawaz Sharif And Beyond

Panama Papers, Nawaz Sharif And Beyond

               PM of Iceland David Gunlaughsson became the first political prey of the sprouting Panama papers tax scandal after the disclosures drew demonstrations against him. The panama papers are an unprecedented leak of 11.5 files from the data base of the world’s fourth biggest offshore law firm. Mossacle Fonseca. The records were obtained from an anonymous source by the[Read More…]

Removal of PM Nawaz Sharif: A Military Intervention By Other Means!

Removal of PM Nawaz Sharif: A Military Intervention By Other Means!

  It’s an important question if the removal of Nawaz Sharif from office is just another Pakistani Prime Minister’s meeting his nemesis, or it’s another unceremonious removal of a head of government for all the wrong reasons and excuses! We know, since the assassination of the first Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan in 1951, no Pakistani Prime Minister has been[Read More…]

Nawaz Sharif Exits But Corruption Eradication Is A Herculean Task In Pakistan

Nawaz Sharif Exits But Corruption Eradication Is A Herculean Task In Pakistan

Pakistan’s three times Prime Minister and a businessman turned politician Nawaz Sharif has been declared disqualified by the apex court in Pakistan in corruption case. The petition was initiated by cricketer turned politician Imran Khan and others. In a country like Pakistan where political culture is of lower quality and the constitutionalism is still to take roots and most of[Read More…]

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Steps Down 

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Steps Down 

  Prime Minister of Pakistan Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif’s third term in power ended Friday (July 28) unceremoniously after the Supreme Court disqualified him from holding public office in a landmark unanimous decision on the so-called Panama Papers case. “The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) shall issue a notification disqualifying Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif from being a member of the[Read More…]

Revenge Rape In Multan Shows The Patriarchy At Top In Pakistan

Revenge Rape In Multan Shows The Patriarchy At Top In Pakistan

In Multan a 17 years girl was ordered to be raped by panchayat because his brother had raped another girl. Thus revenge rape was ordered by the kangaroo court. The incident took place and innocent girl was raped according to the order issued by panchayat. According to CNN “the Village elders in Pakistan ordered the rape of a 17-year-old girl[Read More…]

Lynching To Power

Lynching To Power

Mashal Khan, a 23 year old journalism student was seized from his dorm room by a mob that stripped and beat him, then shot him dead on 13 April 2017 in Mardan in North West Pakistan. Khan was accused of offending Islam (Rasmussen and Baloch 2017). In the month of May 2017, a mob attacked a police station demanding that[Read More…]

Pakistan Supreme Court To Decide The Fate Of Prime Minister After Damning Corruption Probe Report

Pakistan Supreme Court To Decide The Fate Of Prime Minister After Damning Corruption Probe Report

The Supreme Court of Pakistan is expected to decide the fate of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif when it takes up the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) report on Monday, July 17. The JIT has charged the ruling family with perjury, having disproportionate income and living beyond their means. Two judges of the court have already declared the Prime Minister as not[Read More…]

Sri Lanka: Violence Is The New Nonviolence

Sri Lanka: Violence Is The New Nonviolence

A Group of GMOA members and the medical faculty undergraduates were on their way to pelt stones on SAITM building in Malabe. On the way, they saw Lord Buddha meditating under a ‘Bo’ tree. They all went to him and told ‘Oh, Most Venerable! We are on our way to pelt stones at SAITM in order to protect the standard[Read More…]

Sri Lanka: Maha Sangha Should Be Banned From Politics

Sri Lanka: Maha Sangha Should Be Banned From Politics

Ivor Jennings, who was primarily responsible for drafting our Constitution upon gaining Independence from the British, handed us a secular constitution. Multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural as Ceylon was then and now is, the Jennings Constitution safeguarded certain rights of the country’s minorities in no uncertain fashion. It was commonly known as Soulbury Constitution and consisted of The Ceylon Independence Act,[Read More…]

Building Solidarity Beyond Borders

Building Solidarity Beyond Borders

Since 2013, Sri Lanka has been witnessing a spike in targeted attacks on the Muslim and Christian minorities by hard-line Sinhala-Buddhist groups. It began with a fringe organisation’s campaign against halal certification, forcing shops to stop selling meat labelled for Islamic guidelines. A series of attacks on mosques and shops owned by Muslims followed. Within a year, violent communal clashes[Read More…]

Sovereignty & Sangha: Island Without Democracy

Sovereignty & Sangha: Island Without Democracy

Citizens enable the modern democratic State. With all its highs and lows and the complexity, democracy enables citizens to actively participate in the process of governing. Although democratic system allows citizens to actively participate in the governing process, it is up to the citizens to take that decision whether to participate in the governing or not. While social, political and[Read More…]

South Asians For Peace And Democracy

South Asians For Peace And Democracy

The last few decades has seen the rise of religious nationalism, fascism, conservative right wing politicsall over the world. As these authoritarian forces of hate and repression rise inexorably, it is no longer tenable toconfine resistance or struggles for social change entirely within the boundaries of the nation-state. The fact is that national borders are modern day mirages, conjured up[Read More…]

Cool Kashmir, Boiling Sub-continent!

Cool Kashmir, Boiling Sub-continent!

