May 30, 2017

India’s Food Disaster Waiting to Happen

Female farmers carry crops on one of the only two roads leading to Kushumhi village in Uttar Pradesh state. India has one of the highest incidence of hunger in the world. (Photo courtesy Gates Foundation)

UPA2 regime’s flagship program on the ‘right to food’ is slated to create more problems than it will solve, once it kicks off across the country. A creaky public distribution system and the weak economy will not be able to sustain the scheme In 2009, the UPA2 Government led by the Indian National Congress promised this country pro-people policies — ... Read More »

Pakistani, Afghan Media Doubt Baradar’s Impact on Peace

(Photo via Afghanistan Times)

The release of former Taliban second-in-command Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar by Pakistan may have heightened the expectations of peace in Islamabad and Kabul. But the news media in the two countries is showing more skepticism than optimism. Pakistan released the Mullah, in his 40s, on Saturday, September 21, on the eve of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to the United ... Read More »

Bangladesh’s Secret Weapon Against Extremism

UN Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women walk in Dhaka, organized by BIWTC Workers Union . (Photo by International Transport Workers Federation)

Since the late 1990s, Bangladesh has witnessed an increase in militancy and violent extremism that has exposed women to greater threats than before. Such kinds of extremism prevent women from being emancipated economically and socially. In Bangladesh, a number of Islamist extremist groups believe women should not have a prominent role in society. Earlier this year, Hefazat (-e-Islam, a radical ... Read More »

Pakistan: And Extremism Spread, Not That Silently!

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  Film: Khamosh Pani (Silent Waters) Genre: Drama Written and directed by Sabiha Sumar This film is set in a Pakistani village, which is shown as a microcosm of the pangs of separation that Sikh families had to bear when India was divided in 1947 to create Pakistan as a separate Muslim country in South Asia. This is also the ... Read More »

Pakistan’s Fight Against Taliban: Ambivalence Rules

Funeral prayer of  Maj Gen Sanaullah Khan is being held in rawalpindi on September 15. General Sanaullah was the second general of Pakistan Army to have lost his life in the war against Taliban. (Photo via Inter Services Public Relations, pakistan)

In a remote rugged mountainous region in Pakistan’s northwest, a bomb killed a senior army general on September 15 while he was returning from a visit to military posts on the frontier with Afghanistan. Two other soldiers were also killed in the bombing. Pakistani Taliban militants claimed responsibility for the attack. Days before the attack, Pakistan’s central government had announced a ... Read More »

Getting Grip on Poverty in Bhutan

Drukgyal Dzong was a fortress and monastery in the Paro valley in Bhutan built around 1650, but has been in ruins since a fire in 1951. (Photo by Simon Pascoe, Creative Commons License)

The new government will be addressing poverty in Bhutan with a different and a broader approach. This is a welcome initiative given that poverty reduction has been the central theme for the last many years and yet we still have a significant number of people under the poverty line. Going by the 11th Plan report presented in the National Assembly, ... Read More »

Afghanistan’s Evolving Election Scenario

Two dispensable men: Afghanistan's Hamid Karzai and Pakistan's Pervez Musharraf at a World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, January 24, 2008. (Photo by World Economic Forum)

Nominations for the Afghan presidency opened on September 16, 2013 and with this milestone the country formally entered the pre-election period. Over the next seven months Afghanistan will be turned into one great reality TV show, watched by the world, while the candidates practice our unique brand of politics. In the run up to nominations, the alternating announcements of electoral ... Read More »

Myanmar’s Stateless Rohingyas

The Rohingyas are a persecuted ethnic and religious minority from Myanmar, and the groups in Cox's Bazar fled that persecution in 1991 to live in Bangladesh. (Photo courtesy by Austcare - World Humanitarian Aid)

Every human being has the right to live in his birthplace irrespective of religion, color and race. But in case of Rohingyas in Myanmar, it is different and difficult. Rohingyas ( an ethnic group who practice Islam and speak Rohingya) have been living in the state of Arakan in Myanmar since the 8th century, but have not been recognized as citizens. After decades of oppression ... Read More »

Sri Lanka’s Vertical Theory of Democracy

A view of an election rally of the ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) in North Western Province's Kurunegala District on September 17, 2013. (Photo via President Mahinda Rajapaksa's office)

I feel we are living in a vertical democracy. As the President of the country stated, we do have elections on a regular basis. We are governed by a Constitution, which establishes democratic institutions of governance. One can check the boxes: Sri Lanka has an Executive, Parliament, a Judiciary, and universal franchise is an age-old tradition in the country. This ... Read More »

De-Weaponizing Pakistan’s Most Violent City

According to Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, a total of 1,726 people were killed in the first six months of 2013. (ViewsWeek photo)

The paramilitary Rangers “targeted operation” to restore peace to Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi under the direction of the provincial Sindh government commenced on a low-key basis, a number of ‘suspects’ taken into custody and some arms and ammunition seized. It remains to be seen whether putting the operation into high gear will make an improvement, the lawlessness continues as ... Read More »