India’s new Pakistan policy

Arguably, India lacks a coherent, consistent and prudent policy towards Pakistan-a fact underlined and lamented by the commentators on the Indo-Pak ties. The New Delhi’s Pakistan policy steeped in adhocism and antagonism, alternates between aggressive posture and... More

Iran and the US confrontation: what can Pakistan do?

The EU, France, Germany, China, and Russia; signatories of the JCPOA (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) and the IAEA, which is responsible for carrying out the monitoring and inspections to ensure that Iran is abiding by... More

India has a Rs 4,500-crore border business plan in the making

Life has become a little easier for Mohammad Sawan. Nowadays, the Bangladeshi truck driver has to wait only for a few hours to get the documents processed at the Petrapole border check post. Earlier, he would have... More

Bad loans, financial literacy stand between India and its dream of becoming...

India has set itself an ambitious task of clocking an overall gross domestic product (GDP) of 5 trillion dollars by 2025. In order to cross the mark, a working group constituted by the Department of Industrial Policy... More

China proposes boosting SCO cooperation in digital economy, smart manufacturing

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Friday called on the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states to strengthen their cooperation in the digital economy, smart manufacturing and the like to foster innovation-led new growth drivers. Li made the proposal... More

Why Pakistan IMF bailout talks matter to India

After more than a month of deliberations, Pakistan’s newly-elected government has decided to seek a bailout package from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Pakistan’s foreign exchange reserves of around $15 billion are sufficient to cover only two-and-a-half... More

Bhutan counts cost of plans for green future

The gentle whirring of the wind turbine speaks volumes of Bhutan's record as the world's only carbon negative country, but major challenges stand in the way of the Himalayan kingdom's decision to follow a green path over... More

Washington in a fix over India-Russia weapons trade as sanctions likely to...

With a $5-billion contract signed on Friday during Russian President Vladimir Putin's trip to India, New Delhi will finally acquire the S-400 long-range surface-to-air missile system despite a threat of US sanctions under the Countering America's Adversaries... More

BRI could catapult Nepal to a regional geostrategic force

With China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) marking its fifth anniversary, Nepal and China have witnessed a flurry of activities aimed at elevating their bilateral relations to higher level. Nepal's dignitaries, including the vice president, speaker, former prime... More

One in three companies in India prefer hiring men: WEF study

A World Economic Forum (WEF) study has found that companies in India experiencing the highest growth prefer hiring men and that technology-led job growth benefits men more than women. The study also found that while one in... More

Here’s why the Indian rupee may fall below 75 per dollar soon

There is just no respite, no pause. On a slippery slope since 2018 began, the Indian rupee closed at its weakest level, 73.34 per dollar, yesterday (Oct.03)—and opened even lower at 73.78 today. It has already shed 15%... More

Bangladesh: the latest assault on free speech

Bangladesh already suffers poor standards when respecting freedom of expression, but a new set of laws will enable the government to suppress political dissent and free speech using brutal means. A recently passed law known as the Digital... More

‘Putin’s India visit will test Modi’s idea of ‘strategic autonomy’ for India’

Russian President Vladmir Putin will be visiting India next week (October 4-5) to attend the 19th India-Russia summit with focus on advancing bilateral ties between the two countries. New Delhi is hoping to build on the momentum... More

Kashmir conundrum: Can India craft it’s Pakistan policy?

In a letter addressing to the Indian PM as “Modi Sahab”, Prime Minister Imran Khan had suggested a meeting between the foreign ministers of the two countries to resume the stalled dialogue process at the sidelines of... More

Exploring alternative oil supplies to ensure ‘our friend India’s economy’ not adversely...

With a tougher round of US sanctions on Iran + coming into effect from November 4, a top Trump administration official said Washington recognises India's need for significant oil imports and is having conversations to ensure there... More

Bhutan’s Election Swings on India-China Relations

India’s tiny neighbor Bhutan goes for its third general election on Oct. 18, its voters having unexpectedly ousted the ruling People’s Democratic Party in the Sept. 15 primary, along with it the pro-India Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay.... More

Bailout in the balance as Pakistan meets with IMF officials

Pakistan’s government will meet with International Monetary Fund officials on Thursday with a potential bailout looking increasingly likely, according to a member of the country’s Economic Advisory Council. An IMF visiting delegation will sit down with Pakistani officials... More

China, India should cooperate in Maldives

Opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih won the Maldives' presidential election on Monday with 134,616 votes, defeating incumbent President Abdulla Yameen who received 96,132 votes. In a statement, India's foreign ministry congratulated Solih, saying, "This election marks not... More

Militarization puts women’s issues on the back foot in Kashmir

Political unrest and conflict in the restive north Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir have often pushed other social issues on to the sidelines. Women in the state have for decades grappled with gender inequality and the... More

As Sri Lankan rupee slides further, Rajapaksa and Wickremesinghe slug it out

Following the consistent plunging of the Sri Lankan rupee throughout last week and the government’s plans to increase expenditure, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Saturday demanded that the coalition regime of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister... More

Himalayan divide: on the drift in India-Nepal ties

Despite several attempts at a reset, ties between India and Nepal continue to be a cause for concern. The disconnect between the two governments was most visible at the seven-nation Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical... More


Redefine Act East thrust 

India's Act East policy has so far mainly focused on developing greater connectivity with Southeast Asia through the country's northeast. But economists and logistics experts have long concluded that India's Look East or Act East thrust will primarily remain a maritime phenomenon because it is much cheaper to connect to much of Southeast Asia by sea than through an under-developed region like Northeast India. It defies logic as to... More

Is conflict driving Bangladesh’s politics and society?

Hate, insults, endless allegations and occasional physical confrontations have become the staple of Bangladesh’s political culture. No one is spared, and no one wants to be excluded. Instead of debate there is abuse. And then comes the counter and then some more...and the cycle goes on. Apart from the highly toxic level of antagonism, it also means that power has become precious and far too many people are trying to... More

India’s limited life-line in Afghanistan

While India continues to plan to expand its foothold in Afghanistan, using its alliance with the United States as its main source of support, and has also developed a seemingly strong relationship with Kabul, a close reading of geo-politics in this region shows that the prospects of a strong Indian presence are bleak. For one thing, India’s main reliance is on the US, which is itself gearing up to withdraw... More

Myanmar’s economy could go into a tailspin as currency woes deepen

y Fears that Myanmar’s currency crisis has only momentarily stalled are growing, as the government does not seem to see any urgency in tackling the underlying causes of the recent fall in the kyat’s value against the dollar. Regional analysts believe a major collapse of the currency remains very real. Their fears were justified when, the end of last week, the kyat plummeted once again to over K 1,600, largely... More

Spreading falsehood and distorting facts

Initiated in 2014 the Ashiana-Iqbal project could not be completed mainly because an illegal award increased the cost, and if it were to be initiated now, the escalated cost of Rs 40 billion will be borne either by the applicants of the government. As Lahore Development Authority (LDA) director general between 2013 and 2016, Ahad Khan Cheema was also a member on the Punjab Land Development Corporation (PLDC) board.... 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