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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2040

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New leadership in Dhaka

By Christopher Giddings

For past several years, one of the top topics of Dhaka’s political arena is new generation leadership, which should ultimately take over the responsibilities of policy making. Keeping this target at the front, both the major political parties, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and Awami League (AL) are searching for young leaders inside. AL leader Sheikh Hasina already expressed willingness of bringing her only son Sajib Wajed Joy in the party politics.

Pawn in power politics: Star-crossed Telengana

By G.S.Bhargava : (Syndicate Features

Failure to redeem the promise to carve a separate Telengana State out of incumbent Andhra Pradesh sticks out like a sore thumb in the two-year record of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. It figured in the Common Minimum Programme (CMP) of the ruling alliance and was included in the President’s address to the joint session of Parliament marking the Government’s assumption of office. That was on June 7, 2004, a fortnight less than the ongoing two- year celebration.

Siachen Strategically More Important Than Kashmir

There are few takers for the line that India, by giving in on Siachen, can earn Pakistan’s goodwill or even dictate terms on Kashmir, says the author who visited the glacier even as the Pakistan was pounding the Bilafond La post in September 1987. The attack was executed by Special Services Group led by then Brigade Commander Pervez Musharraf. Will he give in now, asks the Mumbai based author

Those shameless corrupts in Bangladesh:

By Sunita Paul

One of my Bengali friends in San Diego called this evening to tell me that, Dhaka’s two major vernacular dailies have published news items on my commentary titled ‘Election 2007 in Bangladesh: Doubts and Speculations’ in Asian Tribune on 3rd June. One of them published certain chosen excerpts of the commentary and then spoke to Prime Minister’s son Tareq Rahman’s friend Giasuddin Al-Mamun, who is already a hated name in the country. When the newspaper reporter drew Mamun’s attention to the facts that in my commentary I mentioned about his massive corruption and becoming a billionaire from a pauper in true sense, he (Mamun) termed it as “an international conspiracy”.

Islamists Set Sights on Bangladesh

By Dr. Richard L. Benkin

News coming out of Bangladesh should not hearten those people looking to frustrate Islamist designs in South Asia. In the wake of last month’s violence, Bangladeshi remain tied to their paroxysms of denial, ignoring significant moves by Islamists who are pursuing their goals with a monomaniacal dedication. During two days of rioting, beginning with textile workers, caused well over 100 casualties and perhaps a dozen fatalities. Several factories were destroyed; many more temporarily put out of action. When police were unable to quell the disturbances, the government called out the paramilitary Bangladesh Rifles who did the trick. Foreigners relying on the Dhaka media for good information, however, found wildly varying reports, each written from the particular paper’s bias.

A Political Solution – Impossible and Unavoidable

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

The Tigers have their uses. So long as they hog the agenda and the limelight, there is really no need for the rest of us to confront the labyrinthine issue of a political solution. For years, whether making war or talking peace, the LTTE managed to make the world revolve round itself. Consequently one’s stand on the LTTE became the determinant factor in deciding where one is at politically. More pertinently the concerns of the Tamils got subsumed in the maelstrom of this Tiger dance. The recent international developments, particularly the new stand of the EU, indicate that this Tiger centrism is about to end. The LTTE will remain a key factor, but no longer the whole picture.

Getting the message

By Dayan Jayatilleka

History shows that peace is not always better than war, and a low intensity war is not always preferable to a decisive, all out one. However in our specific conditions, it is better to prevent a full-scale war. And it is imperative that we face such a war (if it is imposed upon us) later rather than sooner and with the world on our side rather than against us or adopting a neutral posture. The Government of Sri Lanka is right to send a delegation to Oslo, under its exceedingly able head of the Peace Secretariat Dr Palitha Kohona ( who is doing a much better job than his distinguished predecessor was permitted to by the then president, with her Tiger-related advisors) for the June 8-9 talks on strengthening the monitoring dimension.

Sri Lanka will remain a paradise- LOST

Donald Jayantha Gnanakone , a Sri Lankan Tamil, now resides in Los Angeles, USA writes in response to an article written by Rohana Gunaratne, one of the readers of the Asian Tribune as “Sri Lanka will remain a paradise- LOST. Rohan Gunaratna's article is totally misleading and inaccurate. It is nothing but wishful thinking of the Singhalese and the West. However, it is ideal for the readership of Asia Tribune wrote Jayantha Gnanakone.

One step forward two steps backward

By Sarla Handoo - Syndicate Features

Even as India and Pakistan strive to come closer, the impression they leave behind is clearly of one step forward and two steps backward movement. That is because when they appear to sort out issues one by one, some invisible hand appears on the horizon to stall the process, raising doubts about the very process of normalization, says the Delhi based author with roots in Kashmir.

US slams LTTE, mentions Tamil Homeland, Self-rule within Lanka

By Dayan Jayatilleka

The United States has, for the first time, clearly spelled out its stand on Sri Lanka’s ethnic question, and used the term ‘homeland’. The top US government official dealing with Sri Lanka, US Asst Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, Richard Boucher outlined US policy in two presentations in Colombo last week; one a press conference and the other a speech to the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM). Mr Boucher drew a sharp distinction between the Tigers and the Tamils; between not talking to the Tigers and addressing the legitimate demands and aspirations of the Tamil and Muslim people.

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