The problematic Indo-Bangladesh relationship: A re-appraisal — Part II

October 18, 2013
Taj Hashmi
The problematic Indo-Bangladesh relationship: A re-appraisal — Part II

The Cold War impacted the Indo-Bangladesh relations in the post-Mujib era
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The problematic Indo-Bangladesh relationship: A re-appraisal

October 17, 2013
Taj Hashmi
The problematic Indo-Bangladesh relationship: A re-appraisal

Overview India has never been in good terms with its immediate neighbours
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Clash of interests and hegemonies, not ‘Clash of Civilizations’

September 29, 2012
Taj Hashmi
Clash of interests and hegemonies, not ‘Clash of Civilizations’

Islamophobic and renowned British-American historian of Islam and Middle East, Professor Bernard Lewis
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American militarism and its short- and long-term implications

September 21, 2012
Taj Hashmi
American militarism and its short- and long-term implications

“Truth is treason in the empire of lies …. There is an alternative to national bankruptcy, a bigger police state, trillion-dollar wars, and a government that draws ever more parasitically on the productive energies of the American people.”
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America’s Iran obsession: Is it all about Israel?

September 15, 2012
Taj Hashmi
America’s Iran obsession: Is it all about Israel?

“Iran’s leaders should know that I do not have a policy of containment…. I have a policy to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon…. I will not hesitate to use force when it is necessary to defend the United States and its interests.”
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America’s Syria obsession explains its rendezvous with al Qaeda

August 27, 2012
Taj Hashmi
America’s Syria obsession explains its rendezvous with al Qaeda

“The implication is that Saudi backing for the Syrian rebels is part of a strategy to replace the Assad regime with a Sunni-dominated governance which might include Salafist elements.
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America’s quest for friendly regimes in the Muslim world

August 18, 2012
Taj Hashmi
America’s quest for friendly regimes in the Muslim world

“About ten days after 9/11, I went through the Pentagon …. and one of the generals called me in. He said, ‘We’ve made the decision we’re going to war with Iraq’ …. I said, ‘We’re going to war with Iraq?
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Towards understanding Islam in postcolonial world order — Part II

December 18, 2010
Taj Hashmi

Islamism is not a new factor in Sudan. In 1881 Muhammad ibn Abdallah proclaimed himself the Mahdi or Messiah and declared “jihad” against Ottoman rule. The Mahdi, and after him his son Sadiq al Mahdi, ran a theocratic Mahdi State (1883-1898) in northern Sudan.
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Towards understanding Islam in postcolonial world order — Part I

November 25, 2010
Taj Hashmi
Towards understanding Islam in postcolonial world order — Part I

Overview As the discord between modern and traditional Muslims is ideological by nature, so is the conflict between Islam and the West. And ideology is more about power, influence and identity than a mere reflection of culture and belief system. While modern Muslim elites are unwilling to concede power and privileges to the mullahs, most...
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Old habits die hard

November 3, 2010
Taj Hashmi
Old habits die hard

I have always been an avid admirer of Afsan Chowdhury’s wizardry with writing analytical and objective prose both in Bengali and English. As usual, he produced another excellent piece on the state of tribalism in Bangladesh (Politics and property grabbing, October 24). I cannot agree more with Afsan that Bangladesh is yet to become...
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‘Islamists are Coming!’

March 3, 2010
Taj Hashmi

A leading newspaper of Bangladesh, in its Weekly Magazine on February 26, 2010 published a cover story, “Crime in the Name of Belief”. It is about the recent caning of three poor women by village elders backed by mullahs in Bangladesh for alleged adultery. The rest of the story is about similar violations of...
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The ‘India Factor’ in Indo-Bangladesh Relations

January 22, 2010
Taj Hashmi
The ‘India Factor’ in Indo-Bangladesh Relations

An understanding of the ‘India Factor’ is essential for figuring out what went right or wrong in the recently signed Hasina-Manmohan MOU; and as to why Bangladeshis are again so polarised on the MOU. While pro-Awami Leaguers are gaga about the understanding between the two prime ministers, anti-Awami Leaguers, mainly BNP-Jamaat supporters, simply consider...
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