Presently the Physical Climate in Kashmir and the rest of the sub-continent is quite unpredictable and could turn scary! There has been a significant change in the physical climate both in the entire sub-continent and the Valley of Kashmir. Apparently it is part of the global climate change. In the middle of June it has snowed on Baderwah Mountains and[Read More…]

South Asian Progressives Commemorate 50 Years of Naxalbari Uprising In Canada

South Asian Progressives Commemorate 50 Years of Naxalbari Uprising In Canada

South Asian progressive activists came together in Surrey, Canada this evening to denounce ongoing state violence against oppressed communities and minorities in India on the occasion of 50 years of Naxalbari uprising. At a rally organized by Radical Desi, speakers were unanimous in their criticism of the growing attacks on Dalits, Adivasis and religious minorities under the right wing Modi[Read More…]

Indo-Pak  Confrontation:  A Suicidal  Militaristic  Adventure

Indo-Pak  Confrontation:  A Suicidal  Militaristic  Adventure

 Official  reactions  to  the  recent  incidents  on  the  Indo-Pak  border  ( killing  of  Indian  jawans,   the  death  sentence  passed  on  an  Indian  national  by  the  Pakistan  judiciary , the  incessant  cross-border  firings),  follow  a  predictable  pattern.  At  the  diplomatic  level,  the  foreign  secretaries  of  the  two  states,  perpetually  miffed  with  each  other,  exchange  angry  notes.  At  the  military  level,  the [Read More…]

Pakistan’s Tense Relations With Its Three Neighbors

Pakistan’s Tense Relations With Its Three Neighbors

  The head of the Iranian armed forces warned Islamabad on Monday (May 8) that Tehran would hit bases inside Pakistan if the government does not confront militants who carry out cross-border attacks. Ten Iranian border guards were killed by militants on April 26. Iran said Jaish-al-Adl (the Army of Justice), a militant group, had shot the guards with long-range[Read More…]

 What’s So “Interesting” In Bangladesh Today?

 What’s So “Interesting” In Bangladesh Today?

Interestingly, “interesting” is an English expression, which may hide one’s actual opinion about something one considers “interesting”. What I read in Bangladesh media in the last one month is very “interesting” to me. Stories that I read are absurd, bizarre, entertaining, frightful, and sickening. I learnt from media reports and articles that there’s  nothing immoral, or impossible in Bangladesh today.[Read More…]

Aren’t Rohingyas Bengalis, And Arakan Integral To Bangladesh?

Aren’t Rohingyas Bengalis, And Arakan Integral To Bangladesh?

  Every society has certain taboos – cultural/religious, social, and political – set apart and designated as restricted or forbidden to associate with, or even to bring in ordinary discussion. The Rohingya issue (for some strange reasons) seems to be such a taboo in Bangladesh. Both people and government here don’t want to go beyond certain limits to have a[Read More…]

India-Bangladesh: Trust Can Take Us A Long Way

India-Bangladesh: Trust Can Take Us A Long Way

  North-eastern region of India has always been a tumultuous region since 1947. Also, this is one of the most backward regions in terms of economic and political development. It helped giving birth to the insurgency in the area, which once again, hampered its growth. It is a landlocked and mountainous region, while Bangladesh is almost situated between it and[Read More…]

Lynching of Mashal Khan: Roots of Rage

Lynching of Mashal Khan: Roots of Rage

How does one move on with all this deep, searing pain over the mob lynching of a body that bore a beautiful heart and a precious mind? And with our senses still reeling, we hear of at least two more horror stories of blasphemy related violence. Grueling as it is, one has to navigate a path out of the all-consuming[Read More…]

China Reinforces Border Claims Within Days of Dalai Lama’s Visit To Arunachal Pradesh

China Reinforces Border Claims Within Days of Dalai Lama’s Visit To Arunachal Pradesh

  China has renamed six places in Arunachal Pradesh in retaliation against the Dalai Lama’s visit to India’s easternmost state. The move is apparently aimed at reaffirming Beijing’s territorial sovereignty to the region. China’s civil affairs ministry carried out the name changes on April 13, a day after the Dalai Lama left Arunachal Pradesh following a nine-day high-profile visit. The[Read More…]

Minorities And Dissenters Under Intimidation And Deep Stress In South Asia:  The lynching of  Mashal Khan

Minorities And Dissenters Under Intimidation And Deep Stress In South Asia:  The lynching of  Mashal Khan

  ‘If you are black or you are brown or you are gay or you are lesbian or you are Trans or you are Introvert , Anyone that is treating you unkindly , It’s only because they are afraid or they have been taught to be afraid of how important you are. Because being different means you make a difference. so[Read More…]

Bangladesh, Social Media And Longings In A Bizarro World

Bangladesh, Social Media And Longings In A Bizarro World

  It definitely looks like law enforcement in Bangladesh–as also apparently in many other countries, e.g. reference: the British Home Minister’s recent opinions regarding social media, not forgetting similar persistent efforts in the US–is going through a phase that maybe described as mid-life crisis. That’s the time when people—especially men, we’re told, but lots of women too though theirs are[Read More…]

Bangladesh-March-1971: Not The Theater Of The Absurd

Bangladesh-March-1971: Not The Theater Of The Absurd

“Portraying the current crisis [the political development in 1971-Pakistan] as something from the theater of the absurd, he [Bhutto] observed that framing a constitution for Pakistan without the participation of the PPP [Pakistan People’s Party] would be ‘like staging Hamlet without the Prince of Denmark’.” (Richard Sisson and Leo E Rose, War and Secession, Pakistan, India and the Creation of[Read More…]

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ISIS Attacks Bangladesh: Denial, Deceptions, And Delusions

ISIS Attacks Bangladesh: Denial, Deceptions, And Delusions

It has happened again! In the wake of the latest rounds of ISIS terror attacks in Bangladesh, authorities in the country have again started denying the existence of any ISIS terror network there. Rejecting any ISIS involvement in terror attacks in Bangladesh as “propaganda”, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Kamal poses the question: “Why will the ISIS come here?” One wonders if[Read More…]

Electoral Reforms For Developing Democracies

Electoral Reforms For Developing Democracies

The biggest fault in democracy, as it is practiced all over the world, is the election campaign funding part, because the individuals and corporations that finance an election campaign always have ulterior motives: that is, they treat political funding as investment from which they intend to make profits by influencing executive policy and legislation. In Pakistan’s political system, there are[Read More…]

