Pakistan pivots toward Putin’s Russia after Trump gets tough

Nuclear-armed Pakistan is embracing Cold War-foe Russia amid unraveling ties with Washington. The Trump administration has penalized Islamabad for failing to rein in militants waging war on the U.S.-backed government in neighboring Afghanistan. American military aid to Pakistan... More

Japan defence minister’s Sri Lanka visit to keep China in check

Japan’s defense minister has begun a 5-day tour of India and Sri Lanka on Sunday. He hopes to boost defense cooperation with the countries and secure freedom of navigation in the Indian Ocean, where China is trying... More

Naval Air: India falls farther behind China

China and India have both decided to expand their navies by building their own aircraft carriers. Both nations began by refurbishing Russian carriers before designing and building their own. China was able to refurbish the former Russian... More

New US training unit in Afghanistan faces old problems

Captain Joe Fontana, a team leader with the US army’s 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade, is part of a new unit but he is working on problems that have been stubbornly familiar to American military advisers in... More

Pakistan defence expo kicks off

Defence Export Promotion Organisation (DEPO) in collaboration with the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI), is organising the first of its kind ‘Suppliers and Vendors Defence Exhibition’ (SAVDEX 2018) from August 16 to 18 at Lahore... More

China-Pakistan satellite nexus affects India’s war strategy

Pakistan has been struggling since its foundation to achieve parity with India in strategic technologies such as nuclear, defence and space. The defence platforms were acquired from the West during the Cold War. However, it was China... More

India wants to buy the Sparrow to appease US

The surprise announcement that India will buy the US/Norwegian Sparrow air defence missile system for $1 billion may have been expedited to mollify the United States. Given Washington DC’s unhappiness with India going ahead with a $6 billion,... More

It has been 5 years but India still has no answers on...

Five years ago, India suffered its biggest peacetime military loss: The navy’s submarine, the INS Sindhurakshak, exploded and sank in Bombay’s Naval Dockyards. Five years on, little is known about what happened when 18 of its crew were... More

56 years later, China can still choke Indian troops the way it...

Indian soldiers on the frontline run the risk of being isolated if adversaries cause landslides to block single-access roads, a tactic the Chinese had successfully adopted 56 years ago, former army chief Gen. Deepak Kapoor (retd) has... More

China hands over PRSS-1 Satellite control to Pakistan

The control of Pakistan’s first Remote Sensing Satellite (PRSS-1), which was successfully launched last month from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre, China, was handed over to Pakistan. The spokesman of the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform has said... More

Sri Lanka gets US military funding as China vies for influence

The United States announced Monday (Aug 13) it would grant Sri Lanka US$39 million to boost maritime security as China develops its strategic hold on the Indian Ocean island. The State Department will provide the funds as "foreign... More

Diplomatic row jeopardizes $1.5B helicopter deal between Turkey and Pakistan

An escalating diplomatic crisis between NATO allies Turkey and the United States may risk suspending a $1.5 billion deal between Turkey and Pakistan for the sale of 30 Turkish-made T129 ATAK helicopter gunships. The T129 is being produced... More

Indian navy lacks submarine damage control, firefighting training: report

The Indian navy lacks training facility for its crew on different aspects of damage control and firefighting inside a submarine, the country's Comptroller and Auditor-General (CAG) has observed in one its reports tabled before the parliament recently,... More

Russia steps in as Trump cuts Pakistan military training programme

The signing of agreement with Russia for training of Pakistani military officers coincided with the news that Trump administration has cut down coveted training and educational programmes that have been a hallmark of bilateral military relations for... More

Closer defence ties with Russia, training for Lankan troops

Russia will become the latest partner to train Sri Lankan troops and extend defence co-operation. For this purpose, the Government has reached accord with a top level visiting delegation from Moscow. This is under a Joint Russia-Sri... More

This is the first official account of the India-China face-off in Doklam

About 80 Chinese troops with 12-13 bulldozers and other construction equipment came dangerously close last year to the Siliguri corridor that connects India’s mainland with the northeastern states. For India, the main concern was to prevent the road... More

Pakistani Maritime Security Ship to visit Sri Lanka

Pakistani Maritime Security Ship (PMSS) "Kashmir" is scheduled to reach Sri Lanka's Colombo Port on a four-day goodwill visit from August 13-16, officials said on Friday. During their stay at Colombo, the personnel of the PMSS "Kashmir" will... More

Indian Army fails to reach finals of Int’l Army Games 2018

India has fallen out of the International Army Games 2018 being held in seven countries, even though it came exceedingly close to the Chinese teams in two competitions it was participating in, army officials said Saturday. The semi-final... More

China and India need to talk, navy to navy, to prevent Indian...

