Tag Archives: Bangladesh

Bangladesh: Part-time Peacekeepers

The Bangladesh Army’s record in the Chittagong Hill Tracts belies its prominence in UN peacekeeping missions.

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Cricket: ICC Continues Crusade of Isolating Associates

The ICC have announced that the 2019 World Cup would be reduced to ten teams, with the door for associate teams gaining qualification all but shut. Cricket cannot call itself a world sport, and on this basis it cannot even pretend that it is hosting a World Cup.

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Pakistan: Beyond Irking Bangladesh

Outsiders are perplexed over the rhetorical commitment of Pakistani leaders to ‘fight terrorism of all shades’ and lofty claims on strategies to deal with them. The country needs friends and supporters on world stage. But its interior minister is wasting no opportunity to offend others, the latest being Bangladesh.

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Shrinking Population of South Asia’s Bengal Tigers

The present Bengal tiger population in the world is around 9,000. Only at the turn of the 20th century was their number about 100,000. Of them, 40,000 probably used to live in the South Asian subcontinent. The condition of the other subspecies of tigers, from the viewpoint of their numbers, is much more miserable.

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A View from Bangladesh: Crossing the Line

Some Bangladeshi analysts are criticizing Dhaka’s decision to let India transship essential goods to Indian state of Tripura, including food grains, via Bangladesh without duties under the river protocol between the two countries, but is getting nothing in return.

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On Pakistani Dramas and the Bangladeshi Mind

Pakistani television drama serial “Zindagi Gulzar Hai” became an instant hit amongst South Asian communities in North America. Never before had there been a TV series — South Asian in origin and made outside of India — so hugely popular amongst so many diverse South Asian communities. And yet, watching the serial making a mark on its viewers made me cynical, says one Bangladeshi analyst.

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‘History Wars’ Set Ablaze Again in India

Controversial school books present an extremely contentious view of Indian history rooted in the ideology of Hindutva, the Hindu nationalist political movement — and sometimes propagate pure fantasy

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Regional Distrust Fueling Water Conflicts in South Asia

Lack of a domestic vision for water in South Asia reinforces the zero-sum nature of international water disputes. India’s neighbors hold overwhelmingly negative views of New Delhi. But the election of the first single-party government for 30 years gives India an opportunity both for more coherent policy towards water and to explore opportunities for mutually-beneficial approaches to water with its smaller neighbors.

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British by Birth, Shackled by Custom

When the notion of arranged marriage is firmly embedded in the psyche of the Asian communities, how can outlooks be revamped? The fear which haunts the South Asian communities is that unless a young girl born in the UK is married to someone from back home, she will eventually leave the cultural confines and become “Westernized.”

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Toxic Poultry Feed Threatens Bangladesh’s Poor

Cheap poultry is an important part of the diet in food insecure Bangladesh. It accounts for 75 percent of the national demand for meat. But poultry feed produced from the country’s notoriously filthy tanneries industry scraps may be putting the health of millions throughout the country at risk.

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