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Subir Bhaumik

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Myanmar’s Censorship worries

A film festival and a media development conference in Yangon has revived the controversy on Myanmar's struggle to end the draconian censorship of the...

Big talk won’t help Indian army

It is not yet known what Indian army chief General Bipin Rawat has done to address procurement issues to equip his one million plus...

QUAD back in Asia

US president Donald Trump began his presidency by howling "America First" at the top of his voice. State Department officials, who had conceived and...

Indian military diplomacy picking up

Bangladesh and Myanmar seem to be the immediate focus of Indian military diplomacy in its immediate neighbourhood, that seems to be gathering some pace,...

India for naval alliance to tackle China

Much as China seeks to exploit 'India fears' amongst smaller South Asian nations to make inroads into the region, India is trying to play...

Modi’s Naga failure

Despite much chest thumping surrounding the signing of a framework agreement in 2015, the Modi administration in India has failed to conclude a final...

Modi losing steam

Why is Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying he can drink poison for the 'good of the country'? Such a desperate pronouncement from someone claiming...

Lady and her generals 

"Aung San Suu Kyi and her generals” ran a headline in The New York Times, as if she controlled them. The fact is she...

How good a Defence Minister would Nirmala be?

The BJP has tried to project Nirmala Sitharaman's elevation as a full cabinet minister as an example of women empowerment in India. Some in...

Hapless people in a fluid corridor 

In the 1970s, an Indian army brigadier took up the cause of his people suffering human rights violations in his native Mizoram in the...

The Daughters of the East

Sheikh Hasina and Aung San Suu Kyi have so much in common. Daughters of great fathers who spearheaded the freedom struggle of their countries,...

Battlelines drawn on Rohingya issue

The Rohingya issue is seen as a serious humanitarian question by the UN and international human rights and civil liberties groups, but national interest...

Democracy or Development: Myanmar’s big debate

The debate about whether Myanmar needs development more than democracy seems to have gained some traction in recent months, partly due to the lacklustre...

Rakhine a human rights crisis: Annan report

The Kofi Annan commission on Thursday described the situation in Rakhine state as a 'human rights crisis'and came up with several recommendations to handle...

Another hornet’s nest stirred

The Modi government has developed a reputation to stir a hornet’s nest where one can be and should be avoided. With less than a month...

What a Quid Pro Quo!

Some recent reports have suggested that US President Donald Trump was keen on a deal with China to rein in North Korea. Before his...

Doval will call for ‘mutual pullout’

India's National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval is ready with a proposal to defuse the Doklam stand-off, top officials told South Asian Monitor. If an...

‘China threat’ influenced 2017 Malabar exercises

It is now customary for spokespersons to say that joint Indo-US military exercises are not aimed at anybody, meaning China. That is meant to...

Why the Sikkim standoff! 

China's Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) have been accused of trying to build a C40 road through Bhutan's Doklam plateau near the tri-junction with Bhutan...

Modi’s Israel Moment

Not many in South Asia would have noticed that the visit to Israel by Narendra Modi, the first ever by an Indian Prime Minister,...

Contrasting reactions to Modi’s US visit

For those Indians who were looking to Modi to sort out the woes of the country's IT industry, the prime minister's visit to Washington...