Articles By Dr S Chandrasekharan

Insurgency in Rakhine: Need to talk to Arakan Army

Insurgency in Rakhine: Need to talk to Arakan Army

By: Dr S Chandrasekharan | Date: 22 Jun , 2019

There was an unnoticed report in the media that said that the Arakan Army – its increasing strength, growing popular acceptance of its military role should be of national and international...

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Nepal: Federal and State Governments on a Collision Course

Nepal: Federal and State Governments on a Collision Course

By: Dr S Chandrasekharan | Date: 30 Apr , 2019

It was in September 2015 that a federal Constitution was implemented with three tiers of administration- at the local level- the provincial level and at the federal level.  In the elections that...

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Myanmar: Is Suu Kyi Getting Isolated?

Myanmar: Is Suu Kyi Getting Isolated?

By: Dr S Chandrasekharan | Date: 24 Apr , 2019

When Suu Kyi came to power with an overwhelming majority in the elections of 2015, People’s expectations were rather high.  Barring the Rakhine State, where the NLD had a poor showing, her party...

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Afghanistan: Should go ahead with Shahtoot Dam on Kabul River

Afghanistan: Should go ahead with Shahtoot Dam on Kabul River

By: Dr S Chandrasekharan | Date: 06 Mar , 2019

When work was begun on Shahtoot dam on Kabul River that would provide drinking water to the burgeoning population of Kabul City, there has been protests from Pakistan that the dam would reduce the...

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Nepal: Action Paralysis on Transitional Justice and Dahal’s Threats to...

Nepal: Action Paralysis on Transitional Justice and Dahal’s Threats to...

By: Dr S Chandrasekharan | Date: 19 Feb , 2019

13 years have passed since the so-called People’s war ended and yet nothing has happened to the poor victims of conflict who are still looking for Justice. Over 16,000 lives were lost in the...

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Myanmar: The Dragon on a ‘Roll’

Myanmar: The Dragon on a ‘Roll’

By: Dr S Chandrasekharan | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Analysis Group | Date: 16 Feb , 2019

Events in Myanmar are moving at a bewildering pace both in the ethnic front and in moving towards Constitutional amendments. There is an indirect benefit for India too with the Myanmar Army acting...

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Myanmar: A civil war developing in Rakhine State

Myanmar: A civil war developing in Rakhine State

By: Dr S Chandrasekharan | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Analysis Group | Date: 06 Feb , 2019

The conflict in Rakhine State is slowly developing into a civil war that will have repercussions not only in Rakhine State but may also spread into Chin Area and thereby getting close to the...

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Myanmar: China on “Overdrive” to solve the Ethnic Question: Why?

Myanmar: China on “Overdrive” to solve the Ethnic Question: Why?

By: Dr S Chandrasekharan | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Analysis Group | Date: 30 Jan , 2019

From the flurry of activities of Sun Guoxiang, Special Envoy for Asian Affairs and the Chinese Ambassador at Yangon, it looks hat Chinese are in a desperate hurry to solve the question of the...

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Nepal: Madhesi Movement has lost its steam with disunited Leadership

Nepal: Madhesi Movement has lost its steam with disunited Leadership

By: Dr S Chandrasekharan | Date: 29 Jan , 2019

The Madhesi Movement which started with a momentum of its own in 2007 has somehow lost its way despite widespread and serious agitations in 2008 and 2015.  The stage has come when its leadership...

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Bangladesh: Challenges for Hasina led Government

Bangladesh: Challenges for Hasina led Government

By: Dr S Chandrasekharan | Date: 25 Jan , 2019

With an unprecedented landslide victory for Sheikh Hasina for a third time, the expectations of the people are naturally high.  Though the election was easy, Hasina is now faced with many...

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Myanmar: Arakan Army’s Attack on Jan 4th: Its Implications

Myanmar: Arakan Army’s Attack on Jan 4th: Its Implications

By: Dr S Chandrasekharan | Date: 15 Jan , 2019

On 4th Jan that happens to be the Independence Day of Myanmar, Armed Arakan Army Insurgents numbering over three hundred attacked four Border Posts at Buthidaung in the Northern Rakhine State...

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Myanmar: Army Announces Cease-fire for four months

Myanmar: Army Announces Cease-fire for four months

By: Dr S Chandrasekharan | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 13 Jan , 2019

On 21st December, in a surprise move , the Army Chief Gen. Hliang announced a four-month ceasefire of operations in the northern and eastern regions bordering China and to end by April...

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Suicide Attack in Chabahar: Its Implications

Suicide Attack in Chabahar: Its Implications

By: Dr S Chandrasekharan | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Analysis Group | Date: 14 Dec , 2018

On 6th December, a terrorist driving a vehicle laden with explosives tried to enter the Police Headquarters in Chabahar, of Sistan-Baluchistan Province of Iran. The alert security forces guarding...

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Pakistan’s Water Woes: India Bashing Continues at Higher levels!

Pakistan’s Water Woes: India Bashing Continues at Higher levels!

By: Dr S Chandrasekharan | Date: 11 Dec , 2018

On 29th October, the Supreme Court of Pakistan overturned an order of the Lahore High Court and directed to introduce blocking of Indian Content in TV Channels.  This ruling came after Pakistan...

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Myanmar: Kyaukphyu Port-The Dragon Enters in a Big Way

Myanmar: Kyaukphyu Port-The Dragon Enters in a Big Way

By: Dr S Chandrasekharan | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Analysis Group | Date: 08 Dec , 2018

In a meeting with Suu Kyi, the Chairman of the China Development and Reforms Commission (NDRC), Ning Jizhe, tried to hustle Myanmar to workout an ‘implementation Plan’ for the China-Myanmar...

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Myanmar: The State of the Peace Process and the Chinese Involvement

Myanmar: The State of the Peace Process and the Chinese Involvement

By: Dr S Chandrasekharan | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Analysis Group | Date: 25 Nov , 2018

On November 21, Suu Kyi made an important speech at the Advisory Forum on National Reconciliation Process at Nay Pyi Taw in which she frankly explained the challenges the Myanmar Government had...

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Bhutan: Post Election Developments

Bhutan: Post Election Developments

By: Dr S Chandrasekharan | Date: 23 Nov , 2018

On 19th October, the Election Commission of Bhutan formally declared the election results with the DNT acquiring 30 seats and the DPT  the rest in the 47 seat assembly. The DNT was thus officially...

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Maldives: Solih Takes Over- The Challenges ahead

Maldives: Solih Takes Over- The Challenges ahead

By: Dr S Chandrasekharan | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Analysis Group | Date: 20 Nov , 2018

On November 17th, Solih took over as the seventh President of Maldives in a glittering ceremony at the Galolhu National Stadium. Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, former President of Sri...

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Maldives: Former President Nasheed Gets a tumultuous welcome on his return...

Maldives: Former President Nasheed Gets a tumultuous welcome on his return...

By: Dr S Chandrasekharan | Date: 06 Nov , 2018

Former President Mohamed Nasheed who returned to his country on 1st November received a tumultuous welcome in Male from his party workers and the whole of Male was a “sea of...

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Myanmar: Peace Mission’s Second Meeting with Northern Alliance- A Positive...

Myanmar: Peace Mission’s Second Meeting with Northern Alliance- A Positive...

By: Dr S Chandrasekharan | Date: 04 Nov , 2018

In what could be described as a positive step, Representatives of the Northern Alliance consisting of TNLA, AA and the MNDAA met the Myanmar Peace Mission on 1st November  and reached an agreement...

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