Bangladesh: February 21 And Unchained Participation

Bangladesh: February 21 And Unchained Participation

Aspiration for unchained participation in all walks of life is at the core of the spirit of Ekushey February, the Language Day observed on February 21 by the Baangaalees, and now observed as International Mother Language Day throughout the world. Aspiration for unchained participation is the spirit peoples nourish transcending time and ages all around the world as it’s a[Read More…]

A Wish For Peace

A Wish For Peace

“The partition of 1947 should not have divided the people of the subcontinent. Today, they look divided because Pakistan and India have been denying the logic of geography, history and shared culture. This policy is harming vital interests of people. Both need peace, democratic governance and respect for pluralism. They must eastablish cordial relations and exploit all possible means of[Read More…]

Collective Effort Alone Can Solve Rohingya Crisis

Collective Effort Alone Can Solve Rohingya Crisis

Ever since tensions again escalated between the government of Myanmar and the Rohingya people on October 2016 and the reinvigorated persecution of the minority group that followed, thousands of Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh — the United Nations humanitarian office’s most recent estimate is 69,000. Scores of them have, meanwhile, been seen begging on the streets between Ukhia and Tekhnaf[Read More…]

Corruption In Bangladesh: Perceptions vs. Reality

Corruption In Bangladesh: Perceptions vs. Reality

Corruption became so integral to Bangladesh that consecutively for five years (2001-2005) it remained the most corrupt country in the world. However, we hear things have changed for the better. On the one hand, the country has become self-sufficient in food; on the other, it’s no longer the most corrupt nation on earth, officially! Meanwhile, Bangladesh’s human development index has[Read More…]

Modus Operandi And Modus Vivendi In Bangladesh

Modus Operandi And Modus Vivendi In Bangladesh

As government leaders sashay between paltering and prevarication—as they’re wont to do around the world—the people get bombarded, often everyday, with a substantive number of stunners. Just like Mr. President in the United States is doing right now and hogging all the klieg lights. But of course it isn’t only the politicians who are adept—or irresistibly tempted—in taking recourse to[Read More…]

US National Intelligence Council Predicts Indo-Pakistan Nuclear War In 2028

US National Intelligence Council Predicts Indo-Pakistan Nuclear War In 2028

The US National Intelligence Council has predicted a nuclear war between India and Pakistan in 2028. The prediction came in the Council report released recently under the title: Global Trends: Paradox of Progress. Every four years since 1997, the National Intelligence Council has published an unclassified strategic assessment of how key trends and uncertainties might shape the world over the[Read More…]

Myanmar: A scribe’s Murder And Its Aftermath

Myanmar: A scribe’s Murder And Its Aftermath

Guwahati: Killing of media persons in the Indian subcontinent is no unusual happening as it annually losses around ten journalists to assailants. India, Pakistan and Afghanistan often lead the list of victims with additional inputs from Bangladesh and Myanmar, where Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Tibet (under China) and Nepal normally maintain their no-journo killing index. Myanmar (also known as Burma[Read More…]

Still No Justice For Pakistani Shipyard Workers

Still No Justice For Pakistani Shipyard Workers

On November 1 of last year, a horrific fire at the Gadani shipbreaking yard in the Pakistani province of Balochistan claimed the lives of at least 32 workers, leaving scores of others with life-altering injuries, including severe burns. In the more than two months since the accident, government officials have turned a blind eye to the long-suffering workers’ demands for[Read More…]

Between And Betwixt Freedom And Fear In Bangladesh

Between And Betwixt Freedom And Fear In Bangladesh

  Since women and men don’t live by bread alone it obviously follows that they can’t live only by economics either. And even that is coming under pressure for any number of causes in recent times. Humans, by nature and as has been repeatedly proven over historical time, seek after a point certain intangibles and perhaps even the metaphysical, verging[Read More…]

Fifth Indo-Pak Peace Calendar Launched In Toba Tek Singh

Fifth Indo-Pak Peace Calendar Launched In Toba Tek Singh

Toba Tek Singh: On January 8, Aaghaz-e-Dosti, a joint Indo-Pak Friendship initiative, launched its 5th Indo-Pak Peace Calendar in Toba Tek Singh in collaboration with Youth for Human Rights Pakistan. Aaghaz-e-Dosti has started series of calendar launch on 1st January from Lahore and in the series, these Peace Calendars will be launched in several others cities of Pakistan and India[Read More…]

Bangladesh: The Truth Is Right Here

Bangladesh: The Truth Is Right Here

Apparently, and especially as gleaned from the verbal declarations of the leaders of myriad types and various ranks, the government in Bangladesh has assumed a schizophrenic tendency. It wants its political adversaries to participate in electoral processes yet, simultaneously, they keep up a persistent drumbeat of negative proclamations. And more often than not the edicts are unadulterated confections of the[Read More…]

Bangladesh: Rekindling The Spirit Of independence

Bangladesh: Rekindling The Spirit Of independence

  The Battle Cry: Independence is humanity’s yearning. Independence is humanity’s lifeline. Independence is bud for humanity’s blooming. Rangalal Bandyopadhyay, a poet from Bengal under British boot, affirmed the position with two questions: Shaadheenataa-heenataay ke baacheete chay …? Daashatta-sreenkhal balo ke pareebe pay …, is there anyone liking a life without independence? is there anyone willing to have a shackled[Read More…]

Even War Has Limits

Even War Has Limits

While the horror of barbaric incident of October 28, when militants aided by the Pakistani Army had mutilated the body of 30-year-old sepoy Mandeep Singh  is still fresh in our memory, yet in another gory instance on November 22 the body of another Indian soldier, Prabhu Singh of 57 Rashtriya Rifles,  was found in savagely mutilated state in Machhil sector along[Read More…]

