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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India's societal fabric is on test

India faces complex internal security challenges and the deliberate attempt  by certain external agencies to  stoke communal and sectarian  strife will be the most important security challenge for the next decade. The cynical manipulation of religion for electoral gain is a malignancy that India has to fight against writes C. Uday Bhaskar

The mole within Pakistan's deep state

It is absurd to claim that heinous acts of terrorism that take place in Pakistan, or are traced to Pakistan, are orchestrated by Pakistani state agencies, especially the ISI, ( many in India believe otherwise ) but one cannot deny that lapses in security arrangements are persistent and serious and cumulatively they pose a danger both to e Pakistan and other states as well. Needless to say, Afghanistan and India, the two most immediate neighbours are always worried about the safety of the security arrangements in Pakistan writes Ishtiaq Ahmed.

Is India risking alienating its strategic Northeast?

Bangalore, Chennai and Pune witnessed the worst-ever flight of panic-stricken people from the Northeast, sparked by threatening SMSes and social media messages. More important and alarming than the sheer numbers is the sense of fear and distrust this may set off among Indian citizens who have taken years to venture out to the heartland of their country writes Lt. Gen (Retd.) A.S. Lamba

After 65 years, need for ‘azadi’ from fear of rape

The attempted rape and heinous murder of Pallavi Purkayastha, a young lawyer in Mumbai on August 10 by a 22-year-old security guard, followed the gang-rape of a young woman working with the Delhi Jal Board on the Agra highway a day before. These two gruesome incidents are only the most recent “news stories” of a shameful reality of India in 2012 writes Uday Bhaskar

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