How a rape exposes the conflict between two visions of India

In recent years, India has witnessed a disturbingly high volume of sex crimes – so much so that when the rape and murder of Asifa, an eight-year-old girl from a Muslim nomadic community in... More

China’s arms sales to Pakistan support nation’s military sovereignty without conditions

There is no military alliance between China and Pakistan, but China's arms exports to Pakistan are a powerful weapon to safeguard the South Asian country's military sovereignty. Pakistan has been shunning the US in favor... More

India’s revised China policy tactical adjustment, not strategic change

The Doklam standoff between China and India last summer has set bilateral relations at a low ebb. The standoff has prompted the two countries to more seriously review each other and figure out each... More

India’s trade deficit with China up two-fold in adecade to 2016-17; can...

India’s trade deficit with China increased more than two-fold (219%) from $16 billion in 2007-08 to $51 billion in 2016-17, according to commerce ministry data. India’s imports ($61 billion) from China were six times its... More

India and China reduce the temperature ahead of high-level meetings

There are murmurs in the Indian press that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will head to Chinese in May for a high-level summit meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. If true, Modi... More

Fear, loss of jobs as Indian TV brands people ‘Hindu haters’

A growing debate about the quality of journalism on Indian television and government influence intensified after the country’s second most watched news channel branded some people an “Opposition Troll Army” against the... More

Pakistan adds to cryptocurrency curbs

India’s central bank barred banks on Friday from having any links to virtual currency dealers, slashing the prices of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies on local exchanges. Pakistan’s central bank said in a separate statement late... More

India’s finance minister to undergo kidney transplant

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is suffering from some kidney related problems and is set to undergo kidney transplant this weekend (Apr 7). A senior AIIMS official told IANS that all paperwork and other formalities for... More

Pakistan seeks bailout from China and Saudis, rather than the IMF

Pakistan plans to seek financial assistance from China and Saudi Arabia to get out of the grave financial crisis it faces to bridge the country’s external account deficit ahead of budgetary proposals for the... More

Pakistan balances foreign policy in response to tougher US approach

A lot is going on in Pakistani-US relations: There was US President Donald Trump's New Year's tweet and various American attempts to put Pakistan on the global terrorist-financing watch list. More recently the Trump... More

Sri Lanka determined to agree free trade deal with China and India

Sri Lanka will “redouble” efforts to strike a free trade deal with China and conclude and expanded trade pact with India as part of the island nation’s strategy of becoming an Indian Ocean hub... More

Two success stories of Indian diplomacy on a bleak landscape

The direct maiden flight to Israel by Air India in the weekend made headlines in the world media only because Saudi Arabia gave the plane overflight rights. This was of course the first time... More

India doesn’t need a working relationship with US Central Command

The Indian media reported that following the 2+2 talks in Washington last week at the level of the foreign and defence secretaries of India and the US, a “path-breaking” decision has been firmed up... More

India crafts its own ‘string of pearls’ to rival China’s naval jewels...

When it comes to the Indian Ocean, New Delhi is hedging its bets against an assertive China. India and France recently signed a strategic pact opening up their naval bases to each other’s warships... More

Despite improvement, India still has most people without close access to clean...

While India ranks top among nations that have improved access to water, it also has the most people without clean water availability close to home, according to the 2018 Water Aid report released on 21 March. Nearly... More

India won’t miss Tillerson

With the exit of Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, a new chapter is set to begin in the Trump administration’s foreign policies. Certainly, this was not how president-elect Trump anticipated things to happen... More

Assessing paradigm shift in Pak-Russia ties

The increasing defence co-operation between Pakistan and Russia imply that the arrangement is essentially a paradigm shift in the defence policy framework of both countries. Former army chief, General Raheel Sharif, visited Moscow in the... More

Indian strategy focusing on South Asian diplomacy likely to fail

India will focus on diplomacy with its neighbors this year, including Bhutan, Bangladesh and Nepal, to hold its ground and status in South Asia, a strategy that Chinese observers said is likely to fail. India's... More

After Doklam standoff, India to focus on Bhutan ties

India’s diplomatic engagement will place significant focus this year on Bhutan, including a planned visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the tiny Himalayan nation wedged between India and China. A series of events planned... More

China, India should build ties, resolve differences through mutual trust: Beijing

No mountain is high enough to stop China and India having a strong relationship, as long as both sides strive to build trust instead of fighting one another, China’s foreign minister said on Thursday. “Despite... More

Indo-Pak strained relations and ways to improve ties

“Narendra Modi- led government should stop selling the idea of ‘quadrilateral’ project of the US, Japan, Australia and India and should join the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC),” Sudheendra Kulkarni, Indian Official said in an... More


On India’s attempts to woo Russia-EEU into economic union

While the US has been cultivating India as its major ally in the region in what the US officials have tacitly called ‘containment’ of China, prospects of this cultivation have become brighter ever since the recent out-break of trade-war between the US and China. While Indian and US interests strongly... More

Comey’s book and Pakistan’s leaders

James Brien Comey Jr served as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for four years till fired by President Donald Trump on May 9, 2017. Trump initially claimed this was because of Comey's mishandling of the investigation into the private email of Hillary Clinton. The overriding perception... More

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 asked the Maldivian government to release him to enable him to contest the September 2018 Presidential election. But the government on Sunday rejected the UNHRC’s observations and recommendations... More

Bangladesh election 2018: is there a Sino-Indian stake?

It’s pretty odd to think that Bangladesh elections should be of any interest to China and India given the complete lack of its strategic value. However, Bangladesh maybe becoming a reluctant pawn of sorts in a regional ‘great game’. China’s rising influence in the region and India’s relative decline in what... More

Tripura’s new pitch for Geo-Economics

Biplab Deb is a BJP chief minister with a difference. In a 40-minute interview with this writer last week, he did not mention even once any of the usual saffron agenda -- Ram Mandir, beef, illegal migration from Bangladesh. "My agenda is development, development, development all the way," he... More


Iran to team up with China on nuke development if Trump...

As US President Donald Trump decides whether to reauthorize the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which he has long wanted to exit or renegotiate, Iranian authorities have announced they will be getting help with their nuclear program from China. "Some negotiations have been held on mutual cooperation and building small nuclear... More

Pinarayi and Gadkari link up on development

The American think tank, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, had featured a riveting ‘curtain-raiser’ to the 2014 poll in India entitled Does Good Economics Mean Good Politics In India? The essay appeared in December 2013 and I’d carefully stored it in my archives, as a fairly prescient analysis of... More

Mutual respect is the key

I will not reach any deal that would go against the national interest of Nepal,” K P Sharma Oli, the prime minister of Nepal, reportedly assured parliamentarians in Kathmandu earlier this week, before heading out to India. That such questions should be asked and answered is a definitive sign... More

Reviving Nepal’s independent foreign policy

The long political transition in Nepal has come to an end with the successful completion of local, provincial and federal elections. A new phase of history beckons Nepal as it has adopted federalism under the new constitution promulgated in 2015. The achievement of economic prosperity has now been prioritized... 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... More