Rohingya Tragedy And Aung San Suu Kyi’s ‘Buddy’ Solution

Rohingya Tragedy And Aung San Suu Kyi’s ‘Buddy’ Solution

Persecution of Rohingyas in Myanmar is continuing with impunityand without a break. Dieng and Yanghee Lee, UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, have confirmed these atrocities and “requested independent UN investigations on the alleged ‘ethnic cleansing’ and other mass atrocities in the Rohingya region of Rakhine State”. But Aung San Suu Kyi has remained defiant to an extent[Read More…]

Indo-Pak Conflict And Kashmir

Indo-Pak Conflict And Kashmir

(Why should the fate of Kashmiris be tied up with the establishment of Indo-Pak friendship?) There are some very common refrains in regard to the solving of the most intractable and the longest pending political problem of Kashmir. In the global context, it is the necessity for a peaceful dialogue between the two neighbouring countries, India and Pakistan, to solve[Read More…]

Pakistan Appoints New Army Chief To Suit Trump’s Policies

Pakistan Appoints New Army Chief To Suit Trump’s Policies

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has now cleared the name of Lt. General Qamar Javed Bajwa as the new chief of the army staff who is set to replace the Army chief Raheel Sharif whose three year term is to end on the 29th of this month. The appointment thus rests to all the speculations about the selection of new[Read More…]

Voices for Peace – Kia Scherr Speaks

Voices for Peace – Kia Scherr Speaks

As part of our aim to embed critical thinking and peace, Aaghaz-e-Dosti through interview series – “Voices for Peace” features inspiring peace personalities who have worked significantly for Indo-Pak Peace. We start this series with Ms. Kia Scherr, an inspiring Peace Personality. She is known to the world as the 26/11 (Mumbai attack of 2008) victims’ family member who forgave[Read More…]

Soldiers, Development And Environment Demands Indo-Pak Peace, Co-Operation

Soldiers, Development And Environment Demands Indo-Pak Peace, Co-Operation

In a note sent to me few days ago, a retired captain of Indian army wrote that soldiers are not enemies of each other. They just follow instructions and take war as task. He also shared his own experience wherein during his posting at Hussainiwala Indo-Pak border and on Nathula Indo-China border, he used to enjoy and exchange greetings with[Read More…]

Attacks On Minorities In Bangladesh: Not  Communal But Fascistic By Nature

Attacks On Minorities In Bangladesh: Not  Communal But Fascistic By Nature

  Recently, Muslim mob attacks on Hindu houses and temples in Nasirnagar (Brahmanbaria) and elsewhere in Goplaganj, Chittagong, and Sunamganj districts in Bangladesh have drawn wide media attention, within and outside the country. I can’t agree more with Daily Star’s editorial (Nov 2) that Government inaction would only embolden the bigots; and that: “any mix of politics and faith cannot[Read More…]

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Extra-Judicial Killings Continue In Karachi, A Conspiracy To Wipe Out MQM?

Extra-Judicial Killings Continue In Karachi, A Conspiracy To Wipe Out MQM?

A brutal anti-Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) military operation continues behind the smoke screen as electronic and print media has been barred from reporting the extra-judicial killings by the paramilitary forces in Karachi and elsewhere in the volatile Sindh province. Tellingly on Wednesday (11/9), the Chief of Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif, presided over a “security meeting” of military officials to[Read More…]

The Role Of The UN And The Western World During Bangladeshi  Military Coup In 2007: An Empirical Research

The Role Of The UN And The Western World During Bangladeshi Military Coup In 2007: An Empirical Research

Shuttle and excessive diplomacy of western world especially the ‘Tuesday Group’s activities deteriorated 2006-2007 political situation in Bangladesh. Additionally, it was possible to declare the State of Emergency by Army Chief Lt. General Moeen U. Ahmed with the help of Military Secretary to the President (MSP) Major General Aminul Katim using the letter of UN Resident coordinator in Dhaka Renata Lok Dessallien, which[Read More…]

Gender Disparities In Pakistan: Unmasking The Democratic Delusion

Gender Disparities In Pakistan: Unmasking The Democratic Delusion

Recognition of womens’ dignity, health, education, work, and political inclusion are some of the prerequisite actions for gender equality, however, despite of such acceptance, women either at work or domestic life face mental, physical and emotional harassment by working colleagues, life partners and blood relations. Even the worst is that all this shameful is conceived and dealt as normal routine[Read More…]

Hydro Boom Sparks Violent Conflicts In Nepal

Hydro Boom Sparks Violent Conflicts In Nepal

The paradox is easy to spot.  Running water is Nepal’s strongest asset at the moment, not only for investors in hydroelectric power plants, but also for communities that still lack electricity.  Nevertheless, a steady stream of disputes has arisen between local populations, the government, and an increasing number of hydro plants that are meant to create electrical currents out of[Read More…]

Myanmar Police To Arm, Train Non-Muslims In Conflict Area Of Rakhine State

Myanmar Police To Arm, Train Non-Muslims In Conflict Area Of Rakhine State

In Myanmar government has decided to arm and train the non Muslim local people in order to enhance the security in the Rakhine State where the ethnic problems between the Rohingya Muslims and Buddhist residents prevail. The move is being treated as to crush the Rohingya Muslims who have been denied any substantial rights within the state and the ethnic[Read More…]

Bangladeshi garment workers participate in a protest against the collapse of an eight-storey building that housed several garment factories and poor safety standards, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, April 26, 2013.  The death toll reached hundreds of people as rescuers continued to search for injured and missing, after a huge section of the building splintered into a pile of concrete. (AP Photo)

Is Popular Support For Suicide Terrorism Growing In Bangladesh?

