Continued ethnic strife in Manipur (Photo: Twitter)

Continued ethnic strife in Manipur making region vulnerable to external exploitation

China has been supporting, training and arming northeast terrorists for the past several decades. The ongoing political experiment of ethnic cleansing and polarization in Manipur would naturally be exploited by China.

Shedding the misconceptions: Bangladesh's ties with China should not be a concern for India

The Sino–Bangladeshi partnership has not grown at the expense of the Indo–Bangladeshi partnership. Bangladesh does not constitute a part of the traditional Chinese sphere of influence. 

Empowering Bangladesh: The promise of solar-wind hybrid renewable energy systems

Bangladesh's energy woes demand innovative solutions, and the integration of solar and wind energies in a hybrid system represents a groundbreaking approach to meeting the nation's power needs. 

‘India’ or ‘Bharat’ debate reflects postcolonial insecurities, not in tune with modern nationhood

India holds together not by ignoring diversity but by granting constitutional and ideational recognition to different ethnic, religious and linguistic groups. The word ‘India’ evokes and symbolizes a “we feeling” in the people's collective consciousness, derived from long-held traditions and pluralist imaginations. 

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Bangladesh-US fraught ties scarred by Washington's cultural misperceptions

Strong-arming Bangladesh into toeing its prescribed policy positions is part of the Biden Administration’s wider external agenda of promoting the liberal values of democracy and human rights as the centerpiece of its foreign policy. But the real problem doesn’t lie in policy postures, but rather in the way these policies are being executed.

Electoral battle begins in the Maldives: Outcome will impact on regional geopolitics

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South Asia in the Asian perspective: Macroeconomic policies and the triple crisis (Part I of a two-part analysis)

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Caste, class and cricket: How a colonial sport became a religion in South Asia

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Bangladesh in the time of cyclones: When gender-based violence peaks

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The challenge of Artificial Intelligence to higher education: Policymakers need to answer critical questions

Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) need to have policy responses to ensure checks and balances against generative AIs. The top-down policy approach may focus on banning the use of generative AIs. But participatory and adaptive approaches focus on developing policies that could accept the use of generative AIs in varying degrees, with the realisation that generative AIs are here to stay.

Violence must not be allowed to continue in Manipur; implement confidence-building measures

What is painful is the inability of civil society groups in the state to intervene during this critical time since the contending groups are not ready to negotiate with each other. However, one must not lose faith in the civil society which is based in Manipur's immediate neighbouring states like Nagaland, Mizoram, and Assam.

Uniform Civil Code should not be pushed through in haste; first make all personal laws gender-just

The Muslim Personal Law Board is committing the same mistake by opposing the UCC as it did during the discourse on the abhorrent Muslim practice of instantaneous triple talaq without realising its far-reaching consequences.

Modi meets Macron: World needs transformational diplomacy, not transactional diplomacy

Macron and Modi should shun transactional diplomacy that engages in multi-billion dollar agreements for military fighter jets and machinery, nuclear reactors and pharmaceutical products. Instead, they should embrace some transformational diplomacy to make the planet sustainable again.

Russian nuclear diplomacy in Sri Lanka will have wider strategic and security implications for region

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India-Nepal-Bangladesh power diplomacy is a big step for regional cooperation in South Asia

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2022 floods in Pakistan: Violence and vulnerabilities of women increase during climate disasters

Climate crisis is a lesser word to describe the transformative shifts that are taking place in weather conditions across the Global South affecting mostly countries like Pakistan in South Asia. Attitudes of society need to change towards women. Societal attitudes, traditional norms and cultural practices create entrenched gender disparities that hinder women’s participation in development plans and in survival strategies devised to save them in the post-disaster period.

Modi's state visit to the US: A visit rich in style and substance

From Modi's standpoint, the visit unfolded precisely as he desired. The exceptional reception he received from the leader of the free world, less than a year before facing the billion-strong Indian electorate, serves as a significant boost for him. 

Labor in the Gulf: Unlocked goldmine or a bottomless pit for low-income Nepalese workers?

It is high time the Nepalese government strengthens its diplomatic muscle and stands up strongly for the legal rights of its citizens working overseas.


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