After the assembly polls, will an alternative politics gain momentum?

I am not an ‘election expert’. However, as the election results surprises us and made us understand the meaning of the changing political landscape in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, I began to recall a lesson that... More

Sri Lanka provides right ground for implementing ‘China-India Plus’ plan

Sri Lanka’s recent political crisis has attracted global attention with the appointment of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa as the new prime minister. Many observers link the leadership change to the contest for influence in South Asia between... More

As election nears, religious tensions surge in an Indian village

Nayabans isn't remarkable as northern Indian villages go. Sugar cane grows in surrounding fields, women carry animal feed in bullock carts through narrow lanes, people chatter outside a store and cows loiter. But this week, the village in... More

Farmers’ anger descends on Delhi

More than 100,000 farmers from across the country took to streets of Delhi on November 30 to express their fury over the government’s alleged apathy toward an ongoing agrarian crisis. Marching to the capital’s Parliament Street, they... More

Slow train to China: India’s trade ties with Beijing taking time to...

China and India may be talking about improving their trade relationship but there is little action to go with the words. According to Indian government officials and representatives of various Indian trade bodies, progress is very slow -... More

Nepal, Bangladesh agree to build hydro projects

Nepal and Bangladesh agreed to develop hydropower projects with government-to-government investment at an energy secretary-level meeting that concluded in Kathmandu on Tuesday. The electricity produced by these schemes will be exported to Bangladesh. The two countries also decided... More

Trump’s letter a failure of his “New South Asia” policy?

Both foreign and information ministry of Pakistan, along with the U.S officials, have confirmed that a letter from the President of United States of America Donald Trump has been received by Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan.... More

The Afghan peace talks

US General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recently said the Taliban “are not losing” and there is no “military solution” to ending the war in Afghanistan. Dunford made the remarks amid US-Afghan attempts... More

CPEC defies skepticism to aid Pakistan’s development

Thus goes an ancient Chinese saying, "A long journey can be covered only by taking one step at a time." So has it been with China's opening-up process. Notwithstanding brewing antagonism and doubts, China is not only... More

India harps on terror mantra as Pakistan talks peace

India continued to harp on its terrorism mantra on Wednesday despite Pakistan’s latest peace overture as Indian External Minister quashed the euphoria triggered by Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Kartarpur corridor initiative by putting a dampener on hopes... More

India must give diplomacy a last chance before it’s too late

Senate standing committee for the interior has unanimously passed a resolution condemning the recent attack on Chinese consulate in Karachi, carried out by Baluchistan Liberation Army (BLA) a known proxy of Indian RAW. “Indian Prime Minister Narendra... More

India unprepared to realize aim of replacing China as industrial power amid...

India's intention of gaining from the trade dispute between China and the US will likely prove to be pie in the sky, as the South Asian nation isn't ready to take advantage of any such opportunity. "India will... More

Will ‘IKnomics’ bring Pakistan out of economic crisis?

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan believes that in order to come out of the economic crisis, which Pakistan has perpetually faced in the last 70 years, the country needs to do four things. First, it must increase its... More

Sri Lanka has two prime ministerial claimants, but no real political options

Every evening for the past three weeks in Colombo, a group of people have assembled at a traffic roundabout near the Liberty cinema and shopping mall. They hold handwritten posters in English, Sinhala and Tamil. “This is... More

India’s wooing of Maldives’ leader ‘risks China ties’

New Maldives president's adoption of an 'India first' policy, followed by India's promise to help the country "through its economic difficulties," may push the Maldives back to being a dependent nation of India, Chinese analysts said. At his... More

Jammu represents Swachh Bharat sewage crisis

The governor of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) declared the state open defecation free (ODF) on September 15, 2018. This ODF status has not been validated by the central government’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission), but even... More

A Legislation to Construct Ram Temple Will Legitimise Babri Masjid’s Demolition

To introduce legislation that trumps the judicial process would create facts through majoritarian will, making it impossible to have a civil dialogue on the basis of a shared universe of facts. Inaugurating a statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel... More

Demographic dividend cannot guarantee India’s rise

Without enough jobs, India's current demographic dividend may instead turn into a burden. People have been talking about India's rise since the end of the Cold War, and the country's economy has indeed grown quickly. India's GDP... More

Myanmar’s controversial Rohingya repatriation set to begin against backdrop of investment from...

Myanmar is on Thursday set to begin repatriating more than 2,000 Rohingya Muslims from Bangladesh, despite the United Nations refugee agency stressing their return should be voluntary and based on the displaced group’s knowledge of conditions there. Asean... More

Name changes: BJP’s revenge on Muslims

Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad once admitted that Muslims did not vote for the BJP. He was not disclosing a closely guarded State secret for it has been known from the days of the Jan Sangh that... More

Trump’s trade war could dent China’s domestic consumption, dragging down the rest...

Much attention in recent months has focused on the U.S.-China trade war's impact to global supply chains, and how that could hurt many Asian economies. That's one way the region may be dragged down by the conflict, but... More


Modi now looks vulnerable 

The BJP has tried to make all elections in India go the presidential way – Narendra Modi versus the rest. The results of elections in five states, which became clear by December 11 evening, may not change that but the Modi magic suddenly appears to be fading. It is not just the election results in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, where Modi campaigned extensively before the polls. The stunning resignation... More

Beijing increases pressure on Myanmar to open up economically amid Western...

China is increasing its pressure on the Myanmar government in an effort to consolidate its strategic position in Beijing’s march westward. China is also trying to capitalise on Myanmar’s increasing disaffection with the West, and the opportunity offered by the latter’s own cautious realignment and recently developed strategic vision, with the newly launched ‘Look East’ policy. A number of high-power senior Chinese government officials have visited the capital Naypyitaw, all... More

Trump’s melodrama vis-à-vis Pakistan meets ground realities

The Trump administration's renewed push to seek Pakistan's help in bringing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table comes as a striking contrast to what the US president had only very recently said in one of his interviews about Pakistan not doing anything in Afghanistan to help the US win the war, or even get out of it. Coming from a president who is famous for his unpredictable habit of... More

Imran Khan needs better advisers

One of the central problems of Imran Khan’s government is the quality and commitment of his range of advisers, not only for day-to-day politics but for short and long-term decision-making processes. The PM has been more than once given the perception of taking off-the-cuff decisions through speeches and interviews. Even good advisers do not matter until there is a due process for diligence and analysis to not only sort... More

In Bangladesh, a poor politician is of no use to anyone

In Dhaka’s swirling political speculations and gossip, the latest is about who among the electoral candidates is wealthy and who is not. On paper, many have declared their wealth and almost none have been found credibility among the public. They know that to survive in politics you need to make and spend a lot of money which, going by wealth levels, would be impossible. Politics is not just about power... More



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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