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P K Balachandran

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UN says Nasheed’s trial was flawed, but Maldivian govt maintains it...

The UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC), which went into the trial of former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed had listed the flaws in it and...

Bhutanese dilemma: To be or not to be with India

The Bhutanese are in a dilemma: Should they continue to be tied to India economically and in the conduct of foreign policy or should...

Inconsistency is the hallmark of Modi’s China policy

India’s foreign policy under Prime Minister Narendra Modi appears to be a lot of grandstanding meant to catch the TV viewers’ eyes. But it...

India’s partisan intervention in Maldives could be counter-productive

India’s partisan intervention in the Maldives, as seen in its statement of March 22, could be counter-productive as such interventions have been in other...

Congress-led India will be in “friendly competition” with China, says Rahul

China was the only country whichRahul Gandhi, President of the Indian National Congress (INC), mentioned in his concluding speech at the 84th, plenary session...

Politico-economic compulsions take Modi and Xi towards détente

Political and economic compulsions appear to be taking India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and China’s President Xi Jinping towards a Sino-Indian détente. Top diplomats of...

Media’s pernicious role in exacerbating Sino-Indian relations

Sino-Indian relations have been none too good for more than half a century now, and the main reasons for that are well known. But...

How the BJP broke the Hindutva barrier in India’s Christian North...

What is remarkable about the Bharatiya Janata Party’s hat trick in the recent State Assembly elections in India’s North East is not that itsucceeded...

Sri Lanka’s political crisis debilitates bilateral ties in the region

The dramatic defeat of the ruling coalition in the landmark February 10 local bodies’ elections, has had a major impact on the political and...

Maldivian political crisis continues as China indulges in saber rattling

More than 20 days into the political crisis in the Maldives, there is no light at the end of the tunnel. In fact, the...

India cautious of its mediation and intervention in Maldives

Despite its reservations about the Abdulla Yameen regime in the Maldives, India does not appear to be responding to the call of the Maldivian...

On Maldives, India appears to be losing the initiative to China

By cold shouldering the Maldivian government’s effort to send a Special Envoy to New Delhi to explain the circumstances which led to the declaration...

Yameen’s brinkmanship lands him in hot water at home and overseas

Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen’s political brinkmanship in the past week or so has landed him in hot water both at home and overseas. As...

Maldivian President Yameen in deep trouble but plays it cool

Faced with a sudden and unexpected challenge from the Supreme Court with far reaching domestic and international consequences, Maldivian President Abdulla Yameenis undoubtedly in...

Bangladesh’s proposed Digital Security Act may lend itself to gross misuse

Bangladesh’s proposed Digital Security Act (DSA) has sections which could be used by both the State and private individuals to throttle the freedom of...

Maldives witnesses provocative politics ahead of Presidential poll

The Maldives is known as an idyll of tiny islands surrounded by a placid, deep blue sea – an ideal retreat for those in...

Mounting assaults on freedom of expression in the “World’s Largest Democracy” 

In the 2017 World Press Freedom rankings, India, touted by the US as the “World’s Largest Democracy”, was placed 136th among 180 countries, a...

Long wait for Nepal to get a new Prime Minister

Six weeks have passed since elections to the Nepalese provincial assemblies and the federal parliament were held. The Left Alliance registered a thumping win...

Preservation of Buddhist art helps Pakistan fight stereotyping

In a video address at the opening of the Pakistan Single Country Exhibition here on January 12, Prime Minister Shahid Abbasi made a fervent...

Is Japan out of sync with South Asia’s concerns?

Deeply concerned about China flexing its muscles in the South China Sea, and its expansionist moves in South Asia and the Indian Ocean Region...

Indian Muslims face unprecedented suppression under Modi’s watch: US turn a...

Muslims in India are over 14% of the total Indian population of 1.2 billion. But they are worse off, not only in comparison with...