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Bangladesh: First South Asian nation to become open-defecation free
Leading the march into an open-defecation free future, Bangladesh recently became the first South Asian country to have effectively eliminated open defecation in public by installing a model of perfect collaboration between the government and masses, writes Rupak Bhattacharjee for South Asia Monitor.
 
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Justice for Tanu: The rise of micro-democracy in Bangladesh
The sexual assault and murder of a young woman in Bangladesh, Tanu has become the starting point for social and political change in the country. Witnessing a conscious move away from political sloganeering to demands for social-cultural reform, the South Asian nation is experiencing entrenchment of democratic ideals to the local levels of society, writes Abu Sufian Shamrat for South Asi
 
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Afghanistan taking Pakistan to UN: Would that be enough?
Afghanistan taking Pakistan to UNSC for supporting Taliban would be stating the obvious, known globally, but it is a step that ought to be taken in order to put formal pressure on it to quit being the fountainhead of a great deal of terror that South Asia faces. But, the question is: would that be enough? asks Lt. Gen. P.C. Katoch for South Asia Monitor.
 
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Chinese yuan replacing US doll...

In the last several years, China has become the number one trading partner, replacing the US, of ...

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Afghan cultural expressions: R...

Proliferating in variety, Afghanistan’s expressions’ of its political, economic and s...

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Bangladesh can harness its vas...

With the dispute over its maritime zone with India having been ruled in its favor and the recent ...

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The Saudi Vision 2030: How Ind...

With Saudi Arabia working to reduce its dependence on oil economy, India has to move their bilate...

 

The India-China gap Author Name First came China's 'technical hold' on the recent Indian move at the UN to declare Pakistan's Masood ...

India-West Asia ties: A gulf being bridged Author Name Few in India and abroad expected Narendra Modi to embark on a high-voltage foreign policy endeavour when he became pr...

The indirect benefits of transfer Author Name We now have a peculiar combination in the economic policy of India: a declared attempt at fiscal consolidation, combi...

India's problem with the girl child Author Name It is difficult to know exactly what Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel had in mind when—speaking at a publ...

Should India go ahead with shale gas exploration? A cost versus benefit analysis No Image While the ultimate success of shale gas exploration efforts in India remains to be seen from the point of view of technological and economic feasibility, the fact remains tha...

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The season of scorching ironies Author Name This one word captures our response to the ongoing nationwid...

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Do not ignore the Taliban

Last week, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s 18-month engagement with Pakist...

Memories of F-16

The F-16s issue is back and along with it, memories of betrayals past. The recent refusal of Congress to sanction funds from the For...

 

How Islamic State in Bangladesh began

Investigations by the Internal Security Department found that Rahman's radic...

 

Security issue ignites the House

A physical altercation, coupled with verbal abuses, took place in the well of the House 

 

The Tale of Two Maldives

This year, my country of the Maldives – an Indian Ocean island archipelago of just over 300,000 people – has been the subject of a US Senate resolution, a statement by 10 Downing Str...

Time to go green in Bhutan

India is jostling for space in the global marketplace with other rising powers and needs robust energy supply to compete effectively. Implementing new power projects to harness domestic natural ...

 

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India sees this visit as a marker of a new beginning whose goal is to establish a much stronger relationship with Papua New Guinea, which is the largest in geographical area as well as population, among Pacific island countries. This visit is part of India's growing engagement with Pacific isla...

 
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The closer Barack Obama gets to the end of his second term, the more consequential his presidency seems, both in terms of his policy achievements and as a turning point in America's electoral politics. &...

 
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The first ever state visit by an Indian head of state to Papua New Guinea began on Thursday with remarks by President Pranab Mukherjee brushing aside a suggestion that India was in competition with China in the Pacific region.

 
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Civil-military shadowboxing is an old hat in Pakistan, with a brazen democracy-be-damned approach of the Pakistani generals who have formally ruled for 36 out of the 69 years of independence. In 1958, the first Pakistani...

 
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Saturday’s unprecedented mass protest inside the highly fortified Green Zone in Baghdad is a harsh reminder of the deepening political crisis that has virtually paralysed the government of Prime Minister Haider al-...

 
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Broadly, the Nuclear Security Summits have not only raised the profile of nuclear security issues at a global level but have started a thread of ‘softer nuclear security issues’ that have witnessed a wilful participation of countries. The innovative c...

 
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What kind of a person can coolly go around a bustling metropolis with the hidden objective of reconnoitering a series of high profile and bustling targets for a relentless, unconscionable carnage and strike up...

 
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Ian Morris’ book helps to understand better the productive function of power and the strengths and constrains of a data-driven study of historically embedded arguments. However, his selective treatment of historical occurrences, the narro...

 
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In the Indian context, these could entail the prospects that could have ensued if Vallabhbhai Patel had been free India's first prime minister instead of Jawaharlal Nehru, or if Subhas Chandra Bose had sta...

 
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The Lal Masjid stand-off in 2007 after abduction of some Chinese citizens and the bloody clearing-up operation was a watershed for Pakistan, triggering open conflict between Islamist extremists and security fo...

 
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Written by two IAS officers, ‘The Queen Could Sing’ narrates five different stories in an inimitable style. The delightful verses, fired by a childlike imagination, sparkle with wit, humour and archaic characterizations, instantly c...

 
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