Tag Archives: Bangladesh

South Asia’s Free Speech Conundrum

In a region where illiteracy is still widespread and internet usage is small but rapidly increasing, there is a growing need for education about how images and data can be manipulated to incite hatred, and a need to build public knowledge in understanding the malicious intent behind these actions.

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Breaking Bangladesh’s Dynastic Conundrum

For the first time in three decades, an opportunity exists in Bangladesh for a new challenger of genuine merit and capacity to step into the ring and stake his or her claim, ending the outsized political presence of Sheikh Hasina Wajid and Khaleda Zia.

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Bangladesh: The Tyranny of the Majority

A disease in democracy has entered Bangladesh’s politics, and unless the root of the disease is addressed, things will remain unstable in the South Asian nation.

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Pakistani and Bangladeshi Perspectives on 1971 War

December 16 is celebrated as victory day in Bangladesh and mourned as Dhaka debacle in Pakistan. The two nations have remained trapped in narratives of their common history. These differing, and largely hostile narratives remain the main hurdle in mending the uneasy relations between the two countries. Here are glimpses from the histories preserved and propagated by the two sides.

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A View from Bangladesh: A Moderate Message

From Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan to Bangladesh and Indonesia in the east, a network of Arab charities is funding militancy and mayhem to coerce Muslims of diverse traditions to conform to the Salafi and Wahabi traditions. Bangladesh needs to be steered away from becoming a Pakistan or an Afghanistan, says one Bangladeshi analyst.

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Shrinking Rivers Reshape Rituals in Bangladesh

An entire way of life in riverine Bangladesh is changing with communities adapting their lives and religious rituals due to irregular water flow and drying rivers,

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SAARC’s Make or Break Moment

The game of one-upmanship by India and Pakistan, the two leading countries of SAARC, is likely to do immense harm to the cause of the poverty-ridden South Asian region, where concerted efforts at regional cooperation could be crucial in shaping its future development.

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Bangladesh’s Rohingya Camps — Promise or Peril?

Bangladesh's decision to move two camps housing some 30,000 Rohingya refugees has heightened anxieties among the Muslim minority, who fled persecution in neighboring Myanmar. Details of Dhaka’s plans remain murky and distrust high as resident Rohingyas have faced decades of ill-treatment in Bangladesh.

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View from India: Saarc Without a Backbone

Saarc declarations have made considerable progress on a range of issues, from trade and connectivity to ecology. But these declarations only serve to highlight that Saarc has near zero credibility.

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South Asia’s States of Denial

Increasing militarization of South Asia’s conflict zones has led to severe human-rights violations. From the extraordinary denial of the universal right to life, to citizen security and justice, the empirical realities of South Asia point to a systemic crisis, in which a situation akin to martial law exists within these conflict zones, without the government-in-question needing to declare it as such.

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