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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Sea firing: Innocent fisherfolk need protection

The near-simultaneous emergence of maritime terrorism and the revival of piracy have added a new dimension to the existing hazards that have traditionally confronted those who choose a seafaring life, and innocent fisherfolk have now been added to the list of victims writes Adm. Arun Prakash  

US makes a Faustian bargain with Pakistan's 'deep state'

The US has made a Faustian bargain with the Pakistan military and, notwithstanding the enormity of the Osama bin Laden episode which demonstrated beyond doubt the duplicity of Rawalpindi apropos terrorism, the US has chosen to accept this contradiction as it did with the A.Q. Khan revelations writes C. Uday Bhaskar

Pakistan’s blasphemy law and persection

Persecution of minorities, religious dissenters and free-thinkers is the rule rather than the exception in all Islamic states – Iran and Saudi Arabia and the Taliban regime (1996-2001) of Afghanistan being cases in point in recent times. In Pakistan a substantive legal for discrimination of religious minorities was sanctioned in 1974 when the Pakistan National Assembly declared the Ahmadiyya community non-Muslim writes Ishtiaq Ahmed

Travels and Travails of Daw Suu Kyi

Buddha, Nehru and Ravi Shankar were on Aung San Suu Kyi’s mind as she articulated her thoughts on the world stage, during her recent travels.  Her first foreign tour in 24 years, which took her to Thailand and then to five countries in western Europe, has helped us get a clearer glimpse of her as a person and public figure writes Rajiv Bhatia

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