A short history of a big deal

Analysis of agenda of the visit by PM Sheikh Hasina to India.

As Sheikh Hasina gears up to visit India, here’s what’s on the table between India and Bangladesh

With Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visiting India from April 7, 17 agreements and bilateral MoUs have been finalised. Almost two years into Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s historic visit to Dhaka, it is time to reflect on the progress made and issues yet to be resolved. In the last five years, trade between the two… Read More

Progress made and potentials unexplored

During the war of liberation of Bangladesh, a Canadian parliamentary delegation was sent to India to witness the plight of Bangladeshis fleeing the war-torn country in 1971. The situation of the refugees and their number were reported to the government of late Canadian Premier Pierre Trudeau, which led to increased financial assistance and humanitarian support… Read More

Policies for equal access to work

“We must work together to ensure the equitable distribution of wealth, opportunity, and power in our society.” – Nelson Mandela, State of the Nation Address, Parliament, Cape Town, South Africa, February 9, 1996.  The statement above holds true for all countries irrespective of economic conditions or political system. At the Davos forum this January, Oxfam… Read More

We have come a long way

Poverty is a multidimensional crisis encompassing social, economic and political components. In the last two decades, Bangladesh has shown tremendous progress in both absolute and social poverty alleviation. According to Asian Development Bank’s Country Partnership Strategy, population below poverty line almost halved from 56.6 million in 1990 to 23.6 million in 2016. In the process,… Read More

Climate change and food security

Bangladesh is among the most precarious and unpredictable countries due to climate risks (Bangladesh Country Study, 2013). It is regularly stricken by annual flooding, or shortage of water during dry seasons; it frequently suffers from cyclones, storm surges, along with changing groundwater aquifer situations. Most of the land mass comprises of floodplains, and up to… Read More

ASEAN and the Rohingya Crisis

DHAKA – The worsening plight of Muslim Rohingya communities in Myanmar’s Rakhine state could soon imperil the country’s government, as well as the reputation of its leader, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. The crisis has been escalating since last October, when Myanmar’s military launched an offensive in which 130 Rohingya… Read More

Speak up for the Rohingyas

How India responds to the crisis will give a clue to its aspirations as a South Asian power As a response to protests in East and South Asia and beyond over the deteriorating Rohingya situation in Rakhine, Myanmar called for a special meeting with Foreign Ministers of ASEAN last Monday in Yangon. The crisis has… Read More

A wrong turn with the Rohingyas

Myanmar’s de facto ruler Aung San Suu Kyi has called for a special informal meeting with Foreign Ministers of ASEAN next Monday in Yangon to discuss international concerns over the state of the Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine. Since October 9, when soldiers poured into Rakhine, over 130 Rohingyas have been killed and dozens of buildings… Read More

A Trump-led US will need to wake up to the economic realities of a strong Asia

Mr. Syed Munir Khasru says US President-elect Donald Trump has to get over his populist rhetoric and realise that, in today’s globalised world, Asia is a mighty economic force In 1990, Asia’s share of world GDP in real terms was 23 per cent. This rose to 38.8 per cent in 2015 and is expected to… Read More