Should China and India talk about confidence-building in the Indian Ocean? On the face of it, this shouldn’t be an issue. The Indian Ocean is not India’s ocean. And unlike the Line of Actual Control in the... More

Chinese Naval ship arrives in Lanka on goodwill visit

A Chinese Naval ship has arrived at the port of Colombo on a four-day goodwill visit, the Sri Lankan Navy said. 'Qian Weichang', the ship of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) of China, was ceremonially welcomed by... More

Russia to train Pakistani troops, Worry for India?

For the first time, Pakistani soldiers will undergo training at Russian military institutes after the two countries signed an agreement related to it, in a sign of further strengthening their defence ties amid Islamabad’s increasingly uneasy relations... More


India’s multi alignment challenge 

This is clearly the big diplomatic season for India and its travel-driven Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Chinese defence minister Wei Fenghe's visit to India (Aug 21-24) is a hugely important event, coming as it does after PM Modi and Chinese president Xi Jinping defused the long military stand-off at Doklam through informal summits and after... More

To forge their peace, Afghan Taliban wage their war

While the latest Taliban attack on the city of Ghazni in Afghanistan has led many in the West, especially the mainstream media, to conclude that no peace talks with the Taliban can bring peace, these analysis seem to have completely missed the whole points of talks as they are going on: the Taliban are... More

Has digital media changed politics in Bangladesh?

Political nostalgia in Bangladesh centres around public and street agitations. It begins with the language movement of 1952 which defined the basic parameters of national aspiration. The next station of political memory is the 1962 student’s movement against Gen. Ayub Khan’s martial law regime imposed in 1958. It ended in 1969 with the most glorified... More

Accountability begins at home

A democratic form of government being accountable to the people, the elected representatives are accountable to the people who elect them. Our enduring constant crisis in governance stems from our inept and corrupt rulers trampling the essential pillars of good governance, rule of law and accountability. This gives rise to unbridled and widespread corruption,... More

Bangladesh: A social media driven state?

It’s not easy to have a calm conversation in Bangladesh. Everyone is rushing to make a comment, observe and abuse. Or make a counter to all that. Anything that requires critical thought is discarded and the instant reaction is the most common form of response. In a society not unduly famous for pondering, Bangladesh... More


Bleak times for freedom of expression, whether emergency or not

Its time to stop the nitpicking. All that hair-splitting about whether what we are witnessing in India today is classical fascism or not – stop it. The argument that this is not like the Emergency of 1975 – completely irrelevant. Those bookish notions belong to seminar rooms and academic discussions, where high-minded... More

India’s social-media ‘lynch mobs’ pose growing threat

Social-media platforms are often criticized for their susceptibility to toxic dialogue and vicious attacks. It is a problem that India knows well. Just ask External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, whose recent vilification by members and supporters of her own ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is a case in point. Swaraj has developed a... More

The new trade order

Since the start of the year, U.S. President Donald Trump has lashed out at allies and adversaries alike on trade. Often, as with India, the U.S. has pushed for enhanced security cooperation at the same time it declared trade relations a national security threat. The belligerence has left many baffled. Some pointers A first... More

One day does not an election make

The much-awaited Gazipur city election is over, the “we-knew-it-from-before” polls results are upon us, the “impartiality” of the police and the “neutrality” of the civil administration have once again been demonstrated, the never-too-late-to-follow “certificate” of the Election Commission has been delivered and, of course, our democracy now stands “strengthened”. As some would have... More



Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If a Gorkhaland state is formed, this will... More