  It’s absurd! It’s preposterous to suggest that around 40 per cent of Bangladeshis favour suicide terrorism. Yet this is what some American think tanks and “expert analysts” have recently come up with in their reports, to the detriment of Bangladesh’s reputation. Muslims in Bangladesh – around 90 per cent of the population – are peaceful, liberal, devotional, and even[Read More…]

Terrorists Attack Police Training College In Pakistan: 59 Cadets Killed And 120 injured

Terrorists Attack Police Training College In Pakistan: 59 Cadets Killed And 120 injured

  At lease 59 cadets were killed and more than 116 injured as terrorists attack the Police Training College in Quetta, Pakistan, in one of the deadliest extremist attacks this year. Three gunmen burst into the sprawling academy, targeting sleeping quarters home to some 700 recruits, and sent terrified young men aged between 15 and 25 fleeing, Dawn News reported.[Read More…]

War Hysteria And The Kashmir Dispute

War Hysteria And The Kashmir Dispute

Be it conventional or non-conventional, the war in both terms is a great catastrophe for the humanity. When we turn the annals of human history great wars have been fought to colonize and conquer the territories but all ended up with the massive humanitarian crisis. The first and second world war may have redrawn the world map and christened new[Read More…]

Dispel The Spectre Of War: It Is Doable

Dispel The Spectre Of War: It Is Doable

India’s 29 September cross-LOC strike was conducted professionally, as expected of the apolitical army of the Indian Republic. Pakistan’s predictable response is denial of its ever having happened. It could have been left at that, but government and the opposition (such as it is), encouraged by TRP-hungry TV channels provoking certain publicity-hungry military veterans, have been using the apolitical army’s[Read More…]

Kashmir And ‘Pivoting’ Toward A Nuclear Holocaust

Kashmir And ‘Pivoting’ Toward A Nuclear Holocaust

This past summer witnessed yet another people’s uprising in one of the longest running, and most ruthless, military occupations in modern times: the Indian occupation of Kashmir. The callous indifference to decades-old Indian atrocities against the people of Kashmir, including well-documented incidences of torture, disappearances, ‘encounter killings,’ rapes, and outright massacres, ought to put the international community to shame. This,[Read More…]

The “Political Strikes”!

The “Political Strikes”!

(The widely projected “Surgical Strikes”according to many commentators have political objectives within the country rather than military objectives across the border!) Recently Captain Amrinder Singh, the Congress leader from Punjab took a TV team to the border to show that everything was normal and there was no war like situation. A video about the visit has been posted on the[Read More…]

Banning A Glue That Holds India And Pakistan Together Is Self Defeating

Banning A Glue That Holds India And Pakistan Together Is Self Defeating

  Recently Indian Motion Producers Association (IMPPA) took a decision to ban Pakistani artists and technicians from working in Indian films until normalcy returns. The pretext of the ban is the terrorist attack on an army camp in Uri allegedly carried by JeM, killing 20 army personnel. The attack created poignant enragement and attracted widespread condemnation, which it must. Terrorism[Read More…]

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Lack Of Journalistic Ethics, Now Blinded By Nationalism

  The context of nationalism in India has lately been supercharged- post India’s ‘Surgical Strike inside PoK’ in view of repeated Pakistan-sponsored terror attacks in India – the latest of which, in a significant way, was Uri terror attack. The so-called claims, counterclaims and ‘independent’ global media coverage have made it complex and confusing for the ordinary citizens, considering both[Read More…]

Between The Buddhists And The Yuddhists

Between The Buddhists And The Yuddhists

Time has come to unite against the Yuddhists in India and Pakistan and to generate a strong public message that the sensational mainstream media, the corrupt army officials, and the politicians with their dwindling power mechanism and shrinking images on both sides do not own the share market of our freedom, peace and harmony. Time has come to isolate the Yuddhists on both sides. If the people across the boundaries can not protect their peace, then who else can?

Arts, Culture And Politics Of Hatred

Arts, Culture And Politics Of Hatred

The decision of Indian Motion Pictures Association (IMPA) to ban Pakistani artists and technicians from working in India is a reflection of politics preceding art. The implications could go beyond and may widen the Indo-Pakistan cultural contacts. The more widening of the divide between the two, the better it serves the communal agenda of the Hindutva brigade.

The War Hysteria!

The War Hysteria!

The persons creating the War Hysteria should first get educated about the consequences of a present day war especially between the nuclear armed countries!

Two Peoples Bound By Water : An Open Letter To Our Fellow Indians On Indus Water Treaty

Two Peoples Bound By Water : An Open Letter To Our Fellow Indians On Indus Water Treaty

Over the last week or so, there is an increasingly shrill demand coming from the hawkish ‘foreign policy advocates’ and the right wing war mongers that as a “fitting reply” to the tragic killing of 18 of our soldiers in the condemnable Uri attack on Sept.18, India should abrogate the 1960 Indus Water Treaty between the two countries, thereby ‘choking[Read More…]

India – Pakistan Tension Continues To Mount After Terrorists Attack Indian Army Camp

India – Pakistan Tension Continues To Mount After Terrorists Attack Indian Army Camp

Tension between nuclear armed South Asian neighbours India and Pakistan continues to mount after terrorists on Sunday night attacked an army camp in Baramulla in Northern Kashmir killing constable Nitin of 40th battalion of the BSF and the injuring constable Pulwinder of the same battalion. According to news reports the terrorists are likely to have escaped taking advantage of night[Read More…]

Villagers along LoC

The Looming India/Pakistan Crisis – Who To Blame?

