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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37 years after Mujib: Bangladesh struggles to maintain secular identity

Thirty-seven years and still counting. Bangladesh yet again prepares to commemorate August 15 as National Mourning Day. It was on this fateful day in 1975 that the then President and founder of Bangladesh, Sheikh Mujibur Rehman, was brutally assassinated along with most of his family members by none other than officers and soldiers of the country’s Army. It is nothing but shameful that justice has not been done decades after the killing of one of the tallest political leaders in the post-World War II period writes Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury.

Pune blasts and the challenge to new Home Minister

The multiple, low-intensity blasts that shocked Pune on August 1 provided the backdrop for the change of guard at the Home Ministry with veteran political leader Sushil Kumar Shinde assuming office, as his predecessor P. Chidambaram moved to the Finance Ministry writes C. Uday Bhaskar

Osama may be dead, but not his anti-West sentiment

It is high time the West realised that one can kill Osama bin Laden, but even the best of bombs cannot kill the anti-West sentiment triggered and then fueled by the Al-Qaeda leader. Why? Simply because drones can kill only people, not their beliefs, which may be right or wrong. But yes, their beliefs can certainly be changed, writes Ravi Khanna

China’s maritime assertiveness: Implications for India

The dispute between China and some of its Southeast Asian neighbours over the ownership of small island territories in the South China Sea (SCS) took a new turn over the last fortnight, with Beijing exuding a very visible politico-diplomatic and military assertiveness. This proactive posture has implications for the regional ASEAN/East Asian ambience writes Uday Bhaskar

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