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Bangladesh govt needs to assuage sense of insecurity among minorities, says ISKCON
India

Bangladesh govt needs to assuage sense of insecurity among minorities, says ISKCON

There should be long-term steps to ensure that minorities, including Hindus, are not subjected to attacks, said ISKCON Kolkata vice president Radharamn Das. A 200-strong mob vandalised ISKCON temple in Dhaka on 17 March

Why India needs to reorient its Dhaka policy as China spreads its tentacles in Bangladesh
World

Why India needs to reorient its Dhaka policy as China spreads its tentacles in Bangladesh

Bangladesh has emerged as China’s second-largest procurer of arms. Also, it has signed a deal with Beijing for a maintenance and overhaul facility hub in Bangladesh for its FM-90 surface-to-air missile systems

Of war crimes and the Pakistan Army: Where is 1971’s Nuremberg?
World

Of war crimes and the Pakistan Army: Where is 1971’s Nuremberg?

Last year marked 50 years of India’s glorious victory in the 1971 war but the humanitarian cause that underpinned India’s war effort never found closure in the years that followed

Attack on Hindus not communal issue, but conspiracy, says Bangladesh home minister
India

Attack on Hindus not communal issue, but conspiracy, says Bangladesh home minister

Communal tensions have long simmered in Bangladesh, whose constitution designates Islam as the state religion but also upholds the principle of secularism.

Attack on Hindus: Is Jamaat rising again in Sheikh Hasina’s Bangladesh?
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Attack on Hindus: Is Jamaat rising again in Sheikh Hasina’s Bangladesh?

Sheikh Hasina does not want to do away with Islamism but she wants the attack dog to be on her leash, bite when she loosens it, and curl up when she tightens it again

16 people sentenced to death in Bangladesh for burning alive teenager; victim had accused teacher of sexual harassment
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16 people sentenced to death in Bangladesh for burning alive teenager; victim had accused teacher of sexual harassment

Sixteen people were sentenced to death Thursday for burning alive a Bangladeshi teenager who refused to withdraw sexual assault charges against her head teacher.

Sheikh Hasina meets Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi in Delhi; Congress chief to visit Bangladesh on 50th liberation anniversary
India

Sheikh Hasina meets Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi in Delhi; Congress chief to visit Bangladesh on 50th liberation anniversary

Sonia Gandhi on Sunday accepted Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina's invite to visit her country on its 50th anniversary of liberation.

Bangladesh court sentences nine to death, hands out life term to 25 others for attacking Sheikh Hasina 25 years ago
World

Bangladesh court sentences nine to death, hands out life term to 25 others for attacking Sheikh Hasina 25 years ago

A Bangladeshi court on Wednesday sentenced nine activists of a Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led alliance to death and 25 others to life in prison for attacking Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina 25 years ago. Hasina was leading a nationwide campaign by rail when her coach came under attack upon arriving in Pabna's Ishwardy on 23 September, 1994. Hasina survived the assault carried out during BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's first term as prime minister.

India's foreign policy for next 5 years: Expanding bilateral ties with Bangladesh vital for New Delhi's 'Act East' targets
World

India's foreign policy for next 5 years: Expanding bilateral ties with Bangladesh vital for New Delhi's 'Act East' targets

The biggest threat to ties between New Delhi and Dhaka isn't Beijing. Bangladesh has thus far managed an admirable balance between India and China, without giving either country the cold shoulder.

Despite thumping electoral win, Sheikh Hasina must guard against complacency and autocratic impulses
World

Despite thumping electoral win, Sheikh Hasina must guard against complacency and autocratic impulses

Bangladesh's ruling Awami League returned to power for a third consecutive term. Sheikh Hasina is all set to become the Prime Minister of Bangladesh for the fourth time

Sheikh Hasina's return as Bangladesh PM augurs well for India unless she decides to use China card to get the best deal
India

Sheikh Hasina's return as Bangladesh PM augurs well for India unless she decides to use China card to get the best deal

Sheikh Hasina's hat-trick shows that the leader has no lack of shrewdness or intelligence. Certainly, she's not going to annoy New Delhi who sits just across her borders. Quite understandably, she could also use the China card to get the best deal for herself.

'BNP lost because of its pro-Pakistan, anti-Liberation stance,' says Mesbah Kamal, Dalit rights activist in Bangladesh
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'BNP lost because of its pro-Pakistan, anti-Liberation stance,' says Mesbah Kamal, Dalit rights activist in Bangladesh

Mesbah Kamal, Dalit rights activist and professor of history, Dhaka University, talks about why Sheikh Hasina's Awami League alliance return to power for a third consecutive term and the significance of Bangladesh’s 11th parliamentary elections

Bangladesh newspapers express dissatisfaction on polling process but sound note of hope for future with Sheikh Hasina at helm
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Bangladesh newspapers express dissatisfaction on polling process but sound note of hope for future with Sheikh Hasina at helm

The op-ed sections in Bangladesh newspapers and news websites expressed mixed feelings towards the polling process on Monday expressing dissatisfactions at the polls, but at the same time remaining hopeful of a better future under Sheikh Hasina

Sheikh Hasina is Bangladesh PM as Awami League secures 4th consecutive term with landslide win; Opposition calls victory 'farcical'
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Sheikh Hasina is Bangladesh PM as Awami League secures 4th consecutive term with landslide win; Opposition calls victory 'farcical'

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has secured a fourth term with a landslide victory in polls the opposition slammed as "farcical" over claims of vote-rigging, and clashes between rival supporters that killed at least 17 people.

Bangladesh election: Sheikh Hasina's Awami League heads for landslide win; Opposition alleges vote-rigging
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Bangladesh election: Sheikh Hasina's Awami League heads for landslide win; Opposition alleges vote-rigging

Hasina's ruling Awami League party crossed the 151 seats required to form a majority government in Bangladesh, according to local TV station Channel 24.

Bangladesh election: Voting ends as per schedule; 13 killed in violence, Sheikh Hasina says she is 'confident of victory'
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Bangladesh election: Voting ends as per schedule; 13 killed in violence, Sheikh Hasina says she is 'confident of victory'

While Hasina is seeking re-election for a fourth term as the prime minister, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chief Khalida Zia faces an uncertain future.

Bangladesh to elect new govt tomorrow: 6 lakh security personnel deployed, vehicular movement to be restricted during polling
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Bangladesh to elect new govt tomorrow: 6 lakh security personnel deployed, vehicular movement to be restricted during polling

Clashes have gripped Bangladesh, a Muslim majority country of 165 million, in the run-up to the polls. Thirteen people have been killed and thousands injured in skirmishes between supporters of Hasina's ruling Awami League and activists of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).

Two faces of Sheikh Hasina and political alternatives to BNP and Awami League in Bangladesh
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Two faces of Sheikh Hasina and political alternatives to BNP and Awami League in Bangladesh

In between some military-ruled governments, Bangladesh has been run since Independence by only two political parties: Either by the Centre-Left leaning Awami League or the Centre-Right Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)

Bangladesh elections: Campaigning ends tomorrow; Sheikh Hasina seeks third term, Opposition says there is atmosphere of fear
World

Bangladesh elections: Campaigning ends tomorrow; Sheikh Hasina seeks third term, Opposition says there is atmosphere of fear

Campaigning ends on Friday for Bangladesh's general election on 30 December with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Awami League seeking a third straight term.

BNP is Bangladesh’s BJP, Hindus have no option but to vote for the Awami League, says civil society leader Rana Dasgupta
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BNP is Bangladesh’s BJP, Hindus have no option but to vote for the Awami League, says civil society leader Rana Dasgupta

Whenever Bangladesh prepares to vote in its parliamentary elections — as it will once more on 30 December, its religious minorities slip into acute anxiety and fear