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The dichotomy in Bangladesh: Democracy or development

By narrowing the space for dissent and dichotomizing values, the ruling Awami League has effectively defanged the opposition, media as well as ordinary people writes Rishija Singh for South Asia Monitor

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Climate change and gender in South Asia: A neglected story

World attention is focused on Doha, Qatar, where the annual U.N. climate change summit, titled COP18, is currently in progress (Nov 26-Dec 7) This conference is taking place in the backdrop of Hurricane Sandy, which many believe is a result of climate change and has caused considerable loss of life and severe economic and social hardship. The main focus of COP18 seems to be on the modalities of a second commitment period for the Kyoto Protocol write Dr. Stellina Jolly and Amit Jain

India and Maldives: More to a commercial dispute

 Male’s December 1 decision to terminate the agreement with Indian infrastructure giant GMR and its refusal to accept a stay order granted to the company by the Singapore High Court is not merely a commercial deal turning sour writes Rashmi Saksena

Pakistan in India: Timely revival of cricketing ties

Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, the stalwart classical singer, once said that if only a classical raga was sung in every home in undivided India, partition would not have taken place. Musicians and singers are the quiet, yet enduring, links between the peoples of the two countries. Cricket takes the second place in providing the healing touch to the people traumatised by the partition riots and the wars that followed between the two countries writes A. Prasanna Kumar

Maldives, India and the growing Chinese footprint

Two developments over the last week draw attention to a potentially disturbing pattern in the maritime domain that can adversely impact Indian interests and, in both cases, the common element is the  growing  Chinese footprint . On November 27, the new Maldives government  led by  President Mohamed Waheed cancelled a US$500 million contract with a consortium led by the Indian firm GMR writes C Uday Bhaskar

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