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  • Imran Khan and Pakistan’s Enduring Political Crisis

    While Imran Khan’s efforts to build legitimacy around his ‘personality’ as a religious person and a crusader against corruption do not seem to have convinced many people, his government’s inability to bring the much-promised tabdeeli (‘change’) to Pakistan is beginning to hurt him politically.

    January 04, 2021

    Remembering Bangladesh’s Liberation War

    India and Bangladesh fought together “in the defence of human liberty”, in the words of Sheikh Mujib ur Rahman, to liberate Bangladesh, fifty momentous years ago.

    December 16, 2020

    Hefajat-e-Islami and the Politics of Islamism in Bangladesh

    The street power of the ulema groups in Bangladesh is pushing the government to further Islamise the social sphere, which will pave the way for the ultimate political success of the Islamists.

    December 11, 2020

    Can India be the Next Global Manufacturing Hub?

    The COVID-19 pandemic, which has revealed the inherent weaknesses in the existing global supply chain and risks of over-reliance on China’s manufacturing industry, presents new opportunities for India to rethink its industrial strategy, especially policies concerning the growth of its manufacturing sector.

    November 13, 2020

    Need For a Proactive Policy Towards Bangladesh

    Given the assertive foreign policy followed by China and the desperation of Pakistan after the abolition of Article 370, India has to follow a proactive foreign policy. It is only India’s proactiveness that can keep both China and Pakistan in check in Bangladesh.

    September 18, 2020

    Sri Lanka Headed for Elections: Democracy in Distress?

    The growing assertion of presidential executive powers in the absence of parliament poses a critical challenge to functioning democracy in Sri Lanka.

    July 17, 2020

    Pakistan’s CPEC Obsession: Boon or Bane?

    While the ruling elite including army in Pakistan considers CPEC a boon, many analysts view it as a Chinese game-plan to turn Pakistan into a permanent colony, a rentier-cum-client state.

    June 30, 2020

    Time to Leverage the Strategic Potential of Andaman & Nicobar Islands

    A focused development plan for the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, which provide India with a commanding geostrategic presence in the Bay of Bengal and access to South and Southeast Asia, could greatly enhance the country’s geopolitical leverage in the Indian Ocean Region.

    June 26, 2020

    Dichotomies in Pakistan’s Approach Towards Pakistan-occupied Kashmir

    Pakistan has not allowed a genuine democratic system of governance to emerge in PoK, as it interferes with its pursuit of absolute control over the occupied territories.

    June 26, 2020

    Pashtun Tahafuz Movement Compounds Pakistan’s Worries

    The Pakistan state has clearly failed to suppress the voice of the Pashtuns in the face of their indomitable courage to fight for their rights, and as they say, within the confines of the Pakistan Constitution.

    June 18, 2020

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