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India uses diversionary theory of war against Pakistan


Diversionary theory of war is the contention that leaders initiate conflict abroad as a way of increasing national cohesion at home by diverting national public opinion away from controversial domestic issues. India has used this theory from... More

Why India revoking Pakistan’s MFN status is more symbolic than economic


India’s decision to finally withdraw the non-discriminatory market status it granted to Pakistan in 1996 – more commonly known as ‘most favoured nation’ (MFN) status – in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack will have little... More

In show of unity, India opposition parties seek pre-poll accord


Opposition politicians from across India met this week to discuss formally teaming-up against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the country’s upcoming general election. The meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday evening was an important show of unity from... More

US warns countries, including India, against buying Venezuelan oil


America's tough-talking national security adviser John Bolton has warned countries, including India, against buying Venezuelan oil, saying nations and firms that support the embattled President Nicolas Maduro's "theft" will "not be forgotten". Bolton's warning through a tweet on... More

Many Arakanese embrace AA’s presence


Rakhine State has been the scene of the country’s worst fighting so far this year, as opposed to last year, when Kachin State was the focus. Each year the fighting moves from one area of the country... More

Saudi Arabia’s oil investments could be lifeline for Pakistan’s economy


A record investment package being prepared by Saudi Arabia for Pakistan will likely provide welcome relief for its cash-strapped Muslim ally, while also addressing regional geopolitical challenges, analysts say. At the heart of the investment is a reported... More

US considers withdrawal of zero tariffs for India


India could lose a vital US trade concession, under which it enjoys zero tariffs on US$5.6 billion (S$7.59 billion) worth of exports to the United States, amid a widening dispute over its trade and investment policies, people... More

BJP’s last-minute appeal for consensus on citizenship bill is funny


Maa Bharati is a potent image. The prime minister seized upon it to turn the right knobs among his audience in Jammu. His vision of hundreds of children of Maa Bharati suffering in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan... More

Russia sidelines Kabul regime ahead of Taliban-opposition dialogue


Russia has decided to snub the Afghan government in order to ensure the participation of Taliban in the scheduled dialogue between them and the opposition politicians of Afghanistan. A dialogue of such magnitude and agenda signifies that... More

India’s buffalo meat exports to plunge as China cracks down on food...


India’s buffalo meat exports are set to plunge 15 per cent to their lowest in six years, a leading industry said, as world’s top meat consumer China clamps down on food smuggling. China does not allow imports of... More

The geopolitics of NRC in Assam


India is witnessing the chaotic process of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) unfold in Assam. The exercise, directed and sponsored by vested political quarters, is designed to deny benefits of citizenship to those who do not... More

Foreign policy fiascos will haunt Modi in upcoming poll


India, the world’s largest democracy, is scheduled to hold its 17th Lok Sabha (lower house of Parliament) election this spring. Based on pre-election exit polls, political pundits surmise that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) led by Prime... More

Chinese challenge to India’s quest for NSG


Unfortunately, there is a well-settled narrative in the West and even within India that New Delhi’s nuclear program as well as other warfare modernization is necessary to counter China’s rising power. Over the past decades, the US has... More

Modi’s task is jobs, and Chinese investment can help


Ahead of a general election due by May, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi suffered a setback in an India Today poll, which showed his popularity rating had dropped to a record low of 46 percent. Modi is facing... More

India’s debts up by 49% under Narendra Modi


There has been a surge in the total liabilities of the National Democratic Alliance government led by Narendra Modi, which came to power nearly four-and-half-years ago. The news comes just after the government was censured by the national... More

Lawlessness in India’s Uttar Pradesh: Successive police chiefs have let the force...


It was amusing to see some time ago, a minister in the Uttar Pradesh government claim that the law and order situation in the state had improved after Yogi Adityanath took over as the More

Russia ready to invest $2b in Pakistan’s energy projects


A state-run Russian firm, Inter RAO Engineering, has offered to invest $2 billion in Pakistan’s water and power sector projects, including Mohmand dam. Inter RAO Engineering is one of the largest Russian public energy companies that has joint... More

No progress on India-China relations, Modi govt creates optical illusion ahead of...


Both Indian and the Chinese sides are busy giving out positive optics of "all is well" to the people and the world which is being lapped up eagerly by all including the media after the Wuhan summit... More

Maldives won’t be used as a plaything for powers in Indian Ocean:...


After Ibrahim Mohamed Solih defeated pro-China Abdullah Yameen in the presidential elections in the Maldives last September, he chose India for his maiden state visit last month. In his first interview as President, Solih told Dipanjan Roy... More

‘I Sacrificed Something Very Dear to Me for Kashmir’: Shah Faesal


On January 9, Dr Shah Faesal, who topped the 2010 civil service examinations and worked as an IAS officer in Jammu and Kashmir, resigned from the civil services to protest the “unabated killings in Kashmir” and the... More

Who will control Afghanistan?


Every year the American mega sale event Black Friday falls right after Thanksgiving. The joke among Americans-which I suspect is made by immigrants since outsiders anywhere can detect what locals take for granted-is that right after people... More

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Saudi Arabia seeking to be active in South Asia by deepening...

While many political pundits in Pakistan are trying to tie the up-coming billion-dollar Saudi investment in Pakistan with Riyadh’s need to have Islamabad as an ally in its wars in Yemen and Syria, there has been little appreciation of the former’s own growing needs for diversifying its economy. It is also not recognised that Pakistan, with China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) running through it in the form of... More

Hybrid warfare: Strategic coercion against Pakistan

While a globalised world was a cherished goal to bring people together, globalisation is increasingly used by one or the other country or group of countries to dominate the rest of the world by a violent process. Looking around we see wars in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen where the powers that be are trying to bend the power game towards themselves. Conventional wars are now more often not... More

Bangladesh’s Hercules syndrome and rule of vigilante law

A rapist was killed and his body was left with a note that said the death meted out to him was punishment for his crime. It was signed Hercules. A couple of other reports have appeared with such declarations and they have aroused considerable interest in media, particularly social media, the motherland of speculations. Who could be the possible vigilante killer? Long history Extra-judicial killings are nothing new and last... More

India key to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, says former Portuguese...

“This has less to do with geography than with history,” Macaes writes in his insightful book Belt and Road: A Chinese World Order. “As two rising giants, China and India will play a disproportionate role in shaping the new world political and economic order, but like every claim on the future, their role remain ambiguous. In China's case, the question is whether it will eventually measure up to the task... More

BJP has communalised process of awarding Indian citizenship?

Political realities have temporarily halted the BJP’s brazen attempt to communalise Indian citizenship requirements to the advantage of the majority Hindus and to the detriment of the minority Muslims. Evidently, there is also a bias in favour of the north Indian majority and against the Tamil minority in the matter of giving citizenship. But this has not been brought to light in a major and sustained way yet, because the... More

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OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE BALANCE?


The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More

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