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VOICES

 |  9-minute read
Mamata Banerjee, Taslima Nasreen, India, Bangladesh

Taslima Nasreen: 'If you're truly secular, encourage Muslim women not to wear burqa and introduce a universal civil code. Discard personal laws based on religion'

Taslima Nasreen, noted Bangladeshi author living in exile in India, spoke with Rohit E David on freedom of speech, the Muslim community, Narendra Modi, Mamata Banerjee, Asaduddin Owaisi and who's challenging radical jihadis.

POLITICS

 |  Aage Se Right  |  6-minute read
Bangladeshi illegal immigrants, Bangladesh, Immigration, NRC

Time for NRC in Bengal: Illegal Bangladeshi immigrants are pouring into India from porous Bengal borders, endangering natives and their property

Illegal infiltration from Bangladesh into West Bengal has only multiplied over the years. Today, jihadi elements have also entered the routes. It's time for India to put our own security first.

ART & CULTURE

 |  3-minute read
Library, Bangladesh, Polan sarkar, Books

A bringer of light: In an age of Internet book challenges, why we must remember a modest Bangladeshi man

For 30 years, Polan Sarkar remained the 'walking library' for villagers who had to drop out of school for financial reasons. But who could read books, thanks to Polan.

POLITICS

 |  5-minute read
Bangladesh, Pulwama terrorist attack, Indira Gandhi, 1971 Indo-Pak war

When India brought Pakistan to its knees: How the 1971 war was fought and won

As TV studios drum up hysteria today, a look-back at how a decisive victory was executed in saner times by a PM who exemplified calm under fire.

POLITICS

 |  3-minute read
ISI, Awami League, Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina needs to be tough as nails in running a government fraught with internal and external challenges

Despite the absence of strong, credible opposition in Bangladesh’s new parliament, Sheikh Hasina cannot afford to let her guards down after being sworn in as the prime minister for the third consecutive time.

POLITICS

 |  5-minute read
Sheikh Hasina, Elections, Parliamentary polls, Bangladesh

Fans, Foes, Fundamentalists: How Bangladesh's polity is shaping up after the Parliamentary polls

More powerful than ever before, PM Sheikh Hasina is working overtime to achieve her election objectives. But her dalliances with Islamist parties remain a matter of concern.

POLITICS

 |  4-minute read
Pakistan, ISI, LeT, Arsa

Bangladesh Parliamentary polls: Resounding victory for Sheikh Hasina. But what next ?

Her triumph has also trounced any plans from Pakistan to create instability. But her real victory will be only when she addresses the challenges that lie ahead.

POLITICS

 |  4-minute read
Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar, Radicalisation, Bangladesh

Why Rohingyas continue to dominate headlines

Security analysts reckon that most of the Rohingya refugees are vulnerable to radicalisation.

POLITICS

 |  6-minute read
Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan

Diwali lights, and some dark, across South Asia

Outside India, Diwali is celebrated with joy in Nepal and Bhutan. But in Pakistan and Bangladesh, ironically once part of India itself, the glow of Diwali is much dimmer.

POLITICS

 |  5-minute read
Bangladesh nationalist party, Khaleda Zia, Sheikh Hasina, General elections

Why Bangladesh is witnessing hectic politicking ahead of coming elections

Political developments in Bangladesh will gain more momentum in the next couple of months raising the political temperature to a fever pitch.