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Afsan Chowdhury

Afsan Chowdhury

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In Myanmar Suu Kyi and the West loses the round

The ousting of Aung San Suu Kyi by the military soon after she won an election hand down, has met with dismay in many countries particularly in the We...

What do Biden's win and Trump's loss mean for India and So...

In a bizarre election, worthy of the best and the worst, Joe Biden won more votes and electoral votes than Donald Trump to be home and dry. It's not e...

India’s anxiety over Bangladesh’s GDP growth

Victoria Station in Mumbai -- the financial hub of India  This isn't exactly the best of time for India. This is largely due to COVID-19 p...

US needs “enemies” for survival: Prof. Cheng

Prof. Cheng Xizhong South Asian Monitor talked extensively to Prof. Cheng Xizhong of Southwest University of Political Science and Law who is one...

Rape in time of Corona

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Rape in time of Corona

Recent incidences of rape have created great social turmoil in Bangladesh. Social media, the carrier of public opinion these days, is exploding with...

Bangladesh: Turning strategic weakness into strength

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina talks to US President  Donald Trump at a launch hosted by UN Secretary General António Guterre...

Reality check shows case for new South Asian organization...

A view of famous saint Shah Rukhne Alam shrine in Multan, Pakistan. The shrine is considered to be the earliest example of Tughluq archi...

Killing of Maj Sinha reveals a major systemic malaise

OC Pradeep Kumar Das and two others are being taken from the Cox's Bazar central jail for interrogation in the Sinha killing case  The kil...

Shringla's airdash: Did Bangladesh put its cards on the ta...

It was one of the mysterious visits to Dhaka by an Indian official. Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla air dashed and flew back after a...

China’s navy drills in 4 regions show ability to counter U...

China is conducting military drills almost simultaneously in four sea regions, a rare move possibly designed to signal its readiness to handle confron...

How the death of a star reveals the collective psyche of S...

The suicide of a film star in India has caused a stir all over South Asia. Sushant Singh Rajput was a mid-level aspirant for stardom in Bollywood. But...

India’s outdated perceptions about Bangladesh prove to be...

Bangladesh is in an unusual situation in South Asia. The latest addition to the comity of states in the region, it shares borders with two different...

In Bangladesh: Killing of ex-Army Maj exposes issues beyon...

Maj (retd) Sinha The cold blooded killing of Maj (Retd) Sinha Mohd. Rashed Khan by a section of the Cox's Bazar police brings home the reality of...

Shahed, Sabrina and Social Media

Bangladesh is alive and kicking on social media even as corona remains active in the country. The latest to engage the media is the Covid-related corr...

Covid, corruption and connection

Bangladesh isn't exactly a role model in the management of the corona crisis but it is throwing up excellent examples on how to fake test results and...

The proxy war: China is fighting the US on the Sino-Indian...

Western analysts continue to press home the point that the India of 2020 is not the India of 1962, and that it can fight China better now than it did...

Post-Galwan, India has never been so lonely in South Asia

South Asian scholars and analysts look upon the India-China conflict differently from those in the US. While Indians don’t exactly echo the US,...