South Asia

April, 2017

  • 5 April

    View from Bangladesh: No Military Pact With India

    A military alliance with India in the context of current geopolitical alignment would be a disaster and will carry the potential of Bangladesh becoming a victim of ‘crossfire’ in the current big-power rivalries, argues one Bangladeshi analyst.

  • 5 April

    View from India: Has Pakistan Walked into a Saudi Trap?

    Pakistan shouldn’t burn its fingers by joining an alliance that didn’t include Iran. Walking into the Saudi trap would be suicidal for Pakistan, pundits had warned Nawaz Sharif government. But Islamabad just did that.

  • 4 April

    Bury the Past, Not the Future

    Pakistan and Bangladesh must assiduously try to work toward true reconciliation by facing down the demons of the past, forgive each other for the excesses from either side and set aside the lingering acrimony and bitterness.

  • 2 April

    Pakistan Ranked Happiest Country in South Asia

    Pakistan is ranked as the happiest country in South Asia. Israel in Middle East, Uzbekistan in Central Asia, Costa Rica in Central and South America and Algeria in Africa are ranked happiest countries in their respective regions in the 2017 World Happiness Report.

March, 2017

  • 24 March

    Revisiting Operation ‘Searchlight’

    Militarily “Operation Searchlight” was necessary as a pre-emptive strike. That an outstanding military success would end in a horrible human catastrophe and an unmitigated political disaster was also inevitable. Has anyone really been held accountable in Pakistan?

  • 22 March

    View from India: Way to Get Back on Board

    It may need both diplomacy and a push from Afghanistan and Central Asia to once again align the lines between India and China, if New Delhi and Beijing wish to ensure that the success they shared via the old Silk Route is given another chance.

  • 21 March

    Bangladesh: ‘Suicidal Deals with India Unacceptable’

    The approaching visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in April 7-10 to India, the worries are more in Bangladesh, the apprehension that she might be intimidated to give in to India’s interest at the cost of that of Bangladesh.

  • 21 March

    Flowing in the Right Direction

    Bangladesh has achieved significant development in terms of water security, but it has a lot more to do.

  • 19 March

    War in Perpetuity

    By any metric, the three-pronged American campaign in Afghanistan — nation-building, fighting against the Taliban and curbing the illicit drug commerce — has not yielded tangible results. But the amount spent on the mission is simply staggering: $1 trillion and counting. The reconciliation drive is a track that has lamentably gone cold and deserves the best possible shot, argues one Pakistani analyst.

  • 19 March

    The Deep State

    The influence of the “deep state” must be minimized, otherwise the State cannot provide services, administer justice, maintain law and order and bring about economic prosperity that our people desperately need, writes Ikram Sehgal.