The short answer to the above question is, both! Recent bout started with Uri, the Indian border post at the Kashmir front. 18 Indian soldiers were killed by across-the-border assailants. India blames Pakistan and Pakistan denies and says it is the work of the disaffected Kashmiri insurgents. In the ensuing row India is winning diplomatically, Pakistan is rambling madly and[Read More…]

Surgical Strikes And After

Surgical Strikes And After

Indian Army conducts surgical strikes. The Government thumps its chest. The media debates that this is the way to respond. The media channels compete debating this issue and try to increase their TRP ratings. Discussions get carried out on how skillfully the surgical strikes were carried out and comparisons made with similar strikes by Israel and United States.The urban middle[Read More…]

No Diplomatic Efforts To Diffuse Tension Between India And Pakistan

No Diplomatic Efforts To Diffuse Tension Between India And Pakistan

It was a day of quiet on the India-Pakistan front except for the sporadic gunfire exchanged between the two sides in the Akhnoor sector of the international border in Jammu and Kashmir. On the other hand, it is a worrying sign to see no diplomatic efforts being taken up by both the sides to diffuse the tension. The South Asian[Read More…]

India-Pakistan Relations Remain Tensed, Evacuation In Border Districts

India-Pakistan Relations Remain Tensed, Evacuation In Border Districts

The India-Pakistan relations remain tensed after India’s surgical strikes across the Line of Control Wednesday night. India admitted that one of its soldiers is in Pakistan’s custody. The army says that 22-year-old soldier Chandu Babulal Chauhan strayed into Pakistani territory “inadvertently” on Thursday and was captured. According to the army Chauhan, a soldier of the Rashtriya Rifles, did not take[Read More…]

Indian And Pakistani Citizens Speak Out Against War

Indian And Pakistani Citizens Speak Out Against War

We, the people of India and Pakistan, stand in solidarity with each other to speak out against war in any form because, in war, we are all losers regardless of who might appear to win. We hope that the elected representatives of both countries will exercise restraint, and act with wisdom, in the interests of lasting peace in our region,[Read More…]

Surgical Strikes: Nuclear South Asia On Tenterhooks

Surgical Strikes: Nuclear South Asia On Tenterhooks

Responding to nationalist clamouring for retaliatory strike against Pakistan in response to attack on Uri army camp on September 18th, Indian Army conducted surgical strikes across the LoC on Wednesday night, the DGMO said on Thursday in a press briefing. “Significant casualties have been caused in these strikes,” DGMO Lt General Ranbir Singh said adding, “the operation has now ended.”[Read More…]

Ms Ndiaye, Special Rapporteur’s Visit Sparks Hope For The Tamils

Ms Ndiaye, Special Rapporteur’s Visit Sparks Hope For The Tamils

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights announced that Ms Rita Izsák Ndiaye, UN Special Rapporteur on minority issueson problems faced by minorities in various countries, is to visit Sri Lanka from 10 to 20 October 2016. Her first three years term as the special Rapporteur started on 1st August 2011. She was given another three years on the[Read More…]

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The Lesser-Known Pashtun Insurgency In Pakistan

The Lesser-Known Pashtun Insurgency In Pakistan

Is it not ironic that two very similar insurgencies have simultaneously been going on in Pakistan for the last several years: the Baloch insurgency in the Balochistan province and the insurgency of the Pashtun tribesmen in the tribal areas of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province bordering the United States-occupied Afghanistan. The Pakistani neoliberals fully sympathize with the oppressed Baloch nationalists but when it[Read More…]

Dear PM, The Solution To Kashmir Lies In Peace And Not War

Dear PM, The Solution To Kashmir Lies In Peace And Not War

My Dear Prime Minister, I am constrained to write to you, because of the recent developments in Jammu and Kashmir, the attack on our air station in Pathankot , and now in Uri, where we have lost precious lives not to mention the many injured. The lack of response by India to the latest attack, has clearly been due in[Read More…]

Bring Peace To The Sub-Continent Through Dialogue

Bring Peace To The Sub-Continent Through Dialogue

Pakistan- India Peoples’ Forum for Peace and Democracy (PIPFPD) PIPFPD expresses its concern over the growing tensions between India and Pakistan following militants’ attack on strategically important army base in Uri, Jammu & Kashmir. The leadership of both the countries needs to urgently act towards defusing the tense scenario rather than fuelling it. We appeal to the saner voices of[Read More…]

Pakistan’s Civil War In Balochistan Goes International

Pakistan’s Civil War In Balochistan Goes International

  Indian government’s recent decision to provide shelter to the secessionist Baloch leaders has internationalized the issue of low intensity civil war in Pakistan’s largest province of Balochistan where the army of Pakistan has launched a brutal operation to control the rebellion of Baloch nationalists. On Friday, CNN-News18 quoted Indian official sources as saying that India is all set to[Read More…]

Balochistan And The Oil And Trade Of India And China

Balochistan And The Oil And Trade Of India And China

Prime Minister Modi’s bringing up “Balochistan” during his 15th August address was criticised, especially since he omitted to mention the on-going, acute crisis in Kashmir. While the validity of criticism of omission may hold good, mentioning Balochistan could be a calculated move to reverse India’s traditional passivity against Pakistan’s aggressive India policy. India’s turning a spotlight on Balochistan has the[Read More…]

Has Modi’s Roar Distorted The Baloch Struggle?

Has Modi’s Roar Distorted The Baloch Struggle?

Indian Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi, a rare orator and one of the few strong individuals ever produced in post-partition Bharat has expressed his displeasure with the way the Pakistan authorities are handling the cause of Balochistan.  The alarming expressions were a part of his Independence Day speech. Subsequent to his speech, many Indian pundits have come out with their[Read More…]

Sri Lanka: Dear Mr. President! — ( An Open Letter)

Sri Lanka: Dear Mr. President! — ( An Open Letter)

Dear Mr. President, The wave of political enthusiasm which generates hope for a nation sans, bribery & corruption, mismanagement of the state resources, and the cunning culture of bureaucracy, in general the culture of cheating the ordinary citizen, is sadly being shattering and flattening, though you are still managing to keep the high tone in the course correction. It is[Read More…]

Terrorism In Pakistan And South Asia

Terrorism In Pakistan And South Asia

The recent bout of terrorist attacks in Pakistan reminds us once again that it is one of the worst victims of terrorism perpetrated by religious extremist groups claiming their adherence to what they call the puritan Islam. According to Global Terrorism Index the top 5 countries affected by terrorism include Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Pakistan and Syria accounting for 78 percent[Read More…]

Should India And Pakistan Invite Back British Rule?

Should India And Pakistan Invite Back British Rule?

  Preposterous! you say.  Take a closer look: The countries have now been independent for 69 years.  Just a few days before the recent Independence Day(s) festivities — the two countries have a difference of opinion on when and celebrate on different days — a man named Matibool returning home from a night shift as a security guard was run[Read More…]

Sri Lanka And Office Of The Missing Person

Sri Lanka And Office Of The Missing Person

Sri Lanka with one of the worst records in human rights violations has come up with a positive step. It has passed the missing person bill with some amendments in unanimous way. The bill was passed with the support of TNA and JVP. The passed bill has certain good features; it will try to search and identify about 65000 missing[Read More…]

Pakistan’s Dirty War In Balochistan

Pakistan’s Dirty War In Balochistan

Quetta hospital bomb blast, killing more than 90 people, is the latest grim reminder to the ceaseless violence in Pakistan’s strife-torn volatile province of Balochistan. The deafening blast that ripped through scores of mourners in a Quetta hospital on Monday (August 8) has killed at least 93 people, mainly lawyers, in this year’s bloodiest terror attack in Pakistan. The massive[Read More…]

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Prevention Of Electronic Crime Bill (PEC) Continues Draconian Laws In Pakistan

  The state of Pakistan is all set to unleash its iron fist by promulgating laws that curb free speech. This is a proactive step taken by the State to muzzle criticism and silence dissent. Freedom of speech and expression form the bedrock upon which the pillars of democracy stand; this freedom allows the public to air grievances and to[Read More…]

Why Urban Rich Kids, Not Poor Taliban Terrorise Bangladesh?

Why Urban Rich Kids, Not Poor Taliban Terrorise Bangladesh?

Locals and foreigners in Dhaka formally grieved for the victims of the Gulshan Attack one month after the incident. The local and international reaction to the July 1 terror attack at Gulshan has been far more intensive than the collective reaction to all the previous terror attacks in Bangladesh since 1999; there had never been any such mass grieving for[Read More…]

Changing Homelands: Hindu Politics And The Partition Of India

Changing Homelands: Hindu Politics And The Partition Of India

Joya Chatterjee’s path breaking work, Bengal Divided: Hindu Communalism and Partition, 1932-1947, shows how decisive was the minority Bengali Hindu community’s role in the secondary partition of Bengal in 1947, so is Neeti Nair’s Changing Homelands: Hindu Politics and the Partition of India (Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA 2011) another seminal study of the minority Punjabi Hindu community’s important role in the partition of the Punjab between India and Pakistan

The Military-Industrial Complex Of Pakistan

The Military-Industrial Complex Of Pakistan

Before the signing of the Iran nuclear deal last year, BBC’s defense correspondent, Mark Urban, alleged in a report [1] that Pakistan’s military has made a clandestine deal with Saudi Arabia that in the event of Iran developing a nuclear weapon, Pakistan would provide ready-made nuclear warheads along with delivery systems to Saudi Arabia. Moreover, it should be remembered that[Read More…]

The Present Dire State Of Bangladesh

The Present Dire State Of Bangladesh

  It was a classic instance of bolting the barn door after the horse had made its getaway… But wait, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Let’s begin at the beginning. Without any sliver of doubt it can be unequivocally declared that almost the entire fault for the enhanced mayhem—with its concomitant loss of precious lives—in Bangladesh should justifiably be[Read More…]

Sri Lanka: Ranil’s Dream And The Delusional Opposition

Sri Lanka: Ranil’s Dream And The Delusional Opposition

Arresting of an intelligence officer attached to Sri Lanka Army over the murder of late Lasantha Wickramatunge has sparked questions about the underworld of the state, and questioned the very ruling elements of the government. The investigation of this blatantly committed daylight murder has turned into yet another all-consuming matter in the political arena. Flies are around, bugs are moving,[Read More…]

 Imran Khan’s Faustian Bargain

 Imran Khan’s Faustian Bargain

The predicament of Imran Khan’s fanboys has been somewhat like the pubescent girl who falls head over heels in love with a promiscuous playboy; and when her friends try to knock some sense into her by telling her that your sweetheart is cheating on you, instead of opening her eyes up, she thinks that her friends are jealous of her[Read More…]

Sri Lanka: Neither Anti-Tamil Nationalism Nor Anti-Sinhala Nationalism Would Solve The Convolution

Sri Lanka: Neither Anti-Tamil Nationalism Nor Anti-Sinhala Nationalism Would Solve The Convolution

It was yet another period of dark days in the history of Jamaica, where gobbled and devoured political parties along with other interest groups were instigating and fueling brutal civil war. The people in the country had no escape but to pray for their last moments of life to be lived in peace. Both political parties were using gangsters to[Read More…]

Sri Lanka: Post-War Abyssal

Sri Lanka: Post-War Abyssal

But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?  ― Albert Camus Here is the disastrous and forlorn situation that many are facing in the post-conflict situation in Sri Lanka. Seven years have been passed but the wounds of the bloody conflict keep putrefying society due to absence of healing. In his recent[Read More…]

IS In Sri Lanka: Intelligence Hoax or the Real Threat?

IS In Sri Lanka: Intelligence Hoax or the Real Threat?

Interesting but frightening reports are coming out from the mainstream media in India on the ongoing ideological covert operations by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria known as ISIS or ISIL or IS, in Sri Lanka. Almost all news stories are able to quote the Indian intelligence sources anonymously, while those news pieces have been dramatically decorating the imminent threats.[Read More…]

Edhi : Greatest Of The Great, Warmest Of The Warm!

Edhi : Greatest Of The Great, Warmest Of The Warm!

This is [ Pakistan] a good country. It’s just run by bad people  – Abdul Sattar Edhi The most fundamental question every human being at least one time in life will ask himself/herself is – ‘what is the meaning of the life?’ There is no fixed answer to this question but in fact, the answer is itself is a representation[Read More…]

Political Responses And Interventions To Dhaka café Terror attack: A critical perspective

Political Responses And Interventions To Dhaka café Terror attack: A critical perspective

  The article will critically examine and explore the recent Dhaka café terror attack. It will specifically examine the role of the law enforcement agencies in handling the crisis and will question the effectiveness and appropriateness of law enforcers’ interventions. In addressing this issue, the key focus will remain whether the human rights of victims and perpetrators were respected (Masferrer[Read More…]

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Come China Come: Let’s Have The Dragon-Lion Dance !

Come China Come: Let’s Have The Dragon-Lion Dance !

  China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi is here in Colombo on a two day official visit. It has been very interesting and a pinking diplomatic relationship that  Sri Lanka as a sovereign nation  has developed since the ancient times with the Republic. Whatever may the recorded history placed before us be, one thing is certain and that is that  China[Read More…]

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Three Killed In Terrorist Attack In Bangladesh

Three Killed In Terrorist Attack In Bangladesh

In a terrorist attack near a mass Eid prayer gathering in Kishoreganj in Bangladesh two policeman and a woman were killed and 13 people were wounded. One attacker had been shot dead. Three terrorists were arrested, one of them injured. A group of terrorists reportedly attacked one of the policemen with a knife and threw homemade bombs at a school[Read More…]

Terrorism Gains Foothold In Bangladesh: What’s The Way Out?

Terrorism Gains Foothold In Bangladesh: What’s The Way Out?

Bangladeshi politicians, analysts, intellectuals, and media should do the following three things for the sake of durable peace and order in the country: a) stop denying the existence of terrorism, as there is hardly any country without terrorists or terrorist sympathisers, in the post-9/11 world; b) fight terrorism not only with force but also through education and mass motivation; and c) do not think of gaining political leverage by falsely implicating political rivals or personal adversaries as terrorist agents. Terrorists gain most in divided and fractured countries. Examples abound.

Myanmar In Transition And India

Myanmar In Transition And India

It is two months since the government controlled by Aung San Suu Kyi took charge in Myanmar. The elections that brought her to power were free despite western fears that the military regime would not allow freedom. The question being asked today is “to what extent will Myanmar change?” Amid what look like earth shattering events is there continuity with[Read More…]

 Theocratic Criminals Strike In Pakistan

 Theocratic Criminals Strike In Pakistan

The criminals-cum-terrorists flying the flag of their ‘only true’ religions continue destroying whatever is humane, rational, creative and secular in the Indian-subcontinent. The latest victim is great musician and qawwal Amjad Sabri Saheb, one of the world’s best known Sufi musicians. He was known as a great practitioner/performer of genre of Sufiana verse with roots tracing back to 13th Century.[Read More…]

The South Asian Armageddon

The South Asian Armageddon

According to Dilip Kashmir is the root cause of enduring enmity between India and Pakistan. Three wars have been fought by the rivals on this, “toxic bone of contention”. He quotes President Bill Clinton who called the India Pakistan border in Kashmir as the most dangerous place on Earth! The most worrisome aspect is the Indian Cold Start doctrine involving massive tank thrusts and Pakistan’s response with the tactical nuclear weapons at the disposal of the field commanders. A limited encounter can rapidly escalate and result in a total nuclear exchange. It is a more worrisome scenario than Richter Scale 8 earthquake!

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Avijit Roy - Blogger brutally murdered in Dhaka Bangladesh

Who’re Killing Freethinkers In Bangladesh? Some Unresolved Issues

Of late, terrorists or unknown assailants have killed freethinking writers and bloggers, a couple of foreign nationals, and two LGBT activists in Bangladesh, around 36 people since February 2015. And almost ritualistically, killers have been bragging about their acts, and proclaiming to be al Qaeda, ISIS, Ansar al-Islam, or Ansarullah Bangla Team affiliates. Interestingly, some Bangladeshi politicians claim (a) various[Read More…]

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A Bangladeshi MP Plays Judge-Jury-Prosecutor!

A Bangladeshi MP Plays Judge-Jury-Prosecutor!

A Bangladeshi MP – who paradoxically represents the ruling coalition as well as its opposition in the parliament – recently played the proverbial role of the judge, jury and prosecutor. He and his associates publicly tortured and humiliated a headmaster of a local school at Narayanganj, for his “blasphemous” comments against Islam. I don’t want to discuss the alleged blasphemy[Read More…]

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Sri Lanka: A Comment On The Proposed Office Of Missing Persons

Sri Lanka: A Comment On The Proposed Office Of Missing Persons

The attitude towards murder is one thing on which hardly any progress can be made in Sri Lanka. Murder is regarded as quite normal and not something to worry too much about. This attitude is also something that should worry everyone. It is this attitude we see in the proposed Office of Missing Persons (OMP). In most cases, the simple[Read More…]

Defiance Of Law And Impunity In Bangladesh

Defiance Of Law And Impunity In Bangladesh

Karl Marx, among other critics of imperialism, had some kind words for British colonial rule in India, especially in regard to the prevalent rule of law in the colony. The civil and criminal laws, as evolved in Bangladesh – as in all the former British colonies, worldwide – are based on the British Common Law. However, barring a handful of[Read More…]

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