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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1771

Letter from America: The Question of Minorities – 2
The term illiberal democracy was first used by Dr. Fareed Zakaria (of CNN’s GPS program) in a 1997 article in the Foreign Affairs journal. By this he meant a governing system in which, although elections take place (a necessary requisite for democracy), citizens are cut off from knowledge about the...
Monday, March 17, 2014 - 01:58 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: The Question of Minorities – 1
Being a minority is never a pleasant experience for most people in our globe unless one is part of a dominant or domineering group. But even in the latter case when a minority is dominating a majority – as it has happened throughout history with colonial enterprises, to protect its privileged sta...
Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 13:48 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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China’s Hanification of Xinjiang is Failing
On Saturday, March 1, more than 10 assailants slashed scores of people with knives at the Kunming train station in Yunnan province in southern China in what state media said Sunday was a terrorist assault by ethnic Uyghur (also spelled as Uighur) separatists from the far west. Twenty-nine slash vi...
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 23:23 By Habib Siddiqui and A.R.M. Imtiyaz
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Myanmar’s Suspension of MSF’s Work in Arakan is Criminal
Medicines Sans Frontieres (MSF), the Nobel Prize-winning charity group also known as Doctors Without Borders, have been asked by the Mynamar government to shut its operation inside Arakan. The group has been operating in Burma (Myanmar) since 1992 under an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with the...
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 07:41 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Minorities in the Indian Sub-continent
Many Indian Hindus often present a very rosy picture about Indian democracy and secularism, while stereotyping its neighbor Bangladesh negatively. They blame Muslims for the partition of India and the communal riots that rock India almost on a regular basis. Let me make some observations here. Fo...
Monday, March 3, 2014 - 06:49 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Modi Shows his Hindutva Color
Well, when a bird flies like a duck, swims like a duck and sounds like a duck it is no brainer that it is a duck. Narendra Modi, the BJP leader, has for some time tried to sell his 'development' image that he is pro-business, hiding his true Hindutvadi self until, of course, very recently. In his...
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 01:31 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Indian Expats in Bangladesh
A couple of years ago, during my visit to Bangladesh I got a glimpse of globalization inside Bangladesh when I met some Indian Engineers who were working for a reputable home building company. A friend of mine later introduced me to some Indian engineers working for Bangladeshi ship-builders in Chi...
Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 12:31 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Central African Republic – the New Frontier in Ethno-religious Cleansing
Massive ethno-religious cleansing of Muslims is continuing in Central African Republic (CAR). Antonio Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, said in a statement, “Shocking barbarity, brutality and inhumanity have characterized this violence.” He also said the country’s new government is i...
Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 09:57 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Thoughts on Bangladesh – 10
Corruption is quite pervasive in South Asia. A study conducted by Berlin-based Transparency International (TI) in year 2005 found that more than 62% of Indians had firsthand experience of paying bribes or influence peddling to get jobs done in public offices successfully. In 2013 India has ranked 94...
Sunday, February 9, 2014 - 10:07 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Thoughts on Bangladesh – 9
In a casual conversation with some friends in a popular café in the capital city Dhaka, I was told that Bangladeshi’s worst enemies are their own guys. They, of course, meant people in authority that matter. Upon inquiry, they mentioned the sad saga of the tea industry. Last year, Bangladesh import...
Sunday, February 2, 2014 - 07:28 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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The Rohingya People: The Most Suffering People On Earth
The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide was adopted by the United Nations 65 years ago in December of 1948. The U.S. didn’t ratify the Genocide Convention for another 40 years. The late Sen. William Proxmire, a Democrat from Wisconsin, took up the task in the 1960...
Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 07:00 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Rabindranath Trivedi Lies again distorting facts
While browsing the Asian Tribune this morning, where my weekly Letter from America appears every Sunday, I was shocked to see an article by Rabindranath Trivedi, who is long known as a Hindu fanatic that is in the business of spreading false information and making mountains out of moles in his treat...
Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 18:49 By Dr Habib Siddiqui
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The Rohingyas of Myanmar - Does Anyone Care about their plight?
At the Milwaukee International Conference last year it was noted with great concern that what was going on in the Arakan State was nothing short of genocide. The current events in Myanmar again confirm our fear. In a recently published article, journalist Dr. Ismail Salami of Press TV demonstrated...
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 08:09 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: My Thoughts on Bangladesh – Part 8
In the late 1970s I lived in Canada for two winters and had the honor of studying under a very brilliant professor – Dr. Muhammad Nabil Esmail. He is an Egyptian Canadian internationally recognized as an expert on computational methods in engineering. As a foreign student coming from a third world...
Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 08:49 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Sharon’s Eventual Death
The former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, known as the Butcher, died last Saturday. He was in a vegetative state at the Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv since suffering a stroke in January 2006. It’s rather unusual, not incredible though, for someone to have been in coma this long! The 85-ye...
Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 15:31 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Thoughts on Bangladesh – 7
Sunday, January 5 is the day when the 10th parliamentary election is set to be held in 59 districts across Bangladesh. One hundred and fifty three seats have already been elected unopposed because of boycott by the main opposition BNP and its allies. As such, no voting will take place in 5 distri...
Sunday, January 5, 2014 - 06:49 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Nelson Mandela – the world leader and his legacy
Nelson Mandela, who is respected as the father of the nation in South Africa, died on December 5, 2013. He was the most popular world leader of our time who was revered by many heads of states. Like many human rights activists, I have been a great admirer of him. I remember that I participated in p...
Sunday, December 29, 2013 - 04:21 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: International Rohingya Conference in the USA
The first international conference in the USA on the plight of the Rohingya people of Myanmar – “Stop Genocide and Restore Rohingya’s Citizenship Rights in Myanmar” - was held in the campus of University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee on December 14, 2013. It was jointly hosted by the Burmese Rohingya Amer...
Sunday, December 22, 2013 - 08:22 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Bengal under the English Rule (1757-1905) – Part 2
As noted earlier, an analysis of the post-Nawabi period in Bengal shows the very dismal state of Muslims. They had not only lost the political leadership at the top but had also fallen behind in all other counts. As William Hunter’s report showed, Muslim upper and educated class before the EIC rule...
Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 07:29 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Letter from America: Bengal under the English Rule (1757-1905) – Part 1
When Bengal was colonized by the East India Company in the second half of the 18th century, it was the richest jewel on the British crown. Bengal by then had been ruled under Muslim rule for nearly six centuries. During this long period from 1203 to 1757, as the rulers of the territory of Bangalah (...
Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 07:16 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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