Hasina’s return is a positive development for India's security

Bilateral engagement between Bangladesh and India has vastly expanded in recent years. At the top leadership level, there have been 10 meetings between Modi and Hasina, six video conferences and five telephonic calls in the almost five years, writes Rupak Bhattacharjee for South Asia Monitor

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India’s higher education challenge: An opportunity for Australia

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Why Bangladesh's female labour force shuns the hijab

For the first time in Bangladesh’s history, women have become a massive work force driving the economy. These women have been vilified and anathematised by Islamist groups who brand them as ‘ruined girls’. But the devout forget that behind the prosperity of today’s Bangladesh, these women play a tectonic role, writes Rahad Abir for South Asia Monitor.

The complicated India-Pakistan dynamic : Can it build on the Kartarpur hope ?

Even if  Kartarpur  remains a stand-alone religious initiative, this visit  marks  the first by  Indian  central government ministers  to Pakistan since 2016 and is  imbued with complex and contradictory  symbolism, writes C Uday Bhaskar for South Asia Monitor.  

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Air pollution battle in India needs a sense of urgency

If India takes the top place in GDP growth globally, why we have such lower targets in meeting air quality over five years, particularly considering the fact that it is the 65 percent of India’s young population would be the main victims of the worsening air quality, writes Rajendra Shende for South Asia Monitor . 


Bangladesh, ADB sign deal for rural road network

 The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Bangladeshi government have signed an agreement for $200 million in loans to improve the rural road network in Bangladesh.