Tag Archives: Bangladesh

Accepting Unity in Diversity

In Pakistan there is an unfortunate tendency to force uniformity on people in the mistaken attempt to create unity. This unfortunate idea has had a backlash on Pakistan before, in 1971 half of the country was lost because of the efforts of the central government to unify the nation in its early days by bringing about a uniform language and declaring Urdu the sole national language, etc.

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Bangladesh: A Case of Diminishing Oppositions

There are only seven seats that the opposition political parties won in Bangladesh's December 30 parliamentary elections, setting a trend of diminishing parliamentary opposition. Many analysts in the South Asian nation wonder who will play as the opposition in the new parliament?" 

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Hydro-Powering Peace in South Asia

Policymakers in South Asia should consider that while proximate environmental conflicts are the key impediments to region's hydro projects, environmental factors can also be instrumental in building lasting peace.

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Increasing Remittances

Remittances to South Asia are projected to increase by 13.5 % to US$ 132 billion in 2018, a stronger pace than the 5.7 % growth seen in 2017. The upsurge is not only due to robust economic conditions in advanced economies, but the increase in oil prices increasing outflows from some GCC countries.

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Why is Bangladesh Silencing Political Dissent?

Former prime minister Khaleda Zia's trial lacked transparency and fairness. The court, many in Bangladesh believe, became a legal tool of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to silence, banish and physically remove her political opponents.

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Bangladesh Can Get Something Out of This Mess

Both China and India should wake up and take Bangladesh a little more seriously, says one analyst.

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Bangladesh: What Strategic Defense Looks Like

Bangladesh should be more interested in allying with the West for political, economic, and military assistance rather than narrow visions of the line of credit which benefits the creditor over the debtor.

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Floods Catch Bangladesh Unprepared

Bangladesh, lauded for disaster preparedness, reels as dozens of deaths occur in “non-flood prone” areas.

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Is India Restaging ‘Sikkim Saga’ in Bangladesh?

Without naming India, Begum Zia said some foreign powers were trying to weaken Bangladesh that was making steady economic progress. “We liberated Bangladesh in 1971 when we were about 80 million people. Now we are about 160 to 170 million, and we are united. We don’t need assistance of anyone.”  She added, “we want to make it explicitly clear that we …